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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. ♦ ONE of the attractions of the Paria Universal Ex- 1.0 hibition of next year will be a priza for the best singer in the world of lO.OOOf. THE Louvre of Louts XiV. has just been enriched with a now museum, the Museum of Pointed Glass. Five hundred specimens, admirable in design, com- position, colour, and transparency, have just been placed in the large windows of the rooms called the "Appartemonts da Henri IV." They come from French, Flemish, Datch, and German manufactories of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Louvre will be complete when it shall have received in the Museum of Ancient Tapestry the rare and beautiful specimens which are about to be transferred there. GUSTAVE DORE has recently had a large cage of live rats fitted up in his studio for the purpose of watching the movements of these animals, which will appear more than any other in his new illustrations to the" Fables of La Fontaine," the work he has at present in hand for Messrs. Hachette. There are nearly twenty animals in the cage, which has its oompartments and sly holes, constructed on purpose that the rat may show his true character. Miss DURANT, who has achieved considerable fame as a sculptor, is commissioned to execute a monument to the memory of King Laopoldin S b. George's Chapel, Windsor. Miss Durant's design is to represent Lao- pold upon his death-bed, placing his hand on the head of the Belgian lion, and guarded by two angels present- ing two shields, emblazoned with the arms of England and of Belgium. This seems to be rather a trite sub- ject, but Miss Daraat may be able to treat it success- fully. We have lady physicians and lecturers, and professors of other things besides, sviid why should not a professional sculptor among the ladies carry off the palm ? Amateur lady sculptors have produced groups which will live long in the memory. THE exhibitions of the paintings and works of art selected by those who have been fortunate enough to gain prizes in connection with the London Art Union this year took place on Saturday, at the Insti- tute of Painters in Water-colours, 53, Pall-mall. There were many excellent works of art exhibited. Mr. G. J. Broad, the holder of the highest prize, .£250, selected Mr. R. Boavia's "Drawing Timber in Pioardy"-a very capitally conceived and executed picture. The highest prize among the water-colours, j6200, falls on Mr. Birket Foster's little picture of "Winterbourne, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight," selected by R. Barclay. Another valuable piotllre, "Deborah sitting in Judgment," by Mr. Henry Warren, has been taken for X150 by J. G. Wanganui. There were several exoellent works in marble in the exhibition, including a reduced copy of Mr. C. B. Birch's Wood Nymph," the marble original having received the Society's premium of £600 in 1864. MR OSBALDESTON'S life, written by himself, will shortly be published by his widow. THE veteran writer, Barry Cornwall, has published an original memoir of Charles Lamb, on which be has been busily'engaged for several years. We should fancy Lamb was mutton by this time. "ECCE HOMO has reached a twelfth thousand-a sale almost without precedent of late for a half-guinea work on theology. THE Official Review states that Artemus Ward has been engaged by "Punch," and that he will contribute to its columns a series of English sketches from an American point of view. THIS thoroughly American paragraph is taken from the New York Citizen :—" An American Welcome to an Illustrious Stranger-Hepworth Dixon, editor of the (London) Atlienwum, is expected here shortly. Dixon is a sneak. He pitched into us when we were in trouble, lampooned us when iri danger. Like othara of his race, he turned hia cue when forfeuce smiled upon ua and victory perched upon our banner. Let him slide." AFTER the Storm; or, Jonathan and his Neigh- bours in 1865-6," is a well-written and amusing ac- count of the aspect worn by things and people in America this time twelvemonth. Mr. Skinner selected an interesting moment for his visit, when the effects of the recent changes brought about by a long and desperate war were still fresh and striking, and his photographs of them have all the clear nets aud truth engendered by so favourable a. condition of things. As may be partly inferred from the title, it is the lighter and more superficial parts of the subject with which Mr. Skinner deals, and hia book is likely to be less appreciated by the politician and student of history than by that far larger class which, content with less depth and more brilliancy, prefers a social sketch to a page of statistics, and a well-told story to the most learned essay ever vented by Dr. Dryasdust. MR. ARTHUR A'BECKETT has a new work in the press, of a somewhat novel character, entitled, Our Roving Commissioner," consisting of a number of light and interesting sketches upon various subjects. It is to be handsowely got up, and will be sold at every railway station in England, at the low price of 6d.

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