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me running brooks, and good in every thing." |troduced into Russia, would spread with a | trimming them. We might erect many costPerhaps the most gratifying deduction from rapidity and uniformity which would never ly statues and splendid fountains — spend the influence he has had, personally and in a be obtained under the more complicated civ- millions, indeed, in devices for ornamenting literary sense, is that goodness of intellect is ilization of the Western World." There can the city architecturally—and yet we should able to exercise a power often denied to in- be no doubt that the emancipation of the fail to add so much real beauty to the streets tellectual greatness. Contrast such a char- serfs has had not a little to do with the as could readily be done by the means of acter as Hans Andersen with the rmy, spread of socialism in Russia ; and the trou- flowers at almost no expense at all. Those wretched, brilliant Dean of St. Patrick's ! ble is that that act, like the abolition of who leave the city for the summer should Gauge the kind of influence which each has slavery in the United States, is a thing im. not for this reason be indifferent to our sughad upon men's minds; and mark what a possible to revoke. The empire must take gestion; there are weeks in the spring and suggestive difference there is between the its consequences, or check them as it can. in the autumn in which their clustering vases serene life of the son of the Danish shoe. Perhaps its only remedy will be found in and flowering shrubs would give them pleasmaker, and the tortured existence of the substituting a constitutional for a despotic ure; and surely they might, in all charity, be man who fretted his life away because he rule. Such a policy has been able, in Aus- , glad to know that the lowers left behind could not be a bishop! It is an honor that tria, to take the sting out of Hungarian them (kept fresh and trim by the care of Hans Andersen would have been happiest to democracy and disaffection ; one extreme some neighboring florist) made the streets cherish that his loss will chiefly be felt by having been abolished, the opposite extreme, gay and the air sweet for those compelled to the little children of the nations.
which fed upon it, has seemingly died also. abide in the city under July and August suns.
Singularly enough, the spirit of communism The taste for flower-culture is on the increase, Once more we hear of socialist conspira- and the International, wellnigh extinct to all we think; it would advance more rapidly if cies in Russia, of the arrest of nobles impli- appearance in France, Spain, and Italy, finds people were not discouraged often by the cated in subversive plots, of sad, compulsory refuge and comfort in the most rigidly gov- failure of their attempts, arising from the exoduses to the bleak steppes of Siberia, and erned and least intelligent population in Eu- want of a little koowledge of the requireof the alarming growth of democratic ideas rope.
ments of flowers. There are many hand. among the peasants of Muscovy and the
books on this subject published, and any banks of the Neva. It is said that every
Our contributor who talks this week of florist would give a purchaser hints and inthing in this world has its complement; and, “Possible Utopias” omits mention of one structions. The art is very far from being a politically speaking, it seems to be true that felicitous condition that is attainable by all difficult one to learn; it would be impossible where there is one extreme, there is always of us. This is the Utopia of flowers. In to devise any recreation that would require lurking its opposite. Here is the most rigid country places there is, it is true, consider. so little outlay of study and care in propordespotism on earth-a despotism wbich de- able flower-culture, although it by no means tion to the pleasure afforded by the result. rives greater strength from the union of spir. is developed to the extent that it might be; Let us by all means have the flower Utopia, itual with temporal puissance in a single per- but in towns it is quite surprising to see this and with as little delay as possible. son; with an iron system of police ramifying graceful means of adornment so much negthroughout a vast empire ; with an enormous lected as it is. Here and there we see a How many weeks is it since the news of army, which a single will may at any moment town - house lighted up and beautified (we the appalling disaster to the Schiller reached assign to police duty of the severest sort; venture to use this word despite Polonius) by us? It is not so long but that many of us spies and detectives, paid by government, in blossoming plants on its sills and within its remember a good deal of what was said and every hamlet ; the law of punishment for windows, but these instances are rare, and written on that occasion. We can recollect offenses against “the state” startlingly brief, somewhat surprisingly so in view of the the fierce indignation of some of the journals simple, and sudden. Yet socialism has charming examples they set. Recently some at the recklessness with which steamers are crept in, despite the argus-eyed vigilance of of our hotels and restaurants have been pushed across the Atlantic with the apparent St. Petersburg, and ideas of equality and most happily illustrating the possibilities that sole desire of making quick time. We can fraternity are interchanged alike in the me. lie in this direction. The grass inclosure be
