Pompon Marchesi, an Italian sculptor, born in 1790, died in Milan. Feb. 6, 1858. His earlier works were executed under the direction of Canova, and he became professor in the academy of fine arts, ranking among the foremost of modern Italian sculptors. Among his principal works are statues of the Venus Urania, of St. Ambrose, Charles Emanuel, Volta Beccaria, Bellini, and of Goethe in the public library at Frankfort; of the emperor Francis, and of Philibert Amadeus of Savoy; a monument to Malibran; and 12 busts in terra cotta of warriors, which he executed gratuitously for the embellishment of the fort of Milan. His colossal marble group, the " Mater legal year began March 25 until the change of style in 1752. There is an old English and Scottish proverb: "March borrows three days of April, and they are ill".
The first, it shall be wind and weet; The next, it shall be snaw and sleet; The third, it shall be sic a freeze, Sail gar the birds stick to the trees.
It is disputed whether these "borrowing days " were the last three in March or the first three in April. Dr. Jamieson explains that when they were stormy March was said to borrow them from April that he might extend his power so much longer.