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The Art and Loan Exhibition…


The Art and Loan Exhibition at Rhyl. FINE LOAN COLLECTION. OPENING BY PRINCESS LOUISE OF SCHLESWIC. HOLSTEIN. The first stage in the elaborate programme of the Royal Welsh National Eisteddfod of 1904 was entered upon yesterday (Thursday), when a most interesting exhibition was opened in Christ Church British School by her Highness Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, who is cl just now the guest of the Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire and Lady Florentia Hughes at Kinmel. Mr Hughes is, by the way, president of the Eisteddfod Executive Committee, and largely to his influence must be attributed the visit of the Princess. The exhibition includes all the articles sent in for competition in the Arts, Crafts, and Science section of the Eisteddfod, a collection of loan exhibits illus- trating the history of Welsh domestic life and industries and other subjects of general interest, and the stalls of the Welsh Industries Association. The arrangements have entailed a great amount of labour extending over a con- siderable period. The most prominent workers have been Mr E Lewis Evans, the ideal secre- tary of the Arts and Crafts Committee of the Eisteddfod Miss Mary Williams (of Bodel- wyddan), who has shown the greatest interest and enterprise as organising secretary of the loan exhibition, and notwithstanding the lamentable death of her brother, Sir William Grenville Williams, proved faithful to her post until the completion of the arrangements and Lady Mostyn of Talacre and Miss Isabel Tate, vice-president and hon secretary respectively of the North Flintshire branch of the Welsh In- dustries Association. Equally valuable have been the services of the Rev T Shankland, whose chief task has been the compilation of the exhibition catalogue, and who has rendered great assistance in other directions. Mr A Foulkos-Roberts, of Denbigh, has been another enthusiastic worker, as has also the Rev C F Roberts, rector of Llanddulas. Mr Godfrey W Parry must also be ranked amongst the faithful ones. To do justice to all, we append the names of Mr J L Muspratt, J.P., and Mr R Rhydderch, H.M.I S., chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the Eisteddfod Arts and Crafts Committee, Mrs R Llewelyn Jones, Mrs Lloyd (Vicarage), Miss Mainwaring (Galltfaenan), Mrs DeRance, Dr Wycliffe Goodwin, Dr Thomas, and Messrs 8 Chad wick, E Parker Davies, Trevor Eyton (Holywell), J B Feilding (Upper Downing, Holywell), Leonard Hughes (Dyserth Castle), A Lewis Jones, D P Morris, G Nuttall, C J Batters (Ffynnongroew), W J P Storey, J.P., Henry Taylor (Chester), H W Vallance (Abergele), W Elwy Williams, J.P., and P Mostyn Williams. The Competitions. The articles sent in for competition in the Arts and Crafts section of the Eisteddfod are to be found effectively arranged in the room on the right side of the entrance to the schools, and together they form a very valuable collection, comprising oil paintings (38), water colours (29), miniatures, objects in sculpture (19), including 6 busts of tho late Dean Howell, miscellaneous drawings (27), designs for book covers (20), botanical collections, specimens of wood carving and marquetry (71), relief maps of Wales, 11 collections of school work, 28 plans of workmen's cottages, specimens of metal and iron work, and 220 exhibits of needlework, lace, knitting, weaving &c. The awards of the adjudicators, whioh will be made known at the Eisteddfod meetings next week, are awaited with keen interest. Their task has certainly been no simple one, especially in the painting and drawing classes, and in the needle- work, &c, classes. The Loan Exhibits. The loan exhibition occupies the large uppei schoolroom and comprises many wonderful reminders of by-gone days. The loan of fiv( osses of arts objects from the Board of Educa. tion, South Kensington, consists of specimen.1 of woodwork, wrought ironwork, embroidery, Turkish tiles and pottery, and musical instru- ments—all of which have been chosen direct from the cases in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and chosen with the view of the same being useful as examples of designs and work- manship in the furthering of the art of design amongst the industries of Wales. Of particular interest just now is the case of musical instru- ments. One of the choicest of these is that inlaid with ivory of the most beautiful work- manship and design. Prominent also is the old Welsh "Crwth." Also of especial interest should be the series of beautiful designs for book