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DOUBLING CAPE HORN.
a phenomenon of no ordinary occurrence or significance.
It surpasses all that has been written, almost all that has Oor Magazine was launched in troubled waters. Head
been fabled, of the power of art. What a reply is it to winds and under-currents were both against us. We had those who would have us believe in the degeneracy of to encounter not only an intense rivalry, but a very ex. modern art, or in the modern appreciation of art? What pensive opposition from establishments of long standing. a rebuke to those shallow thinkers, who teach that aristoAll questions and anxieties growing out of such a state
cratic and kingly governments alone furnish adequate
stimulus to the efforts of genius! Where, but in the Ameof things are now considered as definitely settled. The
rican Democracy, could even Jenny Lind have achieved a good ship SARTAIN has doubled the cape of storms, and is triumph like that of Castle Garden, on the first night of sailing gaily forward on the tranquil bosom of the Pacific, her appearance? all her canvass set, and making towards the golden El. Of her performances in Philadelphia, so much has been dorado of the West. Heaven send her happy breezes in
said by the daily and weekly press, that little need be the shape of twenty thousand new subscribers, wherewith
added. She has given thus far three concerts in this city.
At each of these, every seat was occupied at prices averagto cross the equinoctial line of all Magazine craft,—THE ing six to seven dollars. The press for tickets, and the NEW YEAR!
average price, at the second concert, were greater than at
the first, and at the third were greater still. The proceeds GOOD THINGS IN STORE.
of her three concerts here could not have been less than READERS who wish to form some idea of the good things thirty thousand dollars. in store for the next year, are requested to read Sartain's
What renders the results of her singing the more reprogramme for 1851, in the advertising sheet. Such a bill markable, is that it is not of that simple, pathetic kind of fare has probably never before been presented for the
which is generally supposed to be best adapted to poputrifling sum of three dollars.
lar effect. On the contrary, her chief performances are in
the highest degree elaborate and scientific; they have the MR. BOKER'S NEW PLAY.
exactness, and they are executed with the cool precision,
of mathematical demonstrations; her voice comes, not We had intended to give here some remarks upon
from the chest, which alone produces deep emotion, either this subject, but find ourselves very happily antici
in speaking or singing, but from the top of the throat, pated by our respected contributor, Mr. Tuckerman, in his article on Dramatic Literature, pp. 329-331. It is only Hence the peculiar birdlike quality of her singing. The
with the exception perhaps of the laugh in the echo song. necessary to add, that in that article Mr. Tuckerman
effect of her performance is to fill the hearer with admidraws all his inferences, as to the essentially dramatic
ration indeed and delight, almost beyond the power of character of Mr. Boker's genius, from his “Calaynos," and
expression, but not to stir up his profounder sensibilities. his " Anne Boleyn," the only plays of his then before the
She was very plaintive and very faultless in the sacred public. The article was written several months since. Mr. Boker has, in the mean time, produced a new play, began the blithe Herdsman's Song, or the merry, mis
oratorios, and in the tragic parts, but it was not till she which, though unsustained by anything but the ordinary
chievous Invitation to Dance, or some of those other glad. stock company of the Walnut Street Theatre, had a steady
some and joy-inspiring themes, that her triumph comrun of ten nights, with well-filled houses; and then was
menced. Then it was that her lightest whisper seemed only withdrawn temporarily on account of other engagements. Such success, under such circumstances, is a
to sway, as by magic, all that vast assembly, not only
those within the house, but the listening thousands in most agreeable and early fulfilment of the auguries of his friendly and appreciating critic. We notice a similar
the streets, whose deathlike silence was by far the most
But even in these augury in the last number of the Southern Quarterly striking attestation to her power. Review, in an article of uncommon ability on “Anne
playful scenes, in the very riot and wantonness Boleyn." It is perhaps no breach of confidence to say that
it seemed, she never deviated a hair's breadth from her Mr. Boker already has a fourth play far advanced towards
appointed path. There was still the same unerring exaccompletion. It is to be called "All the World a Mask.”
titude in the performance, as in the sublimest strains of the “Casta Diva," or the “Stabat Mater."
