29 APRIL 1899, Page 8

Dutch Painters of the Nineteenth Century. Edited by Max Rooses.

(Sampson Low, Marston, and Co. .22 2s. net.)—This book is a collection of monographs by different writers, the subjects being the artists of modern Holland. The dis- advantage of • constructing a book in this way is that we have no general and balanced view of the subject as a whole. In some measure this defect is made up for by the introduction by the editor. The biographies are illus- trated with reproductions both from the pictures and the sketches of the different painters. The sketches of Madame Ronner's cats are beautiful and much more satisfactory than her finished pictures. In these the cats get swamped in irritating accessories. But in the sketches we can enjoy the really beautiful drawing of the creatures.