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and farther from the chance of peace, as whole shown that the old orthodox notions and ! Vedder understands, as we before renations are taken away from the work of life phrases are not true in their literal, and still marked, the expressiveness of paint, for this to be used in the work of death, and the neat popular, acceptation--as in reference to the flesh, not very well executed, derives its charest way of killing our fellow-creatures occu Creation, the Deluge, the longevity of the an
acter and expression from the warm, red pies every day more and more attention-one tediluvians, and many other unverified tradimight despair for the future of humanity if tions—these orthodox errors are dressed up in under-tint to it, which strikes the rough and we could not turn to the opposite picture pre- language made to look as like as possible to permeates the heavy opaque white which sented by the Western world. There, at any that of honest criticism within the lines of
forms the skin. We have often thougbt, rate, we have an instance where a cruel war modern thought and knowledge, but really when watching the eyes of a snake, a dog, a has yet led to a lasting peace; and in the spec- meaning nothing, after all.”
cat, or an ox, that it was only the tradition tacle of a great continent peopled by an undi
that they had no souls which made us deny vided nation, which has had the firmness and
THERE is one species of American litera
to their pleading, shrinking, or magnetic per. fortitude to put down internal dissensions at
ture for which the Saturday Review can always any cost, we have surely a political condition find a word of praise, and that is the official sonality, that attribute of man.
verse is not infrequently the case, and we which is immeasurably superior to that pre- publications of the State and Federal Governsented by Europe, where the different na
ments. Of Dr. Elliot Coues's "Birds of the have sought in vain to discern þeneath the tions, all armed to the teeth, are only waiting Northwest,” published under the auspices of animal gleam, which lights the eyes of hufor the chances of fortune to be on their side
the United States Geological Survey, it says: man beings in some cases, any indications to fly at each others' throats. The condition
“The book is one of reference rather than of of a higher personality. The eyes of Ved. of the United States shows, happily, that this
use--for public libraries rather than for the der's people make them appear to occupy degraded condition is not an essential condi- private studies even of ornithologists; but it
this nondescript neutral ground, till we cantion of humanity. And men like Sherman,
is a necessary link in that chain of informawho gave up their peaceful occupations in tion concerning the natural history and physi- the types of that strange phase of humanity
not say whether he intends them or not for soberness and sorrow, and took to war in
cal geography of their vast empire which the
deficient at the same time in human passion order to make war impossible in their country for the future, are patriots in the truest Union have spared no labor or expense to
and in any immortal spark. In the same and most noble sense."
amass, preserve in print, and render accessible manner that Mr. Vedder compels this com
to students who may digest it for the general mon red paint to express subtile heat and fire Mr. CHARLES READE makes the extraordi- reader, or to inquirers who may desire an an in his face, in this picture, he uses glazes and nary statement, in his last letter to the Tribune
swer to a particular question. As we have slight scumblings of purple and pale gray to on the copyright question, that one hundred
often said before, it is only by means of such describe and vivify a purple and white drapery and twenty thousand copies are not a very large liberal official patronage that this kind of
about the shoulders of his subject, and make sale for a book in this country, and that he has knowledge could be collected and published;
the modest and sober coloring gleam, and quivknown books that have quadrupled that fig- and it is chiefly, if not only, in these official ure in a year's sale. We should be glad to know reports that it is to be found." ... The Rev.
er, and sparkle, like lambent tongues of fire the titles of the books that have met with this
W. W. Gill has nearly ready for publication in in the subtile recesses of the sea-waves. remarkable success. We should like to hear,
London a work entitled “Myths and Songs This picture of a fair, young Greek womindeed, the titles of those that have reached
of the South Pacific," which will contain a an, with laurel-leaves growing on a tree be. the sale of one hundred and twenty thousand. preface by Professor Max Müller. "Mr. Gill, hind her, and draped in the pearly mantle, With the exception of “Uncle Tom's Cabin," resident as a missionary for many years among is called “ A Sibyl;” but, from the perplexwe can recall no book that has met with a sale
the islands of the South Pacific, has taken ity it induces in the beholder, it might perin excess of the last-named figure. Of course,
down these myths and legends from the lips | haps better be named " A Sphinx." The key we are not referring to school-books. Instead
of the natives, and has, with great care, colof one hundred and twenty thousand not belated the several versions. ... Among the
to Vedder's pictures no one knows, so far as ing a very large sale for this country, oneautumn announcements of books of travel in
we can learn, and over and over again we half the number is a very great success, and
London is "The Great Divide: A Narrative ask ourselves whether tricks of paint he has books of some of the most popular authors do
of Travels in the Upper Yellowstone,” by the discovered cause their production, or if, unnot attain a sale of over thirty thousand copEarl of Dunraven.
der an imaginative form, he intends to deies. Mr. Reade is wild in his figures.
