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By Jacob Bean

The accumulating of drawings used to be lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first significant and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance was once by means of Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice eu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have outdated and significant collections of drawings. In the US public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably contemporary improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is among the oldest within the state, and this is often because of the foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Three years later, to revenge the outrage done them, the Sabines surprised the ravishers and fought them under their own walls. But the Sabine women, who had tasted the joys of Hymen, precipitated themselves, with their little children, into the melee of the two armies. By their tears and their prayers they prevailed upon the two chiefs to renounce the single combat for which they were arming, to reconcile their fathers with their husbands, and at last to unite the two people by bonds of blood and of friendship.

But what may not conjugal and maternal love together accomplish? The Sabine women, who had been kidnapped by the Romans, suddenly rushed upon the scene of battle; their hair streaming in the wind, carrying their naked children at their breasts, they passed the piles of dead and the horses frenzied with the combat. They called loudly to their fathers, their brothers, their husbands, addressing themselves now to the Romans, now to the Sabines, calling them by the sweetest names known to men. The combatants, softened by pity, gave place to them.

The appreciation of the public is a more worthy object of his ambition. We invite our readers, who are perhaps expecting from us a description of the painting of the Sabines, to go to see the work itself in the atelier of the artist. We should be loth to weaken the effect by analyzing the composition. The subject is well known. The Romans kidnapped the daughters of the Sabines. Three years later, to revenge the outrage done them, the Sabines surprised the ravishers and fought them under their own walls.

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