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according as it is applied. Two friends, for instance, peace between those countries, rendered less difficult by whose complexions are precisely similar, may each place the death of the Duke of Buckingham. It was on this deep pink near the face, and to a stranger one would occasion that he painted his famous picture of “Peace and appear to have a clear and brilliant, and the other a War" (now in the British National Gallery), which he pretawny-coloured skin. And why? Because one has it on sented to Charles I. This fine work, known to the Amerithe cap so placed as to serve as a foil and contrast to the can public by the numerous engravings of it, represents face, while the other has fortunately chanced to use it for in vivid colours, the blessings of peace contrasted with the the lining of a bonnet, where it imparts by reflection a miseries and horrors of war, and the obvious relation of health-like glow to the features. The verse in the "Death the subject to the purpose of his mission, rendered it the Fetch," however beautiful, is not wholly true:

most appropriate, elegant, and well-timed gift that could * Then the rose methought did not shame her cheek,

possibly have been made.

The father of this great artist was a magistrate of AntBut rosy and rosier made it; And her eye of blue did more brightly break

werp, but during the struggle of the Netherlands to throw

off the yoke of Spain, he removed to Cologne to avoid the Through the blue-bell that strove to shade it.”

miseries of war. Here the future painter was born, but But these remarks are somewhat out of place here; on on the renewal of peace, the family returned to Antwerp. suitable occasions in future numbers of this Magazine, the He began life as page to a lady of title, but the employ. principles and philosophy of this useful and delightful ment was irksome to him, and after the death of his father, study will be treated of, and well is it worth the while of he obtained permission to study painting. After suitable the "fair sex” to apply “the good the gods provide them” to the still further improvement of their already good looks; the more so too, as it affords at the same time a means of giving expression to good taste, which seldom suffers from cultivation.

J.S. MIDDLETOX.—This artist, the author of the embellishment in our present number, entitled “The Rival Songsters," has attained a distinguished position in his profession by the successful practice of that branch of art known by the technical term of “genre painting," that is, the class of subjects which are neither historical nor mere portraiture, but something between, and embracing the pictures that are sometimes called “ fancy portraits.”

The same causes which have operated, more particularly in England, to the depression of high historic Art, have had a tendency to foster and encourage the production of these familiar and domestic pieces. The chief of these may be traced to the social condition, the love of fireside comforts and domestic family ties, which characterize the English, and also their descendants on this side of the Atlantic. Among such a people this style of painting must always be popular. It is charming and attractive in itself, requires no great effort of the imagination to comprehend and relish its merits and beauties, and is moreover from its nature necessarily painted on canvass of a size best adapted for the adornment of the parlour or boudoir. On the contrary, historical painting is more frequently executed on a surface of such extensive dimension that they are not seen to advantage except on the walls of a gallery erected for the purpose, admitting the preparation, he proceeded to Italy to enlarge his profeslight from above. Besides, these latter works, if of real

sional experience; his acquisition of knowledge and skill merit, involve such an amount of study in the design, and

was surprisingly rapid, and at the end of eight years he of time and labour in execution, as to place another addi

returned again to Antwerp to settle, his Italian career tional Obstacle-cost-in the way of a due encouragement having been truly splendid. of the most elevated and ennobling branch of (what we The works of Rubens are remarkable for the magnifihave become habituated to denominate) “the Fine Arts.” cence of composition, and the rich and vivid brilliancy of

Middleton's chief occupation has been in portrait paint colour, as well as of light and shade; the remote parts of ing, but he has had the good taste to avail himself of

the most extensive designs being united with every other every opportunity to produce something more than a

into a perfect whole, in forms, in tints, and in chiaro-scuro. mere dry and literal representation of his sitter newly In truthfulness of imitation, he surpassed the best of made up in the latest fashion. Hence the style of picture the still-life painters, while in nobleness and dignity of engraved for the January number of our Magazine, more historic conception he left the great men of the Venetian than one of which by this artist are known to the Ame- school, on whom he had founded his style, far bebind. rican public by finely executed prints. His picture of The restless fervency of his imagination, together with "Efie Deans in Prison," and other similar works of great the wonderful facility of execution he had acquired, made merit, evince his capacity for a successful career in the him ready to dare difficulties that would have daunted higher walks of art.

