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ment in Good Words; and “Silas Marner, the Weaver of It is said that the correspondence of the late Mr. LEIGH Ravenloe,” being the new story by the authoress of Hunt is being collected, for publication, by his son, Mr.
“ Adam Bede" to which we alluded last month, will be THORNTON HUNT.
published to-morrow, in one volume, by Messrs. BLACKThe Literary Gazette has pointed out that a great part wood and Sons. of Mr. OWEN MEREDITH's poem, Lucile,” is nothing The Morning Chronicle, once the most influential and more nor less than a marvellously exact translation from important journal in the British Empire, has recently GEORGE Sand's “Lavinia." “We give Mr. MEREDITH passed into the hands of Mr. Stiff, the proprietor of the
London Journal, who, beginning with its issue of March not long resist. The hand unwillingly put in the pocket, the 8th, bas reduced its price to a penny. As it in nowise and the objecting face, tell the story capitally. differs from the other metropolitan penny dailies, except, This vigorous and humourous picture was the work of perhaps, in being slightly inferior to them in talent, we 1814, the same year that Mr. Egg painted his Gil Blas do not see much chance for it under its new manage exchanging Rings with Camilla,-a good example of sly ment. There is doubtless plenty of room for move lumour, and of the pleasant trickery of Le Sage's picapenny dailies, but not for more dailies of the existing roons. type.
Mr. Egg never tires us with a prettiness that becomes Of the books issued since our last which are not noticed nauseous because it is unvarying and unrelieved. He in detail in subsequent pages, thereare a few which deserve uses his pretty faces to tell a story, and where ugly faces special mention. These are "My Share of the World ; an are needed he has the courage to introduce them.
Miss Frances BROWNE, the blind poetess; “Ways of Life," arrangers of the gallery of modern pictures. He (short a collection of sketches by Mr. John HoLLINGSHEAD; and dark) might have been seen there leading in bands of “ After Office Hours," a collection of tales and essays workmen, or balancing himself acrobatically on impossi. by Mr. EDMUND YATES ; The Tragedy of Life : Records ble and alpine flights of steps. He did his work with taste of Remarkable Cases of Lunacy,” by Mr. J. H. BRENTON; and energy. His own pictures were hang in the most “ Animal and Vegetable Substances used in the Arts and self-denying way. They struck every visitor as low-toned Sciences," by Mr. J. E. DEXTER ; “A Seaman's Narrative and sombre in effect, but solid and strong. of his Adventures during a Captivity among Chinese In 1850, there appeared his great work, Peter the Pirates;" "A Life of St. THOMAS A' BECKET," by JOHN Great sees Catherine, his future Empress, for the first time. MORRIS; “ English Puritanism and its Leaders,” by This was a very pure and admirable picture. It is a tent Professor TULLOCK; “ The Fleet of the Future, Iron or scene, and Catherine, -Catherine, the serving girl, the Wood ?" by Mr. Scort RUSSELL ; a “Memoir of Queen poor parson's daughter,-is bringing in a bottle of schnaps ADELAIDE, Consort of King WILLIAM the Fourth," by Dr. to Peter the Great, and her master, the aide-de-camp DORAN; and a translation of WIELAND'S “Republio of Menschikoff. The moment given is Peter's first glance of Fools,” by Professor CHRISTMAS.
awakening love. Menschikoff already sees that he will
have to surrender his pretty Catherine. The uniforms EMINENT LIVING ARTISTS.--MR. A. EGG.
and dresses are painted with a simple, manly, dramatic MR. AUGUSTUS EGG, R.A., was born in London, and force, that is perfectly incomparable. descended from the celebrated family of gun-makers This picture was thought a great advance on the rather whose name ranks with those of Manton, Purday, and ill-chosen subjects of 1848-9,- Queen Elizabeth discovers Colt, and has long since acquired a European celebrity. she is no longer young,-a discovery which, by-the
Whether Mr. Egg inherits a mechanical skill and correct bye, the great parsimonious queen never did make; and eye from this constructive family habit of mind, I do not Henrietta Maria released by Cardinal de-Retz. Technically, know. It is sufficient for me to say that in 1838 Mr. Egg it was better painted than its predecessors. It had, too, exhibited at the Academy,and that he was elected associate more character, more truth, reality, and ease of action. It in 1818; and this fact of his election proves that the ten went far beyond the frontier of the old Smirke region. years that had elapsed from his first exhibited pioture This was like a sentence of Macaulay, painted by a mind were ne' ill-spent.
of large calibre. One of our best critics, Mr. Tom Mr. Egg seems at first not to have ventured much Taylor, lavished very just praise on Mr. Egg's Music out of the conventional path of the Gil Blas and Don Lesson Scene, from the Taming of the Shrew. Bianca, he Quixote school, and to have followed in the steps of Smirke, says truly, is so radiant with "lady-like good-humour.” Mr. Newton, and Leslie. A critic of 1856, in one of those par- Egg has learnt the difficult art of painting ladies and tizan biographical collections that are published at certain gentlemen, and he has a keen eye for the graces and intervals with loud flourishes of the Paternoster-row witcheries of society. We only wish he would plunge trumpets, calls Mr. Egg "a clever painter of scenic and more boldly into modern life. humourous subjects.” Five years have done much for Less meretricious than Mr. Frith, and of a calmer and his fame. We all know Mr. Egg now as a thoughtful more serious mind, Mr. Egg has great tragic power. painter, who is not without his deep tragic moments, Nothing can be too dark and sad for his pencil ; yet he is though he is full of humour, and a practical comedian by seldom morbid, and always true to nature. He has no instinct, as those who have seen him perform with Mr. pleasure in mounting skeletons on dragons, with Fuseli ; or Charles Dickens in Ben Jonson's Every Man in his in drawing vulgar Greek exaggerations, like Haydon. Humour well know.
Having illustrated Le Sage and the memoirs of that At first, before venturing on history, Mr. Egg tried his intriguer of the Fronde, De Retz, Mr. Egg next took up strengthon Shakspearean comedy, and drew several scenes Pepys,—that delightful clerk of the Admiralty, whose from Le Sage's Frenchified Spanish novels, and from the pompous folly and perpetual self-stultification were ten delightful memoir writers of the seventeenth century. In times more amusing than other men's wisdom. these experiments, the colouring is low toned, yet rich He shows us Nell Gwynne, with delicious naivete, allowand solid, the drawing good, and the expression admirable; ing Mr. Pepys, the Duke of York's humble friend, to steal yet the manner was not original, and the subjects were a salute. In another picture Mr. Egg gives us the wicked hacknied.
and scented Buckingham, with a wicked beauty about his There is a very good example of Mr. Egg's early manner eye and mouth, paying his suit to some court lady, who conin the Vernon Gallery. It is a scene from that series of temptuously destroys a card house, in typical mockery of cynical tableaux which Le Sage entitled the Lame Devil. his vows and oaths. Here again, perhaps, the painter has The painter has called his picture the Victim. A green given too serious a tone of colour to a gay and wanton court. gallant has been treating two Spanish courtezans to a Surely in such a scene in the matted gallery of Whitehall, supper much grander than he can afford ; and now he is gravity is wasted, especially as the painter attempts to protesting to the landlord against the charges, which at tell no moral. the same time you see he cannot escape paying, and will But Mr. Egg's greatest efforts were his two pictures,