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represents the death in 1915 of Bronislaw Mansperl, a lieutenant in Marshal Pilsudski’s legion. The most glowing page of this series—and it is hard to say which is the most glowing—is probably the one depicting the Jewish Notables before King Casimir the Great, which is reproduced as the frontispiece to the catalogue.

There are on view also the series of illustrations to Ludwig Lewisohn’s “The Last Days of Shylock” which shows what Szyk can do in pure drawing, for these are in black and white. But after the Statutes of Kalisz perhaps the richest examples of illumination are in the available examples of the yet unfinished Covenant of the League of Nations upon which Szyk is now at work. The originals, when the series is completed, will find its permanent home in the Bibliotheque National of Paris.

It is appropriate that, in adjoining galleries of the Brooklyn Museum, there are on view examples of Polish art, in applied as well as pure forms, the work of the common people, expressing itself in textile design, as well as the work of cultivated painters.

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