Arts: Pennell Enraged

Characteristically to the fore, Joseph Pennell, master etcher, denounced the National Academy of Design because it decided to have no "black-and-whites" at the Spring Exhibition. "Artistically, the action is incredible!"

Etchings and engravings, when sold, bring smaller prices and hence smaller commissions to the dealers, and the financial considerations have been the cause of the exclusion.

"Engravers and architects," cried Pennell, "have equal rights in the Academy with painters and sculptors! By what right, therefore, are they, without warning, deprived of a place?"


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