Saturday Review; Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 21

Saturday Review; Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 21

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...Etchers' the shutters were up. But I was awakened by the Academy touts crying up the novelties of the season, and found the doors of the Painter Etchers open with cheery unconcern on an exhibition a little below their own mark. In kindness I will let the Painter Etchers be, but even at so unfair a moment for giving him his due there is one of their number who ought not to be passed over. A quantity of Mr. William Strang's etchings has been brought together by Messrs. Gutekunst in their King Street Gallery and we have here an artist whose gifts have not yet all the recognition they deserve, one of our few draughtsmen, a designer of portrait, landscape and fantastic character pieces who has already a remarkable oeuvre behind him. I suppose the fifty-five pieces shown are not a sixth of those he has executed in etching, drypoint, mezzotint, and with the burin. These plates and the less familiar pictures will rank him, when reputations are sifted, with a not very numerous group of artists now practising in England. I understand the hesitation that withholds this verdict, the uncomfortable feeling before all the accomplishment and downright good work of this artist that it is difficult to lay the finger anywhere and say certainly "This is Strang." He is like a chameleonscholar who comes up and takes honours in a number of schools without giving us a fixed sense of vocation in any one of them. It is the way of many modern Scotchmen in literature and the arts to be pliable, easily influenced by mode, disciples of style on easy terms. In extreme cases we find them setting up in letters on a too freely employed subjunctive mood, and there are painters among them whose whole stock-intrade is to make round forms look flat. Their affection...show more

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  • Paperback | 898 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 45mm | 1,569g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938003
  • 9781236938008