pict subtile and strange conditions of human
consciousness. The Spectator has a very poor opinion of
The other picture is more comprehensi. the much-trumpeted “Speaker's Commen
ble in its way, and is besides a very clever tary” which was to rout secular exegetists, EDDER'S pictures are so rarely seen | piece of composition of light and shade, text
ure and still-life. It is called “The Jewelon the sure basis of demonstrated truth. in a public place it is the subject of much Box,” and is a scene at a lady's toilet. BeIt says, referring to the most recently-pub- interest and comment. Vedder's position as fore a glass a sort of pre-Raphaelite woman, lished volume: “Nelson, in reporting the rout of a Neapolitan army, said, "They lost an artist is a difficult one to define. Careful in girdle
, brocade, and long drapery, which little honor in the battle, for, though they lost thought leaves it hard to discriminate wheth- last hangs in heavy folds till it sweeps the all they had, that was very little. And the er it is his fancy which dominates his brush, floor, holds in her bands an open box, and story recurs to us on reading the commentary or his knowledge of the expressiveness of around her are ranged all the fancy articles on Isaiah in this volume; for we might say paint that is superior to his poetical con of a toilet. Beyond her stands à cabinet, that small as have been the merits of the pre- ception. He does not seem to possess great curiously carved, and above it, half concealed vious volumes, the demerit of the first half of
power in drawing or modeling the human and partially disclosed, is a tapestry of palethis one is greater than could have been ex
figure ; but, notwithstanding this lack, his green satin, embroidered with animals and pected even in the “Speaker's Commentary.' Whatever the promises in the original prospec
people live in the memory longer than men flowers. The half light and dim shade in tus, every real student of the Bible knows that
and women whose hands are moulded to look this portion of the picture form an admirable he need not look to that Commentary' for
like flesh and blood, or whose forms appear little "bit,” especially combined as it is with any thoroughly honest criticism, such as is like veritable bone and muscle. Whether he various ornaments on the top of the cabinet, available in all good commentaries on the clas- is spiritual, sensual, or intellectual, we can that give it crispness and sparkle. Behind sical literatures. Orthodoxy, not truth, is, we not define, nor whether his pictures are ele- the woman, and shutting off an inner room, might say avowedly, the first object of the vating or demoralizing. We incline to think hangs a red-pink curtain, and this is of the editors and contributors. In as far as ortho- the latter. At any rate, they are interesting, magical peculiar quality we notice in the doxy coincides with truth, as it does in the and they are always exciting. In two we mantle on “ The Sibyl.” Half like the sheen main, these commentators uphold the truth have lately seen at Doll & Richards's, in Bos-on clouds at sunset, the rich fabric glows as with more or less, but generally considerable,
if in broad sunshine, or more particularly learning and ability, though, being clergymen, ton, one of them, a woman's head, makes us it is mostly the homiletic side of the truth,
ask ourselves all these questions. Her flesh still as if it gleamed with its own inherent with but indifferent appreciation of the great is pale and white, but it looks as if, should light. A brown - porcelain vase contrasts historical characteristics of Jehovah's chosen you touch the cheeks, they would be warm strongly with this background, and harmonation; but, wherever modern science has and soft.
nizes this composition together into a very
agreeable whole. Treated in a common of " still-life," into the most charming pict- lady seated at her cottage-door, surrounded place way, this picture would have been most
by her grandchildren and their fair - faced ordinary, but in Mr. Vedder's hand all the Other very handsome pieces of furniture mother, her daughter. There are six figures little details have variety and expression. consist of a mahogany chamber-set-of a in the group, of which the young mother, with
bedstead, bureau, and other articles-also of a naked baby in her lap, sits in the foreThe development of taste in household. Mr. Elliott's adaptation. Mahogany is now ground, and a little girl standing at her side art furniture is very interesting to notice. quite a rare wood in our market, but these rests her head confidingly on her shoulder. When Mr. Elliott's establishment was started articles are made of solid boards, strips, The action of the old woman is animated, in Boston, four or five years ago, the range rundles, and knots of the wood. The bed and her hands are raised in an argumentative of articles that he had studied out and manu stead, which is low and very broad, has a foot- manner, as if to give expression to her story. factured was quite limited. From that time board consisting of a row of small pilasters, The group is attentive to her words, and till this he has given the subject his special about ten inches high, prettily grooved, while even the baby shows interest in the recital. attention, and has examined all the old the side-posts are decorated with bunches of There is a girl standing in the background, rooms and old furniture that he could get Spanish acorns, in bass-relief, cut in little with her head showing above the old lady's hold of abroad, with reference to its fitness niches in the wood. The top, which is not shoulder; and a boy, a bright young fellow, and beauty. By this study and by continual very high, is beautifully ornamented with wearing a white shirt and corduroy trousers, thought, he has adapted more and more old carvings of oak-leaves, pleasantly formal, is seated at her side. The group is very clevarticles to daily use in our American homes, and not so widely separated from the natu- erly composed, and, as a study of pretty chil. till now his furniture exceeds in variety as ral leaf as is apt to be the case with formal dren, aside from the interest which centres well as suitableness that which is met with ized ornament. Japanese tiles of storks and in the adults, there is much in it to admire. in the common styles of ordinary furniture. sprays of peach-blossoms complete this por- The face of the young mother is also charm
In a visit to his rooms, a short time since, tion of the bedstead, which time will contin- ing, and this shows, as well as the other we saw a most charming exhibition of new ually make handsomer as it deepens the color | heads in the composition, the delicacy of American furniture made of the common of the wood.
