Art: The Most Sensitive Brush

Since the days when the Yankee clippers sailed to the ports of the Orient, Americans have had a nodding acquaintance with the civilization of China. Yet the study of Chinese art is still in its infancy. A year ago, the citizens of five U.S. cities, visiting a show sent by the government of Nationalist China, discovered the magnificence of the old Peking Palace Museum treasures. Last week another dazzling and instructive exhibition—though inevitably smaller—went on display at Manhattan's Pierpont Morgan Library.

The collector responsible for it is a Manhattanite named John M. Crawford...

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