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antique and modern, amoncrst which I noticed some chairs the backs and legs of which were formed of deer horns.
Raden Saleh soon made his appearance, and we conversed in French, a language which he spoke most fluently. He was also acquainted both with German and English, but he did not appear to be quite so much at home with the latter as with the former. He was about the middle height, with a cheerful, intelHffent countenance, and a broad but slightly receding forehead.
We had a long conversation together, during which he stated a fact which I remembered having previously seen in the papers, that he had been commissioned by our talented and much regretted Prince Consort to paint two subjects relating to Javanese life and scenery. He spoke in high terms of the Prince, with whom he appears to have had sevei'al interviews during the three-and-twenty years he spent in Europe, the greater part of which