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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. 4 THE profits of Lord Darby's version of the Iliad amount to £1,350, and have been invested as a prize for the pupils of the Wellington College. AT the time when Uncle Tom's Cabin" was in the height of its popularity here, it was stated that 180,000 copies had been sold. The publishers of the American edition are now issuing their 314th thou- sand. "THE Prison Life of Jefferson Davis," by the phy- sician to the prisoner during his confinement," is about to be published. THE Thames Guardian is the title of a new paper which made its first appearance on Saturday last. Father Thames requires some guardianship. MR. HEPWORTH DIXON is about starting for a long tour through America. Mr. Dixon's journey will embrace a visit to Utah and the Salt Lake, and the government, doings, and domestic arrangements of Brigham Young will afford matter of comment for Mr. Dixon's facile and experienced pen. SIR JOHN BOWRING proposes to publish an English translation of poems selected from the works of the great Hungarian popular bard, Alexander Petofi. Among the Magyar people it would be difficult to find an individual to whom they are not familiar as household words," and they hava been versified in most of the languages of Europe. THE History of Modern Taste" is the title of a little book lately published at Leipsic by Herr Falk, Custos of the Imperial Library at Vienna. It treats in a very interesting manner of a field of labour, and the work is well worth reading. TENNYSON, the poet laureate, is to give us a new book next December. It will be called Elaine," and have illustrations by Gastave Dare The last work he favoured us with was Enoch Arden." PUNCH'S FIFTY VOLUMES.—A festivity which will have interest for others than those who engaged in it took place at Maidenhead last week. It was in com- memoration of the completion of the 50th volume of Punch. The entire literary and artistic staff and the proprietors dined together, and in recognition of the services of Mr. Mark Lemon, who has for a quarter of a century been sole editor of Punch, a silver "loving- cup was presented to him by the proprietors, and a testimonial of a very gratifying character was also handed to him by his fellow-workers. MR. ECROYD SMITH, well known in Lancashire and Cheshire as a most industrious antiquary, has just issued a pamphlet of singular interest, entitled fhe Limestone Caves of Craven, and their Ancient In. habitants." The particulars of this brochure, we believe, were first published in the "Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire" Illustrations af the caves, and of the ornaments worn by the people who used to reside in them, are given by Mr. Smith. To a collection of works of anoient masters and deceased British artists, the Duke of Beaufort has contributed some splendid specimens by Sir Joshua Reynolds. DURING the rebuilding of Crewe-hall, which was burnt in the winter, Lord Crewe has lent a large number of his best family pictures to the Exhibition of the works of Ancient Masters and Deceased British Artists, now open at the British Institution. THE monument erected to the memory of Sir Henry Lawrence, and those who fell in defence of the Bailey guard, has been publicly opened at Lucknow. THE portrait said to be that of Kitty Fisher," by Sir Joshua Reynolds, at the British Institution, has been discovered to be one of Miss Woolls, afterwards Mrs. Bullock, of Christchurch, painted by Cos way, with whom the family of Mrs. Bullock were on terms of great intimacy. This portrait was engraved by Dawe in 1811, and copies were distributed by Mr. Bullock to his privatefriends. AN exhibition of the oil paintings, water-colour drawings, and architectural studies of the late Mr. Godfrey Sykes, is now open at the Kensington Museum. In decorative art, Mr. Sykes deservedly held a high place, and the collection of his works will repay a visit to South Kensington.

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