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and addressed them thus: 'Is it your intention "No man was ever more sore and fright- ferred to at all, further than to record that a to damn this play?' The cry was, 'Yes, yes ! ened at criticism than he was from his first certain monarch built or restored a palace or off, off!' and the tumult increased in violence. outset in life. He dreaded the newspapers,
temple at Assur, Nineveh, or Calah, as the He again obtained a little silence, and said, and always courted their friendship. I have
case may be. Their sculpture, too, is only Then, I tell you, this play of mine will be a many times heard him say, 'Let me but have living play when you are all dead and damned,' the periodical press on my side, and there
noticed to the extent of reproducing, without and walked slowly off.”
should be nothing in this country which I comment, a few of the tablets, etc., from the would not accomplish.'
British Museum; and, though the principal Mr. Kelly was on terms of intimate com
" This sensitiveness of his as regarded gods are enumerated, no outline is given of panionship with Father O'Leary, the well
newspapers renders the following anecdote the religious system or worship of the nation. known Roman Catholic priest, whom he de- rather curious: After he had fought his fa A map, moreover, containing the ancient scribes as "a man of infinite wit, of instruc mous duel, a: Bath, with Colonel Matthews,
names of places and peoples, is absolutely tive and amusing conversation," "mighty on Mrs. Sheridan's (Miss Linley's) account, necessary to an intelligent comprehension of fond of whiskey - punch," and exceedingly an article of the most venomous kind was sent
the text; and the absence of this, together partial to corned shoulder-of-mutton. He from Bath to Mr. William Woodfall, the editells two aneodotes of his reverence, the first tor of the Public Advertiser, in London, to in- enumerated, produces a not unnatural sense
with the other deficiencies which we have of which runs as follows:
sert in that paper. The article was so terri-
of impatience and disappointment in the read. "One day the facetious John Philpot Cur- it to him. "After reading it he said to Wood-er's mind. ran, who was also very partial to the said fall: "My good friend, the writer of this ar This “ History of Assyria,” in short, is a corned mutton, did me the honor to meet him. ticle has done his best to vilify me in all ways, work on which neither author nor publisher To enjoy the society of such men was an in- but he has done it badly and clumsily. I will has bestowed any too much care, especially tellectual treat. They were great friends, and write a character of myself, as coming from an
in the perfecting of minor details. Perhaps seemed to have a mutual respect for each oth anonymous writer, which you will insert in its most interesting feature is the parallel er's talents, and, as it may easily be imagined, your paper. In a day or two after, I will send which it establishes by cross-references, etc., O'Leary tersus Curran was no bad match. you another article, as coming from another * One day, after dinner, Curran said to
between the Assyrian records and the hisanonymous correspondent, vindicating me, him, 'Reverend father, I wish you were Saint and "refuting most satisfactorily, point by Smith will hardly supersede Rawlinson even
torical books of the Old Testament; but Mr. Peter.'
point, every particle of what has been written ** And why, counselor, would you wish in the previous one.'
for popular reading. that I were Saint Peter?' asked O'Leary.
"Woodfall promised that he would attend *** Because, reverend father, in that case, to his wishes; and Sheridan accordingly wrote WHEN we encountered, at the very begin. said Curran, you would have the keys of one of the most vituperative articles against ning of Mrs. Oliphant's “Whiteladies ” (New heaven, and you could let me in.' himself that mortal ever penned, which he
York: Henry Holt & Co.), the complications *** By my honor and conscience, counsel sent to Woodfall, who immediately inserted
about the heirship of the Whiteladies esor,' replied the divine, “it would be better it in his newspaper, as agreed upon. for you that I had the keys of the other place,
tate (for Whiteladies is an old manor house,
“Day after day passed; the calumnies for then I could let you out.'” which Sheridan had invented against himself
not a deserted convent, as might be supposed The second anecdote describes a whimsi- mouth ; and day after day did Mr. Woodfall got circulation, and were in everybody's from the name), we resigned ourselves with
the patience of a veteran novel-reader, yet cal triumph which the father once enjoyed wait for the refutation which was to set all to not without despondency, to a long, crusade orer Dr. Johnson :
rights, and expose the fallacy of the accusa against British laws of inheritance. The "O'Leary was very anxious to be introtions; but, strange to say, Sheridan never
prospect was depressing, beyond a doubt, duced to that learned man, and Mr. Murphy in his own vindication; and the libels which
could prevail upon himself to write one line but we are bound to confess that in our baste took him one morning to the doctor's lodgings, he invented against himself remain to this
we did injustice to a story which is admirable On his entering the room, the doctor viewed hour wholly uncontradicted.”
in many respects, and in none more than in him from top to toe, without taking any notice
the singleness of purpose with which the auof him ; at length, darting one of his sourest The volume contains portraits of Mr. thor devotes herself to the entertainment of looks at him, he spoke to him in the Hebrew Garrick as Sir John Brute, of Mr. Foote as
her readers. The heirship of Whiteladies language, to which O'Leary made no reply. Fondlewife, of Mr. Moody as Teague, and of Upon which the docter said to him, 'Why do Mrs. Abington—all taken from Bell's “British plot of the story revolves, but the law of en
remains the central point around which the you not answer me, sir?'
