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to the benefit of the widow of a member of the It is quite evident to any one much about the club, there are few who will refuse to purchase i streets of the metropolis, that the short dress it. It is very pleasant to see such camaraderie and the necessary abandonment of crinoline is existing amidst literary men-a class sup- | fast gaining ground. To eyes unaccustomed posed by outsiders to find their only pleasure to the change, it certainly does appear at first a in vituperating and backbiting their brethren- little singular. At first glance, especially at in the cause of benevolence and charity.
this holiday season, one is apt to fancy that a The art-loving public will be glad to hear larger amount of school-girls than usual have that the dealers will not have the picture exhi- i been returned from the abodes of wisdom and bitions entirely in their hands this spring. The propriety at Turnham Green or Brighton; and British Institutiona corporation supposed to again, those ladies who will persist in gathering be defunct, or, at any rate, moribund-have, in up their trains under their arms, invariably sugcompliance with a request from numerous gest the idea that they are waiting for their artists, agreed to open their exhibition once horses to be brought round. more-from January to March. It is to be I have been favoured with a glimpse of a hoped this last exhibition will be a good one. book that is sure to be a favourite amidst the But why should it be the last? There are frequenters of Christmas and New-Year's parplenty of exhibition rooms to let ; and if the ties. It is a book of comic songs, edited by directors were only careful about the manage-"Mr. J. E. Carpenter, whose name is a sufficient ment of the matter, and could secure some body guarantee for the taste and care displayed in the of gentlemen who knew something about art to selection. It is scarcely necessary to remark superiotend it, there might, even yet, be some that the objectionable “music-hall” element is hope for this ancient institution, whose name not represented in these pages. The work conhas been so associated with Reynolds and the tains some of the most humorous effusions of revival of English art.
those who are veterans in the art; namely, of Talking of art reminds me that the “ Langham Messrs. Jacob Cole, James Bruton, Jacob Sketching Club” have issued invitations for Beuler, E. L. Blanchard, S. Lover, and the the first of their series of Conversazioni. This talented editor himself. Besides these, we have will take place on the last day of the old year; many of our younger song-writers well repre. too late, therefore, for Y. B. to report thereupon. sented; such as Messrs. H. J. Byron, Henry But from having frequently been honoured with Leigh, E. Draper, F. W. Green, F. D. Cape, an invitation to this select cénacle before, he can &c., &c., with a large list of celebrities of times predict with certainty a pleasant evening on this gone by. What a boon this book will be occasion. He has a vision that there will be to the social gatherings of the present day! some admirable pictures and clever sketches, especially as it is a work wbich can be placed in with a quantity of hearty, jovial, bearded gen- | the hands of any young lady; a qualification tlemen. He has a notion of a sort of Bohemian which scarcely any other collection of comic supper, and has an indistinct recollection of cer. I songs can boast. tain foaming tankards, and filmny blue clouds of One of the pleasantest entertainments Your smoke, which, it is whispered, will not be omit- i Bohemian bas been bidden to, during this seated from the programme on this present occa- , son of festivity and conviviality, was at the an
nual supper of the “Réunion Club.” This Dr. Mary Walker, like the meteors of a few society, which is chiefly composed of authors, weeks ago, appeared for one night in a blaze, artists, and actors, may be almost accounted the and again another night with less glory, and father of many clubs of a similar nature which now seems to have disappeared altogether. Is have sprung up around it since its foundation. it because she finds that she has become a | On the occasion of my visit Mr. Carpenter occhampion to a cause that is already gaining cupied the chair, with Mr. Bruton as viceground, and which, in point of fact, needs no chairman. Many admirable speeches were made champion ? or, that there is no chance of her during the evening by those two gentlemen, also becoming a Christian martyr in the cause of the by Messrs. F. G. Tomlins, Jonas Levey, w. petticoats of the nineteenth century? There is Sawyer, &c. The musical entertainment was do doubt about it, that short dresses are coming very admirably arranged-thanks to the tact and in, and even the over-zealous advocacy of the management of Mr. Edw. Murray. We had Mr. American doctrix will fail to throw discredit on | Hughes with his ophecleide, and Messrs. Prattheir sensible adoption. If that lively little ten and Lazarus with the instruments for which lady would take the trouble to turn over a few they are respectively celebrated. We had Mr. old English fashion-books, she would find that Ransford to sing Dibdin's songs; and we had, her ideas on the subject are no more original | above all, Mr. George Perren to sing “My than those of Mrs. Bloomer were. The “short | Pretty Jane;" and he never sang it better than frock and white pantalettes," so eulogised by he did on the occasion we allude to. What Dr. Mary, were the costume of an English more could suppers-out desire ? fashionable belle of the year 1836; and although Sundry rumours of changes in the magazine its adoption was, I believe, not altogether world, and of new candidates for public favour general amongst the ladies of the time, we can in the same sphere, I hear whispered. Many all remember how invariably it was adopted by of these are so vague and contradictory that it is children and young girls, at a more recent date, impossible to know what they mean. Of others
