Adelaide, School of Design Art Club, 1894.
Octavo, 43 pages with a full-page illustration (the author's monogram).
Flush-cut card (lettered in gilt on the front cover) a little foxed and nicked, with a chip to the foot of the spine; a very good copy.
Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, at the time Director for Technical Art. 'In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities.... His growing authority in art matters, his self-confidence and abrasive manner and his attitude toward other art schools, led to criticism. Critics found Gill a vain man who controlled lucrative and influential art offices and who disdained the democratic brotherhood of art. His supporters admitted that he could be uncompliant and disagreeable, but said that he had worked hard, was a good judge of the monetary value of pictures, saved the board expense, and was a courageous and incorruptible curator. He supported and reorganized the South Australian Society of Arts and was its first president elected from the fellows (1909-11)' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'; this entry contains one of the few errors we have noted in the ADB - the title of this book is given as 'The Straight and Crooked Paths of Studentship').