The journal of design and manufactures
Institutions, pp. 60-61
Institutions: Birmingham School of Design, &c. ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION. 1. The Art-Journd Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of all Nations. 2. Coloured Lithographs. By Absolon, Telbin, &.-Published by Lloyd Brothers. 3. Examples of the finest Works, selected by Digby Wyatt.-Day and Son. AMONG the remarkable results of the Great Exhibition, the Art-Journal volume deservedly holds a prominent place. The Editor judiciously took advantage of the great circulation of his periodical, not only to present his subscribers with a fall and most complete illustrated memorial of the great event, but to enable the public generally to obtain a record of the chief objects in the Exhibition at a very cheap rate indeed. It is a striking proof how much may be obtained by proper co-operation. We have here some two or three thousand well-printed wood-engravings of the principal objects presented to us at about the rate of three for a farthing! with a handsome binding thrown in. If the work should be reprinted, we would suggest that the sizes, at least of the chief objects, which are drawn to different scales, should be attached to each cut. Messrs. Lloyd's lithographs consist of a selection of about twenty-four principal views, chiefly of the courts of the building. They are coloured, and axe picturesque, general memorials of the Exhibition. This, like the preceding, is a work intended by its cheapness to appeal to a numerous public, each plate averaging a low price which would not have been dreamed of years ago. Mr. Wyatt's work is decidedly of a practical character; from which manu- facturers may, if they are intelligent, derive considerable advantages. The objects are for the most part selected with judgment, and with a view to their suggestiveness for future use. They are represented in admirable coloured lithography. It is a work which every school of design and public library should possess. It will be issued in parts at a very low price, and deserves to command a most extensive sale. BIRMINGUAM SCHOOL OF DESIGN.- After much delay in appointing a mas- ter, the Board of Trade has nominated Mr. G. Wallis to the head-mastership of this important School. It appears to have been felt, that the difficulties likely to arise in the way of the new master, at the outset, owing to the recent state of affairs, were such that unless confidence could be infused at once, the probabili- ties would have been in favour of an utter disruption of the institution. Mr. Wallis having been applied to, agreed to undertake the duties when the business of the juries of the Great Exhibition was completed; and as this will not be before the middle of October, the Birmingham Committee has made an arrangement to open the School, pro temp., under the supervision of Mr. P. Hollins, the emi- nent sculptor, who will be assisted by Mr. Lines and other gentlemen. The wisdom of this arrangement will not, perhaps, be very evident, though, under the circumstances, the Committee was perhaps justified in this course from the fact, that the School has now been closed for three months, and has been in great disrepute. We cannot but think that the blame must be shared between the in- spector, Mr. Poynter, and the local committee, who ought to be the local guardians and managers of the School. What is the use of Mr. Poynter or his office, if the state of Provincial Schools is always a subject for discovery? The standing of the School in the estimation of those most interested in a town like Birmingham, must rest also with the gentlemen who undertake to see that it is properly conducted,-not for the pur- pose of instruction only, but with proper dignity and self-respect on the part of the masters. The local prints state that the Committee rarely met, and even then a quorum was an exception rather than a rule. Occasional efforts were made to do something, but these generally resulted in nothing, from want of continuity of action. Mr. Wallis's future practice will contradict the past, if all this is not speedily remedied. His training in the Great Exhibition must have tended to quicken thought and make action prompt; even if his former practice and expe- rience in the Schools had not shewn that to decide and to do were the great ele- ments of success. We fear, however, that there is too great a tendency towards the mere dilettantism of the amateur I nstitutions .
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