recall the bitter denunciation of the fool. tropolitan palaces of haughty Muscovite no. fore Delmonico's on Fifth Avenue has been hardiness that risks a whole ship full of lives bles and in the distant bamlets of the Black made truly a thing of beauty;" at the rather than wait for a fog to lift. There were Sea and the Ural. What makes the fact Brunswick, the Fifth Avenue, and the Wind many very good homilies written upon the more alarming is the facility with which, sor Hotels, similar but less successful at subject on that occasion, and vo one can after all, owing to the dead level of race and tempts have been made to give grace and question the wisdom of the utterances or the thought, any idea may spread among the beauty to their approaches. In view of the soundness of the advice so liberally offered Russian millions. “ Amid the natives of small inclosures or court-yards that stand be- to owners, commanders, and passengers. All Western Europe,” says an English writer, fore almost all our New York residences, it we have to deplore is the readiness with “the variety of institutions, the diversity of would be practicable to convert our streets which those who preached have forgotten ranks, the division of classes, the marked into delightful parterres that would greatly their own text and sermon. Last week, for ascendency of individuals, either by birth, distinguish our city. Imagine the whole instance, it chanced that the Germanic, of fortune, or talent, offer so many barriers to length of Fifth Avenue a continuation of the the White Star Line, made the quickest pas. the rapid spread of any idea, movement, or charming effects in Delmonico's beautiful in- sage from Liverpool to New York on record. impulse. But, if it were possible to raise closure. It would really become by this Whereupon great was the applause of the the waters of the Baltic by some score of superb transformation the most enchanting feat, and derisive were the taunts leveled at feet, they would flow without let or hinderance public avenue in the world. And nothing all the competing lines. “The rivals of the over the vast level plains which stretch from could be easier. The spaces are there in. White Star Line of steamers," exclaimed a Poland to the Ural Mountains. In much closed and unused; it only needs the very reputable journal, which had been conspicuthe same way any religious or political move- small expense of setting out the plants, and ous in its sermons on the Schiller disaster, ment, which could by any possibility be in. the occasional attention of watering and “must wake up, or they will find themselves
regarded much as an engine-driver regards an definition of “enlightened self-interest;" her (Philadelphia) republish Rev. J. GW old stage-coach." Wake up! Never mind version of the command to turn the left cheek well-known work on “ Bible Animals." now about the Schiller, and the Atlantic, and
when the right is smitten would be, “Don't work was published nearly ten years ago the Ville du Havre. No matter for fogs, and
offer the left cheek unless you are certain England, and an American edition was iss..
that you will not thereby stimulate the pride, a little later by Messrs. Scribner, Armstron, icebergs, and winds, but wake up and don't
selfishness, and brutality of the smiter, and & Co.; but it is good enough to pass throug! be beaten! Our sermons a few weeks ago
that the amount of good done him will over- auy number of editions, and we can fairly were written under a gloomy and pusillani- | balance the harm done to yourself.” It seems congratulate the public on an enterprise Dous state of mind; we were then absolutely never to have entered her thoughts that in which promises to give it a wider circulation. thinking that the safety of passengers is the
the Christian morality self-sacrifice (like most The object of the book is, in general terms, most important of all considerations. So
of the Christian virtues) is not a social virtue to show what light zoölogy throws upon the
but an individual one, and that the thing Bible; and it contains a description of "the contemptible a notion, we now see, is quite
which most concerns us is the effect upon the babits, structure, and uses of every living anworthy any whole-souled, spirited sailor.
person who accepts it. The moment you de- creature mentioned in the Scriptures, from The real, plucky thing is to beat to get in mand a mathematical equivalent for it, an the coral to the ape," at the same time exfirst or go to the bottom! “You rivals of act loses the most indispensable element of plaining "all those passages in the Old and the White Star Line," wake up and show
Christian self-sacrifice. Minor misconcep- New Testaments in which reference is made
tions of this sort abound in all the sermons, your spirit! Crowd on more steam, spread
to beast, bird, reptile, fish, or insect.” Few but we pass on to another characteristic of natural historians have possessed wider genmore sail, push on through fog and through
Miss Mulock's preaching, and of much other eral culture or greater enthusiasm for their darkness, for " beating all competitors" is
preaching, in church as well as out. It is, or special subjects than Mr. Wood, and, of all the whole duty of man when on the seas! ought to be, a well-known fact that physiolo- bis numerous works, “ Bible Animals " pre
gists are still in doubt as to whether alcohol sents, probably, the most favorable example is a stimulant only, or a food as well as a of his powers.
