8 APRIL 1876, Page 21


The Portfolio for April. (Seeley and Co.)—If we say that the high level of merit to which the conductors of the Portfolio have accustomed us seems to us scarcely to be reached this month, we must be under- stood as comparing it not with other so called art-periodicals and journals, but with itself. M. Brunet Desbaine'a etching of Bonington's National-Gallery picture of" The Column of St. Mark" is hardly more than pretty, and the editor's etching of "The Smith's Yard at Etang " fails to interest us. That of "Cavalry" is striking, but it does not escape the criticism of the writer of a notice of the work from which it is extracted, viz., M. Eugene Vdrous, "La Troisieme Invasion." The letter-press is very pleasant reading throughout, and the technical notes are less technical than usuaL