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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8028, 3 October 1889
The South Australian Parliament has voted L3OO for the representation of the wine-growine industry of that colony at the New Zealand Exhibition. Arrangements are also being perfected for shipping regular supplies of fresh fruit from Port Pirie; and many of the exhibitors of stud sheep at the recent South Australian Agricultural Show intend forwarding fleeces for exhibition here. Mr H. J. Scott has been appointed to represent the South Australian Government at our Exhibition.'
The following gentlemen have accepted invitations to be present at the opening I ceremony : Hon. Mr Bonar (Hokitika), the Mayors of Campbelltown and North Invercargill, Mr F. Jones (member for Heathcote), Mr J. E. Wright, of Christchurch (Swedish and Norwegian Consul for New Zealand). A Sydney cablegram states that Mr Oscar Meyer, the Commissioner for New South Wales, believes that that colony will make a display equal to any other country exhibiting at the New Zealand Exhibition. The interior of the vestibule is being decorated, the colors used being pale blue, gold, and crimson. The ornamental work round the ceiling gives the whole a very pleasant appearance, which will be enhanced considerably by the time that the finishing touches are given. The lower portions of the main hall are also being finished, the upper parts being completed. Spacee are being marked off for mirrors, statues, etc., with which it is intended to decorate this portion of the building. Work at the fernery is progressing apace, the foundations for the fern designs being already commenced, while the sides are being lined up with mosses and lichen. The fountain will be placed in the centre of the fernery, and directly in front of the large window which divides the fernery from the grand hall, so that persons may be enabled to see the interior of the former building from the entrance-way of the Exhibition. The band rotunda and cascade, which will be found in the garden, are being constructed, the foundation for the cascade being built of brick. The fernery will be skirted by a number of shrnbs, already Elanted and labelled. On many parts of the uilding workmen are* busily engaged, and every effort is being made to have the place ready for opening day. THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT. Mr Hodgkins, on his return homewards, was interviewed by a representative of the ' Lyttelton Times,' to whom he gave an account of his reception in the principal towns he had visited, and to whom he explained what is being done by the special committee he represents. In the art collection, he said, there will be a fairly perfect panorama of New Zealand in the midst of Maoris' curios and settlers' relics. It will be an exhibition unique and eminently worthy of the Jubilee. In connection with the local pictures the authorities would like to make a suggestion. It is that the pictures sent from each locality should be, as far as possible, local in composition, so that comparative representation can be obtained. THE AST GALLERY, The place for the reception of these pic tures and the loan collections, of which more anon, is a space 100 ft square, divided into six rooms of equal size, lighted from the roof according to the best principles of modern practice. The rooms give a wall space in the aggregate of 9,OoQft or W.OQOft, which the walls of corridors and extensions will bring up to some 12,000 ft. The pic-, tures comprise first THE BRITISH LOAN COLLECTION, consisting of forty-two pictures by the best English artists. Among these is Wald's ' Hope,' one of the collection the artist has bequeathed to the nation. Millais is represented by his splendid portrait of Cardinal Newman; Leighton by his famous ' Phryne at Eleuais'; Brett by the 'Shallows of Havesdale Cove'; Chevalier by 'Mount Cook' and the ' Pukaki Belle.' There are pictures also by Clarkson Stanfield, W. B. Richmond, Horsley, Perugini, Hayden, and Landseer; and there are some of the best portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Then there is THE ANGLO-AOSTRALIAX COLLECTION of some 130 to 150 pictures, supplemented by the Scotch collection of some seventy or eighty more. This will be one of the most attractive features of the exhibits. The first-named consists of thoroughly representative works of the new English or Newlyn school, comprising pictures by \Vylie, Henley, Moore, Solomon (the painter of the ' Delilah,' which created the sensation of its year), Bramley, Stanhope, Forbes, and other leading artists of this school. The Scottish collection, as a preliminary advance letter informs Mr Hodgkins, will probably comprise works by Sir Noel Paton, George Reid, R. S. Htndman, Colin Hunter, A. Perigal, Anderson, M'Whirter, M'Taggart, and other eminent Scottish artists. Third in the enumeration comes THE VICTORIAN COLLECTION of about 250 pictures, lent by the Victorian Artists' Association. Amongst them are works of Boorlow, Chevalier, Tom Roberts, Mather, Campbell, and others. To this collection must be added about 200 pictures brought down by Mr Fletcher,' the Superintendent of the Yictorian Court. Then there is a small representative collection from the Koek-Eoek Gallery now in comprising some by the Hungarian painter, Munkacsy, and the New South Wales collection, which will include, amongst others, De Neuville's great picture of * The Defence of ftorke's Drift.' THE NEW ZEALAND LOAN COLLECTION will comprise the best examples in the colony, of painters of eminence, lent by the owners. These, with the pictures of the New Zealand artists, will make up a grand total of 600 or 700 pictures. The whole of the pictures of all kinds will number up to between 1,200 and 1,500. It will be an exhibition unprecedented in our annals, and a revelation to nine-tenths of our people; a' worthy celebration of the Jubilee of our country. New Zealand will be represented by the names of Barraud (father and son), Bloomfield, Gibb (father and son), Beetham, Cousins, Wilson, Sheriff (Wanganui), J. C. Richmond, Steele (whose fine work ' The Story of a Saddle" gained such praise at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition), H. Watkins, Miss Hodgkins, Miss Richardson, Miss Wimperis, Miss Buddon, Miss Stoddart, Miss Fenton, and others. There will also be a large and highly creditable collection of amateur works, many of whose names are well known in the colony, and some of them beyond it. Among the exhibitors will be the name of Mr Morrison, whose very fine bust in terra-cotta of Mr C. D. Barraud is just now the admiration of all who visit the collection of