We can acquiesce in the Literary.
stimulant; the weight of later opinion in- publishers' preface to the extent of saying
clining, perhaps, to the latter view, though that the critic will find little in the book to MIS riss MULOCK has at length laid aside all are agreed that more careful investigation condemn, that the common people will read
the disguise whick for some time past is required before any satisfactory conclusion it gladly, and that it is well worthy of a place bas been getting very thin, and taken openly can be reached. This dubious state of opin. in every house beside the sacred book wbich and avowedly to preaching. Her "Sermons ion, however, does not suit Miss Mulock at it honors and expounds. out of Church" (New York: Harper & Broth- all. Out of the abundance of her physiologi. The chief difference between the present ers) read exactly like a collection of the mo- cal knowledge she settles the question off- and previous editions lies in the addition of ralities, comments, and “thoughts," with hand and finally, and declares it to be our an essay “On Evolution,” by Dr. McCosh, #bich her recent novels have been thickly peremptory duty “to bring up a child from hostile, but on the whole not unfair, and of interspersed; and we confess, for our part, babyhood in the firm faith that wine, beer, and an article on “Research and Travel in Bible that we prefer them in their present shape. spirits, are only medicines,” and that "that | Lands,” by Rev. Daniel March, D.D., treating True, the sermons retain a curiously distinct which is most valuable as a medicine is poi. more particularly of the relation between reflavor of the novelist's art; but this does not son when taken as food.” This bit of dog- cent archæological discoveries and Biblical detract in any way from their interest, and matism, moreover, is an entirely superfluous history. The pertinency of these articles is before he finishes the volume the reader will intrusion upon a really excellent sermon on not evident, but they rise above the level of frankly concede that Miss Mulock bas suc- the importance of caring for physical health ordinary padding, and will doubtless be read ceeded wonderfully well in catching the pe- and the best methods of doing so (“ Our with interest. culiar tricks of the pulpit—the calm assump- Often Infirmities"); and, in common with The illustrations are a very valuable feat. tion of disputed premises, the elaborate ar- other specimens of the same sort, seems to ure of the book, being numerous and for the guing in a circle, the propounding of hoary come from a sturdy determination on the most part excellent. commonplaces with the air of giving utter. part of the author to believe that whatever ance to newly-inspired wisdom. The effect, in her opinion is right necessarily accords GUHL AND KONER'S “ Life of the Greeks indeed, would be somewhat overpowering (or with the facts.
and Romans” * is a work of very great value perbaps we should say consoling, since so The other sermons are: “How to train to students of ancient history. It does not many of the difficulties with which we are con- up a Parent in the way he should go,” con- touch upon the events, incidents, policies, fronted in life are definitively settled for us) taining some wholesome doctrine concerning and institutions, which ordinarily engage the were it not that Miss Mulock herself suggests the duties which parents owe to children; attention of historians; but it reveals to us a method of evasion. She observes that “Benevolence — or Beneficence ?” pointing the daily or domestic life of the two great “one of the most trying features of listening out the evils of indiscriminate charity or alms-nations of antiquity, describing with extreme to sermons in church is that one cannot get giving; “My Brother's Keeper,” discussing minuteness of detail and abundance of illusup and contradict the preacher when we know in a rather futile way, we think) the great tration their architecture, furniture, arts, he is talking nonsense, thereby intimating, servant-question; and “Gather up the Frag- dress, education, manners, habits, amuseas we take it, that with sermons out of church ments," a treatise on the art of making the ments, marriage and burial customs, induswe can rise and contradict as often as we dis. best of misfortunes and disappointments. It tries, music, games, and religion. In read. agree.
will be noticed that the subjects discussed | ing it the vast distance in point of time We should weary the reader's patience are of a practical rather than a theological which separates us from the Greeks and RoHere we to avail ourselves fully of this con- character; and, in fact, these “ Sermons out mans seems to vanish, and we come to know cession, for, suggestive as Miss Mulock's ser- of Church” belong to that comparatively their life almost as intimately and familiarly mons are, full as they are of sound common- modern species of literature which, whether as we know contemporary life in England. sense and worldly wisdom, there are a great it be presented as sermons, as essays, or as The antique monuments furnish the principal many points in them which, to say the least, lectures, is of the utmost value, in that it ap- sources from which Messrs. Guhl and Koner require further discussion. In her first ser- plies the results of careful study and long ex- have drawn their information, and their work mon, for instance, on “What is Self-sacri- perience to the solution of the every - day is a sort of summary of the results of modern fice ?” (or, more properly, “The Sin of Self- problems of life. They are not the best ex- archæological research in the field which sacrifice"), she shows that she has utterly ample of it, but they may be read with profit, failed to comprehend the Christian concep- and not without pleasure.