Theatre." * Faith, sir,' said O'Leary, 'I cannot re
tail, the law restricting the inheritance of ply to you, because I do not understand the
landed property to heirs male, etc., are ac
MR. GEORGE SMITH'S “History of Assyria," language in which you are addressing me.'
cepted simply as among the conditions to the second volume of the series of "Ancient ** Upon this, the doctor, with a contempt
which the exigencies of the story must be nous sneer, said to Murphy, Why, sir, this is History from the Monuments,” is, we think, conformed, and are neither approved, nor cona pretty fellow you have brought hither; sir, hardly equal to Dr. Birch's History of
demned, nor argued against, nor satirized. he does not comprehend the primitive lan- Egypt,” with which the series opened. It The plot of “ Whiteladies” is painful, partly, guage.
is a clear, concise, and painstaking chronicle perhaps, because so many people engaged in * O'Leary immediately bowed very low, of the events in Assyrian history in so far as it are absolutely longing for each other's and complimented the doctor with a long they are revealed by the monuments; its speech in Irish, to which the doctor, not un
death, but chiefly because it involves the chronological tables and lists of kings are derstanding a word, made no reply, but looked
commission of crime on the part of one whose at Murphy. O'Leary, seeing that the doctor unusually complete; and the conclusions
age, character, and position, ought to have which the author reaches commend themwas puzzled at hearing a language of which he
made it impossible to her. It is consistent Was ignorant, said to Murphy, pointing to the selves to the judgment of the careful reader.
and well-constructed, however; the action is doctor, * This is a pretty fellow to whom you But it partakes of the usual dullness of mere
rapid and dramatic, and the dramatis persone have brought me; sir, he does not understand chronicles, and the style is sadly lacking in
are numerous and natural. Mrs. Oliphant the language of the sister kingdom.' The animation. The reign of Assur - bani-pal has created few heroines more truly feminine reverend padre then made the doctor a low (Sardanapalus) is the only period whose de
or more femininely fascinating than Reine, bow, and quitted the room."
tails are recorded in a picturesque or impres- and no minor characters more lifelike than Perhaps the most entertaining portion sive way; and several points on which the
Everard, Herbert, Farrel-Austin, and Madame of Mr. Kelly's diary is his reminiscences of reader is most desirous of information are al
de Mirfleur. Augustine, the Gray Sister, is Sheridan, with whom he was for many years
most overlooked in the introductory chapter. evidently drawn with care, but she fails to in the closest business and personal relaThe architecture of the Assyrians, for in
impress us as being any thing more than a tions. Most of these anecdotes are too long stance (their most important art), is not re
respectable lay-figure; and it is hard to befor quotation, but here is one which illus
* Assyria from the Earliest Times to the Fall of
lieve that girls of twenty could have become trates curiously Sheridan's characteristic neg. Nineveh. By George Smith. New York: Scrib
such entirely heartless and cynical matchlect of his own interests : ner, Armstrong & Co.
makers as Kate and Sophy Farrel-Austin.
Giovanna is a new type of character, and the
a branch, and in another pluce a couple of skill with which she is drawn would alone
birds are feeding one another. Sometimes a suffice to make the story worthy of attention.
leaf is broken or torn, and tendrils and the Perhaps the most plausible ground of
YOUNG architect, named Richardson, rough bark of the stem appear carefully complaint against it would be its length. has lately attracted much attention in carved, and in exact imitation of the natural Considering at once the shortness of life and Boston by intelligent and imaginative work forms. The little scenes among the clematis the pitiless persecution of the printing-press, it of a really high character, exhibiting novel and grape leaves, of bird and animal and inwould seem that five hundred pages are more and striking features. One of his latest sect life, although comparatively coarsely than any novelist ought to inflict upon us in works is a church for Dr. Lothrop, a Uni-done, recall to the mind the beautiful and mula single story. In Mrs. Oliphant's case, how. tarian clergyman. It is built of the mottled tiform capitals of the columns of the Doge's ever, this is almost excusable, for her talent conglomerate found in the neighborhood of Palace, with their wealth of natural foliage and is of a kind which requires an ample canvas Boston, which we have praised before for animal life, and lead us to hope that, if we for its expression, and no one can say that in its excellent color and surface. In many re have begun to make such vines as this, we may “Whiteladies," at least, the canvas is not spects this church is satisfactory; the dis- end with details as delicate as the Venetian. filled adequately.
