REVIEW BY V. H. C JARRET
REVIEW OF THE “BOOK OF CHRYSANTHEMUMS
Review by V.H.C. Jarret (Vinjar")**
This is a book of beautiful chrysanthemums, painted by a man who has combined the feeling of a true artist with the skill of a botanist in reproducing the flowers and foliage so faithfully. Chrysanthemums typify
The painter of these remarkable studies of chrysanthemums, Mr. Ong Schan Tchow, is well qualified to place such a book before the public. He was born in 1900 in Lungyen district of Fukien Province, and at the age of 19 won a government scholarship and went to
Resigning from Government service owing to poor health, Mr. Ong Schan Tchow was able to devote more time to painting, producing many beautiful studies of the flowers and plants growing at the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in
But times' changed, and war descended on
The cause for which this book is to be sold requires no special commendation. It is fitting that a Memorial so sacred to every patriotic Chinese should be recalled at such a time, and through its glorious flowers. Alien hosts have invaded that national reservation. It may be that many of the flowers no longer flourish under the care that was their due: but in the hearts of all true sons and daughters of China they will, I am sure, continue to bloom ?as a thought; a hope, and a prayer.
And should some future sorrow find
My spirit weak in trial's hour,
Grant me the gift to call to mind
Fair mem'ry of some well-loved flower.
** V.H.C Jarret is the Editor in Chief of an English Newspaper in