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golden” of Madeira a week after losing sight of we shall be disappointed to fiud how very small a prothe white cliffs of England. A steamer, in calm portion of it is really picturesque, either morally or weather, doing her best, might in that time get physically. over the 1,060 iniles of ocean that lies between London and that flowery isle. We had thought Passing over a few paragraphs we come to the that the last of the Della Cruscan school of following: writers had died out, but there are passages in this narrative worthy of its original.—" And The reason why our present and past costumes are when the burning day was done, it was pleasant so hopelessly unsuited to purposes of high art is, of in the soft tropic evening to gather beneath the course, the enormity of their ugliness, which is the stars, and while her duenna coquetted primly reason also, why, when they cease to be fashionable, with our bachelor captain, to listen while Elise and lose the familiarity which gradually reconciles the sang, to her guitar some quaint ballad of the eye to their deformity, they constitute such hideous and

pitiable caricatures. A man or woman, for instance, middle ages, or some thrilling romance of undying love and knightly daring, that made our is probably one of the most ridiculous and humiliating

dressed in the extreme of any superannuated fashion hearts bounil, and our eyes flash, with a wild exhibitions that can be easily witnessed. On the other desire to emulate their deeds; but the oppor- : band, those costumes which are always picturesque, tunity was wanting."-We are very sorry for because they are intrinsically ornamental-—such as this. A tournament upon the main-deck would that of the old Greeks, the Scottish Highland (which have broken the monotony of the voyage, and is the ancient Gallic or Keltic dress), that of the have afforded the author an opportunity for Spanish, Swiss, and Italian peasants, the old English even finer writing. There are sufficiently ex- Vandyke costume, most varieties of Oriental dress, citing incidents without this, however. The and a few others—all these for the purposes of art idea of the two men kneeling on two spars, survive every transient caprice of fashion, and, as thrashing the water energetically with two loose they always look well in a picture, are the universal ends of rope to scare off the approach of a blue refuge of the artist when he wants a human figure, shark, which had appeared in the shape of “a

and at the same time wishes to avoid the suspicion of long black object feathering the gleaming sea,'

9 designing a tailor's pictorial advertisement. is sufficiently striking; but we prefer the good sense and good English of the next paper-Mr. There is nothing new in all this; but it is simply H. Owgan's essay on "The Picturesque." The and well stated, and by the force of these qualiwriter observes :

ties is likely to arrest the attention of every class

of reader. The Editor (Mr. C. Hardwick) goes There are few words in common use in which the

as usual for utility, and gives a most useful conventional acceptation and the etymology more

paper on an important subject_" How to Select strictly coincide than the “ Picturesque,” not less in

an Insurance its allegorical than its literal sense.

The second annual Report of the Executive

One usual criterion of the picturesque element, in any special object, committee of the Manchester National Society is the degree in which it is suited to, and which look for Women's Suffrage speaks hopefully of the well in a picture ; and if we apply this test to the progress made towards the realization of its manifestations of the artificial life which surround us

purpose.

THE THEATRES, &c.

If it costs an intelligent manager and an actor building Mr. Sullivan a new theatre, or in of genius the sacrifice of £8,000 or £10,000 in creating a fund for the encouragement of the a brief season to attempt to restore in the public high drama. It was said that a rich ladythe intellectual tastes for the drama it has philanthropist helped the late Mr. Charles Kean apparently lost, why then we can only hope for to keep open the Princess's against the apathy the aid of Cræsus to relieve the scanty fortune and non-support of the public evinced towards of an actor from rapid consumption and ruin. the regular drama at that theatre, but we know We sincerely trust it is true that some rich not how true the story may be; for, indeed, the philanthropist with dramatic tastes has actually, ways of theatres are devious, and strange tales as reported, come forward with a handsome are told of the fortunes of the brethren of the cheque to reimburee Mr. Barry Sullivan for his “sock and buskin" and their aspen-tree losses sustained by the re-habilitation of the supported Olympus. There may have been poetical drama at the HOLBORN theatre, 80 there may be still-liberal patrons of the drama recently and so suddenly closed. We confess, in existence; but, be it so or not, it is our own however, we do not see how the impecunious impression that it is yet possible to keep, at manager could receive the magnificent patron's least one theatre open profitably with high-class cheque, unless it was nieant to be employed on 'plays. However, we have more immediately

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