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merit which is not often found with us. The, likeness on the Haymarket stage, without imstar system has its defects as well as advantages, ploring the strong arm of the law or seeking the inasmuch as one or two artists of high merit shelter of alarmed diplomacy. The Easter exthrow into painful relief the inferiority of the travaganza is equal to any of its kind which rest. In Mr. Mitchell's troupe all goes evenly have formerly delighted the Haymarket audience. and well; the very servantes are, in their small Its subject is the “ Castle of Otranto;" one less parts, almost as good as the première comedienne. hackneyed might have been as well
, but still it M. Achard, from whom we have thus uncon- is illustrated with all the excellences of music sciously wandered, has one great advantage as a and scenery in which the management here vaudeville actor-a charming tenor voice, which excel. Miss P. Horton sings in her usual behe has cultivated with skill and care. He has, witching fashion; and this pleasant union of too, the gift of occasional pathos, the contrast music, gorgeous spectacle, and amusing burof which is always successful in genteel comedy. lesque, exercises, and will continue to exercise, a His singing of “ Madelaine je t'aime" was a gem magic power in drawing all lazy loungers and of touching tenderness. Mademoiselle Desirée business-wearied Londoners to finish the evening is a pretty, lively young actress, essentially at the Haymarket Theatre. Before this reaches French in every respect. M. Julien Deschamps the eyes of our readers, Mr. and Mrs. Kean is also an acquisition; bis easy, gentlemanly will have commenced an engagement, opening acting, is the very perfection of genteel comedy; in Mr. Lovell’s popular play of “The Wife's indeed, the whole mechanique of the St. James's Secret.” Theatre gives us the idea, not so much that we
MARYLEBONE. are sitting “at the play,” looking on a scene wholly artificial, but that, Asmodeus-like, we The few nights of Macready's engagement are secretly peeping through some lifted roof at here went off with good success to the pecuniary a transcript of real life-at least real French life. resource of the management, and likewise gave Query-whether there is any reality in that life many of the great tragedian's admirers an opat all?
portunity of an intellectual feast, as great as
the drama can afford. “Hamlet,' • Othello,” IIAYMARKET.
“King Lear,” furnished evidence that the finest The entire business of the month here has of modern actors is yet in his strength; that if consisted of revivals. “The Provoked Hus- he has reached his culminating point, there is band,” “ Wives as they were, and Maids as still no decay. Mrs. Warner supported him they are," “ John Bull,” and others of like well; her Emilia displayed towards the close class have furnished the staple fare, with the wonderful bursts of power. Mr. H. Marston, addition of “ Old Honesty,” noticed last month, who was transplanted hither, seemed rather to and a new comedietta translated from the French gain strength and inspiration, from being placed by Dion Bourcicault, under the title of “ Con- in juxta-position with Macready; his Iago was fidence.” This trifle savours strongly of the the best character in which we have yet seen peculiarities of our neighbours across the Chan-him. With this crowning treat the Marylebone nel, being an example of two gallant youths who Theatre closed. set themselves to woo two other men's wives.
