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belong the pictures of the and scrupulous fidelity the Jubilee service at St Paul's, poor drawing and crude colourwhich are legitimate enough in ing of some medieval nincom
To this category poop, who, after all, knew no also belong the numerous pic- better. Mr Shaw's “Love, the tures of which “Naval Man- Conqueror” (No. 906), is in cuvres (No. 101) and “A truth a monument of futility. Real Good Story (No. 630) It must cost a great deal of are typical. “Naval Man- trouble to paint so ill. In an cuvres ” (you take the delicate exhibition where all is so bad, play of words in the title ?) it seems invidious to single out represents a young officer in any work for praise. Yet one the navy flirting with a girl. must note Mr Ford's noble bust "A Real (not Really, please of the Queen (No. 2053), full of observe Good Story repre- dignity and pathos, and one or sents a group of foxhunters in two capital portraits by Mr J. pink and on horseback, roaring H. Lorimer. Above all, it is with laughter. No sporting- impossible to
in printseller's shop will be com- silence the contributions of Mr plete for years to come without Sargent. Here, indeed, is one a reproduction of this gem. It who has eyes to see, and a seems to have walked straight hand to use the brush. Here out of the Christmas number are pictures of which posterity of the “Illustrated Sporting will have news to tell. and Dramatic News.” The Charles Hunter” (No. 18),
: other obvious characteristic of “Miss Jane Evans ” (No. 237), the display is the impression it and “Lady Faudel - Phillips conveys that nine-tenths of the (No. 444), are masterpieces. artists who are not mere jour- Only, if one chanced by ill-luck nalists have taken great pains to be as plain as one is beautiful, to see their subjects through one would be apt to think twice somebody else's eyes. There is before giving Mr Sargent a no striving after originality. commission to take one's likeThe compliment of flattery is
Old Noll himself would obsequiously paid to any one have trembled at his unmerciful who has made"
“an 'it,” like frankness. The most malicious Mrs Oliphant's young man achievements of “ Ape” and from 'Omerton. The sea is '"Spy" are complimentary comdepicted as of a truly piercing pared with some of Mr Sarblue, or the grass draped in an gent's work. And then, it is excruciating shade of green, so easy not to sit for your because Palette, R.A., employs portrait, and not to draw a similar hues. Many painters cheque of four figures. of rustic landscape devote their The fresh air of Piccadilly energies to seeing a bold peas- is peculiarly grateful after the antry, their country's pride, hothouse atmosphere of the through spectacles of French Academy, and there is just manufacture. Another class of time before luncheon for artists, like Mr Byam Shaw, stroll in the direction of Westreproduce with extraordinary minster by way of the Green
Park. That brilliant light of hoped, less
less ambitious the Parliamentary bar, Buster Here, too, are many members Bluffe, Q.C., had rooms on your of another corporation in quest staircase at Trinity, and per- of powers to acquire a site for haps you may catch a glimpse a town-hall which will be perof him plying his extremely fectly useless. They feel a glow lucrative and beneficent trade. of pride at the thought of sadMoreover, the proceedings be- dling their constituents with a fore a Parliamentary committee considerable addition to the on a private bill are a perfect rates. If
have ever visited lesson in manners and deport- their city, you will be unable ment. None of the brutality to resist the thought that a of the bludgeon here; only the little more attention paid to polish of the rapier. The stately paving and a little less to Parcourtesy, the elaborate polite- liamentary committees would ness, the fine manner character- prove highly beneficial to the istic of a less busy age, which community over which they have all but disappeared in preside. Bluffe is in all these other quarters, still find at bills, besides twenty others. Westminster a congenial home. To judge by what he tells you You have only to hear Bluffe in a hurried conversation, there cross-examining a hostile wit- is not a municipal dignitary ness, or exchanging repartee beyond the Tweed who is not with the opposing counsel, just now in London. To be Wragge, to be quite sure of vacuis ædilis Ulubris, even, that. The lobbies and com- means the certainty of a jaunt mittee - rooms
very to town-plenty of high living "thrang,"
in and a good deal of plain thinkScotland, when you arrive; ing (the plain speaking will and the adjective is the more some day)—at the exappropriate that a good deal pense of the ratepayers for at of the bustle is caused by more least a fortnight every year. or less fiery Caledonians. A Cruel Lord Balfour ! scheme is on foot to appropriate churl's task to dock a deserving half a dozen watersheds in the class of its harmless pleasures Highlands, and to devote their by a Private Bill Legislation streams to industrial uses. (Scotland) Bill! The proprietors not unnaturally object, and have come One revolution there has been south to say so.