tinctive feature of it, however, and one that Another class of carved decoration upou
dwarfs its minor excellence, is its beauti- the new Boston Museum of Fine Arts consists The London Spectator closes a long review ful and original tower, which rises large and of one large bass-relief representing "The of "General Sherman's Memoirs" as follows: square fully one hundred and fifty feet high. Arts.” The picture comprises many large “Nothing but a perusal of this excellent book For two-thirds of its height it is plain and figures, and is set in the high wall, unbroken will bring home to the reader the thoroughly without ornament, but, having reached that by windows, of the second story of the buildoriginal character of the man of genius by
elevation, on its four sides and rising at least ing. This decoration is at least fifteen feet whom it was written. We see him develop
twenty feet are carved bass-reliefs of scenes high, and twenty or twenty-five broad, and month by month into the masterful soldier he
from Scripture, while at the four corners of resembles, in general effect, the large frescoes became, and we are forced to conclude that, whatever may be the merits of others, his give
the tower four figures of angels blowing that ornament the outside walls of the Pinahim a place in the front rank as a really great
through gold trumpets still further enrich kothek and Glyptothek at Munich. A space captain; while, as a man, he is certainly sec
and eonoble this unique structure. Instead has been left vacant beside this bass-relief of ond to none. Military students may read with of breaking the mass of the church with petty “The Arts," on the same side of the Muprofit the closing chapter, entitled 'Lessons of details that amount to nothing, the architect seum, in which another carved picture may the War'-_a war actually full of instruction to has made this tower its distinctive feature, and be placed at some future time, and these form all who investigate its details with candor, and
so prominent and so positive is it that for miles the first specimens we remember in this counone illustrated by as many examples of high
around the rough surface of the highly-re-try of such a class of ornament. On the soldiership on both sides as campaigns which
lieved carving, and the glistening shine of the same side of the building numerous brown have attracted more attention, and have been described with more applause, because they
trumpets, add beauty and interest to the build-terra-cotta portrait-heads of famous personwere European." ... A new work by Mrs.
ing, even when the beholder is too far away to ages are built into the wall, of which they Oliphant, entitled “ The Makers of Florence,"
discern the minute particulars which make up form a conspicuous ornament. These heads is announced. The object of the book is to
the bass - reliefs. Near at hand, looking up are made in England, and are of the hardpresent to the many lovers of Florence a vivid into the air at them, the spectator sees natu- ness and durability of stone, which they expicture of her past life and of the men who ral representations of men and women, dra- actly resemble, and the minute delicacy of the made her greatness. This is not attempted matic in position and easy in their attitudes ; details of the forms, of the features, of the headwith the profound research of serious history,
in short, very good art very well rendered covering, and the dress about the neck, places bat rather with the lighter hand of a biogra
with the time and thought and labor that them in the class of decoration of the best kind. pher affectionately interested in the many no
would have been bestowed on similar work In the neighboring city of Cambridge, ble figures which crowd the scene. The author has striven to link the memories of for
designed for the interior decoration of a ball the Memorial Hall of Harvard University is mer times with the pleasant personal recollec
or a drawing-room. It has been commonly rapidly approaching completion. The rear tions of Florence of the present day that so asserted that Americans have not the taste portion, east of the great tower, contains the many visitors entertain. ... "La Terre et les nor the interest to care for art so little theatre, or ball for commencement exercises, Hommes," by M. Reclus, is appearing in showy and so costly as this is ; but the in- which, when finished, will make the structure Paris in weekly parts. This work is described justice of such an imputation is proved by what it was designed to be by the architect. as not a technical geography in the ordinary the fact that although this tower has cost Over each of the seven windows of this temsense of the word. It is a profound study,
vastly more than the committee or the archi- ple of oratory is placed the sculptured head made from a physical and geological point of
tect intended there is a general satisfaction of a master of public speaking. The seren view, of every portion of the world in its rela
with the result. tion to the races by which it has been peopled
orators selected are Demosthenes, Cicero, St. and the history of those races, forming a com
Near to this church is another which is Chrysostom, Bossuet, Chatham, Burke, and plete geographical, geological, and ethnograph-building for the Old South Church Society, Daniel Webster. ical cyclopædia. ... Darwin is to follow his and is decorated by a mass of carving, which, “ Insectivorous Plants” with another record of although not so interesting nor impressive as MR. SEYMOUR J. Guy has recently begun his researches into the mysteries of the vege the bass-reliefs just mentioned, is yet so abun- a large picture, entitled “ Evening Prayer," table kingdom,“ On the Habits and Movements
dant and so good as to form a distinctive in which the figures are life - size. A fair of Climbing Plants."' ... The literature of
feature of the edifice. The church is a very but sad-faced woman is seated on a huge reminiscence is to have some notable addi
large one, and, running its entire length, bowlder, upon an eminence overlooking a tions, among which are “Life Records," by Louis Kossuth; memoirs by Miss Martineau;
across much of its front, and making capitals great city, with her back to the brilliant twi. his own story of the regeneration of Italy, by
to the pillars of its small porches and re light sky. A sleeping child lies across her Garibaldi; autobiographical recollections by
cesses, a long vine, forming a cornice to the lap, with its prettily-rounded face turned to Earl Russell; and, lastly, “The Life of a first story of the building, of different species the front, and its brown hair falling in disorPope," by Pius IX. . . . The proposal to erect of plants, is carved in close imitation of Na- der over her knee. A little boy stands beside a monument to Lord Byron has attracted some ture. The material of which this ornament the mother, with his head resting affectionately notice in Spain, and an enthusiastic admirer
