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MR. JOHN . LO_TGST__FF.
RETURN TO AUSTRALIA. .
Tho eminent Australian artist, Mr. JoTm Longstaff, who' has arrived from England, strongly condemned the-heavy duty, upon pic- tures imposed by the new tariff, in an inter
view to-day "Fancy 25 per cent," he said I
'It Is ridiculous I cannot Bee the object of|
it As a source of revenue it Is not to be considered, and if it is designed to piotect local art It is a very short-sighted policy An exhibition of pictures here bj Austiallans who have gone to Europe to study would be a stimulus to ait in Austialla No other country in the world has such a tax in force "
Mr Longstaff added that there were several Australian artists who now resido in Bng I tnd, but are at present out here on a visit Mr Arthur Streeton and Mr Tom Roberts arrived during the_ paht few months and Mr Geo Lambert is on his way out lie hoped
that the matter of impoit dutj would be taken up in earnest veiv shoitlj Mention of the tînmes of his brothel artibts reminded Mr Longstaff of a \ery interesting little body which has lately been launched in London ThiB is tho Society of Australian Aitists in Europe A most successful exhibition haB been held at the Burlington Galkileb Mr Longstaff, who, Incident-iUy, Is president of tho society, Baja, that out of its aims is the encouragement of Australian artists to send their pictures home for exhibition in Lon-
Mr Longstaff will lea\e for Sjdney on Sat- urday N _______________