12 MARCH 1932, Page 20

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—" A Half-century Reader

of the Spectator " interests me very much by his frank request for an explanation of what Mr. Epstein is producing at the present time. It is truly delightful to find an elderly person at least beseeching help in his or her bewilderment regarding " ugly modern " art.

" A Half-century Reader," however, is grievously in error in regarding English people as being shy about acknowledging their instinct of what Beauty means. On the contrary, the vast majority unhesitatingly and not without pride pronounce their views at length, most often with sheer abuse, about one in a thousand having put any intelligent thought into the matter at all.—I am, Sir, &c., ART STUDENT. Edinburgh.