is made is gray sandstone, too coarse to ad on her shoulder, and his eyes turned toward contributes to the Revista de España an“ oda"
mit of a very high degree of finish, but, in the face of the sleeping child. The subject is on the subject. Beyond showing the influence which Byron still exerts on the Continent, the
giving it variety and detail, the stone-cutters drawn upon an upright canvas, and is charm
have expended all their ingenuity. In one ingly composed. It reminds one of Bougue. poem is not important. ... The Athenæum says of Mr. Saxe's verses that “they scarcely place a bird is pecking at a bunch of grapes, reau's motives, but is more expressive in serrise to the dignity of poetry.” ... The scene of and, hidden behind the grape leaves, a wily timent than any work of his that we have reGeorge Eliot's forthooming novel, it is said, is cat is creeping stealthily toward its winged cently seen. The face of the mother is uplaid in one of the English midland counties. neighbor. Farther on a squirrel runs along raised, and her lips are slightly parted, as if
breathing a silent prayer. Her hands, too, lands. In 1855 he was appointed an officer of company was the limit which the status of are clasped, as if devotionally, and rest lightly the Legion of Honor. He was chosen, also, by the amusement market seemed to allow, upon the breast of the little child in her lap. M. Lefuel, the principal architect of the new
Last year there were two French companies The figure of the mother, as far as finished, Louvre, to execute four allegorical groups of
in the field, besides the Soldene English men and animals, representing, respoctively; troupe and several American organizations, shows the most refined and delicate han.
“Order," "Force," "Peace,” and “War.” dling, but to us the charm of the work rests These groups now form prominent decorations
all of which were successful speculations for in the figure of the sleeping child. It is not naked, like those of the Italian mother which Turgot-the representatives of the principles of the pavilions of Daru, Denon, Colbert, and the managers, though at least two of them
were wretched enough in any artistic sense. Bouguereau so persistently paints, but is clad named. The works of Barye are numerous, It is not hastily to be concluded that this in a garment of light texture which covers, and, though most of them are well known to | penchant of the public is rooted in any essenbat does not conceal, its beautifully-rounded the art-world, and some are familiar to almost tial preference for bouffe music as compared form. The pose of the child shows that re
every visitor to Paris of late years, yet a more with the better forms of opera. Perhaps laxation of muscle peculiar to deep sleep, and thorough classification than they have hereto
the simplest and truest solution is, that the abandon which accompanies it.' The litfore received would be necessary to give a true
amusement-seekers are afforded the opportuidea of their number and special charactertle arm, bare to the shoulder, falls listless from the mother's lap, and the legs, and animals, sometimes combined in groups with istics. Their subjects, however, are generally nity of bearing gay and lively music, united
with good acting, at a reasonable price-an soiled but yet pretty feet, bang over her men or allegorical figures, but more commonly
element in the theatre-problem of no little knee. There is no division of interest in the without such additions.
importance. Be that as it may, the result group, but it is bound together in unity and
still remains, that a good opéra-bouffe comexpression. The subject is painted under
“We are sorry to learn,” says the Atheneum,
pany, whether French or English, can hardly the broadly-diffused light of a cloudless twi. being put to the north transept of Westminster " that there is great probability of a new front
fail to meet with a large patronage. The light sky, which, although the faces are turned | Abbey—a front which, although only a century
English form of this entertainment, and the away from the brilliantly-toned horizon, ad- and a half old, has some claims to veneration,
school of singers which it engenders, are mits of the introduction of those tender gra- and, although poor enough in detail, repro- hardly as satisfactory as those “native to the dations of color and delicate modeling of the duces, and with great dignity and beauty, the manner born” across the Channel. The subtilties of form and feature which are so masses of the more ancient façade. Looking | French idioms and nasal sounds are so ad. expressive when portrayed in the broader at Sir G. Scott's rather jejune design for the mirably fitted to those subtile nuances of light of mid-day.
execution of this long-cherished scheme of thought and expression, alike in the acting The sky, which is so brilliant at the hori-hisa design, which was in the late Royal and singing thereof, which we associate with zon with reflected light, shows at the zenith Academy Exhibition-we are convinced that this style of opera, that we do not look for the the cool gray and shadowy tones of approach assuredly regret it, should any such work be artistic excellence of the original in the vering night, and this is repeated in the sur
executed. As is common with this architect's nacular adaptation. It is therefore unjust to rounding landscape, but not so strongly as to compositions, that in question is of the pat- institute any comparison between French and hide or veil, as it were, the minor objects of tern-book kind—a very safe compilation, but | English opéra-bouffe, except for general purdetail. As far as advanced, the work gives otherwise void of spirit and power, timidly poses of discussion. expression to a feeling of quiet, not only in composed, and mechanically conceived. If a The English Comic-Opera Company now the foreground-group, but also in the sugges
new façade must needs be put to this transept, playing at Wallack's Theatre, of which Miss tion of the great city, the spires and domes
let it be, at all events, a good, vigorous, and Julia Matthews is the chief star, opened their of which are marked against the bright-toned expressive one, rendering the best of nine
season in "Boulotte," an adaptation from the evening sky; and its coloring is as harmoni-teenth-century Gothic with success, not a poor
Offenbachian opera of “Barbe Bleue." The compilation." ons in its rich and mellow tints as its story is
bright and sparkling airs in this work, and in refinement and elevated sentiment.
