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As far as the figure, and more especially the face,

is concerned, it is about as good as an etching could be. And the curio sity of the matter is, that it is the very first work of the kind which the artist ever did. So happy a result is one of the pieces of luck which never happen except to the deserving. " The Orange Wharf," by Mr. M. W. Ridley, is the frontispiece of the number, and there is a drawing on stone by E. H.

Mitchell,, by which Sir Joshua Reynolds' "Lady Cockburn and her Children " is worthily rendered, in illustration of Professor Sidney Colvin's essay on that painter, an essay which takes occasion of its sub- ject to give some very striking reflections on the characteristics of English life and thought in the eighteenth century.