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mind made accurate by science. His jet, her lips of coral, and her skin pictures are painted with an intel- of copper. Pigeons of spangled lectual purpose-they contain even plumage, irridescent in purple, emedidactic truth; and thus, while they rald, and gold, flock into the foredelight the fancy, they add to the ground. The sun has set, and now stores of the intellecta

kindles “the after-glow," burning as A word may be devoted to three a fire on the dusky brow of twifestive compositions, products of light. It may be objected that this the Royal Marriage-works which, picture, even like the Christ in like laureate odes, have to contend the Temple,' is realistic, and nowith materials untractable in the thing more. Yet by its marvellous hands of either painter or poet. Pic brilliancy, by its superb colour, and tures of state-ceremonials serve up, even by its detail

, true to deceptive of necessity, the fashions and the illusion, does the work acquire forms found in milliners' show. power, and even attain to poetry, rooms, in barbers' shop-windows, We have spoken of 'The Landing or on the lay figures of a tailor's at Gravesend,' of 'The Triumph on fitting - establishment. It is fair, London Bridge,' and now we come however, to admit, that the artists to a third scene, The Royal Marengaged on the recent auspicious riage,' painted by G. H. Thomas. occasion have acquitted themselves This certainly is a masterly performwith more than usual credit. In ance; accurate in its drawing, firm order of time, the first scene is in outline, brilliant in light and • The Landing of the Princess Alex. colour, yet quiet in well-tempered andra at Gravesend,' by H. O'Neil, general effect. The style is not unexhibited in the Academy-a cheer- like that of Frith, only less elaboful, pleasing picture to be com- rate in finish. The picture has promended especially for the full- bably been painted so as to present length figure of the Prince, su as few difficulties as possible to its prernely gentlemanly in bearing, “fac-simile reproduction in full colwhich, considering the pictorial ours;" therefore the outlines, as parodies to which Royalty has to we have stated, are preserved in unsubmit, is saying a great deal. The broken continuity, and the finish is next event commemorated is The kept within the limits of the chromoSea - King's peaceful Triumph on lithographic process. London Bridge,'-a picture which, The two Water-Colour Exhibinotwithstanding the sentimentality tions we have declared to be above of its title, must be accepted less as usual average. In "the Institute," a loving chronicle than as a laugh- the most ambitious drawing is Mr. ing comedy. Mr. Holman Hunt has, Tidey's 'Night of the Betrayal,' in the choice of a Hogarth-subject, composed as a triplych in three mistaken his vocation. The inci- parts, a centre and two wings, after dents are scattered and confused; the manner which obtained in the the execution wants dexterity and altar-pieces of the middle ages. In facile play; and the colour is black, the tirst of the series, the Garden opaque, and crude. The artist of Gethsemane, Jesus, a noble should graduate in the Frith school figure gently bowed in sorrow, ere he ventures to repeat a like comes and finds the disciples sleepattempt. • The After - Glow in ing. This serves as a prelude to Egypt,' however, exhibited by the the central composition, Christ same artist in the same gallery, brought before Caiaphas,' which in may be received as some set-off to treatment fails as somewhat melothe affair on London Bridge. Here dramatic. The third and closing is a single life-size figure of a Coptic act in the trilogy discloses Peter, girl bearing a sheaf of corn upon after his denial, wandering forth, in her head through the rich harvest- the bitterness of his soul, to weep valley of the Nile. Her eyes are of over his apostasy. This conception

of the impetuous apostle is the derick Taylor gave strength to the boldest and most original we have body and chivalry to the mind; met with in the roll of modern art. "The Brittany Interior,' by Mr. Mr. Tidey, however, were wise to Walter Goodall

, is homely, simple, forsake the vaporous light and and happy; the camels of Mr. Cari sbade to which he is addicted, and Haag might satisfy the critical to brave in their stead the difficul- eye of a pilgrim to Mecca; and the fies of a style more severe in its out- Falstaff of Mr. Gilbert was not surlines and forms. His drawing must passed by Mr. Phelps in the revival become more certain and precise; of Henry IV.' at Drury Lane. and he should submit to the labour Landscape art, in its changing of making elaborated studies, such moods of gay and grave, florid and as Perugino, Raphael, and Leo- sober - narrow as a homestead, or nardo are known to have executed, wide-stretching and sky-soaring as as needful preliminaries to tho- mountain, lake, or campagna - is roughly mature works. Mr. Cor- faithfully and nobly represented by bould's * Morte d'Arthur' is an- George Fripp, Whittaker, Birket other ambitious flight into the Foster, Naftel, Palmer, Richardson, upper regions of the painter's and Branwhite and Newton. The last the poet's art. The forms are of these painters this year shows lovely, and the finish, minutely himself a little unequal; his 'Loch detailed, bespeaks infinite Jabour. Leven,' however, is up to his accusWe could have wished, however, tomed pitch of solemn power. Mr. that the shadows had not been Richardson and Mr. Palmer each forced up to the last pitch of opaque glory in the shower of purple and blackness. But the drawing which gold which they shed over the face in this gallery, if not indeed in the of a glorified nature. Mr. George wide metropolis, stands supreme Fripp still stands alone for the for rare artistic qualities, is Mr. purity of tone which he preserves Jopling's Fluffy.' This fancy title through fidelity to the old and now is taken from a little doll of a dog almost obsolete use of transparent which a lady is in the act of holding colour. The careful drawings of up to the gaze of doating affec- Mr. Whittaker belong to the same tion. The head of the sweet and abstemious school. As & contrast, sympathetic girl, dowered with a Mr. Branwhite gains in power more crown of golden hair, is painted than he loses in tone or unity, by exquisitely. The colour cannot be the bold use of pigments laid on surpassed for delicious harmony, with the free admixture of body, and the execution is both facile white. "A Gleam of Winter Sunand firm.