THE ART JOURNAL for September will con the many grotesque situations of the story, tain as American additions a richly-illustrated served as a very effective medium for the dis
article on ceramic art; an engraving on wood, play of what must be called an excellent The French sculptor of animals, Antoine
by W. J. Linton, of Vibert's last Salon-pict-company of its kind-far superior, indeed, Louis Barye, recently deceased, was held in
ure, "The Painter's Repose;" and two specivery high estimation by the best critics. Gau
in real artistic excellence to the Soldene commens of American artists, ope being Mr. Guy's tier, speaking of him, says: " M. Barye does
“The Orange-Girl," and the other Mr. Wil- pany which represented English opéra-bouffe not treat animals from a purely zoological marth’s " Ingratitude," both of which at- last year. Miss Matthews is a singer of conpoint of view-when he makes a tigar, a bear,
tracted marked attention at the last Academy siderable personal comeliness, a sweet and or an elephant, he does not content himself
exhibition. The steel-plates of the number flexible though rather light voice, and an acwith being exaet in the highest degree. He knows that a mere reproduction of Nature does Sheepshanks collection, Turner's "Wycliffe, lacks, indeed, the subtile art and finish which
are Webster's “Contrary Winds," from the tress of much quaint humor and spirit. She not constitute art. He elevates, he simplifies,
near Rokeby," and Raphael's“ Madonna della combined with the chic of Tostée, Aujac, and he idealizes the animals, and gives to them a
Sedia.” The Landseer studies are continued, Aimée, to make them so attractive even to special character. He has a certain lofty, pow- and there are a well-illustrated article on metal erful, and unartificial manner, which makes
those who may have been as unwitting of and wood work among the Hindoos, a curious him the Michael Angelo of the menagerie."
illustrated article on ancient shoes in the Mu- French as of Sanscrit. But, in lieu of it, we Another art-critic of high-standing, M. Thore,
seum of Costumes, Paris, and the conclusion get a genuinely bright, joyous humor, wbich said of Barye, as early as 1844, “ He is a man
of Mr. S. C. Hall's article on Westwood Park. | is more healthy and cheerful, even if less seof the century of Benvenuto Cellini.” These
ductive, than the delicious diablerie of the are high praises, yet although some allowance
French exponents of Offenbachian opera. The for French warmth of expression may, per Music and the Drama. lady has shown herself a highly-competent haps, be necessary, there can be no doubt that they are, in the main, deserved. Barye was
artist in her line, and was quite a pleasant "HILE there seems to be a powerful re- surprise to many who were not disposed to . His
action of public taste in favor of the expect much from their past experiences of art-career began about 1819, in which year he better drama — a feeling unmistakable for this class of British importations. The prinreceived a silver medal for his contributions to several years past—the musical current sets cipal tenor of the troupe, Mr. Albert Brena competitive exhibition of plastic works. In in a different direction. By this we do not nir, proved himself a very capable singer 1829 he received the second prize in another wish to ignore the palpable increase of sym- and actor, and the other principals of the orexhibition, and a few years afterward his cele pathy on the part of the better and more ganization left a very agreeable impression. brated group of a lion fighting with a serpent cultured classes with classical orchestral The company is admirably balanced, and, This truly admirable work, which was first music. This section of society will always though there is no voice in it of very marked displayed in 1833, was soon afterward placed remain limited. We point rather to the excellence, the superior style in which it in the Tuileries, where it has been seen and large and growing clientèle secured by opéra- i did its work was such as to leave no doubt appreciated by connoisseurs in art from many | bouffe. Half a dozen years since a single of its ability to command a permanent
instructed in modéling by the sculptor Bosio. W
popularity. The chorus is a light one, and been permitted to have the works of the ris of finish, picturesqueness, and thorough hardly powerful enough to do full justice to ing composers abroad in many cases before knowledge of stage traditions, which make some of the music. The conductor does his even London and Paris. This promptness him effective in all his personations, and in work admirably, and to his skill and vigi- and enterprise of Mr. Thomas constitute a few of them an actor of great impreslance probably the charm of the performance not the least of his many claims to public siveness. It is understood that during his is largely due.
gratitude. It is not necessary to catalogue six weeks' engagement, to commence early in So much for the company in its details. the new pieces brought out during the sum October, Mr. Booth will play nearly all the We could wish that the opera of “Barbe mer, or the less common works of the old characters in his extensive répertoire, in Bleue" had been given us in its entirety, in- masters, in some cases offered for the first which he will be supported by the best peostead of a condensation. The liberty taken time to many of the audiences. That foreign ple of Mr. Daly's very excellent company. with the original is by no means an improve composers have been willing and eager to We anticipate from these performances a ment, though it must be acknowledged that give Mr. Thomas the right of interpretation beauty of stage-setting and an effectiveness some of the offensive portions of the French in America prior to their introduction to Eng- of cast beyond what we have been accuslibretto have been either very much soft- lish and French audiences, is not the least tomed to for a number of years, even in the ened or altogether omitted. Still, if we re eloquent testimony of the estimation in which palmy days of Booth's Theatre itself. It need member the original rightly, something of be is held.
