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in the centre of the historic quarter of She gave him three sons and two daughAntwerp, its bright, gracious solidity con- ters—the latter celebrated for unusual trasting with the gloomy strength of “ Le loveliness of both character and person Steen,” the old Spanish Inquisition on -all of whom survive her, for Madame which it looks down,
De Keyser died in May, 1879. Immense “La Bataille des Éperons d'Or," on ap- numbers attended at the funeral of this pearing in the Salon at Brussels in 1836, universally beloved woman.
"Such a brought to its author the gold medal, “a funeral procession was never seen here," reward many sexagenarian artists have said an eye-witness to me, “and among waited for in vain." This painting is de them all not one indifferent." To M. De scribed in a manner to show the impres- Keyser it was an irreparable loss, the shadsion it made, in all the Belgian books of ow of which stretches to his own grave. history, by such critics as Auguste Voisin, In 1844 the spirited painting " La BaThéodore Just, and Louis Alvin, a distin- taille de Neuport,” made for King Wilguished writer and an influential mem- helm II. of Holland, was carried to the ber of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Palace of the Hague as the King had or Brussels.
dered. The next morning M. De Keyser The “Saintes Femmes au Tombeau,"ex- was invited to come to the King. When hibited at Bruges, brought M. De Keyser he entered the room where the picture was another gold medal. This picture can be hanging the King was standing before the seen in the Church of St. Leuth, province picture in the act of fastening upon its of Limbourg. “La Bataille de Woerin- frame the cross of the Lion of the Nethgen,” ordered by the government, was ex-erlands, attached to a coat of arms in a posed at Brussels, at Paris, and in the chief handsome setting. cities of Germany, and the painter was “J'aime à décorer sur le champ de bamade Chevalier of the Order of Leopold taille même!" said the King, at the same in recognition of this work. He pro- time ordering " La Bataille de Seneffe." duced many minor paintings also. M. De Keyser was subsequently invited to
In 1839 he went to Italy; he had pre- several European courts, making friends viously made in 1835 an artistic tour with and portraits of royalty. His equesthrough England and Scotland with his trian portrait of Wilhelm II. as Prince of learned friend Felix Bogaert. He visited Orange at the battle of Waterloo, which Germany and Holland on his way back the King wished to offer for the acceptfrom Italy, and on his return to Antwerp ance of the Queen of England, pleased in 1840, at the time of the fêtes to Rubens him so much that he kept it for himself, and the erection of the Rubens statue on begging the artist to make a copy of it for the Place Verte, he was married to Mlle. her Majesty. It occupies with grand efIsabelle Telghuys, the daughter of a fect a deep panel in the salon of the Palais wealthy family of Verviers. Her father, Royal of the Hague, and the copy is in the a Protestant of Dutch origin, was a remark- gallery of Windsor Castle, England. Gerable man, who ultimately left Verviers, many, England, and Russia now began to and came to live in Antwerp, where in vie with Holland in sending orders and 1830 he gave an impulse to the wool offers to M. De Keyser. It was in Stutttrade. Mlle. Telghuys was herself an gart, while the guest of the King of Würartist of merit, well known by her fine temberg, that M. De Keyser first met with painting which has been erroneously Prince Gortschakoff, the famous and now styled "Marguerite à la Porte de l'Église” very aged Chancellor of Russia. The (Faust), but in reality represents “The friendship then begun between the diploDaughter of Thomas Morus at the Gate mate and artist continues still. of her Father's Prison.” This work, in Some of M. De Keyser's works are in which she had benefited by M. De Keyser's America. Among them “Marino Falieri," advice, was her sole noteworthy perform a life-size representation of the Doge of ance previous to her marriage, and after Venice casting from him in a fit of jeaher marriage she became gradually so ab- lous fury the act of the Council, which he sorbed in her husband's artistic advance- deems too lightly punishes the audacious ment that she deserted her own easel, de- offender against his honor. This is the voting all possible time, attention, and property of Mr. Belmont, of New York. taste with the most tender enthusiasm to “Albert and Isabella" visiting the workhis achievements.
ing-room of Plantin, an important work
in what is called academical size, belongs to choose from these three candidates. It to Walter Gurney, of New York.
