19 MARCH 1965, Page 16

Knitted Brows SIR,—I was rather surprised to see Mr. Roy

Ascott's letter in your issue of March 5. His complaint about Mr. Nevile Wallis's adverse review of his recent exhibition struck me as shrill and abusive. Mr. Wallis is a critic with well-trained eyes and perception and a very definite viewpoint. Whether one agrees, with him or not, it is always clear that he is describing a personal response. We suffer from too many art critics who never leave the fence. The fact that Mr. Wallis got off it is not the less commendable because he landed on the side that was unfortunate for Mr. Ascott. R. G. PILKINGTON Director The Piccadilly Gallery, I6A Cork Street, WI