KAM POU. The great event of the month, so far as Philadelphia is The curious Chinese song or ballad, under this title, concerned, -perhaps the remark needs not even this limi- which we have given on page 368, is certainly very tation-has been the arrival, and the unrivalled perform- unique. The artist, in his illustrations, no less than the ances of Jenny LIND. We are not given to ecstasy. But poet in his versification, has caught the very spirit of on the present occasion, we must confess to having a touch the monosyllabic Celestials--as any one may know who of the prevailing frenzy. Indeed, our first impulse was has ever seen a tea-caddy, or taken his tea and toast from to order of the printer an entire new font of dashes and real china. M ddard has favoured us with the folexclamation points, in despair of finding words sufficiently lowing note explanatory of the poem. expressive of our admiration!
“ This little ballad is a great favourite in the rural disTo speak seriously. That a delicate, fragile young wo- tricts of China. The subject forms the plot of one of man, apparently not over five-and-twenty, should be able, the immortal novels of Skto,— The heart-reader of the by the mere power of her voice, to produce a popular agi- beautiful Celestial Empire. The subject is in itself essentation, such as that which has been witnessed along the tially dramatic, with its shifting of scenes and appearance whole Atlantic border during the last month, is certainly of new persons on the stage. The first four stanzas are
sung at the lattice of Eénai, looking out over the barley- “I love the old melodious lays
“Yet vainly in my quiet hours
To breathe their marvellous notes I try; suckles. There is a good deal of human (or woman) na
I feel them, as the leaves and flowers ture in this little ballad, which is wonderfully marred by
In silence feel the dewy showers,
And drink with glad, still lips the blessing of the sky."
Spenser wrote nothing better than that. The “Dedica-
tains nothing quite equal to the foregoing. The following parts of the Empire, -I must confess I see none. Kam stanzas, however, deserve to be printed in the same page. Pou replies to the fair Eenai in a little song, which I may
In them the author accounts for the prevailing sobriety of translate hereafter.”—Extract of a letter from a friend, the present poems, and apologises for the absence of many years a resident in Canton.
gay and lively fancy which was to be found in his earlier
writings. Was there ever a more beautiful image of the
But what I have I give to thee,-
The o'er-sunned bloom of summer's plain,
Where youth's enchanted forest stood,
As springs the pine where falls the gay-leafed maple wood.
“ Yet birds will sing, and breezes play
Their leaf-harps in the sombre tree;
And through the bleak and wintry day
It keeps its steady green alway,-
“ Art's perfect forms no moral need,
And Beauty is its own excuse;
Some healing virtue still must plead,
“So haply these, my simple lays
Of homely toil, may serve to show
That skirt and gladden duty's ways,
Above his forge or plough, may gain
And feel that life is wisest spent
“I ask not now for gold to gild
With mocking shine a weary frame;
The yearning of the mind is stilled-
I ask not now for Fame;"
and is still more apparent in “All's Well," (p. 117,) evi-
Our thirsty souls with rain;
From off our limbs a chain;
And wrongs of man to man but make not quite equal to the “Proem” which prefaced the larger
The love of God more plain. collection of his poems published two years since,—but a As through the shadowy lens of even beautiful poem, worthy of the author, and worthy of its The eye looks farthest into heaven, place before the “Songs of Labour." The Proem to the On gleams of star and depths of blue former collection commenced with these exquisite stanzas: The glaring sunshine never knew!"