is thus a double choice; and the order posThe engravings, very well known, of sesses this great superiority over other orhis “Laurent of Medicis," and the School ders that it is indeed given the new knight of Raphael," and "Vandyck taking Leave by his peers, and does not depend on the of Rubens before going to Italy,' and Ru- good-will of a monarch. M. De Keyser bens painting the celebrated Chapeau is a member of the famous Institut de de Paille," made the fortune of their pub- France, of the Académie de la Belgique, lishers.
and other foreign academies of art, and Since the completion of “L'École d'An- also is chairman of the International Corps vers," M. De Keyser has painted for the Académique, which receives funds yearly
Villa des Palmiers of M. Gambart at Nice from the government and the town with four grand panels representing the great which to purchase works of art from the leaders of the chief schools of art.
best artists of all nations, according to the For many years M. De Keyser has been date of their nomination into the Corps either commander or officer in almost Académique. The number of effective all the principal orders of Europe. One and the number of aggregate members is which it has been an especial gratification limited, and when an effective member is to him to receive is the Order for Merit, to deliver the piece of art commended to of Prussia. The number is limited, only him, he must at the same time give his one other Belgian artist, Gallait, having own portrait. In this way a modern mureceived it. The knights of this order, seum of a really international character when there is a place open, must choose has been created since 1852, and M. De by election three candidates, and the King Keyser has been its chairman from the beof Prussia (Emperor of Germany) is bound ginning. In 1880 he resigned his position as Director of the Antwerp Royal Acade- After two winters passed in Spain, the my of Fine Arts, that he might, after so last in Seville with great benefit to the many years devoted to the training of art- artist's health as well as to his study of ists, at last gather all his forces wholly to color, he was, in the spring of 1882 and the service of his own creative genius. in his own seventieth year, projecting a To reach this point, where he could serve new series of important works with all Art for her own sake, without any preoc- the energy of youth; and one canvas of cupation as to the possibility of selling his very large size was already prepared for the work, or the necessity of consulting the representation of the “Procession of Holy tastes of others as to theme or dimensions, Friday at Seville.” The studies for this has been the dream of this artist's whole are exact and in every way extraordinary, life.
promising a great effect for the result.
Part xx. ISS GERRINAR deeply regretted She was shocked and angered, as her
face expressed. dered abilities, and wondered why it was “And I had good reason to despair," that his integrity did not give him more he added. general force of character. For she never He stood beside her, looking down withdoubted his integrity. We always try to out another word, and soon allowed himbelieve that picturesqueness has it. She self to be separated from her. tried to persuade herself that she was “Heavens!" quoth she to herself, sniffbored by him; but the truth was that in ing her bouquet. “Why can not that Wentworth's gaze there lurked intelli- man allowone to refuse him point-blank ?" gence, like the glance from a mask, and in The angry beauty did not know how the pressure of his hand there was earnest carefully Wentworth tried to forego the speech. It appeared to her that he was unpleasant finale to which she alluded one of those charming products, a thing under her breath. with a secret, which says to the common- He called upon her the next day, hopplace observer, “I am perfectly empty; I ing feverishly that her interest in him had am only what you suppose”; and to the grown more definite, as for a person suffiobserver of perception hints of concealed ciently original to be allowed to love springs.
without the necessity of making his love Wentworth knew that he had no time cancel him, although it could not be reto lose. He must not allow Miss Guerri- turned by her. nar's interest in him to be held in too Such lovers are often tolerated, and he many lights. He said that he must leave knew that even a modest advantage on the city in a few days, and that he was his part like this would be of great value dangerously idling out of his native city, to him. and yet he persisted in staying. At last, He indulged himself in his half-sneerat an evening reception, finding him sta- ing, half-exultant smile when he found tioned near her with the usual matter-of- that Clover was willing to receive him. course, Clover asked him why he did not He muttered an apology for having been do his duty, and return to business by the so ungoverned as to speak as he did the night train. He looked into her face with previous evening. vague dread, and declared that he dared She was encouragingly indignant, he not go away.