I am hardly at liberty to speak at present. “The of limited means, had to battle with the rough People's Magazine,” which is the youngest of world at a moment's warning, or lie down and our serials, looks healthy; and the latest comer die. Many who had not strength for the former in the domain of “ladies' literature," namely, bowed to the latter. The great scourge of “The Ladies' Own Paper," improves consi- cholera, we were enabled, thank Heaven, to comderably. The last number published is far in bat; and, though it bore off many victims, by advance of the first, and there seems every coolly tackling the foe, and looking it in the chance of its being able to hold its own amidst | face, with absence of fear and panic, we were the great competition of works of that class of enabled to temper the virulence of its power. the present time. I see a new venture, called | The rinderpest, too, we bad at the beginning of “The Pen," advertised. Is not that an old the year; but that gradually faded as the season title? It seems familiar in connection with advanced, and has now almost totally disapsome publication of many years ago.
peared. With political events the year '66 has The year of 1866 has been one scarcely ever been full : the most remarkable, perhaps, was equalled in event and in rapid transition of event. the desertion by Mr. John Bright of his partyFirst, there was the war, which everyone said a desertion, by the way, which he never exwould last for many years, was accomplished in plained-at the memorable battle of Hyde a few weeks, and the map of Europe of 1865 | Park. has become a thing of the past. Secondly, there But such things are not pleasant to think was the sad demonstration of the fallibility of upon or write about; so, trusting that time may limited liability, and the smash so long expected improve-thata more healthy tone of politics and came at last, and hundreds of inoffensive people | matters monetary may obtain—that we may be were heartlessly swindled out of their hard- spared famine, pestilence, or murrain-and furearned gains-their swindlers, perhaps, were thermore, that all his readers may have enabled to retire on some hundreds a-year that | A HAPPY NEW YEAR-is the most sincere had been settled on their wives; wbilst aged wish of widows, delicate orphans, and retired tradesmen
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MAX FRERE; OR, OVERCOME EVIL WITH content of the school-room under the rule of Good. By Miss Pinchard. (London: George the former exacting and dominant young ladyRoutledge & Sons.)-Amongst the juvenile gift- the faults that it occasions in the little nervous, books of the season Max Frere takes a excitable “Pen,” and the general feeling of high position-if excellence of purpose, an dislike to which it subjects herself are well earnest and natural style, and a thorough ac- portrayed. The charm of the children, one and quaintance with boy-and-girl nature, their modes all, is, that they are real, petulant, wilful, of thought, expression, and conduct, are quali- jealous children, who teaze, and worry, and love ties that ensure it to the author. Evidently at one another after the manner of unsophisticated home in such family circles as that of the children generally, and have no stuck-up shams Frere's, Miss Pinchard paints her character. I of perfectability amongst them. Even Max has portraits with much skill, and with such nice a constant warfare with himself to maintain the distinctive shades, or broad contrast of tem- even tenor of his way; and as for impetuous, per ament, as one frequently meets with in truthful, quick-tempered Hugh, it requires somemembers of the same household. Max Frere, body as thoughtful and sagacious as his brother the hero, is the eldest son of a country lawyer, to lead him through and clear of the scrapes into a high-principled, religious man, and who is which he is constantly falling. The wicked boy happy in the possession of a wife who is the of the book (Cousin John Orwell) is unfortucounterpart of himself--a gentle, loving Chris nately as true in his way as are his cousins; and tian mother, the law of whose household is the the hold he obtains of poor Hugh, and the law of love. Max, or the “ Emperor," as his trouble he brings him to, are exceedingly well schoolfellows call him, in allusion to his name, described : nor does Miss Pinchard, in her partly, perhaps, on account of his lordly qualities love of Max, shirk the fact that the sun shines and moral power, is no impossible boy: he is on the just and the unjust: but with great tact simply a brave, truthful, clever lad, with his she involves both boys (the good and bad types temper and passions held in check by his of the book) in the same accident, and by Christianity. He is the guardian and hero of making them fellow-sufferers, eventually makes his brother Hugh, and the best-beloved of his this catastrophe the occasion of a change of numerous sisters, from “old Hurricane," as heart and disposition on the part of John her pupils disrespectfully call their teacher Orwell, through the example and religious Rachael, to little lisping Constance. The dis- character of his cousin. The latter boy has a
jealous dislike of Max, from a sense of his su- 1 John, who was only waiting for Max to make the periority to himself, and the general regard in first advance, now rose from the ground; but with a which he is held by his schoolfellows. He is, manner as if he were doing Max a great favour, and himself, mean, unprincipled, and a bully. Here came to where he stood. are the three boys on a fishing expedition :
“Very well,” he said, “I'll try; but I should like It was a lovely afternoon, and as the young fisher
to put on another fly:" and selecting a small red
Jhackle from his cousin's book, he aflixed it to the line, men walked onward together, the cloud that had for a moment overcast Max's good humour vanished, and
and moving a little farther up the stream, began
dapping with certainly more skill than Max had disthey all became as merry and frolicsome as boys should
played; and presently an undoubted nibble was vouchwhen out of school, and began to expend their over
safed him. Both boys were in an agony of expectation lowing spirits in all sorts of gambols and feats of
and delight as the fish, which had now taken firm hold agility.
