Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means1908-09 Volume 7

Tariff Hearings Before the Committee on Ways and Means1908-09 Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...is doubtless near when duties on works of art will either be removed or modified. All who are for or against a change should be ready to express themselves. I find that, contrary to the general impression, artists are by no means of one mind on this question and that there is a very decided opposition to so-called free art on the part of many. Although the views of these opponents are not seen in print as often as those of the artists on the other side, their opinions must be given consideration. I have had a good many opportunities to hear views of individual artists on this subject and I am of the opinion that a vote by ballot of the artists in any club or society in the city would show fully 75 per cent opposed to " free art." DAVID C. PREYER, NEW YORK CITY, SUGGESTS LIMIT TO AMOUNT TO BE COLLECTED FROM WORKS OF ART. New York Cm, December 27, 1908. Hon. Sereno Payne, Chairman Ways and Means Committee, Washington, D. C. Sir: The tariff on works of art has been assailed for many years. The conflicting demands at this time of the Free Art League, which asks for the abolishing of all duties, and of those who favor a specific duty of $100 on paintings and sculpture, may befuddle and weaken the real issue, which is the relief sought from a penalty upon one of the best educational forces. Nor are the demands referred to free from objection. Absolutely free art would cause an influx of so-called artistic trash, as was witnessed in 1894, when the duty was removed, and cause a deterioration of public taste. The specific duty of $100 would be a severe tax on many artistic objects, especially water colors, pastels, and figurines of less than $500 value. The universal consent of artists to the demands of the Free Art League, claimed by the league, has been...
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  • English
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