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In Some Modern Sculptors . (Oxford University Press, 7s. 6d.) Mr. Stanley Casson treats a dozen artists with an admirable discrimination. He is a shrewd critic as well as admirer of Rodin, whom he places in juSt relation with his master Barye, and contrasts in turn with his pupils Bourdelle and Maillol. The former he regards in many ways as the greater artist, with an invention and vigour which the latter lacks, though he is more serene. M4strovic is incomparable, inasmuch as he owes little or nothing to prevailing tendencies in art or to the work of other masters : the summit of his achievement, a memorial mausoleum to the old Croatian family of Racks, on a magnificent Mediterranean site, is here described at length. Eric Gill, the late Gaudier-Brzeska, and Epstein are other sculptors assessed, and informally Dobson, who, however, is regarded as requiring a fuller treatment than space allows. " Like Rodin, he has attempted to make sculpture do what it cannot often be-expected to-do " is one of Mr. Casson's judgments on Epstein. 'The' scheme .cietexe and illustration in this volume is orderly and-intelligent, and there is an excellent opening chapter on " Methods and Aims."