* The Life of the Greeks and Romans, described
from Antique Monuments. By E. Guhl and W. tion of self-sacrifice. Her interpretation of
Koner. Translated from the third German edition the limits and extent of the duty would agree Under the title of “Scripture Natural
by F. Hueffer. With 513 Woodcuts. New York: in all respects with the strictly utilitarian History," Messrs. Bradley, Garrettson & Co. D. Appleton & Co.
vey cover. Of course, the private life of any sic value, not as a mere appendage to Latin made it a rule not to go into society lest his eople being so intimately associated with and Greek, or as the price to be paid for the acquaintance with authors should hamper bis their public life, the book throws a great deal ability to read text-books of chemistry and
independence, or embarrass him in the exerof light upon the history of Greece and Rome, physiology.” He may have the satisfaction
cise of his editorial functions. He was to the
last degree punctilious in not allowing any one supplying a natural background for many of feeling certain that the industry and in
to criticise a book who had the smallest motive things which heretofore bave seemed phe-telligence which he bas bestowed upon the
to deviate from impartiality, being thoroughly nomenal and obscure. Herein lies its princi- preparation of this series can hardly fail to resolved that the malice of envy and rivalry, pal value, and for this reason it should find a contribute materially to the fulfillment of tbis
the adulation of friendship, and the puffs of place on the library-shelf along with Grote, wish-at least in the case of German.
mercenaries, should never with his connivance Curtius, Mommsen, Gibbon, Verivale, and the
find a vent in the Athenaeum. A member of rest.
MORE than two years ago Messrs. Appleton
his staff, Mr. J. H. Reynolds, wished to reThe illustrations, of which there are more & Co. began preparing for the publication of
view a particular work, and Mr. Dilke asked than five hundred, are finely engraved, and a work in serial numbers, to be entitled
him whether he was not acquainted with aumaterially assist the reader in grasping the " Picturesque Europe," which was designed bookseller,' replied Mr. Reynolds, who sent
thor or bookseller. 'I, alas ! know author and full meaning of the text.
to be a companion-issue to the famous “Pict-
back the work, that Mr. Dilke, as he said, We suppose that Mr. George A. Baker's
cessful of the illustrators to the latter book, pettishly, ' might consign it to some indepenwas sent abroad for the purpose; and he, in
dent hand, according to his religious custom.' “ Point-Lace and Diamonds” (New York:
Every thing which could be construed into a coöperation with other artists, has since that F. Patterson) must be classified as vers de
favor was declined. He would not accept any time been actively engaged iv making sketches société, on the principle that, if not vers de
book which an author sent to him personally, and drawings for the work. It was thought sociélé, they are nothing; yet his work scarce. that the publication would have begun ere this;
nor a duplicate copy sent to the office of the ly complies in a single particular with Mr. but the task is a heavy one, and it was found
Athenæum, nor would be ask for a book which Locker's definition of that dainty species of impossible to proceed as rapidly as was at first
had not been sent, and was too important to
be left unnoticed. "Favor and independence poetry. "Genuine vers de société,” says Mr. expected, and yet do entire justice to the enter
are incompatible,' he wrote in 1842 to his Paris Locker in the preface to his “Lyra Elegan. prise. This delay has been unfairly taken
correspondent, who had obtained from French tiarum," “should be short, elegant, refined, advantage of by another house, which has and fanciful, not seldom distinguished by gathered together a great number of old
publishers some early sheets of new books for
review. Mr. Dilke pointed out to him that, chastened sentiment, and often playful. The
steel-plates, illustrating European places, and
having accepted the advance-sheets, he could tone should not be pitched high ; it should
not condemn the works, and added the decigests that of the Messrs. Appleton's. Some be idiomatic, and rather in the conversationof the canvassers of this work have, with
sive comment, 'What, then, is the value of al key; the rhythm should be crisp and spar- great effrontery, declared to those whom they
your criticism?' Integrity, courage, and firmkling, and the rhyme frequent and never have approached that Appleton & Co. have
ness were never carried further by any editor." forced, while the entire poem should be abandoned their design, and that the work of