OLYMPIC. Of course all ends as it should do, with the drop of necessary morality lying at the bottom of the An effort at the highest order of dramatic foaming intoxicating cup; but yet we cannot writing--even though it be only an effort-is think that these transplantations from France always a pleasurable circumstance, and one are good in the end; neither can revivals of such worthy of note; much more so is a successful old-world pieces as the three comedies already accomplishment of a fine artistic work, the aims mentioned be of much service to the cause of of which are high, and its execution not inferior. the drama. One wholesome earnest play, from Therefore, of all the theatrical news that we some one of our modern English dramatists, chronicle, there is not one more important than would be worth a score of resuscitated “ John the production at the Olympic of an original Bulls” and adaptations from the French. Among play-a tragedy by Mr. Spicer, “The Lords of the after-pieces a clever farce, entitled “ Lola Ellingham.” The plot is a mingling of fiction Montes,” lived its little life of two performances, and history, so as to suit the author's purpose. and then was stopped by the Lord Chamberlain, Two cousins, the Lords of Ellingham, are rivals a circumstance which must have been positively in worldly fortune and in love. Lawrency (Mr. fattering to the author. Fancy Mr. Stirling Brooke) the unrequited lover, returns home to Coyne exciting the terrors of the Bavarian Em- find that Latymer (Mr. Davenport) has married bassy, and thereupon obliged to be extinguished Edith (Mrs. Mowatt). Both cousins are engaged by the fiat of the Chamberlain. The place of in a conspiracy of historical note, one in James the proscribed farce was filled by another comic the First's reign, which was projected in order personality, “ Jenny Lind at Last,” which had to place on the throne Arabella Stuart. Latymer already gained considerable favour at the Ly- enters the plot earnestly and sincerely, Lawrency ceum, without danger of an interdict. Those as a spy, that he may thereby work his cousin's disposed to moralize may draw from this fact ruin, and so obtain Edith. The cunning plan long arguments concerning the fearlessness of succeeds; Latymer is imprisoned, while Lawvirtue, which may calmly see its caricatured rency is free to tempt Edith with demon-like suggestions, working upon her through her very
Sadler's Wells, love for her husband. To save Latymer, his wife feigns consent, but takes poison, that wizard entertainments, and such-like varieties,
After the usual interregnum of concerts, through death she may evade the fulfilment of her promise. Meanwhile, Latymer is freed from has again received Miss Rainforth for its temprison by the jailor's daughter, whom the despair of the clever operatic company which this vo
porary manager, and resounds with the strains of a betrayed woman excites to vengeance against calist brought with her last season. That the Lawrency. The husband comes home, bringing short interval which gives a holiday to Mr. joy and deliverance, but too late; and Edith dies in his arms.
He goes to meet the worker Phelps and his battalion may prove successful of all this evil, and the two cousins confront to Miss Rainforth, is what every one must
desire. each other in a powerful scene. The play ends with a Hainlet-like catastrophe; Lawrency con
Princess's. trives to poison Latymer, unconscious that he Madame Anna Thillon continues playing the has himself received the same doom by the hand half-dramatic, half-operatic round of characters, of Marion. A stage effect, startling and almost which inake her a favourite here. In "A Day terrible, is produced by the body of Edith being at Dover," where Henriette, a young milliner, brought in at the last scene, the two rivals dying is mistaken for Catherine of Braganza, Madame on either side the bier. The treble poisoning Thillon acted with a naiveté and cleverness was a dangerous experiment, but the extreme which add to the charm of her singing. A new vigour and striking dramatic character of this comico-romantic drama, with the simple title of clever play enabled it to surmount various ble- “A Fairy Tale,” has been successful here, and mishes, and brought complete success. Law- turns on the deception practised upon a young rency is a part which exactly suits Mr. Brooke; man, inducing him to believe that his aged wife and his powerful acting gave it every effect. is made young By a potion, and again transMrs. Mowatt's Edith will add to the fame of this formed into the sere and yellow leaf," for graceful actress and intellectual woman--the various selfish reasons. However, all these mubest of our trans-Atlantic importations, always tations prove to have been effected by no magic excepting Charlotte Cushman, whose genius but that of female ingenuity, so that the fairy of no clime. Altogether, “ The Lords of Elling- tale is no fairy tale after all. This pleasant little ham” richly deserves a successful and popular piece is well sustained, chiefly by the clever
acting of Mrs. Stirling and Miss Emma Stanley.
FINE ART S.
REVIEW OF THE NEW WATER COLOUR with soft flowing curls, would do well to have SOCIETY CONTINUED.
their beauties immortalised by these artists.
A. C. B. J. H. Mole is the Collins of this attractive Exhibition. 205, “ Digging Bait,” and 292, “ The Rustic Wreath,” are full of the happiness EXHIBITION OF THE OLD SOCIETY OF of childhood.
PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. Fanny Steers has some pretty landscapes, with farm-houses; but she succeeds best in the Rich as this Old Society is in talented men, wild and barren moor-lands. 320, Michael, who have long been favourites of the public, it Angelo attending his Sick Servant,” Hague, is will require all the energies of Cattermole, Frea master-piece of art in colour, expression, and derick Taylor, Copley Fielding, De Wint, Hunt, design. 250, “Pyrus Japonica,” Fanny Harris, and Bartholomew, to keep foremost in the race is powerfully painted. 'l'his young lady is fast which the painters in the New Water Colours are following Mrs. Margetts, who has this year running with them. painted a most attractive picture of Scarlet Gera- This year's exhibition is not quite equal to niums, with an ivory vase.
former ones; there are no bad pictures, and no 243. “ Sunday Morning," D. H. M‘Kedan, very striking ones to draw the attention of an is beautifully treated : such scenes as this are admiring crowd. The largest drawing in the always refreshing to the heart. Maplestone has room is by Frederick Taylor, “ Interior of a some fine compositions; the deep blue of the Highland Larder," which in subject and compodistant hills and the golden skies reminding us sition reminds us of Landseer's, possessing all of the glorious tints Varley used to produce. thar freedom of touch and breadth of colour Youngman this season disappoints us; his which mark the works of that great master, “ Road-side Inns,” and his “Village Streets,” Taylor's smaller bits are perfect gems; for truth were so charming. We miss also the sentiment and simplicity Gainsborough never excelled that Aaron Penley used to impart to his sub- 235, “ Harvest Time.” The reins of the grey jects ; “ The Convict” is not worthy of him. mare which draws the market-cart have been Benjamin Green and Frank Rochard have trusted to the hands of a child, big with imsome charming fancy portraits ; interesting girls, portance at its new office. The animal, per
fectly aware of the inexperience of its driver, , bitor, has some pictures of “ Still Life;" but he turns with a loving eye to the little foal which must learn to paint fruit more carefully; his trots by its side, thereby threatening the up- lemons are dirty, and his peaches certainly not setting of the vehicle, by advancing to the edge fresh gathered.” Pots and pans are infinitely of the rugged road. The girl at the head of the better delineated. 121, Game and Fish,” horse, with a sickle in her hand, looks as if no although ha in outline, possess much vigour. care could ever cloud her sunburnt brow; whilst How is it Mr. Palmer does not send more subthe dog, lagging behind to refresh himself at the jects? 204, Christian descending into the stream, gives no small interest to this enchanting Valley of Humiliation,” makes us wish for more picture, so redolent of rural enjoyment. Copley specimens of his pencil. Stephenhoff
' has proFielding, whose talent and industry seem inex- duced an elaborate and harmonious drawing, haustible, sends no less than forty-three produc- “ Interior of a Gallery of Paintings.” The tions, many of which are charming; but if every miniature copies of the old masters are cleverly artist were as prolific as Mr. Fielding, a new done, and arranged with much taste and skill. gallery would be required, as the old one cannot Oakley's "Gipsies” are stage gipsies, not the contain upon its walls more than a limited free denizens of the forest dell, with their picamount of drawings.
turesque finery of shreds and patches, rags and Prout, in architectural designs, is as great as tatters. ever; but he has a powerful rival in Vacher,
55, “ The Little Gleaner,” is a charming picwho this year exhibits a fine painting of Venice at the New Water Colour Exhibition.
ture of innocent simplicity; the golden curls of Cattermole’s “ Castle Turrets,” and “ Deep No man can paint marble slabs and grey stone
the girl come out well against the pale-blue sky. Moats,” are full of exciting romance: every pic- walls so well as S. Raynor. ture of his is a poem ; but why does he not take more pains with his figures? Mr. Punch has
117 is an exquisite piece of handling. Gasmost certainly sat for his knights and wandering
tinair has, as usual, some choice landscapes. minstrels. The Scene from the Romance of “Salzburg,” from a garden on the opposite side Sentram is more curious than pleasing; but of the river, is a grand subject, magnificently The Silent Warning” tells the story at once.
treated. “ Aurora Borealis," W. A. Nesfield, De Wint, with his long strips of landscape, attracts much attention by the singular effect the fresh from the hand of nature, is finer than artist has depicted so well. Evans, of Eton, is ever. This artist's style is always pure, and free conspicuous with his groups of Highlanders in from the tricks to which so many have recourse.
