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only, but the more direct application of the Arts
“Perhaps the Government would most judiciously
Art: P. vi. been gre
“In our own country, manufacturing artists have been greatly indebted to such institutions as the Board of Trustees in Edinburgh and the Royal Society in Dublin. ... . In England, the more matured MECHANICS' Institutions have disseminated much valuable instruction in the Arts. The Reports of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Glasgow, Manchester, and Coventry indicate, in the present year, the awakened attention of the inhabitants of those great towns to the importance of education in design.
Mechanics” “Among the advantages possessed by the manufac-
* “ This principle is judiciously adopted in the Gewerb Institute at Berlin; in which, after one year of general instruction in Art, the pupil selects a branch of manufacture as his trade, and passes two years in the practical application of art thereto.' --Dr. Waagen's Evidence, Sess. 1835, pp. 4 & 55.
#mmittee has been directed to the Books On Art,
blished by the Governments for the instruction of -Deir workmen. Among these, the works issued by M. Beuth, Director of the Ġewerb Institut at Berlin, particularly deserve to be mentioned. . . . . The chief excellence of these works seems to consist in their general correctness and classical purity of taste.
“It is gratifying to observe, that British capital and – in Engintelligence, unaided by the Government, have been turned in the same direction. Cheap publications upon Art are studied with interest by our workmen.
“But though cheap publications are thus circulated by individual enterprise, there are works, such as those issued by the Government of Prussia, which probably require too great labour of design, and are too expensive of execution to be profitably undertaken by individuals.”
We come now to our second division of the subject- 2. Means of
extending matter of the Report—the means of extending the the love of
wis Art, and of love of art, and of cultivating and refining the public
the public As evidence that, even in superior education, the Fine taste": Arts do not as yet receive their fair share of attention, First, in the Committee “notice, with regret, the neglect of any co
with higher general instruction, even in the history of Art, at our education. UNIVERSIties and public schools; an omission noticed long ago by Mr. Burke, and obvious to every reflecting mind.
“In nothing have foreign countries possessed a Public Gal
leries and greater advantage over Great Britain than in their M numerous PUBLIC GALLERIES devoted to the Arts, of Art. and open gratuitously to the people. The larger towns of France are generally adorned by such institutions. In this country we can scarcely boast of any. Our
exhibitions (where they exist) are usually periodic
“It appears, that among our workmen, a great desire exists for such public exhibitions. Wherever it be possible, they should be accessible after working-hours, and admission should be gratuitous and general. A small obstruction is frequently a virtual prohibition. The vexatious fees exacted at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, and other public buildings, are discreditable to the nation.
“Among exhibitions connected with the encourageor voluntary Asso- ment of Art, the attention of your Committee has been ciations for the Encou- called to the institutions established in Germany, under ragement of the name of Kunstvereine, (Art-Unions,) and now bethe Arts.
coming prevalent in this country. These associations for the purchase of pictures to be distributed by lot, form one of the many instances in the present age of the advantages of combination. The smallness of the contribution required brings together a large mass of subscribers, many of whom, without such a system of association, would never have become patrons of the Arts.
3. Protec- The last division in the arrangement we have adopted tion and rewards of treats of the LEGAL PROTECTION of artistic property,
and the rewards of successful labour. . Fiscal
“The Arts,” say the Committee, “both generally duties.
and in so far as they are connected with manufactures, have shared the common suffering under the baneful influence of fiscal duties. The Excise laws, in their restrictions on the manufacture and the form of bricks, five obstructed the exercise of art in that material. biple window duty acts injuriously on the proportion 3d beauty of our buildings. The paper duty has been extensively detrimental in its effects on periodical publications on the arts, on the use of drawing-paper, on the employment of cards in the Jacquard loom, and in its oppressive application to the whole trade of paper-staining. The glass duties have fettered the Arts in their endeavours to restore painting on glass, .... and have restricted the adoption of engravings as ornaments in dwelling-houses. The lower cost of glass in France has encouraged a much more extended use of engravings in private residences.
of Artists and Manu
“The difficult and delicate question of COPYRIGHT Copyright. has already engaged the attention of the House; and numerous complaints of want of protection for their designs have been laid before the Committee by artists Complaints and manufacturers. Mr. Smith, an eminent manu- of facturer of Sheffield, states, that the piracy of his facturers. designs will compel him altogether to abandon designing as connected with his trade. A similar or corroborative statement is made by architectural sculptors, modellers, manufacturing artists, and artists generally. Mr. Martin has been seriously injured by the piracy of his works; and Mr. Papworth attributes to the want of protection for inventions, the absence of original matter in tablets, vases, and foliages; of which, in England, we possess few specimens, and perhaps none worthy of observation.
“It is well known that a short period of copyright Insufficient is extended to printed cotton patterns. A doubtful
present staprotection has also been afforded to the Arts by the tutable pro
tection. statutes 38 Geo. III., c. 71; and 54 Geo. III. c. 56. 38 Geo.li. The copyright given by these statutes extends to za metallic figures of men and animals, to figures combined 56.
of the two, and to what is somewhat loosely styll 'matter of invention in sculpture.' Metallic foliag!
arabesques, vases, candelabra, and similar works, a Remedy unprotected by them. Whatever be the legal latitude
of these Acts, the expensiveness of a remedy through both uncer- the courts of law or equity is a virtual bar to invention, tuin and
and almost affords impunity to piracy in art. Necessity “The most obvious principle of any measure enacted
eap for the protection of invention, appears to be the ible tribu- constitution of a CHEAP AND ACCESSIBLE TRIBUNAL.
The French have long possessed a prompt and econoFrench Conseil des mical Court of Judgment for cases of this kiud; ... Prud'hom
composed of master-manufacturers and of workmen, constituted. empowered to decide on priority of invention or design,
as well as on many other subjects connected with
manufactures. Registra “In addition to cheapness, the greatest promptitude
of decision is another obvious element in the constitution of such a tribunal. For this and for other reasons a SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION appears to be indispen
sable. Various du- “ Another element in the consideration of this subject ration of is the varying DURATION OF PROTECTION to different Copyright.
inventions in manufactures.
“The Committee consider the elaboration of any comprehensive measure for the protection of design in manufactures to be well worthy of the serious attention of the Government.
“ The Committee have naturally been led to enquire into the constitution and management of those institutions, which have prevailed in Europe for the last two hundred years under the name of ACADEMIES. Academies appear to have been originally designed to prevent or to retard the supposed decline of elevated Art. Political economists have denied the advantages