Two new views have just been completed. One is the interior of St. Mark's Cathedral at Venice. The manner in which the pictures are got up here is well known: to the resources of painting are added the me- chanical appliances of artificially-arranged lights, reflected and transmit- ted: the painting is a transparency, to be seen by light shining through it, but also capable of being viewed by a light reflected from its anterior sur- face. Seen by the reflected daylight, St. Mark's is deserted: the day clouds over, lamps and candles are lighted as if by magic; and figures, painted only to be shown by the transmitted light, crowd the edifice. With the help of the artificial lights, a considerable degree of reality is attained. The Cathedral of St. Mark's is one of the finest in the world, and is asso- ciated with the stirring history of one of the most remarkable communities that ever existed: it is an interesting addition to the sights presented to the home traveller in London.
Theother picture, of Tivoli, is a view in the open air. The town is first seen by a dim light, day gradually dawning. Before daybreak, a light is seen in a mill-window, in the chamber of a girl awaiting her affianced lover; a murder is supposed to be committed; and when daylight appears, the actual blood is seen as it has flowed from the cottage,—an incident which seems to be considered as adding to the attractiveness of the scene!