The Saturday Review finds in “Three Northmarked by tasteful moderation, high finish,
fered is substituted therefor, under which and completeness; for, however trivial the plausible but altogether false representation
ern Love Stories, and Other Tales,” translated subject matter may be, indeed rather in prothey have secured many subscribers. It is,
from the Icelandic by Eirekr Magnússon and
William Morris, a book which for once it can portion to its triviality, subordination to the
therefore, necessary to inform the public that
heartily praise : “ Fresh and bracing as searules of composition and perfection of exetion as is consistent with the thorough excel
breezes, and bright and clear as the waters cution should be strictly enforced.” Now lence of the steel-plates and the wood-engrav
beneath them on a sunny day, are the loveMr. Baker's verse is neither elegant, refined, ings, and that its publication will probably
stories of Gunnlaug the Worm-tongue' and por fanciful; its sentiment is not chastened
• Frithiof the Bold.' As we read them we are begin within a few months. We may add or playful ; the rhythm is seldom crisp or that no labor is or has been spared to render
carried backward many a year and northward sparkling; and it would be difficult to find a this publication not only trustworthy, but
many a mile, and we become familiarly acpoem in the collection which is marked by really the best pictorial delineation of Euro- quainted with the manner of life led of old by tasteful moderation or high finish. Just two pean places that has ever been given to the
those wondrous Northmen, among whom sueh
dauntless souls animated bodies so marvelous world. items of Mr. Locker's requirements it may
for strength and endurance." The Last perhaps be said to satisfy: the tone is low The “Sketch” prefixed to the “ Papers" Leaves from the Journal of the Rev. Julian enough to suit the most exacting taste in of the late Charles Wentworth Dilke gives an Charles Young" contains some hitherto unthat regard, and the language is idiomatic to interesting glimpse of the character of one published letters from the Rev. Frederick W. the point of slang. We are aware that Mr. who, as editor of the Athenæum, will always Robertson. In one of them, he speaks of his Baker's efforts have received high praise
be connected with the history of English liter- own profession as follows: "It certainly is the from persons who ought to know better;
ature, and who was one of the best critics of most quarrelsome of all professions in the
the last generation. Mr. Dilke became sole matter of a blue or green window, prevenient but, with a keen relish for true vers de société,
owner of the Athenæum in 1830. “He was just moonshine, or a bishop's nightoap, and the we have been unable to find a stanza in
turned forty, with his judgment matured, and most cowardly when once it comes to a matter “Point-Lace and Diamonds " which is notably
his physical powers unimpaired. His official of right and wrong-of what they saw and distinguished by refinement of fancy, delica- life in the Naval Pay-Office had made him an what they did not see. Unless clergy, of the cy of sentiment, or grace of composition. excellent financier, and methodically exact in type I am alluding to, are forced to serve in
all his arrangements and correspondence. He the army for five years previous to ordination, The second volume of Professor James
had the diversified tastes and sympathies to make them men, let alone' gentlemen, I Morgan Hart's “German Classics for Ameri.
which are essential to the hearty countenance think the Church, as an establishment, had
in due proportion of the multifarious branches better be snuffed out." . . . The usually calm can Students” (New York: G. P. Putnam's
of knowledge to be discussed. He had a mind | Spectator fairly loses its temper over a recent Sons) contains Schiller's “Die Piccolomini,”
which could only be satisfied with scrupulous novel entitled " The Wheel of Fortune." This the first part of the great Wallenstein trilo
accuracy, and by his vigilance he enforced it is the way it begins a review of it: "On a gy. Besides the text, which has been care- upon all his contributors. He had unbounded careful estimate, we believe we have read fully collated, there is an elaborate intro- industry, and a capacity for sustaining pro- five-sixths of this book-we have read it, and duction, with copious notes, and a map of longed toil—a capacity tasked to the utmost survive. But we did not do it all at once-it Germany is added to assist the reader in fol. by the circumstance that the journal did not would have proved too much for us.