One can hardly believe strains like these to come from engravings, all by Mr. Sartain, whose skill as an artist rethe same pen that wrote the fierce and scathing lyrics, quires no commendation to the readers of this Magazine. which constitute a large part of his former volume. We On the binding and typography-no secondary matters in know not Mr. Whittier's age, but he evidently feels him. a gift-book-Mr. Altemus and Mr. Sherman have severally self to be growing old, and to experience the softening and bestowed their choicest specimens of workmanship. Almellowing influence of the autumnal season of life. He together it is very beautiful, alludes to this in some playful verses addressed to his READ'S FEMALE Poets. E. H. Butler & Co. We are pleased sister on the occasion of his reading to her some tales of to see that this superb work has reached a fourth edition, New England Witchcraft. (p. 77.)
containing additions and alterations. It now bas speci“ And, knowing how my life hath been
mens of the writings of seventy-nine of the female poets A weary work of tongue and pen,
of America, with biographical notices by Thomas BuA long, harsh strife, with strong-willed men, chanan Read. It is ornamented with three of Devereux's Thou wilt not chide my turning
beautiful illuminated pages, and ten line engravings by To con, at times, an idle rhyme,
Pease, after original paintings by Read; being portraits To pluck a flower from childhood's clime,
of Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, Mrs. Sigourney, Mrs. Osgood, Mrs. Or listen at Life's noonday chime,
Emma C. Embury, Mrs. E. F. Ellet, Mrs. IIale, Mrs. Welby, For the sweet bells of me ning!"
Miss Lynch, Mrs. Kinney, and Grace Greenwood (Miss Yet the poem on the “Burial of Ebenezer Elliot,” (p. 90,) Sarah J. Clarke). There can be no better evidence of the shows that he has not forgotten the language of bold good taste and discrimination exercised in the preparation rebuke, or fierce invective:
of this work, than its rapid sale in the face of so much “ Hands off! thou tithe-fat plunderer! play
competition, and notwithstanding its extreme costliness. No trick of priestcraft here!
TUPPER'S PROVERBIAL PHILOSOPHY. Ilustrated Editions. Back, puny lordling! darest thou lay
E. H. Butler & Co. have issued two new and very beautiA hand on Elliott's bier?
ful editions of this popular work. The first is in small Alive, your rank and pomp as dust
8vo., and is ornamented with fourteen fine engravings. Beneath his feet he trod :
Two of these-a likeness of Tupper, and his residenotare He knew the locust swarm that cursed
line engravings by Anderon, made expressly for the work. The harvest-fields of God.
The other twelve are mezzotints, by Sartain, and are mostly “On these pale lips, the smothered thought
symbolical figures, representing Humility, Pride, Sorrow,
Prayer, &c. This edition is enriched also with an original Which England's millions feel, A fierce and fearful splendour caught,
and very curious essay on proverbs in general, intended as a
special introduction to the Proverbial Philosophy of Tupper. As from his forge the steel.
The other edition is in small quarto,---a form which preStrong-armed as Thor--a shower of fire His smitten anvil flung;
vents the constant doubling of Tupper's long lines, and so
contributes greatly to the typographical beauty of the work God's curse, Earth's wrong, dumb Hunger's ireHe gave them all a tongue!
--is in rich, massive binding, with sunk panels, orna
mented with eighteen superb engravings, (sixteen from « Then let the poor man's horny hands
the burin of Mr. Sartain,) and is altogether one of the Bear up the mighty dead,
most sumptuous and tasteful gift-books of the season. And labour's swart and stalwart bands
The admirers of this popular writer will probably never Behind as mourners tread.
have an opportunity of seeing his works in a more beauLeave cant and craft their baptized bounds,
tiful exterior. Leave rank its minster floor:
CHRISTMAS BLOSSOMS. By Uncle Thomas. E. H. Butler Give England's green and daisied grounds
& Co. Uncle Thomas is evidently hand in glove with The poet of the poor!”
