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CHANTREY'S SLEEPING SISTEES. EDITORIAL. The above engraving
represents a piece of statuary by the celebrated Francis Chantrey.
He was the son of a widow, and destined for a lawyer, but was so
desirous to become a sculptor, that while a mere school-boy, he
made models in clay. He first displayed the principles of his free,
natural style, in a bust of the celebrated Home Tooke. The city of
London next instructed him to execute a statue of George III. He
then produced a statue of a lively girl, the daughter of a duke,
standing on tiptoe, and caressing a dove in her bosom, for the
Abbey at Woburn, and also a kneeling female, Lady St. Vincent. His
busts of Walter Scott, Benjamin West, and Wordsworth, are highly
esteemed productions. His reputation as an artist was greatly
increased by this group of two sisters in the cathedral of
Litchfield, embracing each other in the gentle slumber of death,
whose childish forms exhibit tranquil repose in every outline and
in every member. The design of the sleeping child in Mount Auburn
Cemetery may have been suggested by this. One of the last works of
Chan- trey is the statue of Washington in the State House at
Boston.THE TWO FAMILIES UPON THE TWO HILLS. BY MRS. M. H. MAXWELL.
" The other child, that held the parent hand, With eye undimmed by
shadows or by tears, (Her gentle name is LoveJ doth smiling stand,
With glowing heart, which hath no place fur fears . But peace upon
her open brow doth shine, And joy in pencilled on her aspect
bright: Whoever to her presence may incline, Will find their
sorrows vanish at the sight; She doth but speak a word, and fills
them with delight." On a green sloping hill, with a flower-garden
in front, and an almost interminable field of corn in the rear, sat
cozily among the clover a ...
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