light' is, for colour and vigour, one Entering the gallery of the Old of the grandest works this artist has Water-Colour Society, many

are yet executed. Mr. Birket Foster's the subjects which would tempt to Kite-Flying' must rank among long tarriance, did time permit. Mr. this artist's most charming efforts, Burton's Meeting on the Turret whether we delight in the exquisite Stairs' is a work which, by its detail of the landscape, or in the precision of drawing, and by the drawing of the graceful and wellmental expression which intelligent placed figures. Other of his comform can alone impart, will serve to positions attain what some crities enhance the reputation which this have called breadth. To our eye, artist, through like high qualities, however, they show but signs of bas already acquired. The tasteful increasing haste- an attempt to compositions of Mr. Alfred Fripp reach desired ends more rapidly --are delicious in delicate harmony of a courting of those ready means colour; the peasants of Mr. Topham which most men are compelled to are hearty and healthful; the hunt- have recourse to at that period ing and sporting scenes of Mr. Fre when overwhelming success brings

reward, and with reward snares and like are the garments, and so innopenalties.

cent of action is every limb. We This Society, which was never in believe that Mr. Jones has been so strong a position as at the present worshipped by a select brotherhood moment, has admitted within the as a designer for painted glass; last year several new Associates, and a certain blurred quality of some of whom will render the execution would seem to suggest gallery more attractive through close connection with worsted-work merit, others more notorious by also. A range of willow-pattern eccentricity. Of the former class plates, again, as a background to we must rank as pre-eminent F. poor Cinderella,' might indicate an Walker, whose two drawings,'Spring' alliance with the ceramic arts, and and · The Church-Pew,' have become point to a long pedigree stretching prime favourites with all visitors. far away towards the Great Wall of The first of these subjects consists China. Certain it is that we shall of a little girl, who, gathering have to go far enough off before primroses on the confines of a wood, we can meet with the prototypes has become entangled in a bush, of these singular works. It is, howthe interlacing branches of which ever, just possible that in the remote cover the figure as by a network. depths of the darkest of medieval The first effect produced on the centuries, innocent of anatomy, spectator is that of surprise, and perspective, and other carnal knowthen - as in certain works of sculp- ledge, something like these nonture, wherein, for example, a man natural figures might be found. struggles to extricate himself from And so, after all, Mr. Jones may the meshes in which he is entrapped turn out not quite as original as -it is discovered that the artistic he would at first sight seem, by difficulty overcome is of easy mas- these forms so studiously grotesque, tery. In the present instance the by his contempt for beauty, and figure, of course, is drawn first, his persistent pursuit of unmitigated and then, when finished, the inter- ugliness. Yet on the whole, as vening branches are pencilled in witness the 'Knight,' and 'The front. The other topic treated by Kissing Crucifix,' also "The AnnunMr. Walker - a family seated in a ciation, we incline to the judgment church-pew —is praiseworthy for that Mr. Jones has surpassed all quiet, unostentatious qualities, rely that ever went before him. We ing on accuracy of drawing and are told that these compositions a treatment which, to its minutest should be approached with reverence, detail, is governed by intention, and we think so; especially, the

We have "reserved the extraordi- angel Gabriel, who seems as simple pary productions of a new Asso- and unadorned as any maid-of-allciate, E. B. Jones, for strong protest. work. This servant, up in the In the name of nightmare, con- morning betimes, was sweeping vulsions, delirium, and apoplesy, one of the outer courts of heaven we would demand to what order of when requested to hook on a pair created beings do these monstrosities of wings and descend to earth with belong? Ought these figures to an errand. We beg to observe that be allowed to walk the earth, or if holy things are here brought to shall they, as lunatics, be put in ridicule, the fault is with the painter, strait-waistcoats and thrust into an not in us. asylum? We are not quite sure, With this egregious exception, however, whether the considerate and with the addition of a few soliartist has not already provided tary examples scattered through against the possibility of harm to other galleries, the much-vaunted quiet neighbours, by binding his Preraphaelite school of figure and incipient maniacs hand and foot, landscape painting may be said to so mighty stiff are they, so shroud. be extinct. The pictures and draw.