the fore-ground, full of action and athletic grace. Surely George Fripp must have been his pupil, Benting ranks as high as ever in his sea pieces. though scarcely his imitator ; his dark-green
Topham has contributed but two pictures. trees, casting their pleasant shadows over bank
88, “ Kathleen," is a real gem; the figures and stream, make us long for leisure to enjoy from the celebrated ballad are perfectly delithe repose of sylvan scenes.
cious, and the rays of the sun upon the wall give How verdant are the views by Duncan, a glowing hue to the interior of the cabin, which the new exhibitor. 300, “ Dartford Creek,
is true in all its details. Alfred Fripp has great is sweetly executed; but clever as Duncan is, | power, but he has evinced more carelessness he will become much greater now, brought in than usual in his large drawing. Such a rival competition with the landscape-painters which as Topham in the field should make him gird this Society boasts.
himself up for the battle. Hunt is ever fresh Dodgson and Topham are also names new to and new; alike happy in still or breathing life : this catalogue ; both are valuable acquisitions ; we know not which to admire most, his birds’ and in criticising their works, the reviewer has nests or his boys; one of the latter blowing nothing to do with private feuds.
bubbles, the other examining a piece of money 253, “ The Sortie,” Dodgson, is full of ani- by the light of a paper lantern. mation, and the fearful destruction of war is In flowers, V. Bartholomew still remains unvigorously detailed. “Interior Evening” would rivalled; not even the bad places in which this be a better picture if the light on the pillars of artist's pictures are hung can spoil the beauty the chapel had been more scattered; the artist of their conception. Surely out of the small has given to this subject a fine and harmonious number he sends, the hanging committee might tone of colour.
have given him one good position. The Royal 168, “ The Village of St. Pierre," J. M. Rich- Academy always does him honour in that ardson, is beautifully painted; the figures in the respect. 50 is a charming little picture, where foreground are clearly developed, with a neat- the gooseberries are so ripe, that a touch would ness which takes nothing from their power; the break their skins. 64, “ Hollyhocks,” a splenmountains and sky are faithful to nature. did piece of colour and composition; the flowers
Why does David Cox, who possesses so much seem to wave in the breeze, which the deep blue poetry in composition, continue to splash and but cloudy sky indicates is rustling amongst the dash in stormy skies without rhymne or reason ? large broad leaves of the hollyhocks. Clouds, however jagged, should never be made We take leave of this Exhibition by inserting to look coarse: his best drawing is the “ Lower some lines from the catalogue, by Mrs. ValenEnd of the Vale of Clwd, North Wales." tine Bartholomew, on her husband's picture of
Mr. George Rosenberg, another new exhi-hollyhocks
Queen of the autumn flowers art thou,
so long fashionable resort, which we most corWith thy robe of gorgeous hue ;
dially recommend to our readers as a delightful And sparkling on thy lofty brow
lounge, and one that will amply repay the Is a diadem of dew,
trouble of inspection. Which the early sunny mornings
Ever brighten and renew.
EDWIN SMITH'S MODEL OF
JERUSALEM. And the worshippers thou lovest the best
To the casual visitor, as well as to the traveller Are the bee and butterfly.
A. C. B.
and the man of science, this is a very instructive exhibition, and the mind grasps at once on looking at the model-a distinct idea of the situations
and the scene of the ministry of Christ. The THE COSMORAMA.