Kriskingle. “Christmas Blossoms” speaks so unmistakeWe thank Mr. Whittier for his book, with which we
ably of the season of well-filled stockings, that we have not a have spent a very pleasant hour. We shall recur to it
doubt of some collusion between the venerable gentleinen again hereafter.
that have been named. We have known this same Uncle
Thomas" for several years, and have found him a very LEAFLETS OF Memory; an Illuminated Annual. Edited beguiling personage among the small folk, who are wont by Reynell Coates, M. D. Philadelphia, E. H. Butler & Co.
to hang over his stories with a strange fascination, that The “Leaflets" has been now for so many years before the
shows him to be a dangerous character. Besides the se. public, and its reputation for excellence in whatever
ductive influence of Uncle Thomas's stories, old “Kris" makes an annual desirable is so well established, that we
has entered into some league with Mr. Sartain, and bepronounce the highest kind of eulogy in saying that it
guiled that eminent engraver of seven choice specimens of surpasses in beauty all its predecessors. It has undergone his handiwork, wherewith to add to the temptations with no change of plan from that of the previous volumes; but
which the hearts of the young and the purses of the old in looking over it, we discover in almost every branch of
will be beset about a month hence. the various arts engaged in its production, improvement upon the work of former years. Dr. Coates, the accom
THE SNOW FLAKE. An Annual for 1851. E. H. Butler plished editor, has contributed from his own pen nearly & Co. This popular annual has again made its appearone-third of the articles in the book. These are marked
ance. The growing love for the fine arts among us, and with the ability and taste that always distinguish his
the increased knowledge of art, which has been the rewritings. The illuminations, four in number, are all
sult, have at the same time created a greater desire for designed by Devereux, and are, at once, brilliant in the
works of taste, and made people more discriminating in colouring, and significant in the general design. The
their choice. Stimulated by this fact, the publishers of first, is a Presentation plate, the second, an ornamental
the Snow Flake have endeavoured to make their work corTitle-page, the third contains the list of Illustrations, and
respond to the growing taste of their patrons. The enthe fourth a Proem. Each of these large pictures represents gravings—all, as heretofore, from the burin of Mr. Sartain one of the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and -are entirely new, having been made expressly for this Winter, and is made up of a series of exquisite vignettes
work. They are nine in number, exhibit a pleasing va appropriate to the main design of the picture, and so riety in the subjects, and are executed by Mr. Sartain in grouped as to heighten the general effect. These are
his happiest style. There are thirty-six literary articles, printed by Mr. Sinclair, the celebrated chromo-lithogra
among which are some of the choicest stories of the sea. pher, in ten different colours, and are among the finest
son. specimens of his work that we have seen. The other illus- THE CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE, E. H. Butler & Co. Just as trations are eight large and beautifully soft mezzotinto we have exhausted our vocabulary of praise, comes this
new candidate for favour, and asks a hearing. What we founded chiefly on the domestic affections, and in a sweet can say, but to repeat what we have said, is the difficulty. and attractive rather than a forcible style, have met with The book is of the same size as the Snow Flake, with the much favour, and have won her many friends, at whose same number of engravings, by the same indefatigable solicitation the present volume has been prepared. One and prolific artist, Mr. Sartain-has the same general of the prettiest poems in the book is the touching dedistyle of elegance and taste, and, but for its bearing the cation to her mother, which forms the introduction. same imprint, would be taken for an imitator and a
Lonz POWERS; or, The Regulators. A Romance of Kenrival.
