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59 and 61. Also addenda, pp. 104 and 106. 35 and wrongly Modern ings. finislied. I say first, wrongly placed. architects decorate the tops of their build- Mediaeval ones decorated the bottom. That makes all the difference between seeing the ornament and not seeing it. If you bought some pictures to decorate such a room as this, where would you put them? On a level with the eye, I suppose, or nearly so? Not on a |fvel with the chandelier? * * * "Not that the Greeks threw their work away as we dou As far as I know Greek buildings their ornamentation, though often bad, is always bold enough and large enough to be visible in its place.

STATED LAWS. From the point of view of form: two lines compose one with the other when the tinues; 47 when or second. In the first first is leads into, and con- perpendicular to the this latter case the lines also give con- trast. a popular word; yet our fourth law is often violated where one would least expect to find it Balance so. is If one does not wish to feel that a pictorial sub- ject has been badly placed in its frame, where a weight of interest exists on the right, or above, a balancing weight of interest must be placed on the left, Between two such masses, if one is more concentrated and powerful than the other, the stronger is kept farther from the edge of the compoor below.

Reason in your intend to construct. certain scheme of choice of motives. To sum eral advice given to the it all up, follow the gen- young chess-player make a move without having a reason for ' : ' Never ' it. Second, he must cultivate the imagination in every possible way. He should form the habit of allowing one impression, or sensation, to suggest another; and with this, try to cultivate a power of remembering what has been observed. After having seen a building, try to recall the different elements and details, distinctly enough to re- pleasure by at a reception, faMaasffeaseer^msffless should^bf^Mtedrto- use in the most unimportant affairs : for instance, business should be allied to pleasure, noting new gowns and by describing them after a return home.

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