saw. Her eyes were wide and still with "Poor Mr. Wentworth !"exclaimed she. temper, and her bewitching wrists and “How many fears you entertain!" hands trembled slightly upon her dark
He quickly turned full upon her, and dress. She opened her lips a moment siafter a moment's hesitation, in which he lently before she spoke, and then declared, satisfied himself that no one could over- bitingly: hear them, answered with more sternness “The fear concerning your sentiments than she had ever seen in him before: of which you spoke is the one piece of
“You understand, then, that I fear my cowardice which I indorse in you. And love for you ?"
how about that business and your mone
tary pocket: will they hold out much | self that there was no such thing as mealonger ?"
suring his suffering accurately, and no Wentworth calculated each of his moves measuring his possible worth, nor the as if he were playing chess.
needs of individuality. Perhaps he could " What am I to do ?" he said. “Before weep and mourn thus without offense to I met you I really cared little for any- nature, when no other man could. thing. It seemed to me that life was not It is a hard thing to get beyond or out worth the living, even to the extent of of this awe of the difference between peositting down to dinner. And I did not ple. When we look upon them as a race, much care that I did not care. Now I with intense, inevitable likenesses, we are crave something which I can not have. even more cruel and indifferent than beThat one need makes all other needs have fore. meaning and effect. My appetite has re- She was about to get up and turned. I even smoke. Do you know, him, she did not quite know with what I believe I am utterly ruined by my ac- intention, when her motion caused Wentquaintance with you, for I am useless worth to turn and come toward her. He with it or away from it.' I repeat, what knelt by her side meekly. She leaned am I to do ?”
away from him with a slight gesture of He then melted his austere pitifulness displeasure and contempt. into glowing humor, such as Clover had “It is not fair for you to shun me so not yet beheld in him, and while she was loftily,” he said. “Of course I know as becoming astonished at this revelation he well as you do that my expectations won her into so genial a mood with his should be very humble. What have I to own that she forgot to reflect or tempo- offer you? I am poor, wayward, and rize; but in looking back upon the inter- weak. You are—or might be-my life's view (a moment before its close) she al- inspiration. There is no other woman most caught her breath.
like you for strength and perception with“He cares for nothing but what he in the utmost limit of my ken. Can't I can not have,” she thought, in amaze, show a little gratitude for the knowledge “and yet I never saw a creature more of you—and even adoration-forgetting merrily acquiescent than he has been to myself for a moment as I kneel at your day. What a fund of possibility there is feet ?" He laughed and got up. "It is in him! What might he not become, a mighty foolish position, I admit; I supwith health and happiness of heart! But pose it was chosen as one of the most deoh, why does he make the mistake of fenseless in the world, indicating that the choosing me for his deity ?” She could kneeler is at the mercy of his beloved. not answer this question, because it was Do not look angered, Miss Guerrinar. If so hard not to say to herself that it was your loveliness can make me inconseperfectly natural in Wentworth to choose quent, I am not to blame!" her. She knew, in an irksome way, that There was a zest and even a charm in she was intelligent and beautiful and wide- the tone of Wentworth's language, as he ly admired.
carried off his rôle, that sent a thrill All at once Wentworth had lost his through Clover's heart and made her stiff, gayety, buried his face in his hands, and expectant, dumb with excitement. He she was aware that he wept, tremblingly knew when to use his native stamina and and softly. The moment was horrible. other honest characteristics, and no wonWentworth, nevertheless, knew that if der that the young woman was puzzled she could not endure this, she would slip by the inconsistent qualities she perceived through his fingers at some later moment. in him. She sighed, pondered for a moShe did bear it, but not passively, and ment, and then came to her wits again. leaned over to him and laid her hand on Before she could speak, Wentworth one of his expostulatingly, as if it were a hastened to do so, with a covert glance. crime for a man to weep so weakly. He “Heaven knows what is to become of got up, with his face turned from her, me! You are not by any means the first and walked round the room.
woman I have loved. I proposed to the Clover turned to look at him, and a others, and was refused with great reguwave of disgust ruffled her kindness to- larity. You may judge, if you care to, ward him. Then she felt a dread of whether I am glad or sorry that I did not breaking out angrily. She said to her- succeed. I can not-to you-I can not