ticky. By James Weir, Esq. 2 vols., 12mo. Lippincott, THE CABINET OF ART. E. H. Butler & Co. There seems Grambo & Co. We have long been of the opinion that to be no end to the beautiful things which this enter our writers of rom ince should take their materials mainly prising house has offered to the public. The present gift- from the history of our own country. Instead of going book is rich beyond parallel in engravings, being orna- over the old ground trod by other writers for twenty mented with twenty-five of Sartain's softest mezzotints,
generations, let them take life and human passion as they illustrated by appropriate articles in prose and verse. The have manifested themselves in this western world-fresh, volume is a stout octavo, rather smaller than the Leaflets, vigorous, and heart stirring. Such has been the plan of and what with Altemus's rich Turkey-morocco outside, Mr. Weir. He has made a bold dash at Kentucky life, as and Sherman's splendid typography inside, it makes an it was at that interesting transition period when the appeal to one's purse that is altogether irresistible. border contests of Indians and squatters had just ceased, THE AMERICAN FEMALE POETS. By Caroline May. Lind
but the settled ordinances of civil life had not yet been say & Blakiston. The second edition of this work affords
fully established; when, among those disappearing “forests us the pleasant opportunity of renewing the commenda- primeval,” was scattered a rude, unlettered, but hardy Mons which we bestowed upon it at the time of its first
race of pioneers, interspersed with organized bands of appearance, and of again directing the attention of the desperadoes of the very worst description. Mr. Weir, we readers of Sartain to a work of so much merit by one of presume, is a native Kentuckian. At all events, he its favourite contributors. The readers of Miss May's appears to be familiar with all the local traditions of the poetry will not err in inferring that one who can herself
state, and he has made a book of much value, as well for write so well, will be a good judge of the writings of
its historical reminiscences as its exciting scenes of adothers. Our friend has brought to the task a cultivated
venture, He writes in a bold, dashing style, suited to his tasto, a warm yet discriminative appreciation of beauty, subject. lively sympathy with her sex, zeal, industry, habits of The CLOSING SCENE. By the Rev. Erskine Neale. Philaorder. The result has been a judicious selection of pas- delphia: R. E. Peterson. 370 pp. 12mo. Infidelity and sages from seventy-nine of the female poets of America, Christianity are here contrasted in their fruits by graphic with valuable biographical and critical notices, making sketches of the dying moments of persons eminent either in all an octavo volume of five hundred and sixty pages, as Christians or infidels, whose death-bed scenes have which the publishers have embellished with two of Sar- been particularly recorded. The persons whose “closing tain's fine mezzotints one, the frontispiece, being a por- scenes" are recorded, are Thomas Paine, John Locke, trait of the late Mrs. Osgood), and ten other line engravings Frederick the Great, Bishop Barrington, Lord Bolingbroke, by various artists.
Blanco White, Charlotte Elizabeth, Madame De Stael, Vol. THE BRITISH FEMALE POETS. By George W. Bethune.
ney, Dr. James Hope, Beau Brummell, Sarah Martin, Mrs. Lindsay & Blakiston. While there are before the Ame
Hemans, Theodore Hook, David Hume, Hutton of Bir. rican public three rival collections of our own female mingham, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jeremy Bentham, Rev. poets, we have but one collection of the female poets of
Robert Anderson. the British empire. Dr. Bethune, in the preparation of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. We are indebted to the Phithis, has done the work so well, that there is no imme- ladelphia agent, J. R. Pollock, 205 Chestnut Street, for diate probability of a competitor. His work is an elegant the last-the October--number of this sterling periodical. octavo volume, of four hundred and ninety pages, put up Among the articles, nine in number, we notice an exin fancy binding, and embellished with twelve engravings tended review of the learned work on Slavic Literature, by Sartain, Armytage, Finden, and other artists of equal | by Talvi (Mrs. Robinson), a summary of the present state celebrity. The principles on which the selections have of the Homeric question, a criticism of Mr. Furness's Higbeen made are such as commend themselves to the good tory of Jesus, &c., &c. sense of the reader. The editor has aimed first of all to SOUTHERN QUARTERLY REVIEW. We always take up this give fair examples of each writer's peculiar character- periodical with pleasure, sure of finding in it something istics, and, where the rule could be followed without too to please and instruct. The present number, September, great loss, to give examples comparatively new to the has a most agreeable variety of literary, political, and public, in the place of those which have become hack- professional reading. Among the literary reviews, is an neyed. He has also, in his selection, made the bulk of elaborate and exceedingly well-written critique of twenty his book from those writers of the greatest excellence, pages, upon Mr. Boker's Anne Boleyn. It is a sequel to giving only enough of the earlier and less distinguished to an article of still greater length in a previous number of preserve a general outline of the course of poetical talent
the Review, on Mr. Boker's Calay nos. Both articles are among the women of Great Britain. His work is intended understood to be from the pen of James Lynd, Esq., a therefore to be a treasury of well-nigh all the best pieces gentleman of the Philadelphia bar, who, like Sergeant from the pens of the British female poets. It contains Talfourd of London, does not allow the rigour of profesthe brightest gems of thought from Mrs. Barbauld, Hannah
sional duties to withdraw him entirely from an earlier More, Joannie Baillie, Mrs. Hemans, Elizabeth Landon, love. The review of Anne Boleyn is one of the finest Charlotte Elizabeth, Amelia Opie, Mary Howitt, Elizabeth specimens of appreciating criticism that we have read for Barrett, &c. The Doctor's prefaces are full of valuable
a long time. information and discriminating criticism.
