5 DECEMBER 1885, Page 23

Maud Miller. With illustrations by George Carline. (Eyre and Spottiswoode.)—These

illustrations of Mr. Whittier'a well-known poem are like the poem itself,—pretty enough at first sight, but not such as to bear looking into. For some reason or other the artist has chosen to depict, not a judge of to.day, but of the last century, when, assuredly, if he had met a pretty haymaker, he would have thought neither of marrying her nor of leaving her. On the other hand, if the pretty haymaker was so romantic and high-souled, there is no reason why, because she married a man in her own station of life, she should have turned out the wretched slut depicted by Mr. Carline. The pictures are pretty enough ; but without the text, it would be impossible to gather what Mand's occupation was while haymaking. In one illustration she looks as if she-were using a "squeegee," in another as if she were practising with the leaping-pole. Two of the illustrations are thoroughly bad. One is that of the judge's sisters, " proud and cold," in which one of the sisters has one arm like Her- cules, while the other looks as if it belonged to Richard III.; the other is that of the imaginary Mrs. Judge, née Muller, in which her chin appears to-be suffering severely from an ill-drawn settlement.