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The Royal Cambrian Academy…


The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art. PRIVATE VIEW DAY. The fourteenth Private View of the above-named Academy was held on Saturday, May 23rd, about a thousand invitations being issued. Plas Mawr was decorated with plants lent, with his usual kindness, by Mr Albert Wood, J.P., D.L., and that with such lavishness of excellent specimens that anyone might almost have been pardoned had he imagined that he was at a flower-show em- bellished with works-of-art rather than at a picture exhibition adorned with superb horticultural specimens. The President (Mr H. Clarence Whaite, R.W.S.) received the visitors in the Banqueting Room, and was assisted in cordially welcoming them by other Officers and Council- members of the Academy. In the afternoon, at the serving of tea and light refreshments in the Queen's Sitiing Room, Mrs Furness and Mrs Morville presided with their customary geniality. Mr J. R. Furness, the indefatigable Curator, with his well-known energy and activity, was here, there, and everywhere, lending assistance to the President, Council, visitors, tea-makers,—every- one, in fact,-in numberless ways (which must have tired out any ordinary man, nevertheless). It was noticeable that the exhibits showed an advance alike in numbers and in average quality of the work, the general tone of the Exhibition being considerably above the high standard that might have been reasonably anticipated by those who were familiar with its predecessors. Through the indefatigable exertions of the Academy's ever- genial President, a large Gallery has been built during the past year. Great praise is ascribed to the President and Academicians for their exertions to improve matters in the direction of the new Gallery, for Plas Mawr, although well lighted for an old Manor House, is but an indiffer- ent place for the advantageous exhibition of pictures. For some years past, the management of the R.C.A. have considered various schemes to bring about the building of a suitable Gallery, but they have never received State aid, and are entirely unendowed, whilst subscriptions from private sources are practically nil. In this respect they are not on such a firm footing as The Royal Academy, The Royal Scottish Academy, and The Royal Hibernian Academy, each of which is in receipt of State aid, and is doing excellent work. But the Royal Cambrian Academy has hitherto been neglected in this respect by the Government this is the same with regard to the Principality, in respect of a National Museum, about which so much has lately been heard in Parliament and in various centres of Welsh intellectual activity. The Royal Cambrian Academicians, however, nothing daunted, have by several years of patient and anxious work, now succeeded in building for themselves a temporary Gallery, and trust that with further efforts, and earnest work, they may, in the course of a few years, be in possession of a still larger and more solid structure. All honour to a Society thus struggling through all difficulties, and gaining a position of which they may well be proud. The Exhibition this year, as a natural outcome of a good Gallery, is much more important than any previously held in Plas Mawr. We are pleased to see that Professor Herkomer has become an Honorary Member, and exhibits his well-known work Our Village this occupies the centre of the principal wall in the new Gallery and is regarded as one of the special attractions of this year's Exhibition,—this picture, however, it was noticed in passing, is not without its faults. The place of honour on theopposite wall is occupied by what is unmistakably the masterpiece of the Exhibition, Harlech Castle, described as "A Stronghold of Edward I (" It stands four square to all the winds that blow"), by the President (Mr H. Clarence Whaite, R.W.S.) this picture is a grand subject, grandly viewed, and magnifi- cently executed. Much attention was attracted to J. Pain Davis's Unhallowed Ground," by reason of its own excellence and the varying interpretations of the newspaper critics. S. Sidley, R.B.A., was well represented by Melody," an ideal picture hung alongside the President's great work. In the new Gallery, considerable attention was paid to the portraits,—Leonard Hughes excelled himself with his portrait at the east end of the Gallery the Morien by B. S. Marks, and the Dr. Llugwy Owen, M.A., PH. D. by J. Clinton Jones, were pronounced very lifelike, whilst J. E. Finchftm, Esq. by Albert S. Wood, was regarded as a speaking likeness. Another great picture is Sir E. Burne-Jones's Wheel of Fortune this has been lent for the summer by Mr Albert Wood, J.P., D.L., and is well placed in one of the old rooms of Plas Mawr. On either side of this celebrated work, are two strong pictures by Anderson Hague, R.I. Mr Hague has also 5 other important works. A picture which, inspected with curiosity, was regarded with admiration, was Charles Potter's oil-painting (an unmistakeable "oil ) which a Manchester critic in his haste had described as a water-colour. Admiration was uniformly evoked by the statuary group presented to the R.C.A. by Mrs Hoare, this being the original model designed by the late Mr John Bell, for the American corner of the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, London. But truly the whole Exhibition was a treat to behold (one or two pictures in the new Gallery alone excepted), and the Lantern Room (contain- ing two dozen pictures by the late J. H. Cole) was generally held to deserve a leisurely and prolonged inspection. So far as could be learnt, a prepon- derating percentage of the guests determined to visit Plas Mawr more than once during the summer, the pictures all round attaining not only a high grade but also a greater power of fascination and pleasing than has usually been observed.

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