Then, the in the social life of London dur'provost, magistrates, and town- ing the last couple of years, clerk of Dreepdailly have pro- which hits the country cousin moted a great measure for in a weak spot. He cannot absorbing all the agricultural get a rubber of whist at his land within a radius of four club or anywhere else. “Bridge, miles or so in their filthy and bridge, bridge,” is all the cry, ill - kept municipality. They and whist is almost totally will presently return home forgotten. The causes of this with their tails between their change of dynasty are obscure. legs-sadder, and, it is to be It is curious that a game which
had braved all opposition for gaze upon his fellow-creatures. generations should have yielded It is a brave spectacle, this to the first attack of an upstart well-dressed mob, and there is cousin, which has been aptly something highly exhilarating described as no better than in the sight of it. Lord Salisdummy with frills. Perhaps bury, the other day, took occabridge affords a little more sion to denounce the ordinary scope for gambling than its garb of the modern male. The venerable relative, and that is painter or the sculptor may of some moment in
age very likely not find his account when many women as well as in it, but the eye soon acquiesces most men try their luck on the in a predominant fashion, and Stock Exchange, or on the finds it very good. The parturf, or at the card-table. No ticular shape of each season's doubt the world will grow tall hat, for example, is always weary of bridge, and there the best-not, it may be, the will come
a glorious restora- best in the abstract, but the tion. Meanwhile consternation best relatively, here and now. prevails in the camp of the So is it also with ties and waistremnant of loyal whist-players. coats, which are worn (particuThere is said to be serious talk larly the latter) of blue and of revising the rules, which buff, and all manner of conwere last fixed in 1864 or there- spicuous and singular tints. abouts. There is a precedent As for the other sex, their for alteration in the case of attire becomes steadily more the rules of golf, which have gaudy from year to year. The been tinkered more than once bright colours are cheerful, and without substantial benefit or the wonderfully trimmed hats injury to the game. May lend gaiety to the scene. The the recension of the whist faces beneath them are not code prove equally innocuous, seldom pretty, and as fresh as and may the draftsmanship of paint, which is very natural (or the reformers prove superior very artificial, if you will have to that of the St Andrews' it so), for, alas ! it is that very committee! One surmises that commodity, and none other, among the innovations will be which, upon a closer scrutiny, found a reduction of at least turns out to be responsible for fifty per cent in the value of the majority of the complexions. honours, and nobody but a Everybody in the Park, of born and inveterate gambler course, is not well-dressed and will grumble at such a pro- pretty. There is a contingent posal. The present prepon- of frumps and dowds, and the derance of honours is a legacy cut of skirt in vogue, however from long whist which there well it may be adapted to an is little reason, from any point absolutely perfect figure, is of view, to be proud of.
rather trying to the abnormally It being, then, practically stout or the abnormally lean. impossible to get a rubber, the I know that in to-morrow's Rustic will probably wend his 'Daily Peepshow' I shall read way to the Park in order to how the Hon. Mrs Jim So
and-so was to be seen yesterday test.
“ What?” he will exnear Stanhope Gate smartly claim with admirably assumed gowned in a grey foulard, and indignation, “Is the busy prohow Lady Seraphina Slyboots, fessional man or the city clerk in a feather boa, was talking to to be deprived of much-needed the Marquis of Carabas, with exercise and
and recreation many other entrancing items of the one day of the week on a like nature. But I also know which he is able to indulge that at “Church-Parade,” so- in them ?” By no means ; called, the company may have let the hard-worked man of consisted principally of Count- business please himself in the esses from Clapham, Baronesses spending of his one free day. from Brixton, and Duchesses But let it be plainly understood from Denmark Hill, but assur- that a large majority of those edly included no real, “pukka," who play billiards, or cards, or peeresses. I know, too, that if golf, on Sunday, can get quite an anti-Semite had been given as much of those amusements a free hand and been let loose as is good for them on the among the crowd, its numbers other days of the week. Why would have suffered a quite any sane - human being should appreciable diminution.
