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ITHE PENRHYN DISPUTE.

-.--MR. HERKOMER ON THE WELSH…

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MR. HERKOMER ON THE WELSH SCHOOLS OF ART. A large number of Loudon Welsh people met under the auspices of the Cymru. Fydd Society at the Holborn "Restaurant last night, under the presidency of Mr, Brynmor Jones, M. P. to celebrate St. David's Day. The guests of the Society were Professor Herkomer, Mr. Ernest Rhys, Mr. Allen Upward, Mr. William Sharp, and Mr. William Yeats. After the loyal toasts, the Rev. E. Davies proposed the toast of Literature, Music, and Art of Wales.' He said that in art Wales had lagged behind because she had not had a leader But now they hoped that in Professor Her- komer they had the leader they had hitherto lacked (hear, hear). Mr. Herkomer, in reply- ing, said Yes, I will lead you—(loud cheers)- but you must do something. You must give me a free hand (hear, hear). There must be no half measures. Wales and Welsh people have given me a free hand and a full heart (cheers). It is a big task I have undertaken. I will give you a little of the details of my scheme, for the first time in public. Art in the real sense does not exist in Wales, but it is coming; it shall come (loud cheers). The Celts were great artists ages ago, and the artistic instinct can- not have been erased from the temperament, which is as poetic as ever it was (hear, hear). You have the right machinery to rouse the dormant artistic faculty, but it was given to a stranger to come among you and see the hidden opportunities. I refer to the Eisteddvod. It has brought out your native talent in music and literature. Why not in art ? (hear, hear). The very itinerary character of your great festival is in its favour, for in this way it over- comes the georgraphical difficulties, which have resulted in the want of a great capital (hear, hear). I began by telling the plain truth at Llanelly. It was taken in a friendly spirit, and I was encouraged to proceed. Now this year I am making a beginning at Newport The first thing I have done is to confine all the prizes to Welshmen (hear, hear). Bv tha. t means I hope to get into touch with "Welsh artists, and in three or four years I shall begin my real scheme. I mean to leave the line arts, painting and so on, for the time, and devote ourselves for the present to the applied arts (hear, hear). There are more than enough of picture painters altogether, 5,000 of them in London, 5,000 in Paris. I hope to start two schools after discovering by means of the Eis- teddvod the men who can act as masters. One of the schools will be in North the other in South Wales (cheers), In these schools we shall work out a principle which is impossible in England. The schools will be workshops and self-supporting, and the pupils will be working for the market (loud cheers). These two schools will be worked by the same master alternately., I am now experimenting with appliances which will save the artist's hand. I hope to be in a position shortly to say what it will all cost. When that is done I trust the Welsh people will rally round and establish a great national art society to help to start these schools (hear, hear). There is a buying public in Wales. Give me the honour of your enth- usiastic support. I have no sordid motive, but I have a Welsh wife (cheers). One word more. You have a fine picturesque institution in the Gorsedd. Scholars may call it fictitious, but it is a piece of colouring that you cannot dispense with (hear, hear). A dignitary of the Church once told me What a farce it is, that these bards should light candle in the face of the sun.' Ah, yes, but you must remember that that picturesque ceremony is reverently and beautifully carried through by a man of refined and romantic mind, Hwfa Mon (cheers). If scholars won't let us alone-tor I am also a bard—I'll tell you what I shall do You know the ceremony where Hwfa Mon with majestic action draws out the sword and cries, A oes heddweh,' and where the bards all with their hands on the sword's scabbard cry, in answer, 'Heddwch.' I shall paint the scene, and the scholars dare not then call it in question (loud and prolonged applause). Mr. Ernest Rhys alse responded. The other toasts were 'St. David,' proposed by the Chairman, Kindred Celtic Nation# proposed Mr. Allen Upward, and responded to by Mr. William Yeats, I'Wales,J (proposed by the Rev. Llewelya Edwards, and seconded by Mr. Llewelyn Wil- liams, and the 'The Chairman proposed by Mr. E. R Cleaton. Songs were rendered dur ing the evening by Mr. Herbert Emlyn, Mr. Meurig James, and Miss Jennie Higgs.

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