covers, interior decorations, cabinets, painted glass, lC, the work of Owen Jones also the studies of sculpture by another local man, J Gibson, R.A. The collection is in the charge of Mr Martin. From the Cardiff J Museum has been received a case of NantGarw porcelain, showing the beautiful decorative work (by hand) in all its stages. The gentle- man in charge is Mr John Ward, who has con- tributed to the exhibition catalogue an instruc- tive article on this subject. The Bishop of St Asaph has sent a case containing a number of old manuscripts including "Llyfr Coch Asaph (the Red Book of St Asaph, of the 16th and 17th centuries) and several prints of bishops. The case representing the Dean and Chapter of St Asaph Cathedral contains a large number of diocesan documents and ancient manuscripts also a manuscript dictionary in Hebrew, Greek, and Welsh, the work of Die Aberdaron, famous as the master of fifteen languages and a fine series of impressions of the seals of the Bishops of St Asaph. Mr Batters, Tanllan, Holywell, sends amongst other things a tablespoon recovered from the wreck of the steamer Royal Charter, off Puffin island, many years ago. From Mrs Brodrick, Coed Cooh, there are: a signet ring, two gold rings and a portrait of Dean Goodman of St Asaph, and a Royal Charter of Henry VIII. to the Township of Denbigh. Messrs Campling & Son's exhibit consists of a panel of the arms of the late Lord Dinorben. Mr J A F Carpenter, Church Street, sends eight speci- mens of Swansea China painted by Pollard and others. The Countess of Dundonald's extensive collection comprises a number of ancient deeds and documents which have never been exhibited before, and which include among others a parchment memorandum of a deed poll dated "Aborgeley, 5th Henry VIII," the marriage settlement of John Lloyd of Gwrych and Catherine Griffiths of Bettws, 1682 also four silhouettes of the Lloyds of Gwrych, an old needlework sampler, &c. Mr J M Edwards, Holywell (formerly of Rhyl), sends an old Iberian arrowhead, found at Barmouth. Mrs Gladstone, Hawarden—a series of miniatures of the Glynnes, photographs of the late Right Hon W E and Mrs Gladstone, an axe which belonged to the If G. O. M., and a genealogy of the Glynne family. Miss Gee, Denbigh— Twm o'r Nant's chair (Twm o'r Nant was the greatest interlude writer Wales has yet pro- duced). Mr L G Hall-II. collection of fossils from Llannefydd reservoir excavations, repre- senting the skull and horns of a buffalo, the horns of an elk, the aide of a trilobite, &c. Miss Lily Jones Ifughoq-a miniature of the Bishop of St Asaph (exhibited at the New Gallery this year). Mr Ernest Jones, Queen's Arcade—views of St Asaph Cathedral. Mr J C Jones, 10 Bridge St—needlework pictures, &c. Mr P P Morris-a series of old Welsh bygonos, including a Cromwellian oak chair which belonged to the late lhomas Charles of Bala, dinner basket, rush candle- sticks, bardic round table, See. Mr Edwin Morgan, Trei-neircliioii-a poitrait of Queen Anne, pre-historic remains from Caegwyn cave, neluding llint implements dresses, &c. Die Aberdaron's Hebrew and Welsh Grammar (in manuscript) and rushlight holders appear in an interesting collection sent by Mr T Morris, J.P., of Carnarvon, who is also the possessor of the table on view which belonged to Ellis Wyn, author of Bardd Cwsg," 1699. In the same collection is the licence tQ preach given to the Rev J Jones, of Talysarn, the eminent Welsh] Methodist also a peithynen or bardic writing frame, and a gordd eithyn, a barborous looking instrument resembling a cross-bladod axe, which used to perform the duties now more satisfactorily discharged by machines of the o chaff-cutting type. Sir Pyers Mostyn, of Talacre, has sent a unique and priceless collec- ition, including an illuminated manuscript entitled "Homo Diurnro," another entitled "Missale Romanura" (bound in velvet and gold), and another entitled "Breviarum," aleo a book of Welsh poetry of about the 15tn and 16th centuries, emblazonsd pedigree rolls of the Mostyns of Talacre and Mostyn, and a collec- tion of ancient documents, also the silvei sconces presented by Charles II to Sir Pyers' ancestor on the creation of the baronetcy, th; gold harp presented to Sir Edward Mostyn by the committee of the Rcyal Denbigh Eis- teddfod of 1828, and a Custos Brevium of the time of Charles II under the great seal. Mr J L Muspratt sends a copy of tha marriage on- tia-t of Edward II and Isabella of France and an engraving of Flint Castle. Mr L J Roberts -SI ee I's Maps of Flintshire and Denbighshire. Mr A Foulkes Roberts, Denbigh—old bank note, portrait of