of the hook, began to dart about, making it very "I'll bet you sixpence that you don't clear that
difficult to the inexperienced young fisherman to keep brook, Max,” said John,
his rod and line from being twitched out of his hand. "I won't bet about it; but I'll try the leap if you'll follow me,” replied Max.
However, in spite of his lack of skill and habit, John,
with Max's help, succeeded in landing his fish-a fine "Wel, then, I'm your man," answered John,
trout of about half a pound weight, and as beautiful a "We'll have a run of twenty yards."
fish as a boy could desire to see. "Pery well,” replied Max. And, having paced
The first trout caught with the new tackle, and their distance, Max set out on his run, and with an
poor Max not the catcher! He was half disposed to atire bound cleared the brook, and stood waving his
be crogs about it; but the inclination lasted only for a hand in triumph on the opposite side.
moment, and was manfully put down ; so that all three John then took his run, and leapt the brook, but
boys rejoiced and exulted together over John's wonfell as he touched the ground, and, slipping back, both
derful success, and in admiration of the brilliant gold legs went into the water, and he rose, not a little dis
and silver and scarlet that spangled the side of the concerted at his failure, and disposed to be very angry
beantiful trout. with his cousins for the merry laugh with which they
“ And Maggie will have her trout at last,” said witnessed the catastrophe.
Hugh. “How pleased she will be !" “Just try again, and see if I do not do it as well as
"Indeed Maggie will not have this onc,” said you !” exclaimed he, angrily.
John : “I caught it, and I shall have it." “With all my heart,” said Max: “I daresay you
“Oh no, John,” exclaimed Max; “that is not will; but, even if you do not, you must bear in mind
fair. I told you from the first that I had promised that I am half-a-year older, and a little taller and
little Mag that the first fish caught with the new rod stronger than you; so that I have an advantage : but
should be hers, and you surely would not disappoint let us try it again. Shall we take it from this side to
the sick child ? I do not care a straw about the fish get back to our path, or cross over down there and
except for her sake; and if we either of us catch leap again from the same place ?"
another, you shall be welcome to it; but Maggie must John chose the latter proposition, and, crossing at
rossing at have this." Darrow part of the brook, they again took their
But Maggie did not have the first fish caught station and made the leap. This time both boys
with her brother's new rod, though we have not reached the ground safely, but Max stood at least two feet further from the water's edge than John, as well
space to quote what followed. as alighted with more firmness and elasticity:
"May did it best,” said Hugh, pleased at his brother's success, and unmindful of John's look of annoyance. “Few can beat the Emperor !” he added,
| WINTER EXHIBITION OF SKETCHES as he hitched himself fondly on to his brother's arm,
AND STUDIES BY PAINTERS IN both boys having now recrossed the stream, and re WATER-COLOURS, sumed their walk. But the cheerfulness of the little party was gone :
AT THEIR GALLERY, 5, Pall Mall East. John became sullen, and Max, feeling that his cousin was unjust in being put out of temper by his having
One of the most remarkable of the landscapes Excelled him in a leap to which he had himself chal.
