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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. -♦ COLONEL ALFRED B. RICHARDS, already well- known as a dramatist and lyrist, has a volume of verse n the press, entitled "Religio Animaa, and Other Poems," which will be published vary shortly. THE Court Journal says :—The number of decent, tbinking fellows amongst London workmen, not roughs, must be great. For instance, the Working Man has now a sale of 40,000 weekly-a very ex- cellent, intelligent, and sober-minded publication, capitally illustrated. THE French paper L'Euenement, recently offered a copy of Victor Hugo's last work to all subscribers who sbonld put their names down for the year. In one week they found themselves called upon to sup- ply 7,700 copies, and it was necessary they should be delivered within 48 hours. The publishers, Messrs. Lacroix, had sold the entire edition; but the well- known printers, Messrs. Lahure and Co., undertook the contract, and performed it to the time agreed upon. A French writer remarks that the three volumes con- tained 62 sheets of 16 pages eaoh, which, multiplied by 7,700 copies, gave, 477,400 sheets, and 7,638,400 pages; or, by measurement, 286,440 yards. A NEW tale by John Saunders, entitled The Lion in the Path," will be commenced on August 22, in Cassell's Family Paper." A map of London will be given away with this number. THE Spurgeon Jest Book," reoently published in London, has been reproduced in New York, under the title of "Five Hundred and Ninety-five Pulpit Pungencies." No name is given, and the people of New York have come to the conclusion that Henry Ward Beecher is the author, or editor. This is how the compiler expresses himself in the preface:—" I think that the minister of God has carte ilanche liberty to touch man's mirthfulness, even so far as by so doing he can help them toward the right and away from the wrong. I regard all this superstitious, un- smiling Christianity, as a relic of old Vandal times." There are some strange things in the book; as, for instance, at p. 123, where it says that "the Almighty gunner never shoots unless there is good game," and at p. 248, where a nursery scene is depicted, with the great globe as the cradle, and God, the kiad nurse, rocking it with His foot. LORD JOHN MANNERS has announced in the House of Commons that two of the lions for the Nelson column were completed, that a third was near com- pletion, asd that he hoped, before the end of autumn, the whole four would be in their places at the base of the column. AN elegant monument, which will be completed in a few days, has been placed over the remains of the late Sheridan Knowles, in the Glasgow Necropolis. It has been erected by a number of friends and former pupils of Mr. Knowles, when he was a teacher of elocution in Glasgow, and some of whom stand among our leading citizens. The monument is situated on the highest pars of the north end of the hill, and is in the form of a cenotaph. It is in the Italian style of architecture, and is built of fine durable sandstone, surmounted by a sarcophagus of grey polished Aberdeen granite. The entire height of this monument is upwards of 15 feet. A MOST successful casting in bronze of Mr. Foley's statue of the Lord Herbert of Lea, better known as Sidney Herbert, has been made recently at the extensive works of Messrs. Prince and Co., the "Phcsaix" Foundry, Ewer-street, Union-street, Southwark. The figure is of colossal size, and is in- tended to be placed in the enclosure opposite the entrance to the War-office in Pall-mall. Mr. Foley, E.A., has been most fortunate in producing an excellent likeness of the late nobleman-his highly intellectual and thoughtful features have been most admirably transferred to the bronze. The statue was cast in one piece, and it took but fifteen seconds to pour in the metal. There were present Lady Herbert, the Earl of Cianwilliam, Mr. Foley, Dr. Shea, and several other ladies and gentlemen. Messrs. Prince have within the last two years introduced into Southwark this valuable branch of art manufacture. THE recaipta at the doors of the Royal Academy Exhibition, now closed for the year, turn out, not- withstanding the remarkable amount to which they rose in the earlier half of the period of opening, to have been not so great as was the case last season. The influence of universally expre.ssed public opinion en the inferior selection of the works for display has apparently made itself felt in the pockets of the [ Academy. The bad, or rather careless hanging of the i, pictures has provoked many remonstrances, applicable to the ill taste which suspended close to the ceiling the glorious" Moonrise," by M. Daubigny, one of the most honoured of French landscape painters, as well as to the elevation above five doors, of so many ad- mirable pictures, while the line was crowded with those of inferior quality, and the space above it sacrifined to bad portraits in unusually large numbers. The sale of pictures at the Academy has been greater than "u former occasions, considering the panic and other drawbacks. ON the decease of the late Lord Lyndhurst the famous painting by his father, John Singleton Copley, of the death of Major Piereon, became tha property of the nation, and is now in the Exhibition of South Kensington. The authorities of Jersey have resolved M hava a copy of this great historic work of the full size to adorn their Court-house, which is one of the objects in the picture, the death of tha gallant Major Pier a on having taken place in the market-place of Jersey, in which the Court-house stands. The Dake of Wellington considered that this was the best battle- piece he had ever seen painted, from the vigour, spirit, and action pervading every part of it. It was in the year 1781 that the French invaded the Island of Jersey, made the lieutenant-governor prisoner, and compelled him to Bign a capitulation to surrender the island. Then," to use the language of Alderman Bovdell. for whom the picture was originally engraved, Major Pieraon, a gallant young officer, under the age of twenty-four years, sensible of the invalidity of the capitulation made by the lieutenant- governor whilst he was a prisoner, with great valour and prudence attacked and totally defeated the French, troops, and thereby rescued the island, and gloriouslv maintained tha honour of the British arms but, unfortunately for his country, this brave officer fell in the moment of victory-not by a chance shot, but by a ball levelled at him, with a design, by his death, to check the ardour of the British troops. The major's death was instantly re- taliated by his black servant on the man that shot the major." The painter has taken care to place the black strvant in question in a conspicuous position. In fact, he has chosen the identical moment for his illustration when the ready-witted, faithful, and brave African icvela his piece, and with sure aim sends the remote shary-shooter reeling to the dust: aNd the painter did him the honour to place him in the centre of the picture among the officers of the staff, where he will remain as long as paint shall last, and the engraver's art endures, for the engraving which records the act ia in its way, like the original picture, a master-piece. Tho copy O' this painting, executed by order of the bailiff of. Jersey, has been entrusted to Mr, William Holyoake, curator of the Royal Academy, and it is but doing him justice to &ay that he has lost very little indeed of the energy of the famous original which he has studied with care and faithfully copied.

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