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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. THE ceremony of inaugurating the new and beauti- ful fountain, whish has just been erected in Notting- ham by Mr. John Walter, formerly M.P. for the borough, in commemoration of his late father's connec- tion with Nottingham as its representative, took place last week. HIRAM POWER, the sculptor, is a Sweden borgian, and proposes to execute a statue of Swedenborg. In a. recently published letter he says, "I am a 'New Churchman,' a 'Swedenborgian,' a.'New Jeruaa- lemite,' without any reservation whatever; and I wish it to be known." A BEAUTIFUL mural tablet has been completed during the past week to the memory of the wife of the Eight Hon. Frederick Peel. This monument has been sub- scribed for by the working men of Bury, Lancashire, which borough Mr. Peel many years represented in Parliament. It is about 7ft. high by 4ft. wide, fashioned from white statuary marble, relieved by a bordering ground of black. ground of black. AMATEURS of porcelain, a large and rapidly increas- ing class, will be glad to learn that the Marquis d'Azeglio, the Italian Minister, ha3 just sent on loan to the South Kensington Museum his cele- brated collection of Italian porcelain, chiefly Venetian, of the eighteenth oentury. This collection fills two cases. Every one more or less familiar with the enamelled earthenware of Italy, majolica âor maiolipa, as we notice the South Kensington authorities now spell it; and the porcelain of Capo di Monte, near Naples, has also long been an object of desire with all collectors (Lord Nelson among them), but of the porcelain of Northern Italy comparatively little has been known. The marquis has patriotically set himself the task of rescuing this branch of the art of hia country from oblivion. A very able paper on the subject was contributed by his Excellency to the last edition of Chaffers' "Pottery and Porcelain;" and it is to be hoped that his efforts will be seconded by other connoisseurs, and that the porce- lain of Italy will henceforth fill an honourable place in treatises on the ceramic art. IN addition to the Liverpool Porcupine, the London Owl and Bat, and the liornet, our list of journals is about to be increased by the Earwig-a paper which will emanate from one of our Volunteer Rifle Asso- ciations. IT is more than probable that, during. the next twelve months, at least half a dozen books about the Mormon settlement, the Rooky Mountains, Colorado territory, and all that wonderful land ljing to the norm 01 aiexico, ana miaway Detwixt tne Mississippi and the California country, will appear in London and at New York. Two English authors have signified their intention of visiting these parts very shortly,- a French celebrity, whose work on China has recently attracted wide attention, is going; and now we hear that an American artist, Mr. Beard, in company with Bayard Taylor, has already started for this district, with the intention of producing an illustrated work. THE Commons Preservation Society announce that Mr. Henry W. Peek, of Wimbledon-ihouse, S.W., has offered four prizes for essays on the preservation of commons in the neighbourhood of the metropolis. Two prizes will be given-.£50 for the best and £ 25 for the second best essay on the sanitary and moral aspects of the question, and two prizes respectively of .£100 for the best and JB50 for tfcie second best essay dealing with the legal and historical aspccta of the question. The announcement states that, as great uncertainty prevails as to the legal rights of com- moners and lords of .manorsâthe latter having, it is believed, been considerably exaggerated-t be competi- tors should trace the origin of those rights, the original significance of the duties of lords of manors, the nature of their courts, the trua relation of the lords of manors to their tenants and to the public, and how far the public now possess, or ever had or ought to have, rights to the enjoyment of land for the purposes of recreation. Also, the writers should explain the causes of the delay of commoners' rights, and whether legislation can be justly applied, and, if so, in what manner. At present the lord of the manor takes the private advantage to himself of the lapse of the commoners' rights owing to increased population. The essays are to be sént to Mr. A. Lankester, Commons Preservation Society, 29, Parlia- ment-street, Westminster, on or before October 1, 1866, each essay being distinguished by a motto placed on an envelope containing the author's name. The Right Hon. W. Cowper, M.P.; George Shaw Lefevre, Esq.; Joseph Toynbee, Esq., F.R.S.; and John Murray, Esq., have consented to act as judges of the essays, and to award the prizes.

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