(which predominate in this winter exhibition of lenged him, was silent, and indisposed to try to con studies and sketches," as in our summer ciliate. In this mood they reached Fordham Bend, shows of finished pictures, to a comparative and, choosing their ground, the two Freres had soon | dearth of genre and figure subjects) is Mr. A. unpacked their rods and begun to fish, but Max, as D. Fripp's study of a “Ruined Tower on the before, without success, though the fish were rising all Compagna of Rome” (170); remarkable for its round him ; whilst Hugh, a little lower down the breadth of handling and effective treatment. The stream, was delightedly capturing one little fish after
rugged building rising in the midst of the desoanother as fast as he could desire. John meanwhile
late scene is boldly rendered, and its wild aspect was listlessly on the bank watching Max, but not
enhanced by the dark and stormy clouds that speaking to either cousin.
appear to roll up from the horizon and gather At last Max, who was a very kind-hearted lad, and was always uncomfortable when at variance with any
in a rugged pall above it; while the solitary of his companions, exclaimed,
shepherd lad, who, attended by his half-starved “Come, old fellow, don't be so glum. Come over
dog, is evidently hurrying homeward, is admirahere, and try a cast with my rod. There's no saying
| bly in keeping with the weird scene-his skin whether you may not hook one of those fine speckled garments, 118 cioak extended from hand to hand fellows that seem disposed to bite at every fly but over the crook he carries across his shoulders, mine,"
till it looks like the impish wings of a bat, show
a true feeling for the poetry of painting, that Mr. S. Palmer's study of “Tintagel, Cornlures us back again and again.
| wall” (353), is finely conceived. The subject is In charming contrast with this powerfully- a magnificent one, and the artist's treatment of rendered scene is Mr. G. A. Fripp's studies in it masterly. Nor is there any reason, while frame 174, and Mr. Collingwood Smith's upon the spot, that we should not draw attention study of “Sunset” (169), with the softened light to Mr. T. P. Jackson's picture, “Heavy breaking through the smooth-barked beeches. Weather, Tintagel, Cornwall ” (23). Another
Mr. Jas. J. Jenkins has åppropriated some view of the same storm-beat coast, painted with sweet bits and bends of the Thames, which, in exquisite softness, but powerful rendering of spite of its flat scenery, is full of pictorial capa- the stern rocks, and turgid sky and sea. It is a bilities-witness his “ Wargrave (21), and “At great skip from the graphic presentments of Shiplake" (175).
such scenes to the studies of floral nature by Ńr. Alfred P. Newton's "Loch Eil, Inver- Valentine Bartholomew: “ Fuchsias " and ness-shire (99), with its lovely loneliness, the “ Iris" (140 and 148), both in their way tranwater curdling under the crisp, cool evening air, scripts as true to the still life tbey represent; and the shadows of the land darkening over the the first graceful and fresh and pure in colouring belated boats rowing along in-shore.
as when the hand of the artist was in its full “A Summer Twilight” (100), S. P. Jackson, vigour: the “ Iris," with every line and tint of a river scene, with the glowing sun reddening its pencilled petals as truly rendered. Close at the distance, exhibits exquisite softness and hand, a study of “ Cactuses” (146), by Marie lovely colouring.
Harrisson, deserves notice as a faithful delineaMr. J. Gilbert flushes three sides of the walls tion of a thorny subject. with the florid tints with which he has identified Miss Gillies has, amongst other pretty himself. A Standard Bearer (36)-one of the sketches, “ Fisher boys at play, Isle of Wight" legion of those he has painted-is remarkable (347); boys on a raft sailing a boat in a tidefor the effective treatment of the steel breast-pool. The earnest interest of the children in plate. He has not lost an atom of the bold the craft is well expressed in their action and swagger of his predecessors.
faces. Mr. Holland's “Rotterdam” (24), though Mr. Goodall has two noticeable pictures of rather crowded and sketchy (less perhaps than women, the “Emigrant” (13), and the “Nun" ordinary), is a pleasant and truthful picture. |(104), painted with great tenderness and expres
Mr. H. Brittan Willis's “ Sketches of Cows. sion; but of all the studies of women in the Calves, and Oxen” (frame 46) are admirable in collection, commend us to those of Mr. Small. their truth of form, colouring, and composition ; field, which, in form and drawing, exbibits sursee also, on the fourth screen, a delicious passing skill. Especially note the mystically “Scene at Port Madoc, North Wales" (411), by named "A. M. M. C” (144). The face, not this artist.