Haw-Ho-Noo, or Records of a Tourist. By Charles LanTHE BROKEN BRACELET AND OTHER POEMS. By Mrs. C. man. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. Mr. LanH. W. Esling (formerly Miss Waterman). Lindsay & man informs us that his strange title, “ Haw-llo-Noo," is Blakiston. This interesting volume, which we had the an Indian phrase, meaning "the country upheld on the back pleasure of announcing some months since, has at length of a turtle;” that it was the name originally applied to made its appearance just in time to claim a hearing this country by the Iroquois Indians, and that his reason among the other candidates for Christmas honours. Mrs. for using it as a title to the present volume, is that he Esling, though not writing much at present, appeared has here occupied himself to some extent with the tradifrequently a few years since among the contributors to tionary lore of the country. The book is very miscellathe magazines and other periodicals. Her poems, being neous in its topics, as its secondary and more significant VOL. VII.
title indicates, and is full of animated accounts of personal, of obtaining, through the distribution by lot, a prize of adventure.
considerable value. GALLERY OF ILLUSTRIOUS AMERICANS. Number Nine of The engraving issued this year by the Philadelphia Artthis splendid series of portraits has been received. It Union, of which an impression is given to each member for contains an admirable likeness of General Scott, engraved every share subscribed, has been ready for some time, and by D'Avignon, after a daguerreotype by Brady, with a is of the utmost beauty of execution, in a mixed manner biographical memoir by C. Edwards Lester, in that style of line, stipple, and mezzotinto. It is engraved on steel of expressive brevity in which he so much excels. The by Mr. Ritchie of New York, who has bestowed much time work is for sale by Getz & Buck, who are the Philadelphia and pains on the work, and the result is greatly to his agents.
credit as an artist. The subject is Huntingdon's celebrated THE ORPHAN CHILDREN. BY T. S. Arthur. Philadelphia: picture of "Mercy's Dream,” which forms part of the T. B. Peterson ; 25 cents, paper covers. A tale of cruelty
collection of the late Edward Carey, Esq. The plan and oppression, almost too harrowing in its pictures to be adopted for the distribution of the funds among the commended for general reading; and yet, we fear, so true
members, in such sums as shall accomplish the end in to the sad realities of life in our midst, that it ought to be
view, viz., the encouragement of the arts of design, and read even at some expense of the pleasurable emotions.
the diffusion of a taste in art, is different in the American And, besides, as a juvenile critic at our elbow says, it
Art-Union (of New York) and in that of Philadelphia. comes out right in the end, as Mr. Arthur's stories always
The managers of the former purchase from artists and do, and the young sufferers are all made happy.
others such works from time to time as they deem of
sufficient merit, and at the close of the year distribute ADELAIDE LINDSAY. Harpers. 25 cts. paper covers. This
these works by lot among their members. The method is one of the excellent Library of Select Novels published
of the Philadelphia institution is in our opinion better by the Harpers. It is by the author of " Lettice Arnold," which is recommendation enough to all who have read
calculated to promote the object, and is as follows. After
defraying the necessary expenses of the association, inthat beautiful tale. For sale by Zieber.
