The Old Curiosity Shop

The "Old Curiosity Shop".

A Part Of The Marshalsea Prison

A Part Of The Marshalsea Prison.

Lodge In ST. James' Park

Lodge In ST. James' Park.

A still more pathetic memorial of