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derers. Here is also the identical shirt of Henry IV. of France, in which he was assassinated, still retaining the bloody appearance and the marks of the dagger Admission, 6d.

THE CHINESE JUNK, Temple Pier, Essex Street. The junk “Keying,” now in London, is an object of great interest to visitors. She left China December 6, 1846 ; arrived at St. Helena April 17, 1847; having had very light winds nearly the whole of the voyage. She laid at anchor six weeks in the Java Sea and Sunda Straits, with high southerly and south-west winds. Off the Mauritius she experienced some very heavy weather on the 22nd and 23rd March, but she was found to be a most beautiful seaboat and easy, never having shipped a drop of water since leaving China, or leaking. Her masts and rudder are of immense size and weight, being made of ironwood. Her rudder is hung to three large ropes, and drawn into her stern by two others, going underneath her stern, and coming over the bows; and when the rudder is down draws twenty-three feet, bui when hoisted only thirteen feet. It sometimes takes twenty men to steer her; but in fine weather, running before the wind, she goes so steadily that the tiller rarely requires to be touched, and then two men can steer her. She is built in compartments, having fifteen, several of which are water-tight; she has à main-deck, raised quarter-deck, two poops, and a raised forecastle, with a high verandah above that again. Her main-deck is arched. Her anchors are made of wood, and the shanks are abont thirty feet long; the cables are made of bamboo, rattan, and Indian grass. She has three water tanks built on her decks. The sails reef themselves, by

Academenians, twenty associates, and six associate engravers. The Academy possesses a collection of casts and models from the antique, a school of colouring, copies by Sir James Thornbull from the cartoons of Raphael at Hampton Court, and those from Rubens, &c., also the probationary pictures or sculptures, presented by the members of the Academy on their election. The annual exhibition opens the first Monday in May, and continues open daily, from eight till six, until the end of July. Admission 1s. Catalogue, 1s.

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Trafalgar Square. Erected in 1837, from designs by Mr. Wilkins. The gallery, which is nearly five hundred feet in length, consists of a central portico of eight Corinthian columns in front and two in depth, ascended by steps at each end at an elevation of eighteen feet from the ground, and two wings, each ornamented with four Corinthian columns. The portico is surmounted by a dome, and the whole range of building by a balustrade. The portion of the building to the right side of the portico is devoted to the Royal Academy, and that to the left to the National Gallery, the two being connected by the grand staircase and vestibule, dividing the building into two equal parts. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to the public generally ; on Friday and Saturday to artists; from ten till five, during the months of November, December, January, February, March, and April ; and from ten till six during the months of May, June, July, August, and the two first weeks of September. The gallery is wholly closed during the last two weeks of September and the whole of October. Admission, free. Explanatory Guides :Official Catalogue, 1s. ; Clarke's Hand-Book Guide, 6d.

THE VERNON GALLERY,

Marlborough House, Pall Mall. The Vernon Pictures including those by English masters which were formerly in the National Gallery, are now placed in a suite of eight rooms, on the ground floor of Marlborough House, until such time as a suitable provision can be made for them in the National Gallery."

On entering the mansion from the court yard, the visitor ascends a short flight of steps into the noble hall, the ceiling of which, with the exception, perhaps, that of Whitehall, is the finest in the kingdom, being decorated with the paintings of Gentileschi, painted for Charles I., and which were originally in the Palace at Greenwich.

Open under the same regulations as the National Gallery. Explanatory Guide-Clarke's Hand-Book Guide, price sixpence.

SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS,

Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East. Instituted May 21, 1823, for the annual exhibition and sale of works of living artists in the various branches of painting, sculpture, architecture, and engraving. Incorporated by Royal Charter 1846. The gallery was erected in 1824, from the designs of Mr. Nash and J. Elmes, Esq. The elevation consists of a basement of three arches and four piers, on which is raised a tetrastyle detached portico, of the palladian Doric, with a proper entablature and pediment, with square acroteria ; and consists of a suite of six rooms, having seven hundred feet of wall, lighted from above. Open daily (Sundays excepted), during the months of April, May, June, and July from nine till dusk. Admission, 1s. Catalogue, 6d.

SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS, Pall Mall East, nearly opposite the portico of the College of Physicians. Established in 1804, for the purpose of giving due importance and encouragement to an interesting branch of art, which had not then sufficient prominence assigned it in the exhibitions of the Royal Academy. The society have exhibited in their present gallery since 1823, when it was erected for that purpose. Open daily (Sundays excepted), during the months of May, June, and July.' Admission, 1s. Catalogue, 6d.

NEW SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS,

South side of Pall Mall, next door west of the British Institution. Established in 1825, with similar objects to the Parent Society. Open daily (Sundays excepted), during the months of April, May, June, and July. Admission, ls. Catalogue, 6d.

PORTLAND GALLERY, Regent Street, Portland Place. An annual exhibition of paintings in oil and water colours, and sculpture, by members of the Association to promote the Free Exhibition of Modern Art, which numbers upwards of one hundred members. Open daily, during the months of May, June, July, and August, from nine till dusk. Admission on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, free; on Fridays and Saturdays, Is. each person. Catalogue, 6d.

BRITISH INSTITUTION, No. 53, Pall Mall. Established in 1805, on a plan formed by Sir Thomas Bernard, for the purpose of encouraging British Artists, and affording opportunities of exhibiting historical subjects to a greater advantage than in the rooms of the Royal Academy, then exhibited at Somerset House. The gallery purchased for its use was erected by Alderman Boydell, for the exhibition of paintings for his edition of Shakspeare, and it is well suited for its present purpose. Over the entrance is a piece of sculpture, by Banks, representing Shakspeare accompanied by « Painting and Poetry." Open in February, March, and April, for the exhibition of works by British Artists; and in June, July, and August, for the exhibition of paintings by the old masters. Admission, 1s. Catalogue, 18.

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