pictures exhibited here by the New Zealand Society of Arte. A special feature of the picture gallery will be the Gully collection, the Committee having determined to consecrate a separate portion of their space to the representative work of the masterly poet-painter of New Zealand. THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS OF ART of the colony will alsd*be represented, and, that only by the best work of the students. With this collection Mr Hodgkins has expressed himself as particularly well pleased. The excellence of the work done has especially struck him, and notably the results of the monthly competition in design, a feature of the Wellington School of Art, of which Mr Hodgkins cannot say enough to show his delighted appreciation. "It is," said Mr Hodgkins, " a feature of the instruction to develop the highest talent each student possesses. The fact that the work has to be done in a certain time brings out all th« artistic and inventive faculties • of the students." I may mention that on account of the excellence of the work of the younger artists, free space is to be given to Mr Gibb, jun., Miss Buddon, and Miss Richardson, whose flower panels are of the highest order of artistic merit. Besideß the artistic part of his work, Mr Hodgkins has attended to | _ OTHER MATTERS. For instance, he has; secured a large number of interesting contributions to the early knowledge of the colony, and'many curios -for the. Maori Court. > He fells me that the Exhibition has, he finds, attracted a great deal of attention throughout New Zealand on account of its size, and of its very comprehensive and thoroughly colonial character, and is getting appreciated by a large number of people. Many have expressed their intention of paying it a' visit. ; "Can you give me any idea of its appearance ?"—" Certainly," said Mr Hodg-
kins. " Here's a little pencil sketch which I made the other day," and ho showed a little artistic thing which, with a rough 9keteh plan, gave me a very fair idea of the place. A building of iron, rather low ; a central dome and two Hanking domes in the central facade, the lengths rolieved by octagonal towers, all gay with flags. This building stands round three sides of a square of twelve acres, the fourth side being a large space devoted to various tilings, amongst others a switchback railway and machinery in operation. The thoroughness with which the Utter is being attended to may be seen from the intention of the Mosgiel Company, which is preparing an exhibit of all the processes from the sheepskin to the most highly finished products of the loom. Besides the space comprised in the main building are the Australian Courts and annexes. On one side of these, nearest the front, are the garden and fernery; on the other, the art gallery and the concert room, capable of seating 3,000 people. In the centre of the garden will be a model of the Eiffel Tower, higher by some feet than the highest flagstaff* of the highest dome.
"And the finances, Mr Hodgkins?"
" Well, I can't give you an exact balancesheet. Not being a prophet. I must leave something to the future, but I can give you something like an idea. Dunedin has paid into the bank in cash L 15.000, and has guaranteed several thousands more. The Government hug given us LI 0,000, on condition that we give free space for Government exhibits—a very large item—and that we build a fireproof art gallery, which we have done, under tho superintendence of Mr Bell, of the Government Service. We hope that the results will be such that instead of calling upon the guarantors we shall return to the shareholders something appreciable on their L 15,000." " And how have you managed to get along so well ?"—" Tho great secret is that we have done the work ourselves. We have a committee of business men, and there are only two salaried officers. Above all things we have a chief, John Roberts, who works harder than any of us, who knows how to encourage those who do their duty, whose knowledge and power over details is something amazing, who not only has the work well in hand, but has organised it bo that he pushes it in front of him. Under such a chief as John Roberts, one of the ablest men in New Zealand " I here intercept: "You never said a truer thing, sir." " As I was saying, under such a chief anything is bound to go well." MEETING OF COMMISSIONERS. The ordinary meeting of Commissioners, held this afternoon, was attended by the president (Mr J. Roberts), Sir R. Stout, Hon. R. Oliver, Hon. W. H. Reynolds, Dr Hooken, Messrs Twopeny (Executive Commissioner), W. Gow, J. H. Morrison, R. Hay, T. Brown, A. Bartleman, J. White, M. Joel, A. Lee Smith, W. Carlton, H. Mackenzie, J. Mills, M.H.R., T. Brydone, A. H. Roas, M.H.R., J.Allen, M.H.R., W. L. Simpson, G. M. Thomson, and R. H. Leary. INVITATIONS. A number of invitations to the opening ceremony, recommended by the Executive, were formally approved of. The President reported that the following invitations had been accepted to date: — Fourteen members of the Legislative Council with their wives, 54 mombers of the Assembly with their wives, 51 mayors, 18 chairmen of county councils, 28 editors of papers, 22 commissioners with their wives, 26 members of local committees, 14 Government officials with their wives, 8 clergymen, 6 town clerks and councillors, 3 chairmen sf education boards, 2 chairmen of underwriters' associations, 2 chairmen of university councils, 2 curators of museums, 3 commissioners of 18G5, 4 judges with their wives, 5 officers commanding districts with their wives, 2 masonic district grand masters, 8 consuls with their wives, and 71 members of Exhibition committees with their wives. This mado a total of 343, and 10 foreign invitations had also been received. ACCOMMODATION FOR VISITORS. Sir Rober'l' Stout drew attention to tho question of tho accommodation available for visitors.—The PnEgiDENTsaid that a register of boarding-houses was being kept, and arrangements had been made for tho occupation of the Immigration Barrackr. —The matter was relegated to the Tourist Committee. COMMITMENTS. The following commitments were reported and approved of:—lt had been decided to erect a model byro of three bays on each side of the way out to the side shows.—Mr \V. P. Watson, of the Kaitangata Coal Company, had been appointed a member of the Mining Committee vice Mr N. D. Cochrane resigned.—Messrs Blundell and Ross's tender for plumbing in connection with the lavatory, and those of M'Math and Walker and M'Leod and Shaw for the woodwork had been accepted. [Left sitting].
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8028, 3 October 1889
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