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No. 3 - Song - Sir George - "The Popular Art Of The Day"

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Sir George: Though pictures as a connoisseur I don't pretend to criticize
I know the points in painting that will make for notoriety
A limb that's rather shapely or a hand and foot of pretty size
With just a slight suspicion of a proper impropriety
The Age that reads a Yellow Book delights to find how blue it is
Today's artistic idols are tomorrow's on the shelfy ones
But I prefer to Beardsley and his female incongruities
The highly coloured posters that are genuine Adelphi ones
Yet in Art to be sure
As in Literature
Eccentricity's certain to play
For a dash and a dab
Make a gee-gee and cab
In the popular Art of the day,
In the popular Art of the day.
   
  The names of pictures classical I'm always apt to stammer on
So wouldn't hang a Leighton, though, upon my walls possessing room
But Mrs Patrick Campbell, Marie Lloyd and Violet Cameron
Are fram'd to much advantage in the corners of my dressing room
And when I say I really do not care for the Academy
I hope I do not shock you for my words are not abruptly meant
But honestly I MUCH prefer, though doubtless it's too bad o' me
The coloured plate presented as a Christmas Extra Supplement
Yet in Art to be sure
As in Literature
Eccentricity's certain to play
For smudge and a smear
Make an actress and Peer
In the popular Art of the day,
In the popular Art of the day.
   
  Now woman, with her violet eyes, her golden, brown or black tresses
Makes just the sort of picture on a mantelpiece I'd stick me up
And therefore I've become, because I'm fond of pretty actresses
An annual subscriber both to Sketch, St Paul's and Pick-me-up
I'm told it's very flippant, and of Art at best a sorry phase
But scientist, and savant and the dry as dust Prideaux-er
Would smile on Dudley Hardy's dashing ballet girls and caryphees
So think of their attractions for a tender-hearted widower
Yet in Art to be sure
As in Literature
Eccentricity's certain to play
For a splash and a splurt
Make a leg and a skirt
In the popular Art of the day
In the popular Art of the day.


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