Bishop Roberts, of Bangor. three stone dogs' troughs of the 17th and 18th centuries, carved chairs and table, pewter fla- gons, drawings, &c. Rev C F Roberts, Llan- ddlilits-portraits of the Bishops of St. Asaph from 1660 to the present time. Mr Owen Vraughan, Bodelwyddan—an interesting case of models of agricultural implements. Mrs T P Wynne-York, Abergele—buttons of Dyffryn Aled cock-shooting fortnight, and book explaining the same. Lord Mostyn's collection includes a cannon ball used by Oliver Cromwell and a number of instruments of torture from Ruthin Gaol. Rev R 0 Williams, St. Asaph- Dr Davies' Welsh and Latin Dictionary and various other old black letter books and manuscripts. Mr H T Roberts, 45 West Parade-red deer antlers. Dr Hutton—fossil- ised antlers of red deer, dug out of the sub- merged Rhyl forest last year. Mr Christopher Williams-paintings of the Archdruid Hwfa Mon in his official robes and of the Rev T Shankland. Mr F L Rawlins' collection in- cludes a lock of Catherine Parr's hair, a tree wasp's nest, bronze tokens, a guinea bank note, three curious old watches, newspapers announcing the result of the battle of Waterloo, &c. The Rev T Shankland has a facsimile of an Elizabothan broadside in the Welsh lan- guage, dated 1591, facsimile letters of Henry Vaughan (Silurist), Sir Leoline Jenkins, Ed- ward Lloyd, Ellis Wynne, Edward Samuel, and Moses Williams, all eminent Welshmen also a bond dated February 27, 1656, with the signatures of Thomas Lloyd, of Halkyn, Hugh Davies, of Coleshill, and the celebrated Dr Thomas Wynne, of Caerwys, one of the early Quakers of Wales and first settlers in Pensylvania and Llyfr Homiliau in black letter, dated 1606. Mr H A Cleaver, St Asaph, has sent a wax impression of the seal of the Dean and Chapter of St Asaph Cathedral attached to a lease of the time of Henry IV. Mr Pierce, River Street, Old Rhyl" picture, Mrs Copley,Bank House, High Street, has sent a spinning wheel supposed to be 250 years old Mr John Jones, Kinmel Street—old pestle and mortar. Mr J Jones, Swan Inn -photo-lithograph of Owain Glyndwr and a water-colour of Sir Watkin Wynn. Mrs Kynaston Mainwaring—knife, fork and spoon giyen by Mrs Piozzi to her godson, Sir Hugh Williams of Bodelwyddan, in 1802, and a gold watch also given to Sir Hugh by Mrs Piozzi. Miss Trehearn, 27 East Parade—sampler of Con way Castle worked in silk. From the University College of North Wales has been received a splendid collection of Welsh bygones. Miss Williams, of Bodelwyddan, is showing a water-colour sketch of a cromlech and twelve prints from York's "Royal Tribes of Wales," in their original frames. Mra Williams-Wynn, Plas-yn-Ccfn series of drawings and prints of various places, a stone quern from St. Mary's Well, Wygfair, iron necklaco, needlework pictures, &c. Colonel Cornwallis West, Ruthin Castle—fragments of red Samian ware (Roman), Roman dish, stone knife, ancient lamps, &c. Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart.—salver inlaid with 118 Roman silver coins, which were found in Wynnstay Park, a silver-rimmed horn of the ox that was roasted whole at Wrexham on December 2nd, 1870, and various prints of the Wynnstay family. Mr Robert Jolley-curious old walking stick. The exhibition catalogue forms a most useful guide and contains a number of instructive articles by well known experts. The Welsh Industries Association is repre- sented by attractively laden stalls in the large lower room, representing the counties of Angle- sey, Carmarthen, Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, and Glamorgan, and amongst the stallholders are members of several distinguished Welsh families, as will be gathered from the names of those present at the opening ceremony. J The Opening Ceremony. In honour of the visit of Princess Louise oj I Schleswig-Holstein to open the exhibition yes- terday, there was a good display of flags, &c., in the vicinity of the schools and at various points along the main approach to the town and the schools, while arches have been erected at the Parade end of Abbey Street and the Wel- lington Road end of Vaughan Street, mainly for the direction of visitors. At the entrance to the schools a large crowd awaited the arrival of the Princess and party from Kinmel, and as they drove up they were enthusiastically cheered. Besides the Princess (who was gracefully attired in a pale pink dress with a I chip hat trimmed with roses), were the Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire, the Hon. Mary Hughes (wearing a stylish dress of blue material with a voile hat to match), Misses F and H Hughes, Major