touch, transparency of tone, and perfection woods of the country, chestnut, black-walnut, The bureau and large dressing - glass of finish, for which the pencil of Merle is so butternut, and oak, besides cherry, and even above it are as good as the bedstead, low justly famous. The painting of the baby, pine. They were decorated with slight carv and brond. Side-drawers, beside the looking and the rich, warm tones of color given in ing, or with paintings and tiles made largely glass, have square tops above them, and solid, the flesh - tints, are also fascinating features in this country, with designs of American vege tasteful railings of incised mahogany promise in tỉe work. The subject is well kept totation or of animals. Here were tiles of pale protection to any scent - bottles or fragile gether, and its story aptly expressed in the green ground-tint, with the common wild-rose things that may be left upon them. The title. and cat-o’-nine-tails painted charmingly upon pleasantest portion of this chamber-set con Another clever work in the collection is a them ; and there were the decorations for sists of the slender and beautiful frame of landscape - view representing the broad and lovely cabinets on which were ranged choice the looking-glass, with the polished oak- expressive French school, by a young artist bits of china or charming glass. One of the leafed ornament of the slender pillars that named Kokan. It is a forest-view, with a pleasantest of these cabinets is of black support it; and the frame of the mirror is roadway leading off into the perspective, and walnut, about eight feet high. It consists the most close reproduction of old styles, a woodman's cottage in the distance. The underneath of a cupboard closed with long fashions in which former generations particu- forest is chiefly remarkable as a study of brass hinges, in the panels of whose doors larly excelled. Here, again, as in the cabinet birches, but it assumes interest from the are set dazed robin's - egg - blue tiles. The we spoke of, Mr. Elliott designs to add the crisp style in which it is treated, and the shelves above the cupboard are some half accessory of color and a different material, dark shadows which are cast over the roaddozen in number, about eight inches deep by hanging to a brass rod, across the top of way by the afternoon sun. The picture is and ten inches higb. Slender square pil- the mirror, blue or green silk curtains which painted with great force, and is in every lars at either end support the front of can be readily drawn aside to hang behind sense an artistic work. A. A. Anderson, a these shelves, while the back of the cabi- the handsome pillars that support the glass. young American artist, who went to Europe net is formed of very smooth panels of In all this household furniture there is last season, has a street-scene in Cairo, which the black-walnut. The top of this piece of scarcely one feature more excellent than the is a fine example of architectural drawing and furniture is formed of small, arched niches, careful finish of the ornaments. To persons expressively painted. The regular opening the whole article being simply but sharply accustomed to, and disgusted with, rough at Goupil's will take place about October cut with incised ornament. To relieve any flowers, fruit, or other objects“ turned” by 15th. appearance of heaviness, the shelves of the machinery, and always full of dust and ready cabinet are made of plates of thick glass, to drop off whenever a dry or hot room warps Ar the Schaus Gallery, the most noticeand the designer proposes to have small silk the wood ever so slightly, the smooth, deliable among the new pictures is an ideal head, curtains, to match the color of the room, sus cate surface of the little incised lines, curves, “ The Angel of Sorrow with the Crown of pended on brass wires, to hang or to draw and, in the more elaborate articles, the fruit Thorns,” by Alexandre Cabanel. The feataside from the shelves of the cabinet. As and flowers, give a refined pleasure. Apart ures are delicate, and are overcast with an Mr. Elliott had it in his rooms, this orna from the fact that they can be kept delicately expression of deep sadness, which is heightmental piece of furniture, so shallow as to clean, the sense that the most simple decora- ened in effect by a profusion of dark-brown be light in each part of it, was filled with tion even has been cared for is a source of hair falling over the brow. The crown of faïence and other jugs, and with bits of proper and honest satisfaction.
