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Art in the United States.

In the midst of the political turmoil, and in spite of Lae Artine's declaration that the Almighty Dollar prevents Americans from appreciating art, we perceive that the taste and liberality of our countrymen are fully alive to the claims of genius, both with the pencil and the chisel. Some of the best sculptors and painters in the Eternal City are Americans, among the former of whom is Rogers, who is charged with the completion of the Virginia Monument, and who is rapidly rising in his profession. In Galt and Barbee, Virginia has given to the world of art two of its brightest ornaments. The New York Herald speaks of the admirable works of another gentleman, formerly an artist in our city and a rising star in his profession, now a clergyman of the Episcopal Church in Springfield, Illinois. We refer to Rev. L. P. Clever, who is remembered with feelings of esteem and admiration by all his old friends in Virginia. A brilliant artist and a noble gentleman, he has devoted himself to the sacred calling in the far-off West with an energy and zeal equal to that which gained him such distinction at the easel. The Herald informs us that the famous portrait of McDonald Clarks, the "mad poet" of New York, which has been commonly attributed to Mr. Thomas Hicks, was, in reality, the work of Mr. Clover. It elicited general commendation in New York for its strong resemblance and peculiarly sad and characteristic expression. We also observe, among other encouraging movements in the world of art, that W. W. Corcoran, of Washington, is erecting a building for the purposes of the Washington Art Union, which, it is said, will surpass both the Boston Athenæum and the new Dusseldorf Gallery in New York. A number of Mr. Corcoran's own pictures — which are among the finest in the country — will be allowed to embellish the walls of the new art building. An exhibition of pictures by American artists is to be held at the National Academy of Design during the coming winter. The third collection of French pictures, exhibited in New York, will be opened to the public of that city during the present month. It will contain important works by many French artists who have already made, through their productions, an impression on the cultivated public of America.

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