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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. THE third volume of a biography of Handel has been published at Leipsic. The author is Herr Chrysander, who has made a special study of the works of that great musician. LADY authoresses have increased wonderfully of late years, and they now stand pre-eminently forward as the best writers of fiction of the day. Among the most popular works recently published may be mentioned Rosewarn," by one of the writers of Ephemera Constance Rivers," by Lady Barrett Lennard; "Victory Deane," by Cecil Griffith; and last, not least, Muriel," by Mrs. Hilliard. The latter is full of deep touches of human nature, replete with graceful, tender delicacy, and highly interesting. A NEW book has just appeared, called A Quiet Nook in the Jura," by the author of Dr. Antonio." The remembrance of Dr. Antonio will bespeak favourable consideration for anything from the same pen, which touches little that it does not adorn. The present volume is devoted to a minute account of life in a Swiss boarding-house, a state of existence of which the genial author seems much enamoured. The sketches of society and scenery are equally well done, and make us envy the fortunate ones who share the "nook" in something more than imagination. TURNER'S picture of Modern Italy," at the sale of the paintings of the late Mr. Munro of Novar, brought the large sum of 13,405. A FULL-LENGTH portrait model of Mr. Gladstone, M.P., has been just added to Madame Tussaud's Ex- hibition. It is unquestionably a most admirable like- ness. AMONG the chief contributors announced to the Leeds Fine Arts Exhibition of 1868 will be the Duke of Devon- shire, the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the trustees of the Earl of Carlisle, Lord Stanhope, Lord Wharncliffe, Lord Wenlock, Lord Zetland, Lord Galway, Lord Lyt- telton, Mr. G. Cornwall Legli, Mr. A. H. Layard, M.P., Mr. Alexander Barker, Mr. Philip Howard, &c. IT is a curious fact, says the Court Journal, that the picture of an R.A., was this season rejected by the com- mittee. When the R.A. came to town he looked in vain for his bit of fine art on the walls of the Academy. Inquiry was made, when it was found that somehow or another the name of the R.A. had got detached from the picture, and it had undergone the ordeal of judgment on the score of merit and was found wanting. This is the latest answer to the old query, What s in a name ?" It will at least be a gratification to some of the clever ones who were crowded out" of the exhibition or found to be inconveniently clever. THE Athenceum has the following The annual exhibition of pictures in Paris takes place this year at that great building in the Champs Elysees, which was formerly used for the Exposition, and comprises 2,745 works, all told; of these, 1,584 are pictures which, besides a fearful amount of trash, include a proportion that is mediocre, but of a mediocrity far above our own, either as regards the conception or the execution of its elements. Many of the better works have already appeared in London. One of the most telling paintings is La Nuit," by M. Rebouet-Alboy, a pupil of Gleyre's and M. Gerome's—a poetical and charmingly-wrought nude figure, which forcibly recalls the manner of the former master. By M. Oiler we find a capitally-painted half-length of Negresse, Libre et Mendiante." A pro- cess of enamel painting on lava," which has some of the desirable qualities of fresco, and does not permit the surfaces to shine, appears in M. Stattler's "Océanide," a good work of the better decorative kind. The Four Riders of the Apocalypse," by M. Cluysenaar, has spirit and impressive effect. M. Gerome's Clothes- man of Cairo," has already appeared in London his "Slave Merchant," where we see the intending purchaser rubbing the teeth of a young woman, has all the dramatic power, pictorial faults, and successes of the master. M. 'Daubigny's Evening at Andresy is an intensely-powerful sketch, by one of the ablest artists of the day. Among genre pieces of this peculiar kind, M. Fichel occupies, in the absence of M. Meis- sonnier, a prominent place, with his capital Amateurs before a Picture," an old subject, but filled here with new matter. M. E. Frere's Cut Finger is familiar in London also AT. Duverger's "Confirmation." There is extraordinary pathos in M. Schreyer's Abandoned —a subject borrowed from the wreckage of a battle- field a cart and its teams overthrown, one horse and his master dead, a second horse prostrate, but unable to free himself, and so starving. M. Schreyer is a grand tragedian with brutes. A Moonlight Effect," by At. E. Breton, will delight the'lovers of poetic landscape. Buffoons of the Sixteenth Century," a supposed meeting of some of the most extraordinary-looking dwarfs and zanies the world ever saw, as painted by M. Zamacois, a Spanish artist and pupil of M. Meissonnier, is wonderfully wealthy in humour, spirit, and. character, and capitally painted withal. Here are, besides the above, a very valuable picture by M. T. Robert-Fleury, Les Vieilles de la Place Navone, a Santa Maria-della-Pacetwo pictures by M. Corot; one by M. Heilbuth. The triumph ot the lixni- bition is with M. V. Giraud, and obtained by means of a superb picture, called A Slave Dealer "I of which the figures are life-sized, and represents a merchant offering a nude, very lovely and shrinking girl to a Roman noble, who, seated in a chair, and robed magnificently in blue and white;, scans the beauty of the damsel with a mix- ture of critical coolness and zest for loveliness that is expressed with wonderful power. Not less apt to the subject are the looks of the girl's sisters or companions, who watch the progress of the treaty with interest, some evidently envying her prospects, or her beauty others with regret at the chance of parting. The design, draw- ing-whether of flesh or draperies-the expressions, modelling and handling of this work unite to render it worthy of much applause.



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