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TIIE pressure of more important matters has from time to time excluded notices of this numerous and attractive tribe ; some of which, by the way, figure more frequently in these reports of progress than in our advertising columns.

FINDEN'S Landscape Illustrations of the Bible are now completed, by the publication of the Twenty-fourth Part. STANFIELD, HARDING, ROBERTS, and BROCKEDON, have been the principal illustrators of the latter parts, to the exclusion of TURNER and CALI.COTT. The concluding part, however, contains one of the most simple and sober and therefore the grandest of TURNER'S views -" The Pyramids of Ghizeh." The moon rising from out a shroud of mist lights the summits of these mountains of masonry, which seem like the snow-capped peaks of some vast chain of artificial Alps. The effect of light and gloom struggling for ascendancy is finely given. The whole scene is sublime. A sylvan spot on the summit of Mount Tabor is delineated by the Honourable Captain FITZMAURICE with taste and skill that show him to be an accomplished artist.

The Pictorial Bible, with its numerous cuts, is welcome for the glimpses, faint as they are, which it gives us of the divine designs of RAFFAELLE. In Part II. we have his "Joseph relating his Dream : " the lines in the composition of the sitting group of figures are beauti fully involved: nothing can surpass the natural grace and elegance of three standing, leaning against each other ; and the attitude of Joseph is simple and unassuming.

The First Part of a series of Studies of Heads, designed and drawn on stone by LOUISA CORBAUX, contains two of children and two of females, replete with innocence and sweetness, and unspoiled by affectation. They are drawn in a bold, broad style, with a pure silvery tone and powerful effect.

Among the curious reliques in the Specimens of Ancient Furniture, we have in Part XIII. a superb gilt and enamelled cup belonging to the Corporation of Lynn, chairs, cradles, and bedsteads, a couple of Gothic thrones, and the cradle of Henry the Fifth-a great wooden box, swung between two supporters.

Part VI. of WESTALL and MARTIN'S illustrations of the New Testament completes the work ; for this reason we think this part the best. Aucom's Views of Haddon Hall and Newstead Abbey, in Part H. of FISHER'S Views of Derbyshire, tkc. are strikingly picturesque. MACKENZIE'S interior of the Hall of Wadham College, in No. XL. of Memorials of Oxford, is perfect of its kind. Cox's Views of 'Welsh Scenery, in Parts XI., XII., and XIII. a Roscoes Wanderings in North Wales, have a sober grandeur and wildness characteristic of the severity of the landscapes.

A notice on the cover of No. II. of the Napoleon Gallery informs the subscribers, that any delay in the publication of the future numbers is to be attributed to the temporary closing of the French National Gallery for the admission of new pictures.