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head, and said, “King, if you had as much the likeness was apparent. I summoned practice as I have had, you could model courage to ask Powers to look at it. as good a bust as I can.' I asked him I confess that I was quite nervous about why he said so; he replied, 'I know it the time the model was uncovered. He from the remarks you have just made on looked at it, and said, “Did I not tell you that model. Get a piece of clay, and I that you could model? And if circumwill give you my modeling stand, and stances should occur that make it ex. lend you my modeling tools, and if your pedient for you to resort to sculpture as a modesty will not allow you to ask any means of supporting your family, you need gentleman to sit, make a bust of your no teacher : you have that within you wife; and if you should fail, do n't be dis- that will guide you better than any master." couraged, as a female study, for a begin- | Thus was one artist quickened into life by ner, is rather a severe test.' The clay the genial and unselfish kindness and apwas procured, and the block set up, into preciation of another. From this time which I was to work my way, to come at Mr. King continued to cultivate the art the likeness. Most of the work had to be which he had espoused with all the done at night, as early in the morning I warmth of a first love, modeling busts and had the duties connected with my business medallions. to attend to. About two weeks served to In 1837 he removed to New-Orleans, throw aside the clay in the front of the and gave himself up to his profession, head, and, somewhat to my astonishment, leaving in this city when he removed, as
the evidences of his peculiar skill and of the House of Representatives, on the success in copying nature, among others, very spot where Mr. Adams breathed his the busts of Rev. Theodore Clapp and last — a perpetual remembrancer of the Honorable Pierre Soulé, and a number of fearless and faithful sage of Quincy, and his remarkable likenesses in cameo. In honor to the sculptor. In the spring of 1840 he removed to Boston, continuing 1850, Mr. King had the privilege of a his work of modeling busts with great series of sittings from Mr. Webster. He assiduity, and multiplying his accurate and saw him under the most favorable circumbeautiful cameos. His great works in stances, and by careful measurements was marble are the busts of John Quincy enabled to secure an exact counterpart of Adams, Dr. Samuel Woodward, and the illustrious statesman. The majestic Daniel Webster.
subject, in both physical and mental proMr. King has not yet illustrated his portions, was all that art could ask for a genius by any ideal statuary ; indeed, noble display of her handiwork. And the although in the simple sketch that we have success of the artist was complete ; he given, the life of the artist may seem to has suceeded in perpetuating in marble have run quietly and happily on, behind that wonderful“ personification of intellect this outward and visible life there may and power, and of self possession and have been the keen inward struggle energy in repose.” against the pressure of daily necessities, Of this work the discriminating critic and also against the mental despondency of the Boston Post remarked : “ The likearising from the inadequate returns of ness, the expression, the character of the labors that had become a craving and an remarkable man are all faithfully and almost necessary condition of happiness wonderfully presented, the bust is lifeand life.
like, impressive to an astonishing degree, A more touching and painful record and must rank altogether among the best could hardly be written than the confiden- efforts of modern art.” Another Boston tial history of most of our artists. Long critic, the editor of the Transcript, remonths of toil, without resources to meet marked : “ It is the true historic head of the continual wants of a family, must be Webster-that by which he will be best passed, before the speaking marble or known to posterity—that which his most canvas returns even its limited recom- intimate friends will most confidently refer pense; and with the comparatively few to, as, at once, the most agreeable and the appreciators of art, the supply ordinarily most minutely accurate of the many likeis in advance of the demand. The won- nesses of the man.” A marble copy of der is, that art is still so generously culti- this bust was ordered for Faneuil Hall ; vated by its devotees, at such a price of and when completed and the object of neglect and agony. But the ideal power universal commendation, the memorable is not lacking in Mr. King: it reveals fire which consumed the Tremont Temple itself by unmistaken symbols in his marble destroyed this noble result of months busts. The original forms of beauty stand of toil, together with the artist's casts, around his mental gallery awaiting the models, valuable busts, all his cameos and hour of hope, when they shall come all the implements of the art which he had forth and assume a material embodiment. collected in his studio. The gentlemen, “ Those can know but little of the miracles however, who had ordered the original in primitive clay,” says the Washington bust, generously called for another ; a National Intelligencer, “who have not plaster cast, happily, having been preseen King's gorgeous, but truthful bust served. Mr. Grinnell, of New-York, is of the great expounder of the constitu- possessor of another marble bust of tion.” His power of seizing upon the Webster from the hand of Mr. King; best expression and producing a likeness and the artist is at present in England of extraordinary precision both in cameo with his fine copy of the American and in marble, is not more marked than senator, ordered by Lord Ashburton. the ethereal grace of original genius with We hope he may bring with him, upon which he invests the perfect images that his return, orders for many more of his rise under his hand.
great work. His noble bust of the “old man elo- If life and an opportunity for the develquent” stands in the room of the speaker opment and cultivation of his genius are
enjoyed by Mr. King, we may confidently finish. In his admirable busts he has the predict a still richer recompense of emolu- rare skill to retain a well-marked inment and fame for him. He is but in- dividuality and life-like portraiture, with spired by his early successes, and the an ideal dignity and grace, seldom revealcunning of his hand has not yet expressed ed by other artists without sacrificing itself as it may when the pressure of ne- truth and resemblance.” We trust that cessity is removed from it, and it follows brighter days are beginning to beam upon unembarrassed the conceptions of an un- the pathway of the artist, and that his trammeled mind. A keen observer, and genius will have yet an unobstructed path. one well qualified to form a comparative However this may be, the true artist may estimate of the genius exhibited by the ever say of his art as Coleridge said of cultivators of art, says in a letter to the his poetry : “I expect neither profit nor writer: “I know of no artist of our own general fame from my writings, and I day so well entitled, whether in cameo- consider myself as having been amply cutting, or in modeling, or in exquisite repaid without either. Poetry has been skill in chiseling, to unqualified eulogy to me its own exceeding great reward : and ample patronage, yet securing so it has soothed my afflictions ; it has multilittle in proportion to his merits. In plied and refined my enjoyments ; it has cameo work, we have no living artist, at endeared solitude, and it has given me the home or abroad, who, in his characteristic habit of wishing to discover the good and style, unites, with original life and fresh- the beautiful in all that meets and surness, so much classical elegance and rounds me."
