“How did you do?”
“I did all right in English and arithmetic.”
A shadow crossed Bertram's mind, he could hardiy make himself ask the question.
“Do they give you drawing?”
“Yes, sir. But I did badly in that. It seems I can’t draw at all.” •
Against his will Bertram gave a little sigh of relief (вздох облегчения) and laid his blue-veined fingers on the boy’s hand.
Stephen liked these'occasional visits to .the Gallery in the company of his grandfather. But today, after having been away from home for nine weeks, he was eager to see his mother, who would meet them at Waterloo Station1 and take him home with her. Several times in the last hour he had tactfully asked Bertram what the time might be. and was, indeed, about to do so again when a party of schoolgirls entered the room, led by their teacher.
“And now, girls,” the teacher began, “we come to the Desmondes, three representative paintings bought for the Gallery in 1930. The first, called Circus2, showing a remar kable sense of colour and composition belongs to the artist’s early French period. Note in particular the manner in which a sense of movement is given to the figure of the young woman on the bicycle.
“The second painting, which I "am sure you have seen reproduced many times, is a portrait of the artist’s wife. Here you will find the freedom of arrangement which is the main feature of all Desmonde’s work. Through the window at which she sits, one can see the street outside, with some poor children engaged in a game of ball. This, by the way. was the subject of another well-known Desmonde known as Children at Play, which may be seen in the Luxembourg. Paris.
“The third and largest painting was the last work done by the artist, and is considered to be his finest. It is, as you see, a large composition of the estuary (['estjuarij устье ре ки) of the Thames, showing all the crowded movement of the river.” Here she began to look up her notes.
“Desmonde was not altogether a revolutionary painter,” she continued. “Just as the Impressionists drew from Turner, he drew, in his early years, from Manet [тэ'пе] ,• Degas
['wDtaluj — Ватерлоо, название вокзала и станции метро в Лондоне
Circus — цирк ‘