The New English Art Club.
In an article that I wrote some years ago on the New English Art Club, I ventured to urge the critics to occupy themselves solely with the work of the younger men, and to leave the older reputations to take care of themselves. A welcome symptom that this view is gaining ground in influential quarters is the article by Mr. Laurence Housman in the “Manchester Guardian” on the exhibition that has just opened in Suffolk Street. The spirit that has dictated to Mr. Marsh the publication of this anthology of Georgian poets is gaining ground in art criticism. That anthology is, I learn, to be followed in the region of pictorial art by an anthology of reproductions from the work of the younger generation of painters. It is natural and fitting that the New English Art Club, piloted as it has mainly been by teachers of painting from the Slade school (Professor Brown, Mr. Steer, Mr. Tonks, Mr. Russell, Mr. Lees) from the County Council Institutes (Mr. Walter Bayes, Spencer Frederick Gore, Mr. Gilman), by Mr. Orpen from Dublin, and by teachers from general schools (Mr. George Thomson, from Bedford College), Miss Hogarth, Miss Gosse (from High Wycombe), and from private studios (Mr. Augustus John, Mr. Bate, Mr. Bellingham Smith, Mr. Rich, Mr. and Mrs. McEvoy), should show a parental concern for the careers of the students for whom it has been responsible, and from whose fees the senior members have largely derived their incomes. Such concern is not only a duty and a debt, but has also probably reacted on the talents of the teachers in the most favourable manner. You cannot flatter the more decent kind of dowager more than by showing your appreciation of the débutantes who are more or less her granddaughters.
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