model in its dimensions includes one hundred It was with great pleasure we paid a visit to square feet, so that there is ample room for the the interesting panoramic and dioramic repre- display of the artist's talent, and for those sentations on view at this exhibition. There is acquainted personally with the locality to judge in many of them a more than usually good of the accuracy of the representation. Mr. effect, and that great desideratum in pictures of Smith has obtained numerous testimonials as to all classes, viz., truth to Nature! An Interior of the truth and general effect displayed in the St. Peter's struck us very forcibly. The per- model, and it was with great gratification we spective is well studied, and the arrangement of visited, at the Egyptian Hall, this and light and shade effective and agreeable. There is nothing crude in the details, yet all the EDWIN SMITH'S MODEL OF THE decorations are distinctly and carefully drawn. TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS, Many of the German scenes are accurately delineated, though we think it were better, even at which, no less than the Model of Jerusalem, the sacrifice of a little absolute truth, if the abounds in ingenuity and interest. The effect buildings and accessories were less primly-less of the pillar of cloud by day, and of fire by stiffly-drawn. We know they are so generally, night, is admirably contrived; as is also the but there is no rule without an exception, and display of the interior of the Tabernacle. The the towns in Germany as elsewhere are liable to officiating priests are carefully executed models, be“ softened" in their outline by atmospherical characteristically dressed, and lend great truth effort, which would greatly add to their effect as and reality to the scene. Encircling the Taber. a picture. Some of the Swiss scenes gave us nacle and at a distance are the tribes of Israel great pleasure, especially a view of Chamounix, encamped, and the whole effect of day and and also the Pass of the Great St. Bernard- the night is worthy of the highest praise. We very scene of one of Napoleon's mightiest triumphs much admire this palpable manner of bringing over difficulty and danger. The Crucifix of before the Christian public matter so infinitely Genoa, the Spanish Giant, and the Court of interesting; it impresses the mind with more Lahore are among the other attractions at this | force than pages of written description could do.
FASHIONS FOR JUNE.
It is only within the last fortnight that I can / the upper part, but close at the bottom; the say we now really have summer fashions; the crowns are round. Capotes do not differ in coldness of the weather, and the uncertain state form, with the exception of those adopted for the of public affairs, prevented the tradespeople from early morning walk; but they are either drawn bringing out Spring novelties, and our belles shapes, or bouillonné, or else an intermixture of being for the most part warm politicians, thought bouillonné and folds. more of remodelling the state than of renewing Capotes of grey poult de soi, either drawn or their toilettes. But this could not last. May, bouillonné, and trimmed only with ruches of the came bright as bright sunshine, and with it, as same material, are very fashionable ; so also are with the touch of a magician's wand, all our grave capotes composed entirely of ribbons plaided in pre-occupations gave place to the delightful task quiet colours; these last are trimmed with a of consulting our mirrors and our milliners. ribbon folded round the bottom of the crown,
The latter, indeed, have exerted themselves and a small rosette on each side; there is no most successfully; the shapes of chapeaux and garnitu in the interior of the brim. Chapeaux capotcs are not much altered, but the little of excessively coarse straw; they are called change has rendered them more becoming ; the paillassons, are also adopted for the early mornibrims are round, more open than last season at I ing walk; they are trimmed in a very simple
style, either with velvet, or with ruches of taffetas sorbier, and violet, ornamented with sprigs of de coupe. Some of these chapeaux are elegantly lilac. Nothing can be lighter or prettier than decorated with ribbons of the most expensive the capotes of crépe lisse, or tulle bouillonne'; kind; they are intended for the country only: they are always decorated with spring flowers,
