12 AUGUST 1865, Page 3

An exhibition of works executed by English and French work-

men was opened on Monday at the Crystal Palace, and the journals have tried hard to praise it, but failed. The collection is too small, and too deficient in distinctiveness, while the idea of these exhibitions, excellent in itself, has been overdone. The Localities must combine more and exhibit less. A general exhibi- tion for the workmen of the English and French capitals, opened once in five years and held alternately in each city, would be a striking sight, would pay expenses, and would lead to a bond fide competition. Minute " exhibitions " sink either into shop or shows.