PICTURE FRAMES SUFFER FROM
Visitors to the Exhibition of Aus- tralian Art at the Masonic Hall are commenting on the damaged frames in which a number of exhibits are hanging.
Breakages around the edges were first noticed as the pictures were be- ing taken from the packing cases in which they had been screwed but with only the protection of paper strips.
It is believed that rough handling in transit weakened the gilt frame-
Three outstanding exhibits—Dob- ell's "Nude," Drysdale's "Walls of China," and Jean Bellette's "Electra" —were packed together in the same crate and the lid hammered into position.
The haste with which this job was done, instead of normally attaching the lid with screws to prevent unnec- essary jarring, is believed to have caused a slight slackening in the can-
vas of Dobells exhibit.
More than 50 people attended the lunch-hour lecture by Miss G. Sher- wood yesterday.
Miss Sherwood, after tracing the progress of art through its respec- tive forms in Australia, discussed each picture in turn, demonstrating the school to which the artist be- longed, and the manner in which they obtained their impressions.
Noise made by those not interested in the lecture spoiled its worth con- siderably and other arrangements may have to be made to prevent ex- cessive movement during the lecture period to enable its full value to be reaped.
Director of the National Gallery of New South Wales (Mr. Missingham) said last night that damage to pic- tures by rail transit was rare.
"The exhibition being shown at pre- sent in Canberra has come direct from Coffs Harbour.
"Although normal precautions are taken in packing, occasionally we get a broken glass through rough hand- ling."
The wooden case containing the work of Dobell, Drysdale and Bellette had been rushed straight from Syd- ney for the exhibition.