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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. M. WATELOT, formerly a distinguished landscape painter, died in Paris laat week, in his 86th year. AT a, meeting of the Royal Academy, held on Monday evening last, Ba.ron Marochetti and Mr. Richmond were elected full Members. Mr. O'Neil had fourteen votes. On the question which related to the site at Burlington-bouse, it was almost unanimously I decided to decline the offer of the Government and to I withhold further consideration of the subject of re- moval until after the expected debate in the House of Commons, which affects not only the future of the Academy, but that of Barlington house and the National Gallery. As soon as the plans of the pro- posed new buildings at Burlington-houee are ready, the debate in question will take place. MR. GEORGE CRTJIXSHANK is a wonderful man-a man of whom the nation is not so proud as it ought to be. He was born somewhere about 1794. One of his great claims at the present sge is that he was the first to introduce whiskers—our fathers were well-shaven and smooth men. Nature had enriched the young artist and popular caricaturist with hairy appendages, of which even Lord D undreary woiild have been proud, and George Crnikehank let his whiskers grow to the horror of society, and people stared at him in the pit of the opera or in the dress-circle of the theatre. Some people are trying to get up a testimonial for him. At present the movement seems to languish. It will be a pity if the pubHc do not make George Cruikshank a handsome present in his old age. A COLLECTION of drawings of great interest is at present exhibiting at the German Gallery in New Bond-street. It consists of a series of Algerian sketches by Madame Bodichon and Mrs. Lee Bridell. The works of the lady first named are landscapes, those of Mrs. Bridell consist of figure subjects. The landscapes have great interest, the soenes depicted are well chosen, and the wonderful brightness of an j Algerian climate is reproduced with much success. I Two sketches, entitled Solitude" and "A Ravine near Algiers," are of particular beauty. Not less remark- able are the figure subjects of Mrs. Lee Bridell. They are full of force and character. The best among them are Zjora," an Arab girl, with her hair dyed with henna, and an Arab woman communing with the spirit of the dead. Types of Algerian and Moresque beauty, with which few Englishmen are familiar, are produced with great power. The exhibition is full of interest to lovers of art, I WE understand that Archdeacon Hale and the Earl of Derby, who were for a long time the most strongly opposed of all the governors to the removal of the Charterhouse School into the country, have at length withdrawn their opposition with a good grace. The measure is one which the new Public Schools Bill specially empowers the governors to effect. It will be remembered that the Old Carthusians founded last year two prizes, the one for an English essay in memory of Thackeray, and the other for drawing in memory of Leech. The latter prize has just been awarded to Mr. George B. Lashleigh, one of the gown boys in the sixth form, for the best water. colour drawing of the interior of the Charterhouse Chapel. The prize is a handsome large-paper copy of Flaxeaan's Classical Illustrations to Homer, Hesiod, and iEschylus," bound in red morocco. Mr. E. Walford has been requested to adjudge the Thackeray prize, LORD ROMILLY had the satisfaction of opening his new Literary Search Room at the Record Office, in Fetter-lane, on Thursday last. The apartment is well arranged and well lighted; and all fees, except for certified copies of documents, have been abolished. On the very first day the room was crowded with readers. „ A CHEAP edition of Hood's P*ems has just been published. The work of editing has been performed by Samuel Lucas, M A. Wider fame and higher honour to the name can scarooly be the result of this cheap issue, as the best that Hood wrote belongs to the current literature of the country, and is perfectly familiar. A more intimate acquaintance with his genins will, however, be attained by the perusal of these poems, and gratify those who already admire and respect the writings of Hood. Mr. PITRE, one of the employers of the Record office, has just published a volume called The English and their Origin," in which he endeavours to show, and with much learning and a great deal more in. genuity, that the English people possess even at this day a greater proportion of the British or Keltic than of the Anglo-Saxon or Norman elements, and bases his argument on considerations derived from the re- semblance of languages, of physical structure, and of moral or intellectual organisation. But there will be few who will assent to his conclusions, the impetuosity and want of endurance, the impa-tienee under reverses, and readiness to despair, and the intense love of gossip and scandal by which all the Keltic races, although in differing degree, are conspicuous, are surely want- ing in the present day in the staid, resolute, composed character of Englishmen. "THE WORKING MAN," a weekly record and review of social and political affairs, with illustrations, is to be reduced in price to one penny weekly, and will be published on Saturday instead of Wednesday, as here- tofore, commencing with No. 1 of the second volume, on July 7. The proprietors, Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, in making this announcement^ say that, whilst faithfully recording and reviewing all important affairs of the week, and distributing useful information on all new and important subjects, "The Working Man" will be found an unwearied champion of every movement a-tid institution having for its object the enlightenment, the advancement, and the wen-being of the great masses of mankind. A large map of Europe is announced to be given away with the first number, with a view to render more intelligible the weekly epitome of the progress of the war which will appear in The Working Man."

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