This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 Excerpt: ...with so little interest by the members, that the directors, after expending four hundred pounds, admitted in their report that it had failed to produce the slightest benefit to the Institution. In this particular, the Liverpool Institute has only afforded an additional proof that local museums are not valued hy the community. In the formation of a Sculpture gallery, the directors of the Institution have been more fortunate, as this department has proved of the highest value to the drawing classes of the day and evening schools. The gallery is enriched with casts of many of the finest statues, including the Apollo Belvidere, the dying and fighting Gladiators, casts of the finest portions of the Elgin marbles, and numerous busts and bas-reliefs by Michael Angelo, Thorwaldsen, and Flaxman; Friezes from the Parthenon and Erectheum. The collection is, as a whole, amply sufficient to serve the practical purposes of any drawing academy, and is superior to the collections to be found in most of the Government provincial Schools of Design. At one exhibition of the Liverpool Academy there were eight paintings by teachers of the Institution, and twenty-one by artists who had formerly been pupils in the Institution. With a view to facilitate the progress of the day school pupils in after-life, the committee opened a register, in which were recorded the names of those boys who wished to obtain situations as apprentices, and of those merchants and others who desired to obtain boys as junior clerks or apprentices. As no boy was recommended whose teachers did not bear testimony to his progress and good conduct, it was thought that, not merely would an opportunity be afforded to employers of procuring suitable apprentices, but an inducement to exertion and good behaviour wo...
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