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There is at present on exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art and Design a collection of studies from the South Kensington (London) Science and Art Department which it would be well for all drawing and art students to visit and inspect. As is well known the examinations set by the South Kensington authorities are very stiff, and these studies which are now on view in this Uity are the pick of the works of competitors from all parts of the United Kingdom, so that it may fairly bo concluded that they are the best-productions of the students in the foremost rank in Great Britain. Never before have the colonies had '"an opportunity of inspecting such fine work. The studies, which are classed in the order of the requirements for the different certificates, embrace drawing of every kind, and include freehand, light and shade, from the model and from life, mechanical, anatomical, perspective, designs for various ornamental purposes, and paintings in tempera, water, and oils. The studies being of different grades and classes are of a varied description, but one and all reveal artistic tastes and abilities of the very highest standard. The power of execution revealed in some of the architectural and mechanical drawings is wonderful, and when closely inspected must prove quite an eyeopener to many local students. Two lots of drawings, showing studies of historic styles of ornamentation, by Messrs A. C. C. Jahn and Wm. Allison respectively, will bear very close scrutiny and will amply repay careful study. The drawings from life in both black and white and colors are excellent, and leave no margin for criticism. The collection is a large one, quite filling the room, in which it is arranged to the bisj advantage, and, as we have said, embraces all the classes for which examinations are held and certificates given by the South Kensington Science and Art Department. Local students could not do better than visit the exhibition, not once, but frequently, for nothing but good can possibly result from careful and minute inspection. Never before has a like opportunity been afforded of seeing and studying Buch admirable works, and it would be a great pity if the educational and instructive advantages that they afford wero to be neglected or only availed of to a email extent. The exhibiiion is to last for about three weeks, and during that time the room ■where it is open in the Dunedin Art School should be the haunt of artists and drawing students of all grades, not only of Dunedin but of country districts. If this turns out to be the case, and the exhibition is largely patronised, there is little room to doubt that the outcome will be a distinct improvement in the quality of the work of our art students. Should this be the case—and we hope it will be—the expense of the authorities in having the drawings brought here and exhibited from town to town will be more than repaid.

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ART EXHIBITION., Evening Star, Issue 10451, 22 October 1897

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ART EXHIBITION. Evening Star, Issue 10451, 22 October 1897