THE WORST CRITIC IN LONDON.
Sir, – In his article on the New English Art Club, Mr. Walter Sickert, in making a catalogue of all the things that Mr. Lamb knows, tending to show that that gentleman is not an idiot, seems to imply that there is someone – presumably exhibiting in the N.E.A.C. – who does not know those things. I have no doubt that a complete catalogue would show Mr. Lamb’s superiority with more certainty. I am not acquainted with any man who thinks there is any merit in thick paint for the sake of thick paint. Mr. Sickert has himself painted in both thick and thin paint. This violent paragraph of his may be merely his way of expressing his present preference for thin. He will be painting in thick paint in six months. It is, in any case, a technical detail, and depends on the questions of brilliance, permanence, covering power, deliberateness of workmanship, etc., impossible to discuss here.