thorns is held to her breast in the uplifted Wedgwood-ware. In our parlors at present
hands, and the broad-spreading pinions fill such articles as this are nearly essential, and ALTHOUGH there has as yet been no formal the background. The head is slightly in. Mr. Elliott's design makes them very conven opening of any of our picture-galleries, there clined forward, as if mourning over the em. ient for showing the curiosities they contain; are indications that the coming season is to blem of sorrow, but there is nothing painful and they are unostentatious as compared with be one of unusual interest. To give con in the carriage of the figure or its accessothe ponderous bemirrored and be-marbled noisseurs an idea of the high character of the ries. The face is painted with rare taste; étagères, with shelves so deep that curiosities importations, two or three new pictures have the modeling is exquisite, and every line is must be loaded on them two or three deep, to been added to the collection at Goupil's. drawn with the firmness and precision of a be lost in their recesses. The cabinet we The most important of the number is a paint- master-hand. Great attention has been paid bave described is so small as scarcely to fill ing by Hugues Merle, entitled “The Old to the foreshortening of the arms and the up or diminish the space even in a moderate- Woman's Story." It is a large work, and drawing and finish of the hands. They are sized apartment, but withal it is so pretty in forms a pendant to the “Fairy Tales,” by painted in relief, and are as tender in texture its honest ornament and its pleasant color, this artist, which was exbibited at this gallery and as transparent in tone as those of a that it might be copied literally, for a bit last season. The subject represents an old child. One can almost see the blood as it
courses through the purple veins in those burned to the socket of the candlestick, tells the power it has of assimilating the work of slender and perfectly-moulded fingers. The the story of her weary work during the other great minds, and perhaps no biglier treatment of the hands is unquestionably the night, and the tired languor of her pose, tribute could be paid to the obscure Modena crowning achievement in the picture, as the together with the wan expression of her feat than that so freely accorded to him by both face is in partial shadow, which precluded ures, suggest the idea of exhausted nature. Rossi and Salvini in the acknowledgment the introduction there of flesh-tints in high Her attire is well worn, but she is not in that to him they owed the model and suggesand diffused lights, for which Cabanel's pen- " unwomanly rags.” Mr. Mayer in his portion of what they have since accomplished. cil is so famous. The bust is draped with an trayal has maintained the connection of the For a long time Rossi struggled unacunder-garment of spotless white, which ex subject with the text very closely, but the knowledged, though conscious to himself of presses purity, and perhaps sorrow, and an painful features have been so toned down great advances in his art-growth, and getouter robe of a silken, pale - green texture, that one is not shocked as might have been ting constantly the same discipline which lined with pink. It must be admitted that expected from its literal rendering. The fig- precedes effective power. At last he became “ The Angel of Sorrow” showed faultless ure is well drawn, and the surrounding ac attached to the Royal Company of Comedians taste in her apparel, and a worldly longing cessories are in perfect accord with it. The playing at the court of Turin, and his ability after harmonious colors. The costume, not- coloring is rich, and the cool gray light of attracted notice. Madame Ristori was a memwithstanding the connection of the subject | early morning, which is diffused in the room, ber of the same troupe, and it was owing to with ethereal things, does not disturb the is introduced and handled with great judg. her mediation that he was selected as one of harmony of the composition nor its exquisite ment and feeling.
the representative company who proceeded expression of sentiment.
to the first International Fair at Paris in 1855. One of the largest pictures at present on
It need not be said that the young and unview at Schaus's is by Du Paty, and illus
Music and the Drama.
known artist acquired little beyond drill and trates an incident of the war between France
experience by this tour. The attention of and England during the “ Campaign of the Island of Ré," in 1627. The subject repre
ized with the great powers of Ristori great duel between Ristori and Rachel that sents the Marshal de Schomberg encamped and Salvini in the histrionic art that they the subordinate actors remained unrecognized, with his troops around La Rochelle, when he are prepared to accord a rare fruitfulness to and Rossi's genius, had it been tenfold receives orders to march to the relief of the Italy as the mother of noble actors as well as greater, would have remained in the dark. Count of Toiras, whom the English had sur of singers. The coming of Rossi, whose rep Our young actor, chafed and impatient, rounded in the fortress of St.-Martin. The utation abroad is nearly if not quite as great soon returned to Italy, with the determination marshal has just received his orders, and ap as those of the former two, will complete for of forming a company of his own, by which pears seated in camp, in the midst of his offi us our knowledge of a gifted triad, who have he could appeal to the world in a more succers, considering their import. Soldiers are raised Italian dramatic art to a high place. cessful fashion. Three years were devoted grouped around in various attitudes, some in While we would not forestall judgment de to the task, pursued under great difficulty of the act of examining their arms, and others rived from personal knowledge, the dignity of collecting and moulding a troupe to bis purmarching in squads toward the beach. The Rossi's place as a tragedian entitles us to give pose. The unequaled fitness of Shakespeare quaint ships of the period, with sails bent, our readers some account of his life and career. as a vehicle of displaying histrionic power are riding at anchor in the offing, as if in ERNESTO Rossi was born at Leghorn, in had already attracted his notice, for Ristori readiness for the embarkation of the troops, 1829, and, like all great artists, has had a stern had made one of her greatest successes in and to sail. The picture is admirably com- struggle with his conditions before finally | Lady Macbeth. Rossi devoted himself to the posed, the drawing of the figures clear and achieving his ultimate success. He was sent study of the English dramatist with great forcible, and the perspective effect is excel to the University of Pisa to pursue the study ardor, and finally became confirmed in his lent. There are no positive colors used in of the law, but the bias of his tastes showed resolution to introduce the plays to the Italthe work, but its brilliancy is nevertheless itself unmistakably almost from the outset. ian stage, and make them his specialty. He very remarkable. The sky is cloudy, and a Jurisprudence was neglected by the young had not only to overcome the difficulty of gray tone, in consequence, pervades the land- enthusiast, and he constantly haunted the securing adequate translations, but of infusscape, which gives it an attractive as well as benches of the play-houses in obedience to ing into his company the new spirit and harmonious character. The work is treated an irrepressible instinct. The bent of his school of acting demanded by the Sbakein the broad and decisive method of the Span- feelings finally culminated by his desertion spearean drama. It was long before Italian ish-Roman school.
