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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. __â+ Miss ISA CRAIG has been presented with a testi- monial on resigning her post as assistant secretary of the Social Science Association, on the occasion of her marriage. She has reoeived a silver tea service and salver, the latter beariag the inscription, "To Isa Craig, from her grateful and attached friends of the National Social Science Association, 17th May, 1866." FATHER PROUT, the Globe's Paris correspondent, died some days since in Paris. Every one has a good word to say of him now that he has gone, and what is rare and valuable, none said an unkind thing while he lived. He was witty, learned, an enthusiast in the cause of liberty, political and religious. Mr. C. Dickens gave him his firat appointment as a foreign correspondent, and this able judge of literature sent him away from his country for his country's good, for what appeared in the Globe might be fairly so rated. THE first quarterly section of a valuable work, which is being re-issued with many additional illustrations and improvements, under the title of the Now toned paper edition of Cassell's Illustrated History of England," is now offered to the public. When Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin com- pleted their popular History of England about two years ago, they placed in the hands of the humblest artisan the opportunity of possessing, at the lowest possible price, a history of his country by names eminent in literature, and affording a guarantee that it would be written in no spirit of political partizanship, but in accordance with the views of the latest standard authorities in English History. The immense success of the publication, and the encomiums of the press, bore ample testimony to its appreciation by the public, while the eulogistic tarms in which it was spoken of by Lord Brougham at the Social Science Congress, must be held as a very valuable testimony to its excellence. The fined toned paper on which the new edition is printed greatly enhances the beauty of the illustrations. Produced professedly, and as far as price is concerned, in reality for the people, it is fit for the library of the gentleman, and will bear favourable comparison with works pub- lished at far higher prices. Such enterprises as this are of very considerable value in the work of education, and in the formation of well-digested political opinions amongst our countrymen. Who would be without the knowledge of the history of his country ? was one of the sayings of Franklin; and if in his time the want of such knowledge was a reproach, what must it be now, when, in such a handsome and elegant form, it is placed within the reach of the humblest apprentice ? SPEAKING of the Royal Academy, the AthenceUm says:-It is worth while to note that a position over a door at the Exhibition has become quite a place of note, such as testifies to the value of the pictures that may be fortunate enough to be hung there. This year, for the honour of the artists to whom that distinction has been vouchsafed, let us point out that of the total number of seven places, which are so dispesable, no fewer than five are occupied by works of merit: 1, Mr. Legros's "Martyrdom of St. Stephen;" 2, Mr. A. Moore's The Shulamite "âthese are figure pictures 3, Mr. E. Edwards's "Sunrise;" 4, Mr. H. Moore's Pilot Cutter; 5, Mr. J. C. Robinson's Quirang, Skye." The ceiling litfe, once so strongly objected to, is now a level of honour, for are not M. Daubigny's Moonrise," the Glandovery of Mr. T. Danby, the "Peace of the Valley," by Mr. Anthony, and half-a- dozen more pictures of noble quality in that dis- tinguished position ? A ROMAN sculptor (Antonio Bisetti), who exhibited a statue, Trust in God." at the Dublin Exhibition, complains that during the time it was away a cast was taken of it. IT is said that the month of September is to see the placing of the four lions of Landseer on the pedestal of Nelson at Trafalgar-square. What do they repre. sent? asks a contemporary. We have heard it said that the British lion is the article intended, but in this case we need not fear; the British lion is the only animal of his kind, and stands alone without parallel. WE understand that her Majesty has already given sittings far the portrait to be presented to Mr. Peabody, in acknowledgment of his more than princely gifts for the benefit of the poor of London. THE Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art was opened on Saturday. This building has been erected by means of special and successive grants by Parlia- ment sinoe 1854. The building adjoins, on the west- ward, the Edinburgh University. Capt. Fowke was the architect; Mr. Matheson the practical constructor on the spot of this building; Mr. Gamble has directed the decoration of the interior, in conjunction with Messrs. C. and J. Moxon. IT is thought that this year's exhibition of the Royal Academy will be the last held in the National Gallery, Trafalgar-square, which may account for the number of paintings by eminent artists being so much less this year than in preceding years.

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