ings of Mr. Hamerton certainly, in- graphic fidelity. We regret that deed, show as did a book, "The space does not enable us to survey Painter's Camp in the Highlands,' in detail two other Exhibitions, to of which Mr. Hamerton was the which, since the close of the Interauthor decided Preraphaelite and national Galleries at Kensington, Ruskinite proclivities. These pic- the English public have been intorial efforts, kindly submitted to debted for the knowledge of recent public view under the care of the productions of Continental schools. man “Thursday," must be admitted The French and Flemish Exhibias every way creditable to an amateur. tion of the present year is chiefly to They, however, by no means induce. be remembered by two noble works us to alter the opinion we have of the Belgian Gallait; à cabinet long entertained of the impractica- picture, great, nevertheless, in gen. bilities of this thankless school - a jus, by Gerome, the painter of school which makes of its disciples The Duel,' 'The Gladiators,' and slaves, and reduces art to drudgery. "Phryne;' and a masterpiece by These penalties, attaching to the Edouard Frere - small, of course, carrying out of certain plausible but choice. To the Scandinavian but essentially false principles, seem Gallery, at a moment when the to have disgusted the leaders of a sympathies of our countrymen are schism which at one time threatened directed towards the sufferings and in its consequences to grow serious, heroism of a brävé nation, peculiar if not fatal. However, as we have interest attaches. Denmark, in said, this eccentric school is now literature, science, and the arts, all but extinct. The pictures of can boast of illustrious' antecedents. Mr. Millais, and even of Mr. Holman Thorwaldsen the sculptor, Oersted Hunt, are naturalistic, and nothing the man of science, Worsaae the more. The landscape this year antiquary, and Hans Christian exhibited in the Academy by Mr. Andersen the writer of romance, Brett, an artist hitherto identified have given to this comparatively with the most ultra of dogmas, is small kingdom no inconsiderable wholly free from extravagance, and renown in the realms of intellect. may be commended for a beauty And walking into this Scandinavian which, in the Bay of Naples,' Gallery, it is satisfactory to obtain no Prerapbaelite spectacles were ocular proof that genius has not needed to discover. These and abandoned her favourite shores, other vigorous men, it is to be washed by the storm-lashed wave. hoped, bave at length thrown off

a A review of the London Art-Seabondage which became intolerable son were incomplete did it not conto bear. Still it is to be feared tain some notice of the great mural that others of the weaker sort have paintings executed in the Palace of foundered in deep and troublous Westminster. Two years since we waters, and will remain for ever spoke in terms of more than comlost. Thus - less fatally, on the mon admiration of the power and whole, than might at one time have mastery displayed in a vast waterbeen expected-ends a drama which glass painting, twelve feet high by was put upon the stage with more forty-five feet wide, The Meeting than ordinary pomp and flourish of of Wellington and Blucher after the advertisement.

· Battle of Waterloo,' then recently We have been much pleased with completed in the Royal Gallery by a brilliant series of drawings ere. Mr. Maclise. The companion piccuted by Mr. William Simpson dur- ture, Trafalgar - the Death of Neling a tour of three years through son,' has engaged the untiring lathe most renowned portions of our bour of the same artist during the Indian empire. They are remark. past year, and is now in a forward able alike for their artistic beauty, state. Within the last few months their historic truth, and their topo- have been put up, in the Peers' and


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This Soc: so strong ai moment, ha: - last year i = = = some of wh gallery more merit, others eccentricity.

- we must rank i Walker, whose th and The Church prime favourites The first of these of a little girl,

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aus the interlacing branc. cover the figure as b; The first effect produ. spectator is that of su then — as in certain work ture, wherein, for examp; struggles to extricate bimthe meshes in which he is en -it is discovered that the difficulty overcome is of eas tery. In the present instan figure, of course, is drawn and then, when finished, the i vening branches are pencilled front. The other topic treated 1 Mr. Walker - a family seated in church-pew — is praiseworthy foi quiet, unostentatious qualities, relying on accuracy of drawing and a treatment wbich, to its minutest? detail, is governed by intention.

We have reserved the extraordi- ang pary productions of a new Asso- and ciate, E. B. Jones, for strong protest. Work In the name of nightmare, con- morni vulsions, delirium, and apoplexy, one of we would demand to what order of when r created beings do these monstrosities of wings belong? Ought these figures to an erranu be allowed to walk the earth, or if holy th shall they, as lunatics, be put in ridicule, the strait-waistcoats and thrust into an not in us. asylum? We are not quite sure. With this however, whether the considerate and with the artist has not already provided tary example against the possibility of harm to other galleries quiet neighbours, by binding his Preraphaelite se incipient maniacs hand and foot, landsca so mighty stiff are they, so shroud- be ex

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