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The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1927


    PASSING through the eleven galleries, in which 738 selected oil paintings of the year are displayed, the attention of any student of Nature is due perhaps to landscapes and other out-of-door pictures in preference to portraits, genre, or still-life, and with the critical habit that clothes the orthodox scepticism of the scientific mind, his first instinct is to point out how his colleagues of the brush and palette have failed to appreciate the shapes and colours of natural objects of their common care. It is, however, permissible to reverse the order, and taking therepresentationsasreal (wherever possible), to gather what the artists have to tell us about Nature that ought to come within the thought of our philosophy. In this year's Academy there is a fine picture of crepuscular rays with layers of cloud, “The Coming and the Going”(319), by C. Conway Plumbe, quite a good subject for ameteorological lecture.

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