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LITERATURE AND THE ARTS. THE Beemaster, Dr. Cumming, is again entering largely into the merits of the subject of bees. His letters appear in the Times, and his articles upon this subject are appearing in the Quiver. The subject is a very interesting one, and the articles in the periodical are very edifying as well as amusing. THE second volume of "Lane's Arabic Lexicon," the great literary enterprise of the late Duke of North- umberland, with which his widow's name, always as- sociated with his in good works, is now especially con- nected, has appeared. THE Domestic Life of the Natives of India is a pleasant book, but the observation of the author appears not to have extended much beyond Calcutta, and with this limitation of the sphere of inquiry the book cannot be accepted as an accurate account of the inner life of the numerous races who people the penin- sula of Hindoostan. Of other interesting works which have appeared within the last few days we might mention Wet Days at Edgewood: with Old Farmers, Old Gardeners, and Old Pastorals." By the Author of My Farm of Edgewood; and "Eng- land as seen by Foreigners in the Days of Elizabeth and James the First. Comprising translations of the journals of the two Dukes of Wirtemburg in 1592 and 1610; both illustrative of Shakespeare. With ex- tracts from the Travels of Foreign Princes and Others, Copious Notes, an Introduction, and Etch- ings." By William Brenchley Rye. THE exhibition of insects is to begin on the 15th of August at the Palais d'Industrie, Paris. The Minister of Agriculture has offered five gold and ten bronze medals as prizes. A SPLENDID, and, if the term is not too alcoholic, we may say a spirited-looking, drinking-fountain has just been erected in Berkeley- square, opposite the residence of the Marquis of Lansdowne, at whose cost the work is executed. The fountain is surmounted by a statue in Carrara marble, representing a Naiad in the attitude of pouring water from an urn. The base is of polished r6d granite. Mr. Munro is the sculptor. A MEDALLION portrait of Prince Albert, which is interesting as the first completed specimen of English earthern mosaics, has been placed over the entrance to the balcony whence we look into the North Court of the South Kensington Museum. The background is produced in Powell's gold mosaics. The red neck- tie, an exceptional portion of the work, is made of glass mosaic brought from St. Petersburg. THE official journal of Venice states that an original painting by Raphael, known as the "Madonna di Loreto," which had long been missing, has just been discovered in a broker'sshop at Mantua by M. Tortella, of Verona. When purchased by this gentleman the painting was covered with a thick coat of dirt, which seemed to have been put on designedly. A careful cleaning proved that it was a work of remarkable beauty, and competent judges have decided that it is an original of Raphael's. A "BIOGRAPHY of Lord Palmerston," by John McGilchrist, has lately been introduced. It is a cheap, useful, and well-timed publication considerable time and energy must have been expended in the compilation, and considerable ability is shown in the arrangement. The author is evidently a worshipper of the veteran Premier, and his admiration so carries the reader's mind that when he puts it down he has more regard for Lord Palmerston than he ever felt before.—"Money to any Amount Advanced (G. Wells) is an exposb of the usurers of London, and the manner in which they snare their victims, which should place those of the public who happen to labour under the inconvenience of want of money on their guard against entangling and ruinous alliances with the professional money- lender. MR. MACLISE'S great picture, in the Royal Gallery, Westminster, the work of two years, representing "The Death of Nelson," is now finished, and will soon, we trust, be accessible to the public. We are bound to protest, says the Athenoium, against the inadequate manner in which this work, and its pen- dant, "The Interview between Wellington and Blucher after Waterloo," are displayed; or, more strictly to speak, concealed, by the improper lighting of the hall which they are intended to adorn. It is not possible to imagine a greater mistake than that of placing great works of art on a wall which is im- mediately below a range of windows, so that the light fills the eyes of the spectator unless he approaches so closely to the picture as to be unable to see more than a small portion at one time; even when so viewed, injustice is done to those noble works, upon which one of our most distinguished painters has spent the prime of his life, producing that which will bring great honour to his name whenever art is anderstood amongst us.






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