of university-life, and uniting himself with a audiences could be made to accept the ro
wretched band of vagabond players, who mantic and daring conceptions of the EngThe artists are now returning to their were then giving entertainments throughout lish poet, set as they are in such an extravastudios for the season in considerable num the country towns of Tuscany. For some gant wealth of incident, with any thing like bers, and several of them have already begun years he suffered and struggled in vain with enthusiasm. Tastes modeled on the severe their winter's work. Constant Mayer, since his inauspicious surroundings, learning little and narrow standard of Alfieri and his pred. his return to town, has finished a large pict more than the mere trivial details of his pro ecessors could hardly be made to appreciate ure in illustration of Hood's "Song of the fession aside from that internal development the boundless imagination which laid heaven Shirt.” The scene portrayed is in an attic which comes of all severe struggle.
and earth under contribution for its material. chamber, with a window looking out upon The first vital impulse to his future great Playing month after month to empty the house-tops of a great city, in the gray ness, as also to that of Salvini, his rival, benches did not discourage his purpose, light of early morning. The sewer sits in a came from Joseph Modena, an actor of strik- though it reduced him and his actors, whom quaint old arm-chair with her work held in her ing creative genius, though but little known he had succeeded in inspiring with much of left hand, and partly resting on her lap, out of the limits of Italy. Shakespeare had his own enthusiasm, to severe straits. Per. while her right hand is raised in the act of not yet become known to the histrionic art severance at last, however, reaped its reward, tightening the stitch. Her eyes at the mo- of Southern Europe, and Modena was de- and it commenced to be whispered in cultiment are raised as if the thought
prived of this key of international reputa-vated and critical circles that there was a "or the cowslip and primrose sweet," tion, though in both Germany and France new revelation of dramatic possibilities in or of the wish for
the Shakespearean tragedies had become rec the Shakespearean performances of the Rossi
ognized in spite of the war waged against company. The tide once turned, it set with “A respite however brief!":
them by the old school of classics. The an ever-increasing flood of interest and popuwere uppermost in her mind. The woman example and teaching of Modena, who be- larity, and “Hamlet,” “Mabeth,” “Lear," has a sad but expressive face, and we can came deeply interested in his young compa “Othello,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “ Corioimagine that she may have been beautiful-triot, constituted the turning-point of Rossi's lanus,” were stamped with the seal of general as the poet says-before she had a heart to life. Genius, however individual and crea- admiration and approval throughout the feel and break. The candle, which has tive, nowhere displays itself more than in Italian Peninsula.
Determined to extend his triumphs abroad,
trated earnestness of thought and impressed Rossi, in 1866, took his Italian company to imagination that well merited the enthusiastic
From Abroad. Paris , and he was at once acknowledged by appreciation it received from the audience.
Although extreme quietude marked the genthe leading critics, among the chief of whom eral tones and bearing of Rossi's declama
OUR PARIS LETTER. were Jules Janin, the art-father of Rachel, tion, yet he rose into noble energy when the
PARIS, September 14, 1875. Sainte-Beuve, and Théophile Gautier, as a passion of the diction demanded it, and his tragedian of marked genius and scholarship
. inflections of voice were varied and expres- THE chief art-event of the past week has been He became a favorite with the French court and aristocracy, and the fashionable star of
was an exquisite piece of grace and manli- Opéra. This revival, which the widespread
ness, while the closing touch of making the popularity of the work has rendered peculiarly Parisian amusements. From Paris, then the Danish prince stagger on to the throned interesting, has attracted more attention than European arbiter of art-matters, the tragedian seat, when effecting the death of his usurping that of any opera as yet performed at the new proceeded to Spain, Portugal, and South uncle, and there towering above the mass of opera-house. Every thing that could be done America, where his acting produced great foe, formed a picturesque and appropriate been lavished upon it, and only three first
human ruin brought about by his kinsman in the way of mise-en-scène and costumes has enthusiasm among the impressionable play- final effect to the drama. Ernesto Rossi's class singers were wanting to make the repregoers of those countries.
Amlete is a beautiful piece of acting, and sentation perfect. These, however, were unIn 1873 Rossi played an extensive réper- forms an extremely interesting companion fortunately lacking. The scenery was really toire of Shakespearean pieces at Vienna, and
picture of Italian Shakespearean representathence proceeded to Berlin and the other
tions to Adelaide Ristori's Lody Macbeth and exquisite, and but for a certain lack of appreTomaso Salvini's Othello, of which latter I sent
ciation of the source of the libretto, the grand principal cities of Germany. Nowhere has Shakespearean art and criticism absorbed
your readers a detailed description so long poem of Goethe, it would have been faultless. ago as January, 1864."
