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Paris, August, 1900.
To the Editor:
—I have a clipping from an American newspaper regarding the Paris Exposition, in which the writer claims that in the great art gallery, where the different nations have their pictures on exhibition, the United States eclipses them all. Before I read this I had visited and studied with some care this collection, and I had put the United States in about the ninth place, as compared with the works of other countries. We have, it is true, a few good pictures, especially good portraits, but the collection as a whole does not do us credit as a nation possessing a high order of artistic skill. While, I believe, it was understood that France was to have 45 per cent, of the space alloted to exhibitors, she has managed the matter so much to her advantage that she has appropriated at least three-quarters
Caldwell WS. Rambling Notes of a Roving Doctor. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(9):571–572. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460350041016
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