One of the most beautiful of unspoiled country towns still retaining its pristine beauty was the background, as everyone knows, of perhaps the most sensational mystery in the Seventeenth Century. “The Campden Wonder” is a household word recently rearticulated through the dramatic genius of Mr. John Masefield. The London district of Camden Town, too, is grimly associated with murders waiting the touch of a Masefield to transmute them to literature. Meanwhile the equally graceful art of painting has been flourishing unsuspected (shall we say undetected?) in a neighbourhood hitherto haunted by everything except the Muses. The London County Council, indeed, has established a Camden School of Art, of which Mr. Francis Black, R.B.A., is the principal. But this has nothing to do with the “Camden Town Group” now holding an exhibition at the Carfax Gallery, 24, Bury-street, St. James’s. Mr. Spencer Gore is the president of the new society. There is no reason to suppose his name is a pseudonym, for only recently we had the pleasure of describing some of his work in a Chelsea Gallery – work that belied his name. The Camden Wonders have certain relations with Chelsea, both artistic and sentimental. No less an artist than Mr. Walter Sickert supplies a tradition. Mr. Augustus John, dissatisfied with the semi-academic calm of the New English Art Club, supplies paysages en bombe air. Mr. Walter Bayes is a distinguished art critic, whose painting is more deliberately decorative, and some will think more charming, than that of the other members. M. Lucien Pissaro [sic] acts as a Marconigraph between Camden Town and French battlefields of art, both by his name and the character of his pictures. If only Mr. Rothenstein could have been induced to connect up Hampstead with the new movement we might have another “declaration of London.” But where is Mr. Roger Fry? If there is no Little Boy Blue to blow the horn the sheep will get into the Academy and be asked to frescoe (if sheep can frescoe) the Corn Exchange before we know where we are.