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only, but the more direct application of the Arts
Unless the Arts and Manufactures be prac-
Perhaps the Government would most judiciously interpose, not only by creating a Normal School, but by applying to local institutions the species of assistance now extended to the building of School-houses.
“ In our own country, manufacturing artists have
of Trustees in Edinburgh and the Royal Society in
In England, the more matured
Mechanics' “Among the advantages possessed by the manufac-
* “This principle is judiciously adopted in the Gewerb Institute at
Immittee has been directed to the Books ON ART, blished by the Governments for the instruction of seir workmen. Among these, the works issued by M. Beuth, Director of the Gewerb 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.”
2. Means of We come now to our second division of the subject
extending matter of the Report—the means of extending the the love of love of art, and of cultivating and refining the public Altivatid of
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 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 Galgreater advantage over Great Britain than in their Museums 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 the Encou- called to the institutions established in Germany, under ragement of the name of Kunstvereine, (Art-Unions,) and now be
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.
The last division in the arrangement we have adopted tion and rewards of treats of the LEGAL PROTECTion of artistic property, Artists.
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, Ave obstructed the exercise of art in that material. ipe window duty acts injuriously on the proportion Sd 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.
“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 Artists 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
character of is extended to printed cotton patterns. A doubtful
present staprotection has also been afforded to the Arts by the tutable prostatutes 38 Geo. III., c. 71; and 54 Geo. III. c. 56. 38 Geo.li. The copyright given by these statutes extends to metallic figures of men and animals, to figures combined 56.
71. 54Geo. III.
under these Statutes
of the two, and to what is somewhat loosely styl ‘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, expensive. and almost affords impunity to piracy in art. Necessity “The most obvious principle of any measure enacted of a cheap 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 kind; mes, how 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
REGISTRATION appears to be indispensable.
“Another element in the consideration of this subject
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.
Various duration of
“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