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A Book of Dogs. By E. Nesbit. Illustrated by Winifred

Austin. (J. M. Dent and Co. 2s. 6d.)—Miss Austin certainly can draw dogs well. These pencil studies are full of life and expression. Especially happy are some of the slightest of the drawings only giving the head of the animal. With so much insight into the

form- of--the creature, it latt pity that no attempt has been made to introduce a decorative element. Of course, we do not mean the making of so-called -"pictures" with trivial incidents. The Egyptian -sculptors could make things of marvellous power and beauty- front animal forms. In modern art this seems not to be attempted, animal forni being given over to the mere realist. -