The first scene, the desolate chamber of the more attention than in the literary centres of
sage, presented, of course, no opportunity for Germany. The profound, almost fantastic
splendor or display. In the vision of Marguescrutiny given to the great conceptions of The subject of music in the public schools rite at her spinning-wheel, Madame Carvalho the English dramatist among the country is one on which the Journal has had a word to decidedly spoiled the effect by keeping her men of Goethe, Lessing, Tieck, and Schlegel, say before, and assuredly it is a topic of no lit- bleau is only to be gained by total stillness. makes the interpretation of them a more than tle public interest. The time has come when However, we owe a vote of thanks to Maordinarily trying task before critical and cul- its treatment by the Board of Education fur dame Carvalho for posing herself, and for not tivated German audiences. Rossi was suc nishes matter of pleasure and congratulation. having a vulgar-looking chorus-singer dressed cessful in passing the ordeal, and was warm The slovenly and inefficient method, worse up to represent her, as is usual on the Euroly welcomed as not merely a gifted actor, than its total neglect, in which it has been pean boards. Miss Kellogg was, I believe, but as a subtile and searching Shakespearean taught, has long called forth the reproaches the first Marguerite who ever took her place in student. The Italian tragedian has thus ap of the friends of musical education. The this opening scene in propria persona. The peared before the principal publics of Conti- Board of Education has become aroused to
second act showed us a German village-street, nental Europe, and it only remains for him the facts of the case, and a radical reform is decked for a festival, but there were no signs
with the quaint-pointed gabled-houses all to obtain the verdicts of England and the promised. A committee was recently sent to of the Kirmesse anywhere, neither booths nor United States. He will ere long make his examine the system as carried out in the shows. The beautiful chorus of the old men début in New York, when theatre-goers will Boston schools, and, consequent on their re- and the soldiers was sung by twenty performbe enabled to judge for themselves on what port, a plan has been devised which promises ers in each division. The stage was thronged foundation his great European reputation to meet the wants of the public with an elab- in every part with peasants, soldiers, burghrests.
orate and well-devised machinery. Before ers, etc., and the ballet, wbich was danced To Rossi, even more than Salvini, must this reaches the public, a chief superintend
to the celebrated waltz-music, was charming be given the glory of having naturalized the ent of music, with eight assistants, will and thoroughly characteristic and approprigreatest of dramatic poets in Southern Eu have been appointed, one for each district, to
ate. Next came the garden-scene with walks
and flower-beds and vast shady trees, but the rope, where his name had hitherto been little systematize the teaching of music. Each
atmospheric accessories were very poor, the more than a shining myth, or at best a closet assistant superintendent will instruct the moonlight coming all of a sudden just when it poet, locked up except for the perusal of the teachers in his or her district in the method was wanted in very primitive fashion. I once scholar. This, if nothing else, will secure to be pursued, and give such practical drill as saw "Faust" performed in Berlin when this him a hearty reception among English-speak- may be necessary. The chief will exercise a act opened under the golden and rosy tints of & ing audiences. Rossi's greatest performance general supervision over the whole, and see summer sunset; these faded away to give place is said to be that of Hamlet, a rôle unique in that there is a general unity of purpose and
to a cold gray twilight; the sky deepened and this, that, while any well-trained and thought- plan. This is the system carried out by the darkened by degrees, and the stars came forth ful actor can produce it respectably, none Boston Board of Education, and with such
one by one, and finally the moon rose, and
the act closed under a flood of silver radiance. but one of remarkable genius can interpret success, too, that celebrated musical visitors
In the fourth act we had a scene in Margueits deeper significance in a way satisfactory in Boston have declared that to hear the rite's chamber which I have never seen repreto cultivated audiences. While we forbear school-children sing in concert is not the sented on the American boards, and which is any thing like a prospective judgment or a least of the many pleasures to be enjoyed in apparently introduced only to give Siebel an guess at Rossi's effect on American audi- the American “Athens."
opportunity to sing a second aria. Then came ences, we cannot refrain from copying an ex Now that public action has been taken in the cathedral-scene, very grand and imposing, tract from a letter of Mrs. Mary Cowden New York, we may look for thorough and
a vast Gothic interior, seen in profile with the Clarke, published in the Athenæum, and writ-effective work in this important quarter. It
side of the altar, a dark, massive structure towten from Italy in 1873 : will take some time, of course, to get the
ering high in the air, and blazing with can
dles turned toward the audience. A low rail“Last night, at the Teatro Paganini here, new system in good working order, but its
ing of white marble with an open portal surone of Italy's best living tragic actors, Er- fruits may easily be forecast. Lovers of
mounted with two statues stretched along one nesto Rossi, gave a performance of 'Amlete,' music and musical education can appreciate side ; it was through this portal that Marquethe Italian version of Shakespeare's 'Ham- the influence which will be exerted on popu- rite came to kneel beside the altar, while the let.' It is a finished piece of impersonation, lar taste, and, with the preparation of such careful, and very refined. The mingled awe
other worshipers passed on into the body of and tenderness that prevailed, his manner
a vast amount of material in the rudiments the church. The street-scene, where the "Soltoward the spirit of his father, the abstrac- of singing and music, we may look forward
diers' Chorus” is sung and Valentin is slain, tion and melancholy of his demeanor through to the time when Boston will no longer be followed, and was the most beautiful of all. It out, the aroused look of wandering wits when able to say, with justice, that it has the only
showed the ramparts of an ancient German answering those who address him during his really great choral society in the United background leading through a curved arch
town, with a steep, ascending road in the assumed madness, evinced scrupulous study of the author's text, and great power of act
States. When the new system is thoroughly way; the battlements, crowned with statues ing. The famous dialogue beginning "To be organized, we hope to say something of it at of warriors, crossed the stage at the back, or not to be,' was delivered with a concen more length and in greater detail.
