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THE EXHIBITION.

MEETING OF COMMISSIONERS. The following business came before the Commissioners after wc went to press yesterday ; THE GOVERNOR'S RESIDENCE. The President reported that the matters connected with the renovating of the Pac fic Hotel were progressing satisfactorily, and it was not expected that the estimated coat of L 250 would bo much exceeded. He thought that L3OO would cover the whole expenditure. The whole place had been turned up, and the sanitary arrangements had been particularly well attended to, FINANCIAL, The President said that th e total receipts to date had been L 21,439 17s 3d, and the total disbursements L 26.754 3s lOcl. REPORT BY MB HODGKINS, Mr VV. M. Hodgkins forwarded the following report of his journey to the North Christchurch. —On my arrival I saw the secretary of the local Committee, Mr Kins y. As he bad arrangeil for an inspection of the Canterbury Art exhibits, we proceeded to the room in which they were shown. They formed a very creditable collection, and with a few exceptions will worthily represent this important district. The wall space required for their display will amount to from 800 ft to I,oooft. Wo then discussed several matters connected with the line Ait section, and I decided to recommend two works in the local collection one, a still life subject by Miss Koaa I’.uddeo ; the other, a landscape by Mr W. M. Gibb, both of which possess exceptional merit —for the Fine Art Committee’s approval in terms of gemra l regulation 3. During my stay in Christchurch ’ I saw several members of the local Committee, and was pleased to notice the amount of interest and enthusiasm which one and all manifested in the coming Exhibition. I visited the local art school over which I was conducted by Mr Elliott, the art master. The exhibits from this school will bo shown in the Educational Court The work shown me reflects credit alike on teachers and pupils. In connection with this branch Mr Elliott inquired whether the Commisiioners intended to provide for a competition between the students of the art schools, anil I promised that 1 would bring the matter before them on my return to Dunedin. The request will probably be made by the Committee in charge of the Educational Court, and I would rncomir.end that it be acceded to, as it will bring out the best efforts of the students in design and other branches of applied art. Wellington. On reaching Wellington I waited upon Mr Earraud (the chairman) and Mr Carroll (secretary) of the local Committee, and afterwards attended a meeting of the Committee. Several questions upon which they doubt were dbcuased, and I explained the views of the Executive with reference to these. One difficulty, among others, arose from the wording of general regulation 3—the question of the minimum application fee for wall space, it seemed to me that it could never have been intended to charge a guinea for the first 20ft, or any less number of feet, iu cases whore the exhibit might not requite more than, say, 3ft, and its selling price would bo, as is the case in several instances, not more than L2. I therefore thought that some modification of this requirement, tote left in each case to the judgment of the local Committee, was necessary, and accordingly left instruction? with Mr Carroll what to do in such eases, and to relax the rule where it might appear to him expedient, haying regard to the circumstances of each application. I saw a number of works intended for exhibition, many of them possessing groat merit, but was told the general body of pictures was in course of finishing. Here, as in Christchurch, I selected two local works of art for the purposes of general regulation 3, an excellently painted panel by Miss Richardson ami a portrait bust by Mr Morrison. Both these works, especially the latter, deserved commendation, and with regard to Mr Morrison’s work, I can only regret that lie had not sent samples to Dunedin, as, had he done so, the Executive might have seen their w »y to have commLaioned him to supply the model of the Queen instead of sending out of the colony for it. While in Wellington I visited the Government School of Design, where I found some good work in progress by the students. Although sadly hampered for want of suitable accommodation (the school is carried on in a few garretty rooms on the top flit of an old building), tho art master, Mr Riley, is carrying forward his pupils in a manner which, judging by the examples of work shown me, wdl un doubtedly ensure for many of them in time a high standard of artistic excellence in addition to, or, perhaps I should say, included in the ordinary course of art training. The students have at regular and frequent intervals competitions in design and other branches of art, and if the idea suggested by tho Christchurch art master for a general competition should be entertained, I have no doubt it will put all the art schools of the colony on their metal, and prove of much advantage generally. I waited on Ministers with lefercnce to their making a special application to the Government of New South Wales for the loan of Dc Neuville’s great picture ‘The Defence of Rorke’s Drift,’ oue of the principal works in the Sydney Public Gallery, and tho Premier directed a cable message to be sent asking for it, and I was afterwards informed that His excellency the Governor, who was in Nelson, had beau good enough to add his personal renuest for the loan. I also made inquiries as to some of the original documents connected with the early history of the colony, and was assured that the original Treaty of Waitangi and other papers, as arranged for by Dr Hocken, should be forwarded. The Government are helping very considerably in the matter of affording information of a reliable character as to tourists’ routes. I was shown an admirable plan, some 20ft in length, in high perspective relief, which was in course of preparation for exhibition in the Tourists’ Court; in addition to this they are printing the descriptive matter, and preparing the illustrations of a work upon the southern lakes of New Zealand, to be distributed among the visitors to the Exhibition and for circulation in the neighboring colonies. "Wanganui.— En route to Now Plymouth I met with the chairman of tho Wanganui Committee, and gathered from him that although the local interest had somewhat flagged, there was every probability of tins part of New Zealand being well represented. He brought under, my notice, however, a matter connected with ' the judging of wools, and said that it would bs more satisfactory to exhibitors in this class if in snaking their awards the judges would give some tgxpfggsion of opinion as to the merit? or otlio:wise of particular modes of treatment. I promised him I would lay this matter before you on my return, and I gave a quantity of general information as to the progress of the Exhibition, the regulations for appointing juro: s, **New Plymouth.—On reaching this town I placed myself in communication with Mr Roy, ■the chairman of the Committee, who ot once .called a meeting of tho local Committee. Many subjects ware discussed and questions put, and here as in the other towns I had vidtsd I noticed ■; 4t« growing interest which was beginning to Is felt in the Exhibition. There will not bo any art exhibits of consequence from this locality, hqt others of a general class oca being got forward for despatch. Mr Roy said the special Maori and historical collection had been refused owing to it having sustained some damage at previous exhibitions held elsewhere, but he availed himself of my presence in New Plymouth to renew the request for its , loan, and as the School Commissioners were sitting that day I attended their meeting witli him. We succeeded in getting the Board to rescind its resolution refusing the loan of tho collection, I promising for the Executive that special care should be taken of it. while in New Plymouth I was particularly struck with the fern trees; their fronds are much richer and larger than any I had seen in Otago, and upon making inquiries as to obtaining a special exhibit of them for the fernery, was told tnat the Executive could have a couple of hundred easily shipped for just the cost of the labor for putting them on board. I would strongly advise shat a selection of these splendid plants be. obtained; they would add greatly to the beauty of the gardens, being to much finer .than tho ■ outheru ferns, aud I have the as.urance .of Mr Boy that the expense would be but trilling. • Auckland. —Here upon I met the ■mayor, Mr Devore (who is alsoohiinnau of the ‘Committee), and the local secretary, _ We dis eussed thevarious matters connected with the art Mction, and I was infornvsd that all their exMbits were being got ready -far despatch South, and would be on the wayiu a .few .flays. Mr Devore was good enough to give pso the whole of his time during my stay, and we conferred on the matters requiring attention. During ray conversation with him I gathered 1 that it would be satisfactory to the Auckland exhibitors if the gentleman who u to come down as their representative was placed on tl c General Fine Art Committee. Tins I promised to bring before you. but I gave Mr Devore to understand that if the appointment was asked for only to remove an impression in the minds of the Auckland odists that their interests would suffer unless they had one of their number to represent them in conneo ion with tanging their works, there was ao necessity for -.making the appointment, as he and they could with confidence dismiss such an idea from Weir minds, as there was not the slightest foundation for supposing the existence of any Ruch feeling. Mr Devore was also good enough to conduct pi i through the Auckland A rt Gallery, and led me to believe that the local show of pictures would he very good. The space required for the .Auckland art exhibits will be from 750 ft to