It was . lowing the geographical references. Professor pay when he took it in hand, and that, with only by taking it in small doses, and distrib
uting the exertion over the best part of a week, Hart expresses the wish in his preface that comparatively slender resources, he had to
effect by his personal exertions the improvethe time may speedily arrive when the study
that we managed to get well toward the end ments which converted it from a loss into a of the third volume. And there we stuck, the of German, and also of French, shall be
revenue. But rarer and more important than excitement rising to a pitch that threatened raised to a higher plane;" when“ the acqui- all was the judicial equity which he resolved to be beyond our control. Perpetual amazesition of the two great languages of Conti. should distinguish the criticisms of his jour- ment is not a pleasant frame of mind, constant nental Europe shall be regarded as of intrin. nal. When he assumed the cditorship he blushing for the folly of our kind not a com
A MONG recent purchases of foreign pict, nently intellectual man, and will remember
fortable sensation. Yet, throughout the nine
Clarke, of Boston, in which city it is now on hundred and sixty-odd pages or twenty-five
exhibition. Many of our citizens are familthousand lines which we compute this book
iar with the genial countenance of this emi. to consist of, these were about the only sensations that stirred us. It is three days since we left off reading, but the effect is still upon us, and we doubt seriously whether we shall ever bought by Mr. Quincy A. Shaw, of Bossings of his bigh-arched forehead, and the fine have courage again to open a novel by a writer ton, by whom it has been presented to the lines about his nose, mouth, and eyes. He whose name is unknown to us. Three such Museum of Fine Arts in that city. This pict has the face of a man tranquil through philobooks on end ought to produce softening of ure is one of the best known and most im- sophical conviction, and taking an easy and the brain in any one who tried to read them.” portant works of Corot, and for many years
humorous view of the events of life as they ... Mr. Anthony Trollope is writing a series it has had a great reputation in Europe. It
Mr. Hunt thoroughly appreciates the of letters from the antipodes, which are printed simultaneously in different newspapers in the
was exhibited in Paris, in the Salon, in 1859. capabilities for art of such a head. He makes United Kingdom. . . . The title of Hepworth
It is an upright oblong, eight or ten feet high, the light strike sideways on the forehead, Dixon's new book is " White Contest: America
and represents the opening scene of the first then graduate down the delicately - ridged in 1875." ... Of the late Emperor Napoleon's canto of the “Inferno,” showing Dante and Vir- cheeks, touching, as it descends, the elastic " Vie de César," it is said that only one hun- gil as they enter the wild wood, the silva sil. nostrils. He then makes it glance against dred and fifty copies were sold out of an edi- vaggia, that conducts to the infernal regions. eyelid and eyebrow, and shadow the mouth, tion of twenty-two thousand. The publishers At the feet of the two are the wolf, the leop- and skim across the heavy, long beard. Lastbronght a suit against the empress for one ard, and the lion, who meet them on their way, ly, he leaves it palest and weakest where it handred and sixty - seven thousand francs
and over their heads tower lofty and thunder-strikes upon and is lost against the stronglydamages, on the ground that the work was riven trees—"ghostly forms seen at noon
modeled hands. Mr. Hunt has adopted in Lot tinished owing to the emperor's death, but the suit was dismissed with costs. ... Nov
day.” A twiligbt mystery baunts the wood, this picture such an arrangement of light and els being few last week, the Athenæum filled
and through the twisted boughs glimmers the shadow as Rembrandt delighted in to bring & portion of its space with some brief hints
light from the far-off region whence the out the peculiarities of face of his old burgoon the art of novel-writing, from which we poets have come. Like all other of Corot's masters, picturesque from the markings rathquote a paragraph : “While rules have been works, it is not absolutely realistic. Its style
er than the form of their features. In the laid down in convenient hand-books for almost is particularly adapted for a poetical render-carrying out of this idea of light and shade, every art and every handicraft under the sun,
ing of one of the phases of Nature of which Mr. Hunt has been very happy, and this manand while ladies can get for a shilling books it is desired to make a strong impression on
agement of his ect is rather unusual with of directions for knitting and crochet which the mind of the beholder.
him, as he is accustomed to flat tints and might furnish them with occupation for the
Unlike the delineations, so emphasized as equal values rather than to a strong focus of rest of their lives, no guide-book has, as far as Tre know, yet been published, in a cheap form,
to be impossibilities, in Doré's pictures of light and shade gradually losing its force. to the popular amusement of novel - writing.
