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The R.C.A. Annual Meeting.

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The R.C.A. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Royal Cambrian Academy, was held, in the Banqueting Hall, at Plas Mawr, Conway, on Saturday, January 25th, the President (Mr. H. Clarence Whaite, R.W.S.) in the chair, the other Academicians present being the Vice-PresideHt (Mr. Cuthbert C. Grundy). the Hon. Secretary (Mr. W. J. Slater), the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. G. Swinford Wood), and Messrs. A. W. Ayling, S. Lawson Booth, J. Pain Davis, John Finnie, B. Fisher, B. Fowler, J. R. G. Grundy, Anderson Hague (R.I), Julius Hare, George Harrison, Leonard Hughes, J. Clinton Jones, Joseph Knight (R.I.), A. F. Perrin, Charles Potter, J. C. Salmon, S. Sidley (R.B.A.), and James T. Watts. Of the Associates, there were present Messrs. Chisolm Cole, B. Hoyles, Harold Hughes (A.R.I.B.A.), G. A. Humphreys (M.S.A.), Paul R. Knight, F. W. Longshaw, and A. Netherwood. A letter of apology for una voidable non-attendance, was received from Mr. George Crozier. It was unanimously resolved, upon the motion of the President, seconded by Mr. Charles Potter, That a sincere vote of condolence and sympathy be respectively conveyed to Her Most Gracious Majesty on the loss which she has sustained through the death of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Battenberg." A vote in similar terms (mutatis mutandis) was also ordered to be sent to H.R.H. the Princess Beatrice. A vote of congratulation with Sir Frederick Leighton, P. R.A., H.R.C.A., R.W.S., was passed on his elevation to the peerage. The minutes were then read and confirmed. A letter was read from Professor Hubert Herkomer, R.A., R.WS., R.P.E., consenting to become an Honorary Academician. On behalf of the Council, a favourable report was presented by the Curator (Mr. J. R. Furness). It appeared that the Academy was in a flourishing condition. In order to provide the increased accommodation so urgently needed, a new Gallery had been provided at the back of Plas Mawr, being connected with it by a short passage opening out of one of the rooms on the first floor. This Gallery, which is 45 feet long by 27 feet wide, has an entrance from Chapel-street, for use on special occasions. The works were carried out by Messrs. Edward Thorp & Son, contractors, Llandudno, under the personal supervision of Mr. Harold Hughes, from the designs of Messrs. A. Baker and Harold Hughes, of Bangor and London. —The report was adopted, together with a financial statement by the Hon. Sec. It was announced that, as regarded the Fancy Dress Ball fixed for February 4th, to celebrate the completion of the new Gallery erected at Plas Mawr, the Council had decided to postpone it until after the funeral of Prince Henry of Batten- berg. It was reported that there were four vacancies among the Academicians, caused by the deaths of Messrs. George Hayes and J. H. Cole, and by the retirements of Mr. Ll. Williams (F.R.I.B.A., Denbigh) and Alfred Lysaght. Mr. Clarence Whaite, who has held the presi- dei|cy since the initiation of the Academy, was | re-elected President, a cordial vote ot thanks | being passed to him for his services. Mr. Cuthbert C. Grundy was re-elected Vice-President, Mr. W. J. Slater, Hon. Secretary, and Mr. G. Swinford Wood, Hon. Treasurer. The following were placed on the Council (of which the officers are also members) :—'Messrs. A. W. Ayling, George Cockram, J. Pain Davis, John Finnie, Ben Fisher, B. Fowler, Peter Ghent, Anderson Hague, Julius Hare, George Harrison, Leonard Hughes, J. Clinton Jones, Joseph Knight, A. F. Perrin, Charles Potter, and J. C. Salmon. An adjournment then took place for dinner, which was served in the Chamber of Presence, the chair and vice-chair being respectively occupied by the President and the Vice-President. After dinner, the meeting was resumed in tl;e Banqueting Hall, where Messrs Paul R. Knight, F. W. Longshaw, and Parker Hagarty were elected to till three out of the four vacancies among the Academicians, Messrs. Knight and Longshaw being afterwards elected Hon. Auditors. I To Associateships, the meeting elected Messrs. J. Finnemore, 16. Nassingten-road, Hampstead J. Parker (R.W.S.), 5, Melma-place, Grove End- road, St. John's Wood; W. Stephenson, Deganwy and Albert S. Wood, Conway. Messrs. julius Hare, George Harrison, Leonard Hughes, and J. Clinton Jones were appointed the Hanging Committee of the Academy's 1896 Exhibition at Plas Mawr, and in connexion with this it was arranged that May 8th and 9th, should be the Receiving Days May 19th, Varnishing Day May 20th, Press View May 23rd, Private View; May 25th, Opening of Exhibition; October 31st, Closing of Exhibition. The meeting closed with votes of thanks to the officers for services rendered during the past year, coupled with congratulations upon the good financial position of the Academy.

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