Tallis, John
Tallis's history and description of the Crystal Palace and the exhibition of the world's industry in 1851 (Band 1) — London, 1851

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are incomparable. How admirably would it adorn some of our suburban villa8 on the
banks of the Thames, or some noble sheet of water in the grounds of our patrician
seats, not to be rivalled in the world for their combination of exterior splendours and
internal comforts. M. Wolff has also enjoyed the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen,
having executed the bust of the Princess Royal during his late visit to this country.
He has also had the honour of sculpturing Prince Albert in the costume of a Greek
warrior, which well becomes the figure of His Royal Highness, of whom the likeness,
individually considered, is true in point of fidelity, and pleasing in that of expression.
We take our leave of M. Wolff's studio, asking pardon of our readers for the short
digression our visit to it has occasioned, by observing that, besides the highest degree
of excellence in the range of classic subjects, he is peculiarly happy in the representa-
tion of that individuality of character and expression so necessary for the formation of a
good bust; and an opportunity of appreciating his merit, in this most desirable walk
of art, is agreeably afforded, to those who may have the opportunity, by the con-
templation of many resemblances of eminent and well-known personages who owe the
perpetuation of their features to his talent.

To sculptors in bronze the following prize medals were awarded; with a brief account
of which we shall conclude our present chapter, reserving for future notice such works
as were distinguished by " honorary mention" on the part of the Jury.

To M. Jean Debay, of Paris, for his group of a young Hunter, rushing forward to
despatch a Stag, pulled down by a Hound. The Hunter was naked, and the whole
subject was conceived in the spirit of ancient art. This group, from the natural
manner of the action, formed a very pleasing composition. The hunter and the animals
were modelled with great knowledge, and a good style was shewn in the execution.

To M. Ebatin, of Paris. This artist, the most celebrated sculptor of animals in
France at the present day, contributed to the Exhibition Two Eagles with a wild Goat,
which they have slain; a greyhound, another hound, life size, and several animals on a
smaller scale, all in bronze. These works were fully worthy of the artist's reputation.
The general conception was most spirited, the details of nature were most faithfully
rendered; and the treatment throughout, particularly of the plumage and the skins, was
most careful, and in very good style.

To M. E. L. Leqtjesne, of Paris, for a Satyr, cast in bronze, represented after the
manner of the ancients, dancing on a wine-skin, in a state of joyous drunkenness. In
this figure, the character of the head, and of the strong, hard muscles, quite cor-
responded with the general satyr type created by the imagination of the ancient artist.
The motion was easy and natural, and the carefulness of the execution was maintained





" ~We take no note of Time but from its loss,
To give it then a tongue was wise in man."

Such is the observation of the philosophic author of the Night Thoughts; and often,
indeed, has the world had occasion to be thankful that the skill and ingenuity of
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