similar subjects, this really grand and noble We shall, therefore, be poaching on nobody's landscape exhibits nothing incompatible with succeeded in getting a characteristic likeness preserre in stating that the first rule of the an absolute following of Nature, only it is
of his sitter through this arrangement of craft is-select your characters from the class the Nature we see in a gloomy twilight, with light and shade, viewed as a painting, it of people with which you associate. If you lofty trees and vague woodland reaches that seems to us that, living so long in this counare a school-girl, write about school-girls, and
appear in outline in the dimness and mist, try without opportunity of toning his mind not about duchesses; if you are a lady, do not
Cobweb-like tangles of branches and their and eye by reference to the best models in describe blackguards." The new edition
art, the flesh tint and flesh quality of his of the “ Encyclopædia Britannica” is selling foliage shut out the sky, and close in the remarkably well in England. The publishers
way behind the wanderers, but present none pictures lose rather than gain in excellence, have already found it necessary to reprint the
of the fantastic forms of faces and lean hands and that especially in this painting there is first volume. ... Cardinal Silvestri bas made with which Doré in similar subjects endeav- an impression of labor and lack of freshe present to the municipality of Padua of Pe- ors to strengthen a witch - like impression. ness which a man of Mr. Hunt's great nat. trarch's house at Arquà. . . . The Academy These tangles are such as appear in reality,
ural power should never betray. Compar“has an opinion” of Mr. Joaquin Miller's but the artist, with a true poetical instinct, ing this really artistic painting with the halfporel, “ First Families in the Sierras," which
has introduced them in this place to enhance learned attempts of young Duveneck, now it expresses in the following concise way: “It
the value of his main theme. Corot is a land- on exhibition and about which the press has bears a strong family likeness to "The Luck
said so much of late, the former work is of Roaring Camp,' but cannot be compared scape-painter, and it is Nature as seen by with it in point of merit. The civilizing in
Dante and Virgil, and not the two poets decidedly a sufferer beside the crisp, fresh finence is here a woman, not a child, and the
themselves, or the symbolical animals that touches laid on so roughly by the young
accompany them, that is presented promi. student of Munich. interest, instead of being concentrated, is a
Literary men every. good deal frittered away. When one has once nently to the thought of the spectator. The
where have the advantage that they may al. been clearly informed that, in order to be the living forms are gray and indistinct in the ways compare their writings with the highest noblest work of God, it is chiefly necessary twilight, but it is the dreary sky, and still standard; but this opportunity for the paintto have a good growth of hair on one's chest, drearier woodland, which entrance our im
er, which is even more necessary for him to divide one's time between gold-digging and
agination, as the thought of them enchained than it is for the author, can only be obtained drinking poisonous whiskey, and to indulge Dante six hundred years ago.
at present by occasional visits to Europe. in oaths which would doubtless be blasphemous if they possessed the antecedent qualifica
We have many pictures by Corot in this
of the necessity of such a standard, we may tion of meaning-subsequent repetitions of the
country, both in public exhibitions and in cite the example of one of our best artists, dogma lose much of their value. It is interesting private houses. To understand his works,
who brought home with him a most careful to know that Mr. Miller thinks nothing of any
which are at once those of an artist and a and elaborate copy which he had made of man or woman who has not a large nose. But, poet, requires more than superficial sight or
Titian's “Bella," and no offer has ever from the elaborate manner in which he an- thought. To comprehend how truthful they tempted him to part with it, since it is his chief nounces the opinion, it would seem that Rabeare, an effort and a feeling are necessary,
means in America, he says, of keeping up the lais, Erasmus, and Sterne, were strange to which educate the beholder while he is ex
standard of his own work here. Mr. Hunt's him." ... The London Times thinks that
amining their beauties. On this account late portraits show, we think, the absence of there passes away with Dr. Thirwall the only mind that could survey all schools and forms Mr. Shaw has rendered a signal benefit to
such standards, to which he can refer to note of English religious thought with equal knowlart by giving to a public gallery the finest
the failure or success of the new experiments edge and justice, and that his memory will al
work of this master that has yet been brought and effects be introduces into his pictures. ways survive as the most conspicuous proof to America.
Much as we admire certain qualities in Mr. that there is no true learning and no genuine
Hunt's paintings, we can but regret when we piety which may not be harmoniously com
William M. Iunt has lately completed a see them in any degree fall below his earlier bined in the English Church,
half-length portrait of Rev. James Freeman work.
WHILE Goupil, Schaus, and our own public galleries, keep back until the autumn their newest and best paintings, Boston, which is in the path of summer tourists to mountain and sea-side, is now doing its best, so far as the display of pictures is concerned. Nearly everybody going to the White Mountains, Mount Desert, and the numerous resorts along the shores of New England, gives a day at least to seeing the sights in that city. As a consequence of the presence of so many guests, every thing is done to furnish variety at the places of public entertainment, and the Museum of Fine Arts at the Boston Athenæum, Doll and Richards's, Williams and Everett's, and Elliott's, are not in the background in this respect.
At Doll and Richards's, in addition to a multitude of fine paintings by Inness, Duveneck, and a magnificent French picture, are two very excellent specimens by the old American painter Copley, which have recently been picked up in Europe and brought back to this country. They are both portraits of American ladies-one a sketch in oils of a member of the artist's family,
and the other a finished full-length. The sketch retains its color best, and is of a lady in a large hat, which, with her powdered hair and her lace kerchief pinned across her bosom, reminds the beholder, in its soft light and shade and mellow tones, of Rubens's “ Chapeau de Paille," or some of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds. The other painting is thoroughly in Copley's own manner. Stiff brocade, elaborate lace, and a high head. dress, form the costume of one of the stately dames of a hundred years ago. The color, got by glazes, has nearly faded from her face; and her arms, hands, and head, are hard and wooden in their modeling. But around this stately personage there lingers an air of high-bred elegance that makes this picture contrast strangely with a scene in an Oriental harem, with the Western-American faces of Dureneck's models, and with a couple of soft Italian heads by Babcock, which surround them in the picture-store. We said once before in the JOURNAL that Paul Veronese's picture in the Boston Athenæum seemed doubly a Veronese, from its remoteness in kind to its surroundings; and, judged in the same way, Copley's pictures hold their individuality even when surrounded by paintings whose standard is utterly unlike their own.
