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I THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. I « THE Owl understands that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has purchased Sir Edwin Landseer's picture of A Mare and Foal-Indian Tent," in the exhibition of the Royal Academy. SIR EDWIN'S pioture of Lady Godiva," in the same exhibition, was originally commenced for Mr. Ellioe, late member for Coventry. It has sinoe been bought by Mr. Pender, who was the purchaser of Mr. Ellice's house in Arlington-street. THE bust of Captain Speke has been erected at Taunton in the shire-hall, with an inscription from the pen of Sir Henry Rawlinson. Speke is recorded as "The discoverer of the sources of the Nile"—marked as a quotation. Does this form of testimonial mean that Sir Henry disputes the fact of discovery, like so many other geographers ? THE fine collection of Oxford worthies, formed by the late Dr. Wellesley (which he commenced when an undergraduate and steadily increased throughout his life), arranged according to the different colleges, and consisting of many hundred engraved portraits, has recently been acquired by the Hope Curators and added to the Hopean collection of portraits, now deposited in the Gallery of the Radcliffe Camera, at Oxford. Two remarkable pictures have just been purchased on account of the city of Paris from M. Boittelle, Senator, formerly Prefect of Police. One is a view of the Hotel de Yille in 1751, at the time of the fetes given by the municipality in celebration of the marriage of the Duke de Bourgogne, son of Louis XV. The other is a representation of the Palace of the.Tuileries in 1753. They are both the production of a French artist, M. Raguanet. A HANDSOME stained glass east window has been placed in JBurncburch Parish Church, Kilkenny, painted by the Countess of Desart, and dedicated by that noble and amiable lady to the memory of her lamented, husband, the Earl of Dosart. This very beautiful specimen of art has occupied her ladyship's thoughts and leisure hours for months, and the result is an appropriate tribute of respect to the memory of one whose premature loss, in common with those r around her, she so deeply deplores. THE establishment of an Archaeological Society at Rome, set on foot by Messrs. Fortnum, J. H. Parker, and other gentlemen, promises to be of great service in directing attention to the value of the old remains, as well as in assisting in the publication of memoirs which would otherwise never see the light. Mr. Parker has, during the last three winters, been much occupied with the early architecture of these remains, and has a volume on the subject nearly ready for publication. This activity on the part of foreigners has somewhat stirred the bile of some of the stand-still, obstructive gentry in power at Rome, who could not understand why gentlemen should not be content, like other Christians, with the inside of a church, but must go poking about the outside walls and basements." A MOST interesting discovery has lately been made at Bonn by Dr. Klein. It consists of fragments of Ciceronian speeches unknown till now. They are to be published shortly. Sm, MORETON PETO'S Resources and Prospects of America is a serious book on a serious topic, but for all that is extremely entertaining and pleasant in its style, and will find many readers among those to whom its economics and political deductions are of no interest whatever. "THE POLISH INSURRECTION" of 1863, by M. F. de Erlau, is a work written by an eye-witness of the events. The author, a S wiss officer of the staff, went to the seat of war in order to make practical studies, and describes the results of them. He also gives de- scriptions of those military persons and events that are most worthy of mention. THOSE of onr readers who take an interest in our early history will, no doubt, be gratified by the in- formation that Mr. Thorpe is preparing an edition of the Topographical Charters of England, dating from the reign of King ifithelberht, A.D. 604, to the Norman Conquest. In this work the documents will be classed in counties, beginning with Kent, thus forming am ap- propriate companion to the Domesday Survey of that county. As in the "Diplomatarium Anglicum" (of whieh this is the continuation), the charters in Anglo- Saxon and the Land-Boundaries will be accompanied by translations.

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Chancery-lane Dialogue.

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