Sir Philip Sassoon Appreciates Local Talent
Sir Philip Sassoon, M.P., opened the 62nd Autumn Exhibition in the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery on Sunday last when the Lord Mayor (Councillor R. J. Hall) presided.
The exhibition was very remarkable. Of particular interest were three pictures by Mr. Francis W. Bryson, a Liverpool School of Art student, including a striking selfportrait and a portrait of the artist's father.
Beneficial Influence of Art
In opening the exhibition, Sir Philip Sassoon said, " All my life I have been a profound believer in the beneficial influence which art can exert upon the life and well-being of a nation, and upon the indi vidual lives of its citizens. For several years I have done what I can in my own way to bring that influence to bear upon a
wider circle :of English men and women.
" I am convinced that those who banish art from their lives are not making full use of the manifold qualities with which God has endowed them.
National Gallery of the North
" Here in your permanent collection with its representative examples of late Victorian paintings, the Roscoe collection of early Flemish and Italian works and the individual paintings which you have purchased out of the profits of these exhibitions, Corporation grants and grants from the National Art Collections Fund, you have a permanent local gallery well worthy to be called ' The National Gallery of the North.'"