I,oooft, but until the superintendent of their court arrives they will not decide whether to hang their pictures in their own bay or in the general art gallery. Napier.—Here 1 found the Committee very anxious to do everything in their power to secure for their district adequate representation. A similar question as to wool-judging was raised, and I agreed to do in their case what I had promised at Wanganui. The Maori house, together with a largo quantity of interesting Native curiosities, obtained by Mr Hamilton, was at the Athenieum in course of being packed for transmission to Dunedin. The Mayor of Napier, Mr Swan, Mr Miller, and other gentlemen of the Committee gave me to una-rstand that everything of interest would bo sent, and the district well represented. General. Throughout the whole journey, especially in the North Island, I have observed buudant signs of the lively and mcroas ng interest ■which is being manifested in the Exhibition. I was beset on all sides by questions as to its MX'-, appearance, situation, general scope, and objects ; particularly was this so in reference to two matters first, the acc uni radiation for visitors, and, second, the rates likely to bo charged by the railway and steamer companies. As no rate had been at the time of my visit published for general information, I was unable to supply inform a itm on these heads, and I would suggest that the Executive should urge the Union Steam Ship Cc mpany and the Government to get out their steamer and railway trip notices without any further delay. I would also suggest that the proprietors of the hotels and boarding houses in Dunedin should at once send in to the Exhibition officers such particulars as to accommod tion and rat's and other informa ion they may desire to afford, and that theso partiru ars bo sent to the secretaries of the various local committees, with instructions to circulate them for general information, for from all I have seen and heard 1 have no hesitation in saying you may with confidence expect a very largo number ot visitors to Dunedin, especially during the first two or throo months of the Exhibition, I would also suggest that the captains and officers of the steamships, who take much interest in the success of the movement and are very courteous and obliging, should be supplied with copies of the latest plans and information generally for the use of the passengers—intercolonial as well as coastwise. I wouhi also suggest that the ars union tickets bo issued, and packets of them H c nt to the meal committees. This was another matter in wii ch much interest was shown.

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THE EXHIBITION., Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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