not be said that tragedy is generally done, the brightness and symmetry of it, which Among the novel features of the concerts not merely in New York, but throughout the need not have been eliminated with its inde this summer has been the setting apart of country, with a poverty of cast and surroundcency, is gone. A word on the subject of certain evenings at stated periods, for the il- ings which makes a merely clever actor adaptations for the stage will be in point. It | lustration of the music of different com sometimes appear great by contrast. If Mr. is the tendency of translators and adapters posers. Wagner, Beethoven, Schubert, and Daly does what the public have been led to to take the action of a play as much as pos- Mozart, have been thus served up for the ad- expect from him, the reform in this direction sible out of its habitat and change its color-mirers of classical music in a series of care will entitle him to the gratitude of the public. ing. This is oftentimes pardonable, some fully - arranged concerts. The results have A rival tragedian, Mr. Barry Sullivan, will times necessary. In opéra-bouffe, which is so been delightfully satisfactory. The Schubert have made his appearance at Booth's Theatre essentially Gallic in its spirit and feeling, such and Mozart nights were specially gala occa- before this reaches the public. It is so long attempts are rarely other than injurious, and sions, as compositions of these great masters since this gentleman has acted before Amerionly such alterations as simple decency and of tone, but little known, were offered to the can audiences, that he will be new to many the healthy sentiment of Anglo-Saxon au public, as well as their acknowledged master of the present generation of theatre - goers. diences demand, should be made.
pieces. The Mozart programme was notably His merits have been so contradictorily disMiss Matthews has given the public rea delicious, as it gave us, besides the great Ju- cussed in the English journals, that it is alike son to anticipate better work even than that piter symphony and his two finest overtures, difficult and dangerous to hazard an opinion done in the opening opera. “Boulotte” the “Masonic Funeral Music," composed at as to the probable measure of his desert and does not afford the same opportunity to test the behest of the Esterhazy family, who were success. Clever English actors, even some her mettle as the “Grande-Duchesse" and the composer's patrons. This magnificent who are commonplace, have been so generseveral other operas. The repertory of the work produced a great impression by its ma- ously received by Americans, that an artist troupe, we are told, will include the most jestic and noble strains, and we trust in the of any ability may be sure of at least fair successful works of Offenbach, Hervé, and future will be often put on the programmes treatment. The probabilities are that Mr. Lecocq, the last of whom especially will be of the miscellaneous concerts. We trust Sullivan will get rather more than less of cordially welcomed in an English dress. that ere the end of the season, now drawing what he really deserves in any artistic sense.
to a close, Mr. Thomas will give his patrons Not the least interesting feature of the The apprehensions of many, that the at Händel, Mendelssohn, and Schumann nights. dramatic outlook, in the direction of tragedy, tendance at the summer concerts of the The opportunity of studying the compositions will be the appearance of Signor Ernesto Thomas orchestra would be dangerously af of our great musical thinkers, with all their Rossi, who is regarded by the Italians as the fected by the Gilmore concerts, have been so different styles and modes placed in close rival of Salvini in tbe representation of such completely refuted as to make it sure that juxtaposition, cannot fail to yield to the parts as Hamlet, in which he has made as nothing can shake the hold of the finest of thoughtful lover of the art very valuable re great an Italian reputation as the other in our musical organizations on the New York sults, hardly to be attained by the average Othello. These three names will be the prin. public. There was not, indeed, at any time, miscellaneous programme, though the latter cipal exponents of tragedy during the coming cause to make the judicious fear. These two conduces more to general amusement. A season, and the lovers of the better drama bands appeal to different spheres of public careful review of the summer season jusți- will have ample opportunity for gratifying patronage, and there should never have been fies us in finding the verdict that the Thomas their tastes. a question as to the ability of the largest of orchestra has never done such fine work beAmerican cities to support them both. fore, and promises a series of winter enterThe concerts of the Central-Park Garden tainments such as will raise the reputation
from Abroad. have never been more amply encouraged, and of the band and its conductor to a higher the dropping away of the few has been more place than ever.