want to read a daily paper, or Nothing could be more un- listen to a band, on Sunday, fashionable than to be a “Sab- it is difficult to conjecture. batarian," not even to be a Even if six daily papers in the “Protestant." Yet at the risk week had not been enough, of incurring this fatal reproach, there were already plenty of it is impossible to help regret- Sunday sheets to gratify the ting that so much Sunday work most voracious appetite without should apparently be indispen- the officious intervention of two sable in London. The good old magnates of the week-day press. theory of “not giving the ser- No doubt a great deal of cant vants too much to do” on the has been talked upon
quesfirst day of the week is dying tion, but the cant has not, by out. Club servants, at all any means, been confined to one events, are not embraced within side, and surely that is a sound its scope; and waiters, who, instinct which prompts the opafter all, are human beings, are position to seven - day newsconsidered to deserve no con- papers. It is all very well for sideration. The worst point their proprietors to explain with about the secularisation (if one great elaboration that the promay make bold to employ so duction of the Sunday edition antiquated a phrase) of Sunday involves next to no labour, and is that it adds to the labours in fact is rather a pleasure than of that very class of the com- a toil-a sort of little holiday munity which is least able to for all concerned. The sound protect itself—the class which common-sense of the English earns its livelihood by minister- people will not swallow such ing to the luxuries of the rich. sophistries. It realises that Here the “liberal-minded ” man much more is at stake than will doubtless step in and pro- the interests of a handful of
journalists and newspaper com- from a divine of ripe learning, positors. It foresees that the refined taste, and true piety. mischief will spread far beyond The music is beyond critiFleet Street and Whitefriars. cism ; the order of the book Legislation, indeed, can do noth- of Common Prayer is duly ing to remedy the evil. The observed ; and there are steady pressure of public opinion freaks, antics, or eccentricities. can alone be effectual, and al- A visit farther east to St Paul's ready it has achieved a signal is not to be recommended in victory. It will be a bad day the meantime, for the echoes for the working classes, for all of a highly animated conwho have to make a living by troversy seem to ring round their own exertions, for the the dome. Besides, though the country at large, when the prin- worshipper has disciplined his ciple of a seven-days' working- mind into a frame of devotion, week becomes so familiar as to he cannot well help seeing the be accepted without protest. stencilling and the lettering;
If, oddly enough, you happen and the sight is not conducive to prefer going to church to to calmness and composure of reading the stale scandal and spirit. One may not be pretittle-tattle of the past week in pared to join in the strong an up-to-date journal of mam- language with which the Dean moth proportions, there are and Chapter have been assailed preachers of all sorts and sizes, for their scheme of decoration. services of all manners and de- But certain three - column grees, to tempt you. Should letter in the Times' makes one you be lucky enough to find gravely question whether the Canon Gore in the pulpit of choice of the responsible body the Abbey, you will unquestion- has fallen upon the right decorably hear something to your ator. There is an undercurrent advantage, and carry home a of depreciation of Sir Christogood deal to think about. If pher in that portentous epistle the Bishop of Stepney is your which makes one suspiciousman, you will get manly, a suggestion of lofty and superstraightforward, plain - sailing cilious patronage, as who should oratory; and if you are for a say that this same Wren, poor little sensational tub-thumping, fellow, did his best, one must why, there are a dozen dissent- allow, but what can you exing chapels ready to supply pect from an Englishman who you, and to throw in a strong had the bad taste to flourish infusion of politics as well. after the Reformation ? Now But the wise man, who hates it is a fact that of all the the “falsehood of extremes," architects of whom in modern who detests all aping of Rome times this country has had on the one hand and all thump- reason to boast, Wren is ining of the drum schismatic comparably the greatest. His on the other, will not trouble London churches, so many of to go farther afield than the which have been ruthlessly Temple Church. There he is pulled down, ought to be the sure of an admirable discourse pride of every true Londoner,