The journal of design and manufactures
Miscellaneous, pp. 95-96
Miscellaneous. Arts, have consented to act as a Commit- tee for promoting LE&ISLATIVEa REcoeGI- TION OF THE RIGHTS OF INVENTORS, by means of an easy registration of them, in accordance with the principles agreed on by the Council of the Society in 1849. These principles are :-1. That inventors, designers, &c., ought not to be subjected to any other expenses than such as may be absolutely necessary to secure to them the protection of their inventions. 2. That the difficulties and anomalies ex- perienced in connexion with patents should be removed. 3. That the present term of copyright in design for articles of manufacture, and the protection af- forded to the authors and proprietors of inventions, and of designs in arts and manufactures, are inadequate. 4. That, for carrying out these objects, the co- operation of all persons interested there- in be invited. Committee :-The Mar- quis of Northampton, the Earl of Radnor, Sir John P. Boileau, Bart., Sir J. J. Guest, Bart., M.P., the Right Hon. T. Milner Gibson, M.P., Henry T. Hope, Esq., M.P., Samuel M. Pete, Esq., M.P., Sir James Anderson (Glasgow), George Brace, Esq., Henry Cole, Esq., Charles Dickens, Esq., R. B. Dockray, Esq, C.E., J. H. Elliott, Esq., John Farey, Esq., C.E., P. Le Neve Foster, Esq., NI.A., Charles Fox, Esq., C.E., Wyndham Hard- ing, C.E., Edward Highton, Esq., Captain Boscawen Ibbetson, K.R.E., Owen Jones, Esq., Herbert Minton, Esq. (the Pot- teries), R. S. Newall, Esq. (Gateshead), Richard Prosser Esq. (Birmingham), Professor Forbes Royle, W. W. Rundell, Esq. (Falmouth), J. Jobson Smith, Esq. (Sheffield), Professor Edward Solly, F.R.S., Arthur Symonds, Esq., Professor Bennet Woodcroft. The points on which the Committee wish particularly to ob- tain information are,-lst, the effect which the existing system of patents may have had on suppressing, and thus depriving the public of the knowledge and use of the inventions of those who are unable to bear the heavy expenses required under it; and, secondly, in- stances where the expenses have been fruitlessly incurred. The Committee re- quest that any facts in any way bearing upon these points may be forwarded to them." AnRT-EDUCATION FOR WOnKSIEN.-A correspondent, who is very zealous in education, writes :-Almost all workmen would be much benefited by some know- ledge of geometry. Some time ago I gave a number of lessons on geometry to the workmen of -, and had then some opportunity of observing what per- sons of that class require and can take up. They cannot follow trains of argu ment. What they want and like are facts. I have, therefore, begun a table of the main and most useful and easily comprehended facts in geometry, and in- tend to lithograph it in one large sheet, to be stuck up in factories, mechanics' institutes, and common boys' schools. Workmen are used to broad sheets, but do not readily find their way in the pages of a book. When everything is before them at once, they discover what they require at the moment, or point it out to each other, more readily in this mode than in a book-at least that is my opinion. As soon as the table is in a state to enable any one to form a notion of it, I will forward you the MS. My in- tention is to lithograph it myself, i.e. to copy it on transfer-paper. Some of my lit- tie pupils are getting on very well, though our lessons do not average more than three-quarters of an hour a-week, which is not enough. Several of them might become artists, and of about thirty there are not more than two who do not shew a taste for drawing; and those two are very young, and have been ill-managed at home. I have just returned from a few days' visit to France, and should have liked to see the Paris schools, to which strangers are not admitted. In Paris alone there are a great many schools of design, for both males and females, juvenile and adult, many of them gratuitous. Galignani, in his very excellent "Paris Guide," says that up- wards of 10,000 adults receive instruction in these schools; the number of children in them he does not state. The supe- riority of the French workmen in all articles of taste is, therefore, easily ac- counted for. In all, or almost all, the lower branches of art the French appear to excel us, - not so in the highest. Whatever a Frenchman does, he tries to do in an artistic manner. He often suc- ceeds, often fails, and often succeeds but partially-partly through his compara- tive poverty, partly through his turn of mind. We, I think, seek good and sound, rather than showy, work-we appear, to me, to be more congruous but less ar- tistic. The Louvre, Luxembourg, and many other public exhibitions of paint- ing, sculpture, ornaments, curiosities, and models and specimens of every kind, are open to all classes in Paris on Sun- day, and are crowded with all classes of visitors. These are important schools of art. The numerous beautiful churches of Paris are also open all day, and as they contain numerous paintings and sculptures must have an effect on the public taste. G.
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