Hughes, Mrs Assheton Smith, Mrs Keith Frazer, and Captain Camp- bell, R.N. (making up the Kinmel party), also the Bishop of St. Asaph (chairman of the Eisteddfod Executive Committee) and Miss Edwards, Mr R Llewelyn Jones (vice-chairman) and Mrs Jones, the Countess of Dundonald and Lady Jean Cochrane, the Hon. L A and Mrs Brodrick with the Hon Mrs Lionel Cust, the Hon. Mrs Bulkeley Owen, Lady Mostyn, of Talacre, and party (including the Misses Clementina and Agnes and Master Mostyn, Viscountess Southwell, the Hon. Mrs Turton and Lady Hanmer), Mr M A Ralli, J.P., and the Misses Ralli, Mr J H Ellis, J.P., Rev John and Mrs Davies (Whitford), Rev T and Mrs Lloyd (Rhyl), The Misses Tate, Rev David Jones (Abergele), Dr Wycliffe Goodwin, Mrs DeRance, Mrs Richardson, Mr Trevor Eyton (Holywell), the Clerk of the Peace for Flintshire and Mrs Bromley, Mr & Mrs P H Chambrea, Miss Hugh-Jones, Mr & Mrs Joshua Davies, Rev C F Roberts (Llanddulas), Mr L J Roberts, H.M.I.S., Mr It Rhydd- erch, H.M.I.S., Mr T D Jones, Mr A. Foulkes-Roberts, Mr E Lewis Evans, Rev T Shankland, the General Secretaries of the Eisteddfod, and others already named in the introductory part of this account. The Bishop of St Asaph, who presided at the opening ceremony (which took placs in the Welsh Industries Room), said it was a great honour to welcome her Highness Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein to Rhyl that day for the purpose of opening that exhibi- tion (applause). Referring to the work on view, he said that$11 present were doubtless aware that the Welsh Industries movement in North Wales owed the great progress which it had made largely to the efforts of Miss Antonia Williams (applause). He knew their hearts went out in sympathy to that lady just now on account of the bereavement she had sustained. The Welsh Industries Associ- ation had done a great deal to promote and bring to the front useful occupations. He had the privilege of going round the stalls a few minutes since, and was much struck to find such a large collection of beautiful examples of old linzeys, made of a mixture of iiilk and wool. He believed it was from these old linseys that the best gowns which their grandmothers wore were made. While on that point he would like also to offer a tribute of thanks for what Miss Adela Pennant had done for the improvement of dyes. Concluding, he said he believed her Highness took special interest in the Anglesey branch of the Welsh Industries Association, and she would, therefore, be glad to hear of the great success which had attended the efforts of that branch. He had now the honour to ask her Highness to declare the exhibition open (ap- plause). The Princess said she had very much pleasure in complying with the Bishop's request. Since she became identified with the Anglesey branch of the Welsh Industries Association, two years ago, she had had ample opportunities of appre- ciating its work. The Association was doing excellent work as a whole in uniting all classes in the country and bringing the workers into direet contact with those who interested them- selves in the carrying on of the institution (applause). She did not think she was wrong in saying that it was to the deep personal interest all took in the movement that it owed the success it had already achieved (applause). With those remarks she formally declared the i i „ uxnii i ion open. Mr H R Hughes of Kinmel briefly proposed and Mr J L Muspratt seconded a vote of thanks to the Princess, and it was carried not only with unanimity but with enthusiasm," as the Bishop happily put it. Mr A L Clews, J.P., was called upon to propose a voto of thanks to Mr Hughes, of Kinme!. Prior to being shown round the exhibition the Princess was presented by Miss Ralii with a handsome bouquet of lilies of the valley while Master Charles Mostyn presented her with a metal fern stand (from the Talacre class), and two embroidered pillow shams (from Miss Tate's class), these representing the first-fruits of the North Flintshire stall. Lady Mostyn of Talacre presented her Highness with a specially prepared catalogue of the exhibition. Amongst those introduced to her Highness were the chairman and secretary of the Arts Committee of the Eisteddfod (Mr Muspratt and Mr Lewis Evans), the Rev T Shankland and Mr Christopher Williams. After the departure of the Kinmel party a large company of workers and others proceeded to Morannedd, where they were entertained to luncheon by Mr M A Ralli. At the exhibition several musical items were contribnted during the afternoon.



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