J. S.

almost any other artist, Paul Veronese, perhaps, excepted. SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS.—The second of our embellish-“Fifty feet square of wall,” says Allan Cunningham, "or ments, “The Miraculous Conversion of Saul,” is after a two hundred yards of canvass, which would swallow composition by one of the most extraordinary geniuses up the united genius of half an academy, only stimuthat ever appeared in the annals of Art, nor was it only lated the Fleming to greater exertion, and with such within the sphere of his chosen profession that his re- success did he conceive his design and apply his colours, markable talents were displayed. His varied acquire that it is allowed by all that his largest pictures are ments and polished manners led to his appointment his best.” “Rubens,” says Sir Joshua Reynolds, "ap. while yet very young, on a delicate and important mission pears to have had that confidence in himself which it is from one of the Italian courts to that of Spain. Later in necessary for every artist to assume when he has finished life he was sent by Philip IV. of Spain to England, in the his studies, and may venture, in some measure, to throw like capacity, when he succeeded in effecting a treaty of aside the fetters of authority; to consider the rules as

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subject to his control, and not himself subject to the rules; | distinctively than their legends and superstitions. They to risk and to dare extraordinary attempts without a are the first lispings of a nation's infancy, expressing its guide, abandoning himself to his sensations, and depende impulses and tendencies before thought is matured; they ing upon them.” “ He saw the objects of nature with a grow with its advancement, embody its spirit, and give a painter's eye-he saw at once the predominant feature by colouring to its whole literature.” In the “ Evenings at which every object is known and distinguished; and, as Woodlawn," she has given a choice collection of the most soon as seen, it was executed with a facility that is as- graceful and amusing of the legends of central Europe. tonishing. Rubens was, perhaps, the greatest master in The large majority of these will be entirely new to Amerithe mechanical part of the art—the best workman with can readers. The stories, she informs us, are not mere his tools-that ever exercised a pencil."

translations, but something between a translation and an Rapid as was his execution, it was utterly beyond his original work. The incidents are arranged in an artistic ability to keep pace with the constantly increasing de- shape, and some indulgence given to the author's powers mands for his productions from every quarter, and wealth of description. Whatever merit there may be on the score poured in abundantly. His residence in Antwerp was of originality-and there seems to be fully all that she adorned with pictures, statues, vases, busts, and every claims—she has at least given us a charming book. variety of beautiful or curious objects, till it resembled a COMMERCE OF THE PRAIRIES. BY JOSIAL GREGG. Philadelprincely museum, and connected with it was a collection phia: J. W. Moore. Fourth edition. The fact that Mr. of wild and savage animals, which he kept to serve as Gregg's book has been able to keep its place in the face of models when painting those superb hunting pieces in

such an avalanche of books on the same subject, and that which he so excelled. His talents and success produced it has reached a fourth edition, is the best commentary the usual effect. It excited envy, and a cabal was formed upon its merits. One cause of the value of his book is to detract from his reputation. “It is amusing to find

that the author was not only an eye-witness of what he him accused, amongst other deficiencies, of want of inven- describes, but was for a long period intimately and praction! His great picture of the Descent from the Cross, tically conversant with the subject. He was himself a painted for the Cathedral of Antwerp, and exhibited while Santa Fe trader, was engaged in eight expeditions across the outcry against him was at its height, effectually the prairies, and resided nearly nine years in northern allayed it. Snyder and Wildens were answered in a similar