LUTHER BESIDE THE COFFIN OF HIS DAUGHTER
little daughter, thou wouldst gladly remain
here with thy father ; but thou wilt also E stand here before a sanctuary. readily go to thy other Father ?" the dying
inmost depths of his painfully struggling wills." And after the funeral he said : soul, the father gave up the dearest of all “My daughter is now provided for, body he possessed ;-his beloved child, ripe for and soul. We Christians ought not to heaven while still on earth, he placed mourn; we know that it must be thus : resignedly into the lap of his Creator and we are most fully assured of eternal life: Redeemer.
for God who has promised it us through On Wednesday, September 20, 1542, his Son, cannot lie. God has now two his daughter Madeleine, not yet fourteen saints of my flesh! If I could bring my years old, closed her eyes forever. “I daughter to life again, and she could bring love her much,” he said at her bed-side ; me a kingdom, I would not do it. O, she “but if it be thy will, O God, to take her, is well cared for! Blessed are the dead I shall gladly know her to be with thee !" who die in the Lord! whoever dies thus When he asked her : “ Madeleine, my | is assured of eternal life. I wish I and
my children, and you all, might depart; her mother had a dream. She dreamed for I see evil times coming."
that she saw two fair youths beautifully The great effectiveness of this picture attired, who came as if they wished to arises from the holy peacefulness breathing take Madeleine away with them, and conin the words of the mourning father, so duct her to be married. When Philip powerfully impressive in their solemn Melancthon came the next morning and simplicity. We seem to hear them : asked the lady how it was with her “ Thou hast given, thou hast taken away ; daughter ? she related her dream, at which blessed be thy name!" No woman knew he seemed frightened, and remarked to better the affections of home than this others, that the young men were two holy sturdy gladiator of the moral world. angels, sent to carry the maiden to the Children especially were dear to him. true nuptials of a heavenly kingdom.' “ Children,” he said, “are the happiest. She died that same day. When she was We old fools are ever distressing ourselves in the agony of death, her father threw with disputes about the word—constantly himself on his knees by her bedside, and asking ourselves, 'Is it true? Is it pos- weeping bitterly, prayed to God that he
ible? How can it be possible ? Chilo would spare her. She breathed her last dren, in their pure and guileless faith, have in her father's arms. Her mother was in no doubts on matters appertaining to sal- the room, but not by the bed, on account vation.
Like them we ought to of the violence of her grief. The doctor trust for salvation to the simple word; continued to repeat, 'God's will be done! but the devil is ever throwing some stum- My child has another father in heaven!' bling-block in our way.” Another time, Then Master Philip observed, that the as his wife was giving the breast to his love of parents for their children was an little Martin, he said, “ The pope and duke image of the divine love impressed on the George hate this child, and all belonging hearts of men. God loves mankind no to me, as do their partisans and the devil. less than parents do their children. When However, they give no uneasiness to the they placed her on the bier, the father exdear child, and he does not concern him- claimed, "My poor, dear little Madeleine, self what such powerful enemies may do. you are at rest now.' Then, looking long He sticks to the teat, or crows laughingly and fixedly at her, he said, “Yes, dear aloud, and leaves them to grumble their child, thou shalt rise again, shalt shire fill.” One day, that Spalatin and Lenhart like a star! Yes! like the sun! Beïer, pastor of Zwickau, were with him, I am joyful in spirit: but O! how sad in he pointed to his little Martin playing with the flesh! It is a strange feeling this, to a doll, and said, “Even such were man's know she is so certainly at rest, that she thoughts in Paradise-simple, innocent, is happy, and yet to be so sad.'” and free from malice or hypocrisy; he must have been like this child when he speaks of God and is so sure of him."
He said, among other things, “God has PROMINENTLY to depict the moral courage not given such good gifts these thousand of Luther, and to show the great weight years to any bishop as he has to me. We of his name, the artist refers to his intermay glorify ourselves in the gifts of God. course with Hans Kohlhase. Alas! I hate myself that I cannot rejoice This unhappy individual, originally an now as I ought to do, nor render sufficient honest much-respected man, of a strong thanks to God. I try to lift up my heart and vigorous mind, but passionate, and from time to time to our Lord in some with a keen perception of justice and of little hymn, and to feel as I ought to do.” his own rights, was driven to desperation “ Well! whether we live or die, domini by a series of injuries, and a denial of all sumus, in the genitive or the nominative.* redress, inflicted upon him by the ruling Come, sir doctor, be firm.”
powers: he became a robber, and on “The night before Madeleine's death, several occasions acted in concert with the
most violent opponents of the constituted • A play upon the word Dominus. "Domini authorities of that day. A character such sumus" may signify, (Domini being constructed
as this was well calculated to inspire in the genitive,) "We are the Lord's;" or else, (constructed nominatively,) “We are lords,"
Luther with the most lively interest; for (i. e., masters, teachers.)
in the depths of his soul also violent pas
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