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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


newspapers of the day, and perhaps discussing mordi~us the great question of Burgh Reform. . . After waiting for a few minutes, the younger partner tips a sly wink across his counter, and beckons you to follow him through a narrow cut in its famous Hercules, the Dancing Fawn, the Iaocoon, and the Hermaphrodite, occupy conspicuous stations on the counters, one large table is entirely covered with a book of Canova?s designs, Turner?s ? Liber Studiorum,? and such like manuals ; and in GLADSTONE?S SAND. mahogany surface, into the unseen recesses of the establishment. X few steps downward, and in the dark, land you in a sort of cellar, below the shop proper, and here by the dim religious light, which enters through one or two well-grated peeping holes, your eyes soon discover enough of the furniture of the place to satisfy you that you have reached at last the sanctum sanctorum of the tine arts. Plaster of Paris casts of the head of the the corners where the little light there is streams brightest, are placed, upon huge piles of corduroy and kerseymere, various wooden boxes, black, brown, and blue, wherein are locked up from all eyes, save those of privileged and initiated frequenters of the scene, various pictures and sketches, chiefly by living artists, and presents to the proprietor. Mr. Bridges, when I asked him on my first nsit what mightbe the contents of thesemysteriousreceptacles,
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