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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &C. THE memorial executed by desire of her Majesty, for St. George's Chapel, Windsor, to mark the estimation in which she held her uncle, the late King of the Belgians, is now fixed in the place assigned to it, near the fine group which records the death of his late Majesty's first wife (the Princess Charlotte). The history of this—the last memorial added to what may now be termed the mausoleum of our sovereigns—is not generally known. Immediately after the death of the king, her Majesty summoned Miss Durant, the sculptor, and commissioned her to submit designs for a monument to his Majesty, in conformity with certain instructions then given. The lady set to work with extraordinary application, and the monument was completed early in the present year. The monument was executed at Miss Durant's studio in Radnor-place, Hyde-park, at a cost of £ 1,600. THE Athenceum observes We have great satisfac- tion in announcing that the long-expected monument to the Duke of Wellington, upon which Mr. A. Stevens has been engaged for several years, is now nearly finished, and in all probability will, ere long, be publicly shown. It is in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral. The general design of this work is not original; its details are, however, full of spirit and beauty. Our readers will recognise in the Jacobian monuments of Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots, which fill large portions of the aisles in Henry the Seventh's Chapel, Westminster, the model which has been adopted for the tomb of the great duke. The second and larger of these monuments is now most in question. The novel work exceeds it in size and splendour, but, like it, comprises a basement, with sculptured panels, sustaining a richly moulded and decorated sarcophagus, on the lid of which reclines the effigy of the deceased. A lofty canopy is supported on columns, the caps of which are carved with scales, the caps Corinthian, the bases otherwise enriched The central portion of the canopy is coffered or panellec., and rises in a semicircular arch; the portions which comprise the ends of the canopy, and are borne upon the columns, are decorated in various ways, and support at their summits groups of sculpture detached and in high relief. Above the arch the central element of the design dominates, and jis concluded by an appropriate finial. The work is magnificent enough to satisfy all observers. The figure of a horse, which was proposed for the crowning feature of this design, has been replaced by a better suited object. THE Italian Association for the Promotion of Popular Education has just announced a prize of 5,000fr. for the best original work on the model of "Self-Help," by Mr. Samuel Smiles. THE memoirs of the unfortunate Emperor Maximilian of Mexico will appear shortly at Leipsic. They were announced some time ago, and even the printing was begun during the lifetime of the Emperor. Now they are to come out, at the special desire of the Emperor of Austria. The work will comprise seven volumes, and will appear under the title of My Life Travelling Sketches, Aphorisms, Poems." The first volumes will contain his diary of a journey in Italy. The prince was then only 19, and shows himself in his notebook full of candour, feeling, and chivalry. THE lite ary papers tell us that a Royal sign-manual warrant of King Charles II., issued in the first year of his reign, new to our dramatic history, has been found in an old office-book belonging to the office of the Lord Chamberlain. Neither Malone nor Payne Collier has noticed it. In this sign-manual, continues our authority, after printing it, eleven plays are assigned to Sir Wm. Davenant, the patentee of the Duke's Theatre one by Webster, The Duchess of Malfi; one by Sir John Denham, The Sophy; and nine by Shakespeare. We have here, then, fresh and startling evidence of the pre- eminent popularity of Shakespeare ever other dramatists in the reign of King Charles II. THE present Duke of Wellington is said to be print- ing the whole body of his illustrious father's papers-for safety, not for publication. The "despatches given to the world in general are founded on these printed docu- ments. The duke's plan is to put everything into the custody of type and then to strike out such passages as affect living persons too closely, or such as it might be indiscreet to make public. Three copies only of the original impression are taken—one copy for preservation at Apsley-house, a second at Strathfieldsaye, and a third at the duke's bankers'. The duke objects to depositing one of these originals in either a public office or the British Museum. Valuable as are the published despatches," every reader will suspect that the sup- pressed passages must he still more curious and enter- taining.





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