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Perth Museum Recent Additions
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Kept:Press clippings book 2, p. 6


The curator of the Perth Museum (Mr. B. H. Woodward) has just unpacked a
number of valuable additions to the exhibits now on view at the
institution, and in the course of a few days these will be open to

inspection by the public. A private view was granted to our representative
yesterday, and, although all the articles were not yet mounted, a clear
idea could be gained as to the value and description of the exhibits. The
first was an exact copy of the famous Rosetta stone, with its Greek,
Demotic, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, and from which the key to two
previously unknown languages was discovered. Mr. Woodward, thinking that,
as architecture occupied the foremost position in art, it should not be
unrepresented in a gallery, ordered models of the five orders of Greek
architecture—the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. There
are also copies of a portion of a frieze at the Parthenon, which was taken
from the marble in the British Museum ; and an Assyrian frieze or great
historical interest. The new statues which have arrived are of the Venus
of Milo, the Venus of Medici, a figure of Iris, from which the head is
missing, but which shows the flowing drapery with excellent effect, and a
statue of the “Boy and Goose” from the well-known Greek bronze. Then there
are excellent busts of Demosthenes, Pericles, Sophocles, Diogenes,
Alexander, Ajax (Diomede), Ajax (Vatican), Marcus Aurelieus, Trajan,
Hadrian, Juno, and the “Head of a Barbarian.” All these, which are copies
of the originals in the British Museum, the Louvre, or the Vatican, are
the work of Brucciani and Co., of London and Rome.

There has also just been unpacked several pictures which were selected in
Tasmania by Sir James G. Lee Steere. About the best of the six is “Burnham
Beeches,” by Florence Fitzgerald, but the effect of this is somewhat
spoiled by the figures of three children in the foreground. The old and
rugged beeches, and the ground strewn with leaves, are excellently
reproduced on the canvas. “The Rugged North,” by Hargiel ; “The Match
Seller,” by Frith ; “Morning Light,” by S. G. Morrish ; “Lancing Mill,
Sussex Coast,” by Aumonier, and “In Light at Last,” by W. P. Watson,
R.B.A., make up the collection.

The Museum has lately been augmented by the inclusion of a number of other
stuffed animals, prepared by the taxidermist of the institution, and
specimens of all descriptions. A deal of energy has been infused of late
into the work of increasing the value of the museum as an educational and
pleasure-giving institution, and there is no doubt that it is now well
worth a visit.
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