I may cite among the most novel capotes for and the majority with a demi-voilette of blonde. the public promenade, those with brims of rice Those of pink or blue tulle are trimmed with straw, and foundations of white gros de Naples, sprigs of acacia, honeysuckle, or white-thorn ; a or else of pink, blue, or light-green glacé. The voilette of blonde lace, of the colour of the tulle, trimming is a ruche of the same material, so is always attached to the edge of the brim. lightly cut that it seems as if formed of moss; Flowers, whether for chapeaux or coiffures, this ruche encircles the edge of the brim, and the are this season always of a small size, and genebavolet, and also forms the ornaments of the ex- rally those of our own country; the superb terior. Other capotes of the same kind are de- exotics, with their warm-tinted foliage, so long corated either with a half-wreath placed side- in favour with us, are now laid aside, or rather ways on the brim, or a long and very full curled I should say replaced by violets, forget-me-nots, feather, which entirely traverses it; or what is honeysuckle, heliotrope, lilacs, and various other still more novel, a chain formed of very small small flowers ; but roses, though not so much peacock's feathers, and terminated at each side in vogue as they have been, are still fashionable, by a tuft of equally small plumes to correspond. | particularly those of the most delicate kind. Taffeta is also a good deal employed for capotes ; There is more variety in the materials than in some of the prettiest are either pink or white; the forms of pardessus. We have them in the garniture is a half-wreath of wild roses, ter- shaded silks, in plain taffetas, in black sprigged minated on each side by sprigs, which droop net, lined with Florence, in black lace, muslin, lightly on the brim. Paiile de ris has lost tarlatane, linen, or, as it is called in English, nothing of its attraction ; feathers are sometimes leno. The forms I have selected for the plates adopted for these chapeaux, but flowers are more since the beginning of the season, are those in vogue; and some of those that have recently most decidedly in favour. The mantelet roulière appeared are trimmed on the exterior with knots has, during the last month, come a good deal of rich ribbon only; but the round and mo- into favour in plain walking-dress; it is always derately-open brims are decorated in the interior composed of taffeta, and trimmed either with with mancérés of early flowers. I have reason to fringe, or three bands of narrow black velvet believe that this style of garniture will increase ribbon; it is of a small size, composed of a in favour as the season advances, for ribbons single piece, and resembling in form the manteau this year are very beautiful, and of great rich- roulière so much in vogue five or six years ago, ness; in a good many instances those disposed but much smaller. It is made with sleeves, in foliage have been adopted for chapeaux, in which descend to the wrist, and is I think very stead of flowers on the exterior.
well adapted for négligé du matin. The manFlo:vers are beginning to supersede feathers tillon of a round form, something between the for chapeaux of paille d'Italie ; a good many are visite and the cardinal, is adopted for the same trimmed with a bouquet of eglantine, drooping purpose; it is also of taffeta, and bordered with low on one side, or small flowers falling in light a single volant, scalloped at the edge. These sprigs, with all the flexibility and play of a pardessus are made both of plain and shaded feather. Chapeaux of Italian straw, of a new silks; the first grey, of rather a dark tint; the shade of grey, lined and trimmed with white others of full colours, as black and yellow, taffeta, are at present in favour for the public marron and green, &c. &c. Notwithstanding promenade ; they are quiet and gentlewomanly, the warmth of the weather, black taffeta manbut I think they will not remain long in vogue. telets are adopted for very early promenades, There are very few chapeaux composed of fancy and for shopping ; they are trimmed in a very straw only, though it is a good deal employed plain style, with galoons, fringes, and narrow with a mixture of other materials, crin, ribbon, velvet ribbon. Taffeta pardessus of light hues, and gauze. I may cite among the prettiest of trimmed either with festooned flounces or black these chapeaux those composed of alternate lace, are in request for the public promenade. bands of paille à jours, and biais of taffeta or Those of black lace, or black sprigged net lined gauze, placed alternately in the style of entre with Florence, are more so; and black lace mandeur. They are lined with taffetas glacé, and telets and shawls are still more fashionable. trimmed with a knot of ribbon, attaching a large Mantelets of muslin, tarlatane, and leno, may be red rose on one side; small flowers, or coques worn in the public promenade, but are more of ribbon, decorate the interior of the brim, the generally adopted in carriage dress and for visits; edge of which is sometimes decorated with a veil they are of a small size, a good many trimmed of tulle illusion.
with ribbons, and all with embroidery and lace. Crape chapeaux and capotes are adopted both The most remarkable is the mantelet Ninon, for demi-toilette and public promenade dress. composed of muslin, embroidered, lined with Those of tulle, crêpe lisse, and gauze, are for the pink crape, and trimmed with eight narrow former only. I may cite among the crape cha-Hounces of either embroidered muslin or lace, peaux most fashionable for the promenade, those and gauze ribbons. Mantelets of the material of deep blue, trimmed with a bouquet of field of the robe or peignoir continue to be partially flowers, sea green, decorated with a sprig of I adopted, but more generally in extreme négligé ;