OUR PARIS LETTER. than compensated by the steady attendance
August 10, 1875. of the true lovers of fine music. It is quite The dramatic season about to commence significant to see so many of the same faces
in New York promises to be of unusual in. THE Plan lawsuit aginst the estate of Naponight after night in the audience, and arouses terest and excellence, alike in character and
“Life of Cæsar," has brought that more celea suggestion of intimate sympathy and senti- variety. Mr. Daly will depart from his pre
brated than successful work on the tapis once ment, which the orchestra cannot but feel as vious system for a portion of the season, and more. M. Plon's lawyer might bave cited in well as the habitués.
give us two great “star” attractions, Mr. his argument a curious incident, which is The accomplished conductor has more Edwin Booth and Miss Clara Morris, the given in the posthumous volume of the "Methan justified the public confidence, not former appearing in New York for the first moirs of Sainte-Beuve.” Although the "Life merely by the superb playing of his musicians, time at his theatre. We are by no means
of Cæsar" is not much worse than many of but by the character of the programmes he such ardent admirers of Mr. Booth as many,
the books that are written by the members of has offered. It has been the object of Mr. nor are we disposed to rank him as an actor
the Academy, the celebrated critic would not Thomas not merely to give the public repeat
permit it to be mentioned in the Constitutionof great genius. It is not to be questioned, nel, calling it an“ august error.” He did still ed interpretations of the old established mus however, that this tragedian, take bim all in
more. For his own amusement, and for that ters, but the best of the new contemporary all, stands in the forefront of American ar of a few intimate friends, among whom was music, almost simultaneously with its pro tists. However be may lack the vital spark, numbered Prince Napoleon, he prepared a feduction abroad. New York audiences bave his work is characterized by a large measure I rocious criticism upon the imperial production,
from which criticism we extract the following gigantic canvases, prominent among which is represent the amount that he has written. "I transparently-malicious paragraphs. He com his huge contribution to the Salon of this year, am laying up a fortune for my grandchildren," menees by proving that there are two kinds the serpent-swarming "Hell of Liars." It will he is reported to have said when once reof Cæsars. After describing the type of the probably be sent to London to take its place in proached for withholding his writings from true Cæsar, whom he depicts as being endowed the Doré Gallery there. He is just sketching the world. I cannot say that I am anxious for with all great and fascinating qualities, he thus another mighty picture, of equally prodigious the great poet to die, but I would like to see continues: “The other Cæsars, those of the size, but the subject was not definitely defined those hidden treasures brought forth into the second order and of the second class, are, on the when I saw it, nor was the artist at hand to light of day. contrary, toilsome, laborious, and, so to speak, reveal to me its purport. A wilderness of The “Procès Veauradieux" is to be sucmanufactured; they have tried to become columns and arches in the background, and a ceeded on the stage of the Vaudeville this Cæsars, and by dint of repeating that inces crowd of persons in antique Roman garb in evening by the new drama in four acts, and in santly to themselves, they have succeeded. the foreground, were vaguely outlined on the verse, entitled “ Jean-Nu-Pieds," which has By dint of rehearsing their part and by throw
It looked like a Scriptural scene been promised for so long. The history of ing themselves into it, they have learned it. probably some scene in the life of Christ. the “Procès Veauradieux” is a singular one, Born in the purple or beside the purple, they Doré has a great fondness for Scotch scenery, and strikingly illustrates the vicissitudes in have been inspired with a childlike credulity and a finished landscape which hung against the affairs of those whose business it is to cain the reflections of their cradle; they have the wall, a stretch of breezy hill-side flècked ter for the amusement of the public. It was grown up in a dynastic religion, and their great with patches of purple heather, and a small accepted over a year ago, but the directors had merit is never to have departed from it. They lake sparkling in the distance, under a sky not the slightest confidence in its powers of have never been men for a single instant with half-gray shadow and half-gleaming sunshine, attraction. Piece after piece, failure after failout believing themselves Cæsars. Even in had the very breath of the Highlands in it. ure, succeeded each other on the stage of the misfortune and exile they have never faltered A small-sized picture next caught my eye, a Vaudeville with disastrous rapidity. The
nor despaired. That unique ambition, which scene of such simple, domestic pathos that it comedies of Barrière and D'Ennery bad no | vas proposed and inculcated to them from was a marvel that it should have owed its be better fate than the productions of the reriest
their youth, and which they have never abdi- | ing to the weird pencil of Doré. It represented | novices. Revivals and novelties were both eated at any moment, that education which they a small, lamp-lighted room, wherein, beside tried, and with the same ill-luck. At last have given themselves, so exclusive, so in- its parents' bed, a chubby baby lay, sound came the 1st of June, the close of the Parisian complete, but so perpetually tending toward asleep in its curtained berceaunette. Beside theatrical season. The directors retired, and a single point, has succeeded with them; they the crib stood the father, a French soldier the artists of the company joined together in have raised their souls and their thoughts to fully equipped for departure, looking down an association to perform during the summer. the height of the aim, improbable to all and with sad and earnest eyes upon the slumber They needed a new piece, and their choice certain for themselves only, which they ever ing babe. Nothing more-only the mute fare fell on M. Delpit's drama of “ Jean - Nucontemplate, and to which they unceasingly well, sadder than tears, more impressive than Pieds.” But they could not get it ready for strive to attain.
words, of one who goes, possibly never to re the 1st of June. Some one of their number "By dint of belief, they have acquired the turn-of a father looking what he deems may then suggested, “Let us bring out the 'Propower to act; ask not of them to cease to be be his last upon his unconscious child.
