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TUB REv. A. TooTH. — Mr. Tooth has left England to travel in the Bast. He has not, however, resigned his benefice at Hatcham, as his intended suc- cessor, the Bev. Mr. MacOoll, is not yet free from Sonth Bermondsey. NEW PROCESS OF CLEANING OLD PICTURES. —The London correspondent of the Manchester Guardian says: There has been some talk in certain art circles here lately regarding the new processes ap- plied to the cleaning of old pictures at the National Gallery. Everybody must know that it is a difficult thing to remove what might be termed in Heine's phrase the secular dustof ages from an oil painting and leave the colour and lines behind in all their pris- tine freshness and fulness. Irreparable evil has been done in the attempted" restoratIon" of old paintings as well as in the restoration of old cathedrals, and it would certainly be a pity if many, .r even any, of the masterpieces in our national collection were thus to suffer" improvement off the face of the earth." Yet there are among us a few artists and connoisseurs who sincerely fear that we are about to experience serious loss from the scouring that is at present going on .in the National Gallery. The Music Lesson," by Titian, is cited as one of the works that have been most severely scraped and skinned, and a "Holy Family," by the same master, is also alleged to have been considerably the worse of the cleansing to which it has been recently subjected. From a careful inspection of the former of those pictures to-day, I must confess that there seems to be some good ground for the fears en- tertained by the gentlemen to whom I have referred Oompared with other works ascribed to the same master, "The Music Lesson" is now decidedly defi- cient in glow and colour and definition of detail. It ie, indeed, little more than the ghost or fading outline )f what it must have been when it left the studio of ¡he Venetian master. It is certainly time that public attention was directed to what is now being done in his way at the National Gallery.

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