Mexico. In addition to this fact, which necessarily gives manner. They had insinuated that the chief credit of

an air of authenticity to his communications, his book is Rubens' landscapes and animals was due to their assist

written in a pleasant and attractive style, and is illustrated ance. Rubens painted several lion and tiger hunts, and

with maps and engravings. other similar works, entirely with his own hand, which

HOME RECREATION. BY GRANDFATHER MERRYMAN. New he did not permit to be seen until they were completed. In these works he even surpassed his former productions

York: D. Appleton & Co. This is intended as a gift book they were executed with a truth, power, and energy which

for young readers, containing a collection of tales of peril excited universal astonishment, and effectually put his

and adventure by land and sea, with sketches of manners adversaries to silence. Rubens condescended to give no

and customs, scraps of poetry, and coloured pictures. other reply to his calumniators; and he showed his own

SIGATS IN THE GOLD Region. BY THEODORE T. Johnson. goodness of heart by finding employment for those among

New York: Baker & Scribner. Mr. Johnson seems to them whom he understood to be in want of it."

have set out for the gold region on a sort of frolic, and to His style of drawing was very inaccurate, but his out

have written his book about it in the same dashing style. lines were flowing and varied. His women were often If we cannot commend it much for its literature, we can beautiful in expression, and sometimes in form, but were very freely say, it fairly runs over with fun, and is not too frequently inelegant, fat, middle-aged, and wanting in wanting in good sense and information. It has also the that refinement so desirable in representations of feminine commendable qualities of brevity and directness. The character.-J. S.

writer describes the route which he himself travelled, riz, that by the Isthmus, and also the scenes in the gold region which fell under his own personal observation.

CAPRICES. New York; Robert Carter & Brothers. What shall we say of such a dainty little "fairing" of a book? The title-page certainly looks odd. Just imagine, dear reader, at the top of a rather tall page, this simple word “Caprices," and at the bottom-longo intervallo_" Carter & Brothers.” What an extensive prairie of white paper between these two significant points? Is the title-page itself meant as the first “caprice” in the book—a sort of out-rider to the army of little “caprices" that follow ? Let us see some of them. Here is a part of one. It occurs on page 57, and is entitled “ Shadows."

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SHADOWS.
Here-there-

Everywhere;-
On my pillow-in the air-

By my side:
Muse as lightly as I may;
When I watch and when I pray;
At the nightfall and by day

Shadows glide.

BOOK NOTICES. POETICAL QUOTATIONS. BY JOHN T. Watson, M.D. With Mustrations. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston. It is pleasant to have within reach a judicious collection of extracts from favourite authors. Dr. Watson's selections indicate sound taste and extensive reading, and have the advantage of being very conveniently arranged for the purposes of reference. The present edition is beautifully illustrated with nine line engravings, by various artists, and is made in other respects ornamental. Altogether it is an elegant and useful volume.

EVENINGS AT WOODLAWN. BY MRS. ELLET. New York Baker & Scribner. “There is nothing,” says Mrs. Ellet, “ which marks the peculiar character of a people more

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Here-there,

“We take up for review this week a journal concerning Everywhere;

which very much has been said already by every press in Sleeping in the hillside lair,

this country--Sartain's Union Magazine. It is no part of Or at play;

| our plan to praise an inferior work, nor will we prostitute Now the image of a cloud

this press and degrade ourselves by receiving any of the Scudding, when the gust is loud,

* Please Notice ephemerals which are springing hourly And the brawny oak is bowed,

from the prolific Northern press. Thank fortune, we live In its way.

at a day when there is good enough, without flattering

the Bad, and those who choose to publish long prospectuses Here,-there,

and make monthly notices for the sake of an exchange,' Everywhere;

can do so if their conscience is elastic enough; for our part O’er my spirit,-in the air,

we will grace our table editorial with the best journals of On the wall:

the day, if we have to pay full price for them; and such Muse as lightly as I may,

shall be the works which we recommend to the public. In the night or in the day;

Such is the Magazine selected for this occasion, and we When I watch and when I pray,

trust to be able to show cause' why every body should Shadows fall.

subscribe for it.

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