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Chipping Campden's Fine Show

The annual arts and crafts display at Campden (loveliest of all Cotswold towns) has proved a great success this year, the artists and craftsmen proving themselves unusually strong. Not that we would venture for a moment to distinguish between arts and crafts. For C. R. Ashbee—himsell very definitely associated with the settlement of art-workers in 'Campden—assures us confidently that CHURCH STREET, CAMPDEN, ' Gloucestershire. (Reproduced front a poster by F. L. Griggs, for the Annual Exhibition of Cotswold Arts at Camp

.11 the form of craftsmanship " is no great matter, since " art is doing the thing "; while a note by the chairman of the exhibition committee in praise of the really exquisite wood engravings of Clemence Housman gives us the word of Henry Wilson: " Art is consummate craftsmanship informed by Love."

We can leave it at that and proceed , within the entry in the High Street, climbing the stairs to the gallery, where the treasures are displayed. With that rare artist, F. L. Griggs, R.A., for president of the show, and represented I) two of his finest etchings. we are prep:: sd for things of strength and beauty, a.1.1 are not disappointed.

Charming Water Colours Take the pictures first. There are tempera paintings by Joseph Southall. R.W.S., charming water-colours by Mrs. Edith Payne, and an admirable oil paint

ing by Charles M. Gore. ASIZ.A.t of

"Ilaresfield Beacon " that must be noted. Also the water-colour: of Reginald Sharpley. 0. E. Gollins, R. G. Alsaander and Walter H. Allcott are not to be overlooked.

By the same token we may linger before the stained glass of Paul Woodroffe (executed if we understand it aright by " craftsman Basil L. Jones"): more particularly the panel, Sainte Jeanne &Arc." Sculpture in the Cotswolds means Alec Miller, this year's chairman of the exhibition. who has sent in a Madonna and Child—limewood and painted)--two children's heads and a graceful `• Diving Boy." If you want hand weaving at its best

Mrs. Mairet of Ditchling uhe Cotswolds are expansive and easily include for artistic purposes portions of Sussex and Surrey) has provided numerous articles. And if it comes to that. Culloden has its own hand-weaver—Mrs. Dorothy Bowes —with her vegetable-dyed, hand-woven scarves at once pleasing to the eye and comforting to the touch.

Pottery Iron Work While we are on the subject of clothes, there is the smocking of Catherine Blakeman, to be seen here in all its delicacy.

For cabinet-making there are Peter Wads and Edward Barnsley. with other brave workers—men with noble designs and great skill. As for bookbinding, the missal in blue lesant by Maude B. S. Bird is a lovely piece of work.

Altogether " Here's Richness," as Mr.

Squeers observed on a memorable occasion. A much fuller appreciation is deserved. Praise for the pottery, iron work, jewellery and the silversmith's exhibits is due to the Cotswold artists and craftsmen.

The exhibition is open every day, including Sunday, till the end of August; the place is Elm Tree House. and the charge for admission is sixpence.

J. C.




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