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                                                           master his material, leaving its ultimate fashioning
                         RTISTS AS CRAFTSMEN. NO. 1.
                A        SIR FREDERIC LEIGHTON,            sculptor ; the fine Athlete struggling with a Python
                                                           to be carried out by other hands.
                                                             Sir Frederic Leighton is not unknown as a
                         BART., P.R.A., AS A MODEL-
                         LER IN CLAY.
                                                           has been exhibited in England, France, and Ger-
                  PERHAPS no one ever expressed so clearly as  many, with unqualified success. To-day we are not
                Browning the delight an artist experiences in  directly concerned with his sculpture, but with cer-
                "using nature that's an art to others, not this one-  tain delightful models which this artist has prepared
                time art that's turned his nature." In the most  from time to time as lay figures for his draperies.
                lucid and delicately wrought
                of all his poems, " One Word
                More," he tells us how " Ra-
                fael made a century of son-
                nets," and how " Dante once
                prepared to paint an angel ; "
                but in the series of papers
                that begin with Sir Frederic
                Leighton, P.R.A., as a model-
                ler, we shall not often find an
                artist, using the word in its
                broadest sense, straying so far
                as did these two from the
                fields he has chosen for his
                life's work. At the same time
                there are not a few who find
                pleasure in occasional experi-
                ments in a new medium. The
                painter carves in wood, the
                sculptor " curbs the liberal
                hand subservient proudly,
                cramps its spirit, crowds his art
                in little," and fashions medals,
                and so on ; but those workers
                in the fine arts who essay litera-
                ture need not be included. Yet
                although a craftsman is rightly
                held to be the actual worker,
                we may strain the sense a little
                for our purpose and permit the
                designer for various definite
                industries, one who has mas-
                tered the technical require-
                ments of the process, to be
                included among craftsmen,
                whether he really sets the
                tesserae together for mosaic
                panels, cuts and fits the                THE CLAY MODEL FOR THE " ANDROMEDA "
                coloured glass for windows,
                or merely provides working drawings, and is con-  Although some of these have been already illus-
                tent with experiments sufficient to thoroughly  trated, there are not a few important figures which,
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