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Wharton, Edith (1862-1937); Codman Jr., Ogden (1863-1951) / The decoration of houses

XV: the school-room and nurseries,   pp. 173-183

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           The School-Room and Nurseries
Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII, Clouet's of Charles IX and of
Elizabeth of Austria, DUrer's etchings of Luther and Erasmus, and
views of some of the principal buildings erected in France and
England during the sixteenth century.
 The prints and casts shown at one time should be sufficiently
inexpensive and few in number to be changed as the child's les-
sons proceed, thus forming a kind of continuous commentary
upon the various branches of study.
 This plan of course necessitates more trouble and expense than
the ordinary one of giving to the walls of the school-room a per-
manent decoration: an arrangement which may also be made
interesting and suggestive, if the child's requirements are con-
sidered. When casts and pictures are intended to remain in place,
it is a good idea to choose them at the outset with a view to the
course of studies likely to be followed.   In this way, each object
may serve in turn to illustrate some phase of history or art: even
this plan will be found to have a vivifying effect upon the dry
bones of "lessons."
 In a room decorated in this fashion, the prints or photographs
selected might represent the foremost examples of Greek, Gothic,
Renaissance and eighteenth-century architecture, together with
several famous paintings of different periods and schools; sculp-
ture being illustrated by casts of the Disk-thrower, of one of
Robbia's friezes of child-musicians, of Donatello's Saint George,
and Pigalle's "Child with the Bird."
 Parents who do not care to plan the adornment of the school-
room on such definite lines should at least be careful to choose
appropriate casts and pictures.   It is generally conceded that
nothing painful should be put before a child's eyes; but the dele-
terious effects of namby-pamby prettiness are too often disre-

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