council of the Academy, says in substance an old cat, surrounded by her kittens, re.
isolated trees, which form altogether a scene It is apparent that the action of the stu. of rare pastoral quiet and beauty. The great dents of the Academy in the formation of force of the work, however, is in the foretheir league was hasty, and based upon a ground group of cows and surrounding obmisapprehension of the facts; and this is, in jects, which are mostly in shadow; but there a great measure, due to the somewhat uncer. is a clearness about them which we have tain position of the academic council, which rarely seen excelled in landscape - pictures. recommended November 1st as the date for The study of the mottled trunk and pale-green the opening of the schools, but left the mat- foliage of the old sycamore shows a closeter in the hands of the new council, which ness of observation which belongs to the figtakes office in August, but rarely finds a quo. | ure-painter rather than to one of the land. rum for the transaction of business until No. scape school, and the skill with which every vember. If we have not been misinformed, | detail of its peeling bark and tremulous foit has always been the duty of the out-going liage, as it is swayed by the summer wind, is council to provide for the fall opening of the given, is very suggestive of the scene in Naschools and also the employment of a pro- ture. Mr. Hart has also given close attenfessor. Mr. Whittredge's letter of explanation to the painting of the cows, and the foretion will, we trust, settle this vexed ques. ground group, especially, is made from bis tion.
last summer studies. These animals are
drawn of small size, and their hairy coats JAMES H. BEARD, N. A., whose pictures of are finished with the care of miniature paint. dogs and other domestic animals are so well | ing. In the handling of this work it appears known, has just finished two paintings repre. as if the painter had made it his study to see senting cat and dog life, which are decidedly | bow far a landscape and cattle picture can spirited in their way. The latter subject is be carried in its finish without destroying its a rich interior, with a group of dogs seated breadth. He has, as the result, given us a on their baunches before the portrait of a painting finished with all the care and elaboboy. It is entitled “Though lost to Sight, ration of a miniature on ivory, and yet posto Memory dear," and is intended to express sessed of a feeling of great breadth and the idea that the boy is dead, and his favorite strength. dogs recognize their young master's features in the portrait. The sentiment of the sub- “ THERE is no doubt at all," says the Lonject is very cleverly expressed, and its mo." don Daily News, " that the interest in art is at tive is as apparent as if it were manifested present very great, and that it pervades every by figures of men and women instead of those
class. Perhaps the good effects of this interof the brute creation. There are three dogs
est and curiosity are rather to be found in do
mestic architecture and decoration than in in the main group, a black-and-tan, an Italian
painting. We may possibly look on this as greyhound, and a King Charles spaniel ; and
rather a healthy sign of the future of English their attitudes are full of spirit, and, although art, and as a token that the age of confused suggestive of quiet for the moment, yet the aims, and hasty, flashy execution, is passing sparkle of their eyes indicates that a frolic by." ... Three new rooms are to be opened would not be out of place after the season of in the Louvre-one devoted to French sculptmourning is over. There is a puppy sleeping ure, the other two to engraved works, of which upon a rug in the foreground, who is oblivious the Louvre contains a fine collection, but which to present grief, and is introduced, the artist
have never been displayed, owing to want of says, as babies sometimes are at funerals.
proper arrangement. . . . It is now definitely
settled that the Michael Angelo festival in They are too young to mourn the loss of a
Florence shall be held on September 14th, friend, and sleep or prattle, unconscious of
15th, and 16th. ... The Academy of Fine the grief around them.
Arts at Vienna has announced that an exbibiThe pendant, “The Morning Call,” shows tion will be opened on October 16, 1876, in the
In the JOURNAL of August 7th we gave the substance of a circular issued by the Art. Students' League of this city, an association formed by the former students of the National Acaden of•Design, having for its object a higher development in art-studies. The circular said further that the league was formed with the coöperation of Professor Wilmarth, and for the reason that the council of the Academy had abandoned the schools as heretofore existing, and bad decided at its last regular meeting “not to reopen its department of schools till some time in December.” The question of employing a professor was also decided negatively. Mr. Whittredge, president of the Academy, in a recent letter to the Evening Post, in reply to the cir. cular, and in explanation of the action of the