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The next meeting of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects will be held on Tuesday, the 2th of November, in the Institute's premises at 8 p.m. The Fourth General Meeting of the Session 1908 was held at the Institute's premises, 57-5e Swanston Street, on Tuesday evening, August 25, 1908, at 8 o'clock. Wight should not relax his investigations into the important matter of Portland cement testing.

The President asked what was the Government's position on the establishment of the proposed laboratory. John Little (F.) wished to know to what extent cement had been improved by the adoption of the rotary kiln. The result did not show what the results would be in practice of using ordinary sand.

Henderson, Harvey and Blackett for the part they took in the evening's programme, after which the meeting closed. THE fifth general meeting of the session 1908 was held at the Institute Rooms, 57-59 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on Tuesday evening, September 22nd, at 8 o'clock. AMERICAN CONSULAR SERVICE (by the Joint Chambers Committee), thanked for the favor shown to the officers of the United States Navy during their recent visit to Melbourne.

Frederick Scott Mackay (of Melbourne), a student of the institute, was appointed a fellow, under the new articles recently adopted.


Bertram Mackennal, whose work has been honored by the Council of the Royal Academy and the juries of the Paris Salon. Mackennal, there are a number of gifted young British sculptors both in and out of the Royal Academy whose work would be strong, artistic and beautiful, worthy of the best place we could find for it in Melbourne, while easily coming within the limits of the available amounts, for either individual statues or groups. Although this classical revival is often cited as the beginning of sculpture in England, there is ample evidence that in earlier times there were men who, under more favorable conditions, could have reached great heights of artistic excellence.

AFTER Flaxman came Westmacott, Chantrey, Bailey, and Gibson, who were the leaders of the classical school, and who were surrounded by many men of less talent. In the days when most of the bad statues of London were created, sculpture was in a bad state. The best work, especially with the smaller lights of the classical school, was an imitation of certain antique models in treatment and often in darkness.

It has a wide range of subjects to choose from, and it focuses on expressive modeling rather than the linear beauty of form of the antique and classical school, and its source is Paris. The two works, so often cited as the sculptural prototypes of the new school of British sculpture, are both by painters. Onslow Ford, R.A., the master of Mr. These works, with their richness of colors and rich mosaics and marbles, were fully described and their beauty greatly appreciated.

Quirky, quiet and very charming, this beautiful work has a feel reminiscent of the best periods of the Italian school. THE next part of the talk dealt with commemorative sculptures, the largest of which was the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, Picadilly Circus, London (figs 5 and 6, plate II). Tranthim-Fryer noted, one of the most abused works for quite some time, and now any sculptor would be proud to have been its author.

Tranthim-Fryer is preparing a series of lectures or illustrated speeches of about an hour, covering the works of one artist at a time, after which some of the most important works will be completely destroyed. This statue is said to be one of the most decorative, refined and pleasing of all the statues of the poet that has been erected, and is a charming work. The president said that if the lecture were published in the Institute's "Proceedings", it would be read with profit and pleasure by a large number of readers.

Fryer to come a long way from that day to earn their education in this most important question of the application of art. After referring to the unfortunate position occupied by the sculptor of the Clarke Memorial statue in Melbourne, he addressed a heartfelt thank you to the lecturer.


Necessarily the book is illustrated, but the colored illustrations, especially of gardens and of stained glass, are exceedingly beautiful, while most of the others maintain the high traditions of the "Studio." COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY and Other Recent Developments in the Art of the Camera, Special Summer Number of the Studio, 1908. Although earlier photographers have for many years endeavored to produce effects in color, yet it is not until the introduction of the autochrome plate that much success can be expected, and color photography developed on original and progressive lines.

Construction, both parts being illustrated with 94 original plates by the author, who is to be congratulated on the clearness with which everything is shown, the illustrations forming the most valuable part of the work. The two entrances form the only openings to the front and side streets on the ground floor, and instead of the usual shop or office windows there is nothing but blank wall. A perusal of the designs that follow leads us to the conclusion that there is no such thing as Australian architecture.

Further, a nail driven into a coke concrete lintel or "fastening stone" of the same material has no "gripping" properties, and the vibration of a frame would quickly render the grip ineffective. The vaults of the type described (2i of sand, and 5 of freestone or granite screens) have a maximum weight and a minimum strength. It is generally recognized that the best concrete is that which is rich in cement and dense in material, with each part of the material doing its part or work and therefore not carrying an idle load.

We find that under "Reinforced Concrete" the author again refers to concrete of the pro-. 34; They therefore require, both for this reason as well as from the nature of the material itself, to be carefully fastened." And again. In "Roof Coverings" the author should have urged the importance of laying sheets of galvanized sheet so that the side joint stands against the prevailing wind — even in dealing with "hurricane zones" he omits this important matter.

It can only be through their application to changing climates that is the cause of the changing nature of the regulations. It does not say much for the quality of the lead that it becomes brittle with age, and then under pressure the pipes burst. Lead pipes are most likely to burst in freezing weather from the expansion of the water they contain, but this is a contingency that rarely bothers Australia.

Unless the clay is moist, it is bound to crack, and in a dry season a lot of water can leak through the invisible cracks of the puddle. The pipes through which all the gas is forced must have a considerably larger bore than the pipes near the termination of a system; while, moreover, the best illumination (with these fixtures) is often obtained when the meter stopcock is not opened fully, as it has been stated that in England the pressure of gas supplied by the manufacturers is lower than that supplied by Australian firms, and that the standard incandescent burner is made to fit the English print.

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