while on the right-hand side towered a mas
sive carved gate-way surmounted by a clock. cycle of choruses and ballets. Better the one only decided talent, in those earlier years of The whole scene was as perfectly the Germany great genius, "Catalani and four or five pup which the general writes, appeared to be for of the middle ages as can possibly be imag- pets,” than this dull level of magnificence and drawing. Perhaps this last of the Napoleons ined. Down the steep road poured the return- mediocrity. M. Halanzier boasts that he need may settle down into a peaceful artist after ing soldiers, while the populace rushed forth not engage first-class artists. “Every sou that all. His projected alliance with a Swedish on every side to greet them, and the little I pay to Faure is so much out of my pocket,” princess appears to be somewhat apocryphal, children followed behind them to see the he remarked lately. “The public would crowd as the “ Almanach de Gotha" bears no traces show. The costumes of the soldiery were the Opera-House if I put a set of dancing- of the existence of any such person as the perfect reproductions of those in the prints of dogs upon the stage." Very good—then let reported bride-elect. The present King of Albrecht Dürer. The fifth act opens with a us have the dancing-dogs by all means. Only Sweden has no daughters; he has, however, scene, or rather a series of scenes, which are we outside barbarians thought, when we heard a sister, but she is about forty-five years of seldom or never given in America, the differ- of the great Opera - House, on which twelve age, and, consequently, nearly as old as the ent phases of the Walpurgis night. The first, million dollars had been already lavished, young gentleman's mamma. which probably was meant to represent the that it was intended to be a nation's art-tem The gossip of the theatres informs us that Witches' Kitchen, was very poor, the witches ple, and not a mere money-factory for an en Théodore Barrière's comedy, now in rehearsal being represented by ballet-girls muffled up in terprising manager.
at the Vaudeville, is called “The Scandals of long robes after the fashion of the spectral Meantime, the musicians are hard at work. ( Yesterday," and is said to be a very powerful nuns in “Robert le Diable.” The orgy amid | Ambroise Thomas has shut himself up in his work. Alexandre Dumas is said to have nearthe enchanted ruins that succeeded was a very country-seat to work unmolested at his opera ly finished his great piece for the Comédie splendid but perfectly commonplace ballet. No of " Francesco da Rimini." The partition of Française. He has changed its title from trace of the ghastly and supernatural element his "Psyche” is said to be finished. Gounod "Monsieur Candoule” to “L'Etrangère,” or, that hangs around this portion of Goethe's is engaged in giving the last touches to a new rather, its title remains still undecided. Emile poem was to be found amid the glitter and oratorio entitled “Geneviève.” The rehear- Augier contributes this season, not only a new gorgeousness of the dance. It was a superb sals of "Aida" at the Italian Opera-House comedy to the Vaudeville, but one to the Paspectacle — nothing more. The only novel are already commenced, though the opera is lais Royal. It is hard to imagine how this feature introduced was a ballet of Egyptian not to be performed till some time in April. graceful, scholarly writer could ever adapt dancing-girls with golden goblets, who repre The new books of the week are neither his style to the coarse tastes of the frequenters sented the different phases of intoxication, particularly important nor peculiarly interest of this latter theatre. Théodore Barrière, some of them falling prostrate at the finale- ing. The Librairie Ghio announces a new edi besides the comedy for the Vaudeville before an idea as unpleasant as it was new. The tion (the ninth), with additions, of the secret mentioned, will be represented at the Théâtre sudden change from the enchanted palace to papers and correspondence of the Second Em- Historique by a drama called “Simone," and the gloomy and spectral heights of the Brocken pire, with fac-similes of the autographs of the at the Palais Royal by a short piece, as yet was well managed, but the apparition of Mar- Empress Eugénie, the emperor, and Margue- unnamed. Poupart Davyl, whose “Maitresse guerite was brought in in very clumsy fashion. rite Bellanger. These compromising docu- | Légitime” was so great a success at the Odéon A rocky point, with Marguerite standing on it, ments were found, it may be remembered, in last year, contributes a drama to the Porte St.was pushed in at one side, and then pulled off the Tuileries after the flight of the empress. Martin, and a piece, entitled “ De Shava à in very primitive style. I remembered how, André Sagnier has just issued a volume of Shava," to the Odéon. Lecocq is to be reprein this scene in Berlin, the apparition had military tales, by Emile Richebourg, entitled sented at the Folies Dramatiques by "Le Pomglided across the dark front of the mountain, "Honor and Fatherland.” Hachette has pub- pon," a three-act opéra-bouffe, and at the Rea pallid form, with unmoving feet, and fixed, lished " Popular Tales of Great Britain," col- naissance by “Les Porcherops." At this stony eyes, and a scarlet ring around the slen lected and translated by M. Loys Brueyre. latter theatre, a new operetta, by Strauss, ender throat. Marguerite's ascent to heaven “Le Bleuet," by Gustave Haller, which, illus titled “Cagliostro," is also to be represented. was very beautifully managed. Tier upon trated by Carpeaux and preceded by a preface | Offenbach promises us no less than four new tier of white-robed, silver-winged angels were from the pen of George Sand, has been issued works for the coming season. Mademoiselle grouped amid the clouds and masses of rose by Michel Lévy, is a philosophical romance, Schneider has had her coat-of-arms painted tinged vapor, and seemed to speed the as written to prove the possibility of platonic on the walls of her new and gorgeous hotel on cending spirit on its way.
