The Bookman; A Review of Books and Life ... Volume 35

The Bookman; A Review of Books and Life ... Volume 35

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...Smith, Edwin A. Abbey, Swain Gifford, W. R. O'Donovan, J. H. Twachtman and Elihu Veclder, had gathered in the studio of Napoleon Sarony above Duncan's grocery store, which then stood at the juncture of Broadway and Fourteenth Street. At that time the influences of William Morris and Alma-Tadema were just arousing people on this side of the Atlantic to an inteUigent interest in interior decorating as a part of the scheme of life, and among painters the subject was, naturally, being warmly discussed. On this afternoon a figure painter--it may have been Vedder--was singing the praises of the tile, declaring that upon it alone could be procured "all those qualities of ivory, velvet, changeable moth's wing, and rose petal" which go to make up the mouth of a maiden. "As a decorative asset," he remarked, "there's nothing to compare with the tile in the way it tells on all its surroundings." "All right," exclaimed one of the group--history has withheld his identity, "why can't we form a club and work out ideas and effects on tiles? It would do us a lot of good and might incidentally help the country out of its slough of decorative despond." The plan was hailed delightedly, and with the men then present--and a few others who drifted in during the discussion--as charter members, the society became a fact. It was decided to hold meetings on Wednesday evenings at the studios of the members in turn, the fruits of each night's work accruing to the host of the occasion on condition that he provide the necessary tiles, together with crackers, cheese, beer, and such indispensable adjuncts of a decorative renaissance. Entrance fees and dues were deemed as superfluous as a constitution THE MARINE the more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880986
  • 9781236880987