cès Veauradieux;' it will be a dead failure, mystical; their political virtue, their strength, There has been but little doing in the lit and then we can go on with the new drama.” is forever inseparable from their mysticism. erary line during the past week. Hetzel has The suggestion was adopted, and the new Thus, without one drop of hereditary blood in brought out a new novel by Gustave Droz, comedy was produced, without fuss or flourtheir teins, without a single primitive trait of entitled “Les Etangs," the plot of which is ish of any kind. To the utter stupefaction the genius that founded the race, they have original and interesting. A cheap illustrated of the management, it proved an immense sucbeen known to become by dint of application, edition of the works of Frédéric Soulié is It has achieved its fifty nights, hayof meditation, and of cultivation, the worthy shortly to be issued in numbers, at the price ing drawn crowded houses during the most and legitimate heirs of their line."
of ten cents per number. The series is to unpropitious season for Parisian theatrical enThis passage has been widely and mali commence with “Le Lion Amoureux." A terprise. Nor would it be withdrawn now did ciously quoted within the last few days. One list of the novels that a young French girl of not its author, M. Hennequin, gracefully yield can imagine the bland smile wherewith the Red eighteen might be permitted to read was re his place to M. Delpit, whose drama has been Prince must have listened to these adroitly cently published in one of the leading news ready and waiting for six weeks past. The veiled and telling lines.
papers. All Walter Scott's novels, the " Vi- “Procès Veauradieux" will be revived later The Parisians have got tired of complaining car of Wakefield,” and “Robinson Crusoe,” in the season. Meanwhile, its lucky author about the rainy weather, and now they are in English; and in French, " Télémaque" !!! has received orders for three new plays, one making jokes about it. One gentleman meets George Sand's “ Petite Fadette” and “Le for the Palais Royal, one for the Variétés, and another on the boulevards during a northeast More au Diable,” Lamartine’s “Geneviève,” another for the Vaudeville. He is quite a storm: “What an unpleasant winter we are and one or two of Jules Sandeau's minor works, young man, being only a few years on the having !” cries the first, pulling up the collar filled out the list. Poor little French girls ! shady side of thirty. of his overcoat. “Do you think so ?” says if you are brought up as strictly as people pre The Gymnase has brought out two new the second, with a shiver. “I should merely tend that you are, what a dismal time you plays, a one-act trifle called " Je déjeune à call it a very severe summer.” The following must have of it, to be sure! At a soirée at the Midi,” and a three-act comedy entitled “Le style of traveling-dress is recommended for house of Victor Hugo lately, M. Vacquerie, Million de M. Pomard." The first, though lady tourists in Switzerland: a pointed tin hat bis intimate friend and the editor of the Rap- crude, and showing the traces of an unpractrimmed with a lightning-rod; a long, loose, pel, read certain portions of a forthcoming tised hand, is not wanting in vivacity and oriwater-proof sacque, and India-rubber boots. work on Faust. Contrary to Goethe, M. Vac- ginality. Its title ought really to have been This costume has one advantage—it can be querie does not take the legendary view of "A Magistrate's Morning.” It is divided worn by either sex indiscriminately,
Faust as a magician or a student in league into two scenes, one comic and the other tragThe artists' studios are deserted, the busy with the Evil One; his Faust is the invent ic. Before a juge de la paix there comes an workers having fled to study in more congenial or of printing, the enlightener of the world. unhappy husband, who has reason to suspect climes. The indefatigable Meissonier only is The work will be looked for with some curios the fidelity of his wife, and who has found out still toiling away at the great battle - picture ity. Victor Hugo also read sundry passages her evil doings in a very comical manner. One purchased some eighteen months ago by Sir from a series of poems upon which he is now day, while looking at a photograph of one of Richard Wallace, and representing, if I re engaged, and which is to be called “ The Art the quays through one of those great magnimember rightly, Napoleon reviewing his troops of being a Grandfather.” Some one has de- fying-glasses which abound in the windows before the battle of Wagram. There is a group scribed Victor Hugo as “the poet of giants of Parisian print-shops, he perceived in one of horses that cannot be set right, according to and of children." One of these new poems corner of the picture a carriage, into which a the great artist's ideas. He paints them in is entitled the “Siesta of Jeanne,” its heroine lady and a young gentleman were just about most admirable fashion, according to all who being, of course, the little granddaughter so to mount. He recognized his wife in the lady, see them, but his keen and fastidious taste tenderly beloved by the poet. It is generally so he bought the picture, took it home, enrefuses to be satisfied, so he rubs them out supposed that after Victor Hugo's death an larged it by the usual process, and is certain and paints them in, and rubs them out again, enormous mass of literary productions of all that it is his wife. Next comes the wife herand tears his hair, and gets into a frenzy gen- kinds, poems, dramas, novels, etc., will be self to complain of her husband. The judge erally. The severest of Meissonier's critics is found all ready for publication, as he is an manages to bring about a reconciliation, and always Meissonier himself. The vast studio indefatigable writer, and the works which dismisses the pair to conjugal happiness. of Gustave Doré is, as usual, crowded with he has of late given to the world do not at all Then enters a young man who comes to make