cluding the cost of the engraving, the funds are "made SHAKESPEARE'S DRAMATIC WORKS. The Boston edition
the basis of certain certificates, of various amount and of Shakespeare, Phillips & Sampson, has reached Part
value, which are annually distributed by lot, among the XXV.; containing Richard III., and an engraving of Lady subscribers, in the manner prescribed by the by-laws; Anne. For sale by Peterson.
and these certificates are available for the purchase of Logsina's PICTORIAL FIELD-Book Of THE REVOLUTION. paintings, drawings, and other works of art, from AmeNumber VII has been received from the publishers, the rican artists, but for no other purpose. They are redeemed Harpers. It is occupied chiefly with the localities of the by the association, only on the endorsement of the artist melancholy Wyoming Massacre. The artistic execution
or artists, from whom the purchases are made.” of this work deserves the highest commendation. For
Many advantages result from this mode of proceeding sale by Zieber.
unattainable in any other. The prize-holder obtains just BYRNE'S DICTIONARY OF MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING. the kind of picture he wants, and by the artist he prefers, Numbers XVII., XVIII., and XIX. of this work have been it being no longer left to chance. The money goes directly received from the Appletons.
into the pocket of the artist who painted the work, and EULOGY UPON GENERAL ZACHARY TAYLOR. By Oliver P.
not into that of the dealer. The patronage is removed Baldwin, Esq., senior editor of the Richmond Republican. from a board of managers, who are apt to bestow it inju.
diciously or with partiality, and the purchaser and artist JACK HINTON. By Charles Lever. T. B. Peterson. A new edition, complete in one volume, paper covers, 377 brought into immediate contact
, much to the advantage
of both. Much money is also saved for additional purcents.
chases in art, by rendering unnecessary the transportaAN ADDRESS BY M. R. H. GARNETT, before the Alumni
tion of pictures from one part of this extensive country to Society of University of Virginia, is an elo ent ap
the other: first from the artist, (who perhaps resides in peal to Virginians to sustain their own literary insti
the far West,) to the Art-Union gallery, and then again tutions.
from the gallery to the member that draws it as his prize, (and who probably lives in the extreme South,) and who in all likelihood cares not a button for it when it arrives, because the subject is uncongenial to his taste. These are only a few of the more obvious advantages of the plan adopted by the Philadelphia institution. Art. Unions are admirably adapted to the purposes of their establishment, and have become universally popular. They are the means of raising large amounts of money at small cost to each individual subscriber, (the payment of five dollars constituting membership,) which is all returned again to those who contributed it, (after deducting expenses,) in the shape of some beautiful production of art. It has in the mean time answered "the purpose of extending throughout the American community, that attachment to the fine arts which is distinctive of national refinement and civilization, and by this means encouraged the labours of American artists, by creating an increased amount of patronage for the benefit of the painters
and sculptors of the United States-heretofore dependent ART NOTICES.
wholly upon individual support." TAE ART-UNIONS.—The near approach of the new year “The promoters of this undertaking are convinced that admonishes us that with the close of the present one the the fine arts in this country can never attain an eleration two Art-Unions located in our Atlantic cities will make commensurate with our rapid advancement in all other their distribution of prizes among their respective mem- departments of civilization, until liberal encouragement bers. In reminding such of our readers as have purposed is bestowed upon the higher efforts of the pencil and the subscribing to either of these institutions, and as yet have chisel.” neglected to do so, we think a real service is rendered, for Subscriptions to the Art-Union should be sent to the in addition to the certain receipt of an engraving, worth Actuary, Art-Union Gallery, 210 Chestnut Street, Philaat least the cost of membership, there exists a probability delphia.