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ART AND LITERATURE. 1 THE ultimate destination of M. Benjamin Constant's large portrait of Queen Victoria is still uncertain, though a weekly contemporary makes the definite statement that it will be removed to Windsor Castle after the close of the Academy, and will be hung in the state dining-room opposite the well-known portrait of the King and the Duke of Connaught by Detaille. We are even told how the Constant will be framed, but it is impossible to attach much importance to this interesting information, because neither the King nor any one else has yet purchased the picture, which is still marked for sale in the priced catalogue at the Royal Academy. Before it had been seen in Eng- land the suggestion that M. Constant's work should be purchased by public subscription was made by more than one journal, but since the opening of the Aca-demy nothing has been heard of this idea. PRINCE KROPOTKIN has just concluded an American lecturing tour. An American publisher has invited him to write a book containing his impressions of that country, and he has decided to return to America in the autumn for the purpose of collecting further material for the book. Prince Kropotkin is at present in England writing encyclopaedia articles on Russia, Siberia, Asia Minor, and other subjects. MR. LIONEL SMYTHE'S picture, Within Sound of the Sea," which was selected for purchase by the Chantrey Trustees, will not, after all, find its permanent resting place in the Tate Gallery. When the selection of "Within Sound of the Sea was first made known at the private view of the Academy, it was suggested that the terms of Sir Francis Chantrey's bequest might prohibit its purchase, and this has proved to be the case. Mr. Smythe lives and paints in the North of France, in a chateau near Wimereux, and it was a condition of the bequest that no picture should be acquired which had been executed out of the United Kingdom. The same condition prevented the acquisition of a clever picture by an outsider some 12 or 13 years ago. Within Sound of the Sea has found another purchaser, and this fact, together with the high compliment implied by its selection, should go far to console Mr. Smythe for any regret he may feel at the non-acquisition of his picture. He is, too, already represented in the Chantrey Collection by a water-colour Germinal," purchased in 1889. POLICE-CONSTABLE JONES, the Leeds artist, has had two of his landscapes hung at the Royal Cambrian Academy. His large painting of a Shropshire scene was only conditionally accepted at the Royal Academy, and it has been crowded out of the exhibition. The artist has 100 or more paintings in his studio, all of which he has pro- duced in his spare moments when not acting as caretaker at the Leeds Town Hall. IN the National Eisteddfod of Wales more entries have been taken for literary composition than for musical composition. MRS. CREIGHTON has now recovered of her serious illness, and is at work on the biography of the late Bishop of London. She would be much indebted to any persons who may have letters from Bishop Creighton if they would kindly send them to her now at the Palace, Hampton Court. They will be returned with as little delay as pos- sible. IT seems that there is a scheme on foot for the enlargement of the Luxembourg. The Senate is the trustee of the Mus6e, and M. Deandreis, Senator, says this body has consented, in prin- ciple, to the reconstruction of the entire building on an increased area. Should the project be carried to successful issue the Senate would deserve the thanks of everyone interested in art. Artists in particular will be exceedingly grateful. The Luxembourg is far too small to fulfil its purpose. Many pictures purchased by the State are packed away in stores or are sent to provin- cial galleries, where they remain unknown. IT is only 11 years ago that M. Edmond Rostand published his first volume of poetry, and now at the age of 33 he has been elected a member of the French Academy. Victor Hugo took his place among the Forty Immortals when he was 39, but Lamartine joined them at the age of 31. The rise of M. Rostand in the world of literature has been a remarkable one. It was really not until 1894 that he began to attract attention, but within the space of three years he had become famous by his play Cyrano de Bergerac," and L'Aiglon" produced since has enhanced his great reputa- tion. As in the case of Dr. Villiers Stanford's new opera, so with that of M. Paderewski just pro- duced at Dresden, the critics are in practical agreement as to the merits of the work. The Polish musician, who has already gained for him- self a unique position as a pianist, has, it appears, written an opera which is melodious and dramatic in its vocal parts, while the orchestration is declared to be a veritable surprise in a first work, indicating, as it does, so much of the fruit of ripe experience. "Manru" is said to be a distinctly Polish work, in which the musical characteristics of the composer's country are set forth with marked effect. WHEN a manuscript has travelled to and from a certain number of offices, it begins (says the Literary World) to tell its own tale-the tale of declined with thanks." An American lady novelist, Miss Frances Weston Carruth, the author of "The Way of Belinda," has been confessing that she did not allow her rejected MSS. to tell this sad story. Each time they appeared on the editor's table they looked as though they had never been on a journey before. They had been under a hot flat-iron! THE appointment of Sir Martin Conway as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge must have come as a considerable surprise to the many people who know him only as an enthusiastic ex- plorer and mountaineer. But at an earlier stage of Dis busy and energetic life he was Art Pro- fessor to Liverpool University, so that he has now reverted to a type of work in which he has given ample proofs of efficiency. Such an ardent lover of nature may be expected to give to his teaching at Cambridge a note of freshness and vitality which is too often lacking in the academic lecture. IT seems that the Gresham Committee have decided not to accept the offer of Mr. C. W. Bartholo- mew to present to the Royal Exchange a panel illus- trating some incident connected with the enrolling of the C.I.V. Regiment. The decision was after all inevitable! unless the sequence of the panels as originally arranged was to be disregarded. The last of the series of paintings, Mr. Macbeth's representation of the opening of the Exchange by Queen Victoria, was put into position long ago, and so no later piece of history can be appro- priately introduced. But Mr. Bartholomew might very well transfer his offer to the Guildhall Gallery. A C.I.V. picture ought certainly to hang there as a pendant to Mr. Gow's canvas depicting the scene at St. Paul's on Jubilee Day. AMONG the chief articles in the curr CP ntMaga- zine of Art are 11 The Portrait in Enamel of the German Emperor, by Professor von Herkomer," by Mr. M. H. Spielmann, Antokolsky" by Prince Karageorgevitch, Artists' Studios as they Were and Are by Air. W. Goodman, Portraits of the two Duchesses of Devonshire" by Mr. W. Roberts, The New Salon of 1901" by M. Henri Frantz, and the first instalment of the annual notes on the Academy and New Gallery. The pictorial supplements are Professor von Herko- mer's study for the Emperor's portrait, two studies by Gainsborough, a drawing by Mr. Clifford Harrison, and a photogravure after Fragonard's picture, Le Chiffre d'Amour." THE other day an amusing incident happened in Paris. A celebrated member of the Academy of Medicine was called to the house of an equally famous painter, a member of the Academy of the Beaux Arts. When he arrived the patient, in the form of a pet dog, was presented to him. The doctor was astonished, but the pitiful look of the malade softened his austerity, and he con- descended to examine it and to write a prescrip- tion. Soon the dog was as friskv as ever. Sc me days later the artist, meeting the doctor, thanked him profusely and asked the cost of the cure. The doctor would charge nothing for a service so slight. The painter persisted, and the doctor at last said: "Very well, since you insist, I shall ask you to to do me a little favour in return. I have just had erected a beautiful railing at my i villa at Montmorency. Will you be good enough to some and paint it r"


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