truly handsome, has a power of expression in Birket Foster's “ Trees” (408) like his “Skies" | the heavy lidded violet eyes ; the sad mouth, (417) are painted with his usual delicacy and with a phrase of grief or regret upon it, and the truth to na ture-notably the summer-evening grand rounded forceful chin. Look at the thin sky, flecked with rosy colour, deserves and wiji
nostril ; it is real : and though we may object repay attention. Not less graphic and full of to the rigid outline of the throat, that is real feeling for his subject are his studies of « Cot- / also, but too anatomically so to be graceful. tagers" (frame 375), girls such as we may see Mr. Burton too has a study (395), of a sweet posed at cottage doors, or gathering flowers in and earnest girlish face. many a rustic village of England.
| Mr. F.Tayler's Study, “A Lady Woodland“The Street Cookham” (360), Mr.F. Walker, Hunting” 221, is full of grace and vitality. deserves notice, not less for its originality of Tbe same qualities may be observed in the conception than for the painstaking carefulness frame 293, “ Hunting Sketches,” which, by with which it is coloured. It is only a straight the way, approach so near to finished pictures village street, with a flock of white geese shuf- | as to be difficult to conceive of as “ Sketches.” fling through it, and a few gossips at their | In any case, they are too good to find fault doors, having their say upou their condition ; with. but regard the light and shadow in the picture,
dow in the picture, ! Many other pictures in this delightful exhi and the drawing of the birds and the texture of bition demand notice, which only want of space their feathers!
prevents our giving them. Lovely bits of Mr. G. P. Boyce's study of a “Cornfield at woodland scenery by Mr. G. Dodgson, who Goring, Showery Weather" (384) commends still lays “Knowle Park ” under contribution, itself to our attention : a full-eared, gloriously and D. Cox, junior, who is as happy in bis ripe cornfield, relieved by green tree tops and transcript from “Holwood” (117). “Larpool the roofs of the adjacent village houses that | Beck” (119), by the former artist, shows peep up beyond it; one may almost see the exquisite feeling for, and love of, nature. We grey shadows of the watery clouds as they pass regret to pass over a number of other sketches over the golden field. The whole is suffused and studies which we had marked for notice. with a true and loving feeling of nature.
C. A, W,
THE L A D I ES' PA G E.
NETTED TASSEL COVER.
MATERIALS.-Boar's-head netting cotton, of a medium size, of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co.,
Derby; a shuttle, and three meshes of different sizes: the first mesh is a common knitting needle, the second a quarter of an inch round, and the third donble the size of the second.
Cast on 20 stitches upon the largest mesh, 3rd. Work 3 stitches in succeeding loops ; then work 16 rounds over the knitting needle. miss 1, and repeat. The first round is plain; in the 2nd round work 4th. The same as the 3rd, but with the largest 2 stitches in each stitch; the next 14 rounds mesh. are plain,
5th. The same as the 3rd, with the knitting Work 22 rounds over the second mesh, and needle, round which the cotton must be passed then the edging, as follows:
| twice for the long stitches. Ist round. Take the largest mesh, work 4 Now work pattern of leaves, dots, diamonds, stitches in one, and repeat.
or crosses over the nettin in darning stitch 2nd. Take the knitting needle for this and with soft knitting cotton. the next round. Plain netting.
SQUARE ANTI-MACASSAR FOR DARNING,
MATERIALS.—Boar’s-head knitting cotton, No. 12; of Messrs. Walter Evans, Derby, steel mesh, No. 12.
Begin with one stitch, and increase every row | net three into every one; then, with a smaller till you have forty-six stitches. Net one row
round mesh, net two rows all round. They without any increase, and then reverse it, and decrease it by taking two together at the end of should be darned with knitting cotton, No. 20, the row. Before darning the pattern, let the land care taken to fill the holes well in, as they square be washed and stiffened.
For the Border. With a flat mesh the fol-wash much better. lowing size:
Any Berlin-wool pattern may be traced in darning stitch in the centre and corners. ·
MATERIALS.—One ounce and a half of shaded single Berlin wool, a round mesh, No. 14, two flat meshes
(the largest three-fourths of an inch, and the small one-third of an inch in width).
Make a foundation of 72 stitches on the the last 6 rows 6 more times, after which net on largest mesh.
in each on largest mesh ; next row like 2nd 1st row.-(same mesh), net three together, row; next row, one in each on smallest mesh; then net 2 more stitches in the space formed by next row, one in each on largest; next row like former stitch, repeat to end of row.
2nd row. 2nd.-One in each on mesh 14.
For the edge, net 1 in each stitch at the ends, 3rd.-One in each on largest mesh.
6 in each corner stitch, 6 in each long stitch, 4th. - Like first row.
and i in each short, down the sides, and finish Net 6 rots, one in each, on mesh 14.
with three rounds, one in each, on mesh No, 14, Commence again from 3rd row, and repeat