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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &C. M. ROBERT LUTHER has informed the French Aca- demy of Sciences that the planet which he discovered on the 1st of September, and for which he proposed the name of Diana, is identical with Daphne the asteroid discovered by M. Goldschmidt in 1856, and which was lost sight of for six years. The 74th asteroid discovered by M. Tempel is to be named by M. Littrow, Director of the Observatory at Vienna. IGNATZ ASSMEYER died at the end of August, at Vienna. He was First Chapel Master to the Emperor Francis Joseph, and was a very renowned composer of Sacred music, especially of masses, oratorios, &c. Among the latter, tne most important were Saul :¡nd David," U Saul's Dead," and Das Gelübde" (The vow). THE London Society of Compositors have received a handsome present from their brethren of Turin. It consists of the two volumes of the Altacomba; or, His- tory of the House of Savoy, beautifully bound, and a triumph of exquisite typography. The Turin printers received the work as a gift from his Majesty Victor Em- manuel, and when he heard of their intention to send it to London he replaced it with another copy- We hear there is only another copy of the "Altacomba in this Country, in the British Museum. PKGFESSOB MAGNI proposes to issue one hundred CoPiea of the "Reading Girl" in plaster, should sub- scribers to that number offer. Of course the copy will e the size of the original. The price is not stated. It "ould be gratifying (says the Court Journal) to have f?ar>y such facsimiles of the best works in the Exhibi- ll°n, and none would be more worthy than the "An- gelica," or the figure of California. Surely it would pay the artist well to produce the copies, and sell the original afterwards at a lower figure. 4LAT the last great auction of pictures at Cologne, a work by Hans Mummling, only 20f inches in height by 14J wide, representing the Virgin Mary and the Angel, was acquired for the British Museum at the price of 4,600 dollars (nearly £ 666). Pictures by J. Van Eyck, Euys- dael, and Van Evendingen, also realised high figures. A SINGULAR atmospheric phenomenon was observed rear Yvetot (Seine-Infgrieure) the other evening, about 6 o'clock, by several persons who were walking along the Havre-road. The sky was covered with dark clouds, and gust of wind, with occasional flashes of lightning in the west, seemed to portend a storm. All at once a strange appearance presented itself in the south-west horizon. The clouds seemed to form an inclined plane sloping down to the shores of a lake, the blue waters of which were rippled by a gentle breeze. The lake seemed to be surrounded by trees of unequal height, and the whole back ground of the picture presented the aspect of a vast amphitheatre. This mirage remained visible till lost in the darkness of night. MR. BALDWIN, the great African sportsman, is busily engaged in preparing the narrative of his extraordinary sporting adventures over ten years ia South Africa. It will be published early in November. PROFESSOR HUXLEY'S volume of lectured or essays on the Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature will shortly appear. It will comprise four articles. 1, The Natural History of Man-like Apes. 2. The Relation of Man to the Lower Animals. 3. The Methods and Results of Palaeontology, and 4. The Fossil Remains of Man. This, with Sir Charles Lyell's forthcomingfr Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man," and Professor Daniel ilson's 11 Pre-Ristoric Man," should furnish (says the Literary Budget) abundant subject-matter for many a lively and tough discussion during the coming winter. MR. SLATER, being engaged in the restoration of Weston Church, Sussex, has discovered some wall paint- ings of extreme interest. Their subjects comprise a "Descent from the Cross,Scourging," "Adoration of the Magi;" Christ's Charge to Peter and to Paul," and a "Crucifixion." There is an Agnus Dei, adored by angels, in the ordinary, place over the chancel arch over the north porch a "Judgment." In the soffit of the unmoulded chancel-arch are medallions concaining em- blems of the Seasons; and on one of the jaolbs oftha same arch is a representation of a female figure in the pre- sence of a demon, from which she is recoiling. It is evident from the remains, says our authority, the Builder, that the cLurch was once entirely covered with such pictures. These works seem generally to have been set out without any ornamental border or geometrical boundary forms. Those on the north side are arranged in two corners, one above the other, and separated by a band of inscriptions written in Latin hexameters. These inscrip- tions occur immediately um-er the wall-plate, so that they refer always to the picture immediately beneath. Such arrangements recall to mind the simple system of the early Italian painters, seen, amongst other examples, in the Chapel of Giotto at Assisi. MR. Soon's restoration of the Church of St. Mary-in- the-Castle, Dover, has been completed. This most interesting edifice was at one time, quite of recent date, J used as a coal-cellar, and was beyond even the uses of Si that low office, being roofless. Mr. Scott has performed jj his office with much courage, in leaving the most ancient j portions of the structure-e. g., the brick arches and stone window- dressings—without plaster or other covering, se that their peculiarities may be seen.


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