friendship between young persons of different the Avenue de l'Impératrice. It consists of a So much for the spectacular part of this in
Lachaud has just published “Les golden lyre on an azure field, with the motto teresting revival. As to the artistic portion Mariages de Londres,” a new novel, by Pierre " Je chante" (I sing). thereof there is unfortunately but little to be Sandrié. The Figaro is shortly to commence
LUCY H. HOOPER. said. To those who have heard the Margue- the publication in its columns of a new novel, rite of Nilsson, Lucca, and Kellogg, the Faust by Xavier de Montepin, entitled “ The Secret of Capoul, and the Mephistopheles of Faure, of the Countess."
OUR LONDON LETTER. there was but little to attract in the cast at the Art-discoveries have been rife in Paris of SOME one who has chosen the strange nom Grand Opéra. Gailhard is nothing more than late, the most important (if authentic) one be de plume-for nom de plume it must surely bea tolerable representative of Mephistopheles, and ing that of a contemporaneous portrait of of Theodore A. Thorp, has just now a new poor, short, fat, vulgar little Vergnet was, not Jeanne d'Arc, painted by a Scotchman named play running at the Globe. It is called “ Talwithstanding his fine and powerful voice, an Power. This invaluable picture was recently bot's Trust," the trust in question being a almost ludicrous representative of the fiend discovered in a garret among a number of old young widow and her little girl. These have tempted sage. In fact, when he threw off his and worthless paintings, belonging to an an- | been left by a dying husband to one Harold robe and gray beard in the first scene, the cient but impoverished family. A committee Garnet, his bosom friend. And a pretty bosnatural impression was that, if Satan could of experts has been appointed to examine the om friend he turns out! He makes love to not get up a better-looking young man than portrait, and, should they decide favorably as the widow, though he cares not a jot for her; that, he might as well let it alone. As to Mi- to its authenticity, it will be purchased by he robs her, forges her signature, and then olan-Carvalho, the first and original repre the government and will be placed in the attempts to run away with another woman. sentative of the operatio Marguerite, she is no Louvre. Another discovery was made by the However, Mr. Villain doesn't succeed in doing longer any thing more than a tradition of workmen who were engaged in digging the this, and with his discomfiture the drama ends the past. She looks, it is true, surprisingly foundations for the new Church of the Sacred-in fact, death steps in between justice and youthful and very charming, and she per- Heart at Montmartre. It consisted of an oaken him; he dies on a sofa in the house of her he sonated the character with great intelligence coffer, bound and clasped with iron, which has so basely wronged. Whoever Mr. Thorp and delicacy. But her voice is nearly totally contained an illuminated livre d'heures in man- may be, he's not a dramatist. From begindeparted, her intonation is painfully uncer- uscript and in a perfect state of preservation. ning to end the piece is weak; often it sinks tain, and her upper notes are weak and worn to This precious relic is to be placed in the Mu- into bathos. An adaptation of Offenbach's a pitiable degree. sée de Cluny.
“The Brigands” follows. The libretto of The revival of "Faust" well exemplifies General Frossard, the former tutor of the this is by Mr. Henry S. Leigh, perhaps our the weakness of the Grand Opéra of Paris. prince imperial, who died a short time ago, very best writer of humorous light verses. We ask for art, and we are given a spectacle. has left recorded in his diary an estimate, by Mr. Leigh writes a great deal for Fun, and for Gounod at the Opera-House rivals Offenbach no means flattering, of the talents of his royal the famous Christy Minstrels, and I don't at the Gaieté. There are fine clothes and pupil. He declares that his abilities do not think there's a better hand at repartee in Lon, splendid scenery, innumerable supernumera appear to him to surpass “ a good medium," don. If his “ Carols of Cockayne” haven't ries, a monster chorus, and a gigantic corps de and that, in a bourgeois class of twenty or thir- been published on your side the water, they ballet. But better fifty nights of Nilsson than a | ty boys, he would rank tenth or twelfth. His certainly ought to be.