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these remarks lest Thorwaldsen's example should | friends of Stiglmayer, whom interest in the casting be cited to sanction an erroneous and deleterious of the statue had led to the foundry, entered singly practice, long prevalent, because profitable, before into his chamber to congratulate him; and he, suphis time. England has already Manufacturing-porting his head on the breast of his beloved nephew, Statuaries enough !--Athenæum.

spoke to each a friendly grateful word, and received

from each, with gentle consolation, the best wishes JEAN BAPTISTE STIGLMAYER.—The Journal des for a speedy recovery. But these were the last Debats announces the death, on the 18th ult., at the words which lie spoke on eartlı-ihis was the last early age of 52, of Stiglmayer, director of the Royal joy, which he experienced amongst us: he laid him. Foundry at Munich. This great artist (says ihe self down, as if wearied : the breath, which had bewriter) had carried the art of casting metals to

he fore been drawn with difficulty, was light and easy, highest point it had ever reached in Germany. The but about half past nine in the evening was stilled monuments of colossal grandeur for which the for ever. Thus he parted from us, attended by all Germans are indebted to him amount in number to that the pious confidence of his heart, the joy of his 193, amongst which figure in the first rank the eques profession, the love of his family, the faithful attachtrian statues of Maximilian I. of Bavaria, and the inent of his friends could give, and the memory of Electors, his predecessors; the obelisk erected at the just follows him. Stiglmayer, on the 18th of last Munich, in commemoration of 30,000 Bavarians kill- October, was fifty-two years of age; he was the son ed in Russia ; the statues of Schiller, Richter, Mo- of a shocing-smith of Fürstenfeldbruck, in the neighzart, Beethoven, Bolivar (Bolivia), and last, the borhood of Munich. He was originally a die-enstatue of Goethe, who was the intimate friend of graver, but in the year 1820, during a résidence in Stiglmayer, at the execution of which the latter, al- Italy, especially in Naples, where he was present though ill, worked with so much ardor, that two at the casting of Canova's equestrian stalue of hours after the cast was terminated, and even be- Charles III., he had his attention turned to bronzefore the mould was broken, he expired in the arms founding, to which he has been devoted ever since. of his assistants. Some months previously M. Stigl. The success of great and difficult undertakings, the mayer, although he then enjoyed excellent health, casting, of brorze obelisks, the monument of King had a solemn presentiment of his approacbing death. Maximilian, of the equestrian statue of the Elector From that moment he occupied himself night and Maximilian, of Jean Paul at Bayreuth, of Mozart at day in preparing instructions for the execution in Salzburg, have created for him, and the royal instibronze of the statue of Bavaria, of which the cele- turion under bis guidance, a widely spread and unibrated sculptor, Schwanthaler, is now completing versally acknowledged celebrity, so that besides the the model, a monument which is to be 68 feet high, commissions of the King of Bavaria, he received and which after the famous Colossus of Rhodes, orders from all parts of Germany, Carlsruhe, Darmwill be the largest piece of sculpture which ever ex- stadt, Frankfurt, Vienna, Prague-nay, from Naples, isted. Fortunately, the instructions given by M. and even from South America itself. Arisen from Stiglmayer, have been committed to writing. They the sound root of the Bavarian people, he still preare most complete, and will be of the utmost utility served unspoiled his natural feeling, his unreserved to the artist to whom shall be intrusted the gigantic candor, and inviolable rectitude and fidelity when operation of casting in bronze this immense monu- he had ascended into the circle of higher refinement. ment."

Earnest and severe in the fulfilment of his duties, Since the above was in type we have received the mild and kind in word and conduct towards every Allgemeine Zeitung, which contains the following one, alike capable of enjoyment as well as of giving letter :

joy, acting together in thought and feeling, artist

Munich, March 4. and man at once from the same mould, he called With a heavy heart I now take the pen, in order forth involuntarily in all who approached him, an irto acquaint you of the loss which has befallen us. could know him without becoming attached to him ;

resistible emulation of love and esteem. No one Johannes Siiglmayer is dead. For the last two years, suffering from an incurable stomach complaint, and as his life has given to his naine an imperisha fie saw his strength decrease, but still endeavored—ble glory in the history of German art, so has his if not in himself, at least in his family—to keep friends. His remains were interred at Neuhausen,

too early death given an imperishable pain to his alive, with a cheerful spirit, the hope of recovery. Since the middle of January, from which time he and the great concourse of people of all ranks who had been almost constantly confined to his couch, attended, testified the bigh'estimation in which he he occupied himself principally with the casting of was held, both as an artist and as a man.-Athen. the colossal statue of Goethe, wiich was ordered to ornament the native city of the poet; for although Stiglmayer had brought up his sister's son, Ferdinand Miller, to be a valuable assistant and representative, still he knew too well, from his many years' experi

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES. ence, the importance and the danger of so great an un

Great Britain. dertaking, to be quite free from all anxiety respecting the result. The work, in the meantime, was no long. A Grammar of the Icelandic, or Old Norse Tongue. er to be delayed, and, after all preparations had been Translated from the Swedish of Erasmus Rask. made, the casting commenced on Saturday, the 2nd

By George Webbe Dasent, M. A. London. Pickof March. With alternate feelings of confidence ering. 1843. and fear, the disabled artist lay upon his sick bed, We do not plead guilty on behalf of our age to waiting for intelligence, which was brought to him the charge M. Dasent brings against it, of regardevery five minutes, respecting the progress of the ing with indifference what was done before it, of work ; till at length, on the completion of the cast being so eagerly bent on going forward, that it caning, his nephew entered the room and took the bur- not spare a glance behind. On the contrary, we den from his heart, by announcing the perfect suc- think one of the most peculiar characteristics of our cess of the undertaking, and was embraced by him times is an earnest desire to search out the forms with a twofold fervency of joy and affection. The and the spirit of the past, and to apply its lessons to



the present. We are rushing eagerly onwards, but SELECT LIST OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS. with fearfulness and doubt, and we do cast many an anxious look behind, to see if baply we may gather from the dim light of ancient days some means of piercing the deeper obscurity of the fu

Complete Works of the Venerable Bede We trust that the reception given to the work before us, by English scholars, will be such as

in the original Latin, with an English Transto convince Mr. Dasent that he has not bestowed lation of the Historical works, and a Life of his valuable labor on a thankless generation. We the Author. By Rev. J. A. Giles, D. C. L. need not dilate on the importance of his work to all zealous investigators of English history, tradi- (of France : with an account of the Massacre

Memoirs of Gaspar de Colligny, Admiral tion, laws, language, and institutions. A know. ledge of the old northern tongues is indispensable of St. Bartholomew's Day, Aug. 24, 1572. to ihe English archæologist. No better guide to Translated and edited by D. D. Scott. the treasures of the Old Norse literature need any

Our Indian Empire, its History and Preman desire than Rask, the author of the well. sent State, from the earliest settlement of the known · Anglo Saxon Grammar;' and Rask congratulate himself on having fallen into the British in Hindostan to the close of the year hands of such a translator.--- Foreign Quarterly Rev. 1843. By Charles MacFarlane.

The Historical Geography of Arabia; or The Literature of Germany from its Earliest Period the Patriarchal Evidences of Revealed Reto the Present Time. By Franz L. J. Thimm. ligion. By the Rev. Charles Foster, B. D. Edited by William Henry Farn. London. Nutt. 1844. 18mo. pp. 300.

The Epistles of Barnabas, Clement, IgnaThis little book will supply a want much felt by tius, Polycarp, and the Epistle to Diognetus, incipient students of German literature, and will in Greek, from the Text of Hefele; with an be useful even to more advanced scholars as a com- Introduction and Notes, By Algernon Greenpact manual; an index, as it were, to the more vo- fell, M. A., one of the Masters of Rugby luminous guides to the literary history of Germany. Astronomers are in the habit of annexing a small

School. telescope to each of their larger instruments; with A Grammar of the Icelandic or Old Norse the former they sweep rapidly over a wide range Tongue. Translated from the Swedish of of the heavens, and so having discovered the star Erasmus Rask, by George Webbe Dasent, they want, they bring the focus of the more un

M. A. wieldy instrument to bear upon it. Besides its compactness, this modest little book has another The Literature of Germany, from its ear.

Unlike many works of its class of greater liest period to the present time, historically pretensions, it is not tinctured by the prejudices of developed. By Franz L. I. Thimm. Edited an individual or of a school. English readers smile at some of the opinions put forth in it; but if by William Henry Farn. these are, as we believe them to be in general, faithful transcripts of the notions predominating in

GERMANY. Germany, they then have an obvious value irrespective of their absolute truth; and equally obvi- Praktischer Commentar über die Prophetous must be the convenience of being able to lay en des Alten Bundes mit exeget, u. krit. Anour hands upon them so readily:-Ibid.

merkungen. Von F. W. Ümbreit. 3 Bd.

Hesekiel. Hamburg. Poems, by Mrs F. Hornblower.

The voice of the Muse will never cease to glad- Anselm von Canterbury. Von F. R. Hasse. den the heart of man, even though, among the Leipsig. harsh discords of politics and polemics, it may System der Metaphysik. Von Dr. L. sound low and faint, like that of the stock.dove George. Berlin brooding. Talk of Time dying, then talk of Poetry dying. Poetry is life-immortal, eternal—and a

Adversaria in Æschyli•Prometheum vinegiver of such life to things which were else dead, or tum et Aristophanis Aves philologica atque not in being. It is good to be a poet-to be a reader archæologica. Von F. Wieseler. Göttinga. of poetry-in order to feel what vitality is in ourselves, or receive the impression of it from others.

As a specimen of Mrs. Hornblower's poetry we take the opening verses of a pleasing amplification of Wordsworth's sonnet, beginning “ Books, dreams

Le Chevalier Guisan, sa vie et ses travaux are each a world.”

à la Guyane. Par Charles Eynard. Paris. Books ! sweet associates of the silent hour, Esquisse d'une Histoire Universelle enviWhat blessed aspirations do I owe

sagée au point de vue chrétien; pour servir de To your companionship-your peaceful power High and pure pleasure ever can bestow.

guide dans l'enseignment des écoles. Par

A. Vulliet. Tomes I. et II. Paris.
Of noble ones I trace the path through life,
Joy in their joys, and sorrow as they mourn;

Etudes sur Pascal, par l'abbé Flottes, proGaze on their Christian animating strife,

fesseur à la faculté des lettres de Montpellier. And shed fond tears o'er their untimely urn; Paris. Or with heroic beings tread the soil Of a freed country, by themselves made free,

Journal d'un Voyage en Orient. Par le And taste the recompense of virtuous toil,

Comte Joseph D'Estourmel. Paris. The exaltation of humanity.--Athen.



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