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whose Art patronage has hitherto been manifested by an occasional commission for a big, whole length portrait, which seems to be considered by the British public as the very height and acme of Art-the only pictorial adornment for a public edifice, and the only tribute to contemporary ex

cellence.

The Royal Association for the promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland, was founded in Edinburgh in the year 1833; its constitution has been described in the forgoing portion of the present paper; through the means of this Art Union a sum of £80,000 has been contributed by the public for the promotion of Art. 1,264 works of painting and sculpture have been purchased, and engravings to the extent of upwards of 100,000 distributed.

The Art Union of Glasgow, established in the year 1841, has also been very liberally sustained, and is yearly increasing in prosperity-last year the total subscriptions amounted to £6,300, showing an increase of over £2,000 upon the preceding year. The Society has also distributed some very good engravings.

There are likewise several Art Union Societies established in various parts of England-one in connexion with the Royal Manchester Institution-one joined with the Suffolk Fine Arts Association, and one in Bristol. Such Societies cannot but exercise a powerful influence on Art throughout the United Kingdoms, in fact the good effects are already apparent. They have created an amount of patronage for, and appreciation of Art undreamed at the time when George III. founded the Royal Academy; a patronage that, without the establishment of such Societies, would never have arisen, as the larger portion of those who now subscribe their annual pound, would most probably have never devoted a larger sum to that object, and thus the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of pounds would have been lost to Art.

Some of the Art Union Committees have turned their attention towards the formation of National Galleries in their several localities-most desirable institutions unquestionably such would be-and though all matters directly or indirectly appertaining to the advancement of Art, come within the provinces of Art Unions, still, as we before observed, it would be better that those societies kept strictly to the particular means by which they endeavour to achieve that object, and not risk

the stability of their Societies by adopting too wide a range: they can, and ought, to assist the establishing of galleries, especially by inducing prize holders to make donations of works, and the Money Prize system would perhaps conduce more to this than the Selection Committee. We would, however, prefer always to see those institutions taken up by a special society, as has been done in this city. We wish every prosperity to the Irish Institution for the establishment of a National Gallery in Dublin, and we rejoice to see, amongst the noblemen and gentlemen who compose the Committee, the name of William Dargan. It has been proposed to erect the building by shares, and a separate company; the Irish Institution devoting the annual subscriptions and donations to the payment of a yearly rent. This proposition exposes the Institution to the liabi lity of occasional embarrassments, or total failure, from a falling off in the annual subscriptions. Such a fate has already overtaken a similar institution, heretofore established in this city. We believe the above arrangement has not been decided upon; and, pending its consideration, would venture to offer a suggestion. Over £4,000 have been subscribed to form a Dargan Industrial Institute, a sum totally inadequate to establish it, even if such were required. There is no immediate necessity for such an Institute; but there is a want of a National Gallery, which, if coupled with the name of Dargan, would afford just as appropriate a tribute of the Nation's appreciation of the public spirit and patriotism of that distinguished man, and would perhaps be as agreeable to him. With a grant from Government of the same amount (which is our right), a sufficient building could be erected-for it is not necessary to be too magnificent in our ideas and the yearly subscriptions and donations would go to defray expenses of management, and the purchase of works, and thus place the Institution upon a safe and permanent basis.

We would wish to see in that Gallery, and in our Exhibitions, subjects taken from the picturesque phases of Irish history-they are more worthy of the painter's genius than the sentimentality of peasant life, or the pathos of peasant superstitions. Scottish artists have consulted their national annals in selecting subjects, and have been happy in their

execution; our history, when truly known, as THE IRISH QUARTERLY REVIEW has taught it, is equally valuable to the Irish artist, who should, even now, strike boldly into these un-illustrated passages of our records, and no longer suffer Irish Art Exhibitions to display scenes of all lands save Ireland. To this, and the other topics of this paper we shall again

return.

INDEX

TO THE

THIRD VOLUME OF THE IRISH QUARTERLY REVIEW.

A.

Academy, Royal Irish, history of,
34.

Aird, Thomas, poetical works, 425.
Alison, Sir Archibald, his injustice

in writing of Ireland, 750.
Art, papers upon-Fine Art criti-
cism, 1 Barry, the historical
painter, 230-Art in our metro-
polis, an Irish National Gallery,
791-Our Art Unions, 990.
Autobiography of Alexander Du-
mas, 193.

Aytoun, W. E., Lays of the Scot-
tish Cavaliers, &c., 332.

B.

Bacchanalian Songs, history of,
726.

Baillie, Joanna, fugitive verses, 408.
Banker, French theatrical, 855.
Bar, Irish, its past and present
condition, 51, 56.

Barry, James, the historical painter,
230-see Memoirs.

Bayly, T. H., songs and ballads,
682.

Beames, Thomas, M. A., on the
Rookeries of London, 306.
Beet-root Sugar, Irish, 777.
Black Dog, gaol, Dublin, account
of, 976.

Borrowes, family of, 298, 596.

Brougham, Lord, his vindication of
Ireland, 752.

Bull-ring of Dublin, 267.
Bumper Squire Jones, song, ac-
count of, 274.

Bushe, Charles Kendal, 51-see
Memoirs.

C.

Carey, William Paulet, account of
46.

Carton, private theatricals at, 283.
Cheese, Irish, 775.

Christ Church, Dublin, history of,
541.

Cibber, Susanna, anecdote of, 21.
Colles, H., An enquiry as to the

policy of Limited Liability in
Partnerships, 817.

Coteries, Literary, in France and
England, 637, 644.

Crosby, Richard, the Irish æronaut,
287.
Cunningham, Timothy, an eminent
legal writer, confounded with
Burton Conyngham, 38.
Cutts, John, Lord, 268.

D.

Dawson, Arthur, 274.

Douglas medal, account of, 23.
Dublin, see Streets of Dublin.

Brougham, Lord, his opinion of an Dublin, description of its ancient

Income Tax, 887.

walls, towers, and gates, 970.

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Fashion in Poetry and the Poets of
Fashion, 626.

Female Industrial Schools, 765.
Feuilleton, construction of, 853.
Ferris, Abbé, president of the Irish
College at Paris, account of, 183.
Finachty, Rev. James, the wonder
working priest, 611.
Fitzgerald family, Earls of Kildare,
and Dukes of Leinster, historical
notices of, 32, 261, 281, 587, 968.
Fitzgerald, Sergeant James, 279.
Flax, manufacture of, 759.
Forbes, John, 297.

Foster, John, speaker of the Irish
House of Commons, 270.
French, Humphry, 954.
French Social Life, Jerome Paturot,
497.

G.

Gillamocholmog, tribe of, 941.

II.

Hardy, Thomas, Duffus, 942.
Hawkey, John, editor of the clas-
sics, 19.

Hill, Frederick, on Crime, its
Amount, Causes and Remedies,
345.

Hogg, James, Songs and Poems,

396.

Hook, T. E., Life and Remains,
680.

Hudson family, notice of, 41.

I.

Income Tax, opinions and argu-
ments upon it, by English and
Irish members of Parliament,
892, 912-its injustice in the case
of Ireland, 886.

J.

Jackson, Rev. William, account of
his suicide, 566.

Jeffrey, Lord, his statement of Eng-
lish injustice to Ireland, 756.
Jesuits, Dublin, their early history,
956.

Johnson, Doctor, his opinion of Eng-
lish government of Ireland, 753.

K.

Kay, Joseph, M. A., The Social
Condition and Education of Poor
Children, 328.

Kearney, Abbé, 187.
Kelly, Edward, called Waterloo
Kelly, account of, 189.
Kennedy family, account of, 608.
Kerry, Earls of, 268.

Kildare-street Club, notice of, 295.

L.

Lace, Limerick, history of its manu-
facture, 771.

Leather, Irish, superiority to Eng-
lish, 774.

Leinster House, Kildare-street,
Dublin, now the Dublin Society's
house, history of, 281.
Lewis, M. G., Life and Correspon.
dence, 665.

Limited Liability in Partnerships,
817.

Linen Board, Irish, its origin,
history and decline, 743, 789.
Luttrell, H., Letters to Julia, 662.

M.

Macklin, Charles, the actor and
dramatist, 857-see Memoirs.
Macnish, Robert, LL.D., Tales,
Poems, &c., 413.

Maculls, James, projector of a cop-
per coinage, 952.

Madden, Rev. Samuel, 693-see
Memoirs.

Maguire, J. F., M.P., The Indus-
trial Movement in Ireland, 735.

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