"LIL PSTEIN'S Madonna and Child -1-4 dominates the north side of Cavendish Square, London. In five years Coventry will have a modern cathedral decorated by a tapestry by Graham Sutherland, and windows from the Royal College, Eton College, the Farm Street Jesuit Church and St. Michael's, High!: tte, have glass from the studio of the late Evie Hone. The eyes of the world are slowly turning towards England to see what she is quietly dning for the religious arts.
A Belgian quarterly recently devoted a whole number to Great Britain: now the American Liturgical Arts has given over its spring number to our country and produced quite a different valuation of our work.
Spectacular is the photographic feature on the Epstein Madonna and Child in the magazine. The details of the head of the Madonna, brooding and suffering. the hands outstretched in giving, the feet floating between Earth and Heaven, have, as far as know, never been reproduced before in this country; they are magnificent. John Bunting, writing on the Epstein, discusses tellingly, too, the problem of the non-Christian producing a Christian work of art.
Published before Evie Hone's death, Liturgical Arts has unwittingly produced a great little memorial to her work by its reproductions of her Tullamore and Eton windows and by James Johnson Sweeney's informed and deeply sympathetic article.
THE CAMOLIC HERALD is often quoted in this issue, particularly in the detailed account of the controversy that raged over the Kensington church plans.
Coventry Cathedral is represented well in pictures. as is also the work of Geoffrey Webb, Dunstan Pruden, Tristram Hillier, Sean Crampton and Alan Barlow.
I have never known an issue of Liturgical Arts (which spreads its net round the world) that did not stimulate in me the keenest interest in its contents.
Rightly it says that timidity, under which the religious arts labour today, both here, abroad and in the States. is really fear of an active mind. The active mind of the editor of Liturgical Arts certainly keeps his publications free from any trace of timidity, and it puts up a continuing courageous battle for the highest possible standards.