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loXTERATURB AMD THE ARTS. -+- AMONG the natioiral m%,iaseripts illustrative of the domestic history of this country now being copied at the Ordnance Survey-office, Southampton, by the pro- cess of photo-zincography, is a return to a writ of in- quiry into the truth of an assertion made by a William de Stanley, that a marriage had been contracted be- tween him and Joan, eldest daughter of Philip de Baunville, chief forester of the Royal Forest of Wirrall, on the 27th of September, 1282.. Also an inquisition in 1254 as to who was heir to William de Cordunville, a tenant in chief of the king at; that period. A GOOD, kind-hearted man has passed away from us in the very prime of life, we mean Sir Lascelles Wraxall. He was well-known to all London lit- terateurs and to men in all phases of life. He was educated at Shrewsbury school, and went up with a scholarship to Oxford. He afterwards joined the Turkish Contingent during the Crimean War, and was very popular with every one. This turned his atten- tion to military matters, and he wrote several booka touohing on these subjects. He was, perhaps, best known for his translations of Victor Hugo's works into Inglish. He died, last Sunday, at Vienna, where he Was acting as correspondent for our contemporary the Banly Telegraph. IT having been decided to confer upon Rosa Bon- heur, the great female artist, the Cross of the Legion of Honour, the Empress of the French determined to present it herself. So travelling incognita, and hold- ing the little case of shagreen leather in her hand, she walked straight into the garden of the miniature cha- teau and knocked at the door of the studio, whence the sound of a lamb bleating piteously was heard to issue in answer to its dam, tied toa post outside. The summons to enter was immediately obeyed by the Empress, who advanced unobserved up to the spot where Rosa, 3eated on her easel, was busily studying the unquiet expression of the lamb, and endeavouring to reproduce it upon the canvas. The commotion amongst the other inhabitants of the studio, consist- ing of various specimens of the dog tribe, of a Shet- land pony in one corner, and a cow with her calf lit- tered in another-the barking, the rustling of straw, the leaping and kicking which took place at sight of the green fields and liberty seen through the open door, and above all, the tugging of the lamb to break from the cord and run towards its mother, caused the artist to turn at last, and then the commotion grew greater still. Blushing and bowing stood Rosa, keenly alive to the honour thus bestowed upon her, but prevented by the honest pride of art from exhibiting any exagge- ration of humility at its recognition. Her Majesty at once, and not without some little emotion on her own- part, took from the box the Cross of the Legion of Honour, and passing it over one of the buttons of the artist's dress, paid her at the same time a graceful and easy compliment upon the splendid talent which it was her own delightful privilege to honour; and almost before the painter, perplexed and bewildered, could find words to express her gratitude, disappeared without ceremony, noise, or fuss of any kind, as she had entered. A STATUE is to be erected to Melancthon in the market-place at Wittenberg, in juxtaposition to tha,t of Luther, and will be uncovered on the anniversary of the publication of the Confession of Augsburg." THE Swiss are sending a block of Alps granite to the United States to serve as a pedestal for a statue of the late President Lincoln, whom Garibaldi, who is a sub- scriber, somewhat irreverently calls "the new re- deemer of man! IT is understood that M. Gambart has delivered Mdlle. Rosa Bonheur's picture-of the Horse Fair," bequeathed by Mr. Jacob Bell to the nation, to the trustees of the National Gallery. Mr, Frith's Derby Day is on its way from Australia, and will arrive in August. THE savans and the clergy are haying a fight in Belgium. Some human bones are said to have been discovered in a grotto near Esneux, in a geological stratum, and are said to prove the great antiquity of man. Thereupon the old battle cry of Genesis against geology has been raised. It turns out, however, that the human bones were not human at all. FROM the 19th inst. the Royal Academy has been thrown open in the evening at the reduced chargeof 6d., and will remain BO for two months. The last year's experiment was a tolerable success. It is probable that if the council would advertise the evening open- ing a little more they would have many more visitors. The public generally are unaware of this circum- stance. THE King of Italy has decided upon sending to the Dublin Exhibition an emerald which he possesses, and which is the largest known to exist. It is six inches long, four broad, and three thick. It has en. graved upon it the Lord's Supper, after Dominichino. This emerald is incontestably the largest in the world, for the only one which might have rivalled or even surpassed it was the famous one used by Julius Csasar as an eye-protector, on accoun t of the ophthal- mic disorder under which he suffered, as often as he went to the Circus; but that emerald disappeared at the fall of the Empire, and has never been found since.





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