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a portrait picture, "Children of T. Drane, E8<i." The next year he contributed *' The Gunpowder Plot " to the Academy, and in 1829 " The Prisoner " and "A Foraging Party roused '* to the British Institution. In 1830 he sent to the British Insti- tution "The SickChUd;" in 1831 he exhibited nothing ; but in 1832 he hung on the walls of the British Institution "The Card Players," a "Sketch of a Cottage," "The Effects of Intemperance," and " The Love Letter ; " and on those of the Academy "The Smugglers." In 1833 he had at the Academy " The Lantern" and "A Village School." In 1835 he exhibited "Late at School" and "Beading the Scrip- ture8,"at the British Institution, and " Bird-catchers " and " Intercepted Letters " at the Academy, where also in 1836 he sent a pair of subjects, "Gtoing into School" and "Coming out of School ;" in 1837, " Eetuming from the Fair;" and in 1838 " Break- fast." In 1839 he exhibited at the British Institution " The Rat-trap," and " Anticipation," a baker's boy bringing home a pie, which a hungry- lookmg boy at the door eyes with expectant satisfaction ; and at the Academy "Football," which was considered one of the best pictures he had hitherto painted. In 1840 — in which year he was elected an Associate of the Eoyal Academy — he produced " Punch," a picture full of grotesque incident and individual character; in 1841 two pictures which perhaps the artist has never surpassed, " The Smile " and " The Frown " (so well known by the en- gravings made for the Art Union of London), and "The Boy with many Friends." In 1842 he exhibited at the British Institution " The Wan- derer," representing a young Italian boy with a box of white mice ; and at the Royal Academy " The Grand- mother," "Going to School/' and " The Impenitent." " Sickness and Health" was produced in 1843. In 1844 he exhibited at the British Institution "Contrary Winds" (a

boy sailing a boat in a washing- tub) J and at the Royal Academy "The Pedlar." In 1845 appeared "The Dame's School;" and in 18^ " Please to remember the Grotto " and " Only once a Year." In the latter year Mr. Webster was elected a full member of the Academy. Subsequently to that date he ex- hibited many pictures, including — " Good Night," " A Village Choir," " Instruction," 1847 ; " The Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall," "A Rubber," 1848 ; "A Sea-saw," " A SUde,"1849; "A Studyjfrom Nature," "A Cherry Seller," "A Peasant's Home," " A Farm-house Kitchen," 1850 ; " A Chimney Comer," "Attraction," 1851; "A School Playground," "A. B. C," "A Letter from the Colonies," 1852; "The Race," 1855; "Hide and Seek," 1856 ; " Autumn and Winter," 1860 ; "Roast Pig," 1862; "A Tea Party," 1863; "The Battle of Waterloo," " A Game at Draughts," 1864 ; "Village Gossips," "My Back Kitchen," 1865; "Volunteers at Artillery Practice," 1871; "The Prompter," " The Wreck Ashore," 1874; "Waiting for the Bone," "Youth and Age," "A Birth-day Tea-party," 1876; "The Letter," 1877; portrait of himself, 1878. Mr. Webster resigned his member- ship in the Royal Academy in June, 1876, and was placed on tibe list of H onor ary Retired Academicians.

WEDMORE, Fbbdbbick, was bom at Clifton in July, 184i, being the son of a merchant of Bristol. He was educated privately in Eng- land and on the Continent, and, determining on the profession of

J'oumalism, entered the office of a Mstol newspaper before he was nineteen. He remained there three years, and subsequently came to London, writing for various maga- zines. His novels of " A Snapt Gold Ring" and "Two Girls," were pub- lished in 1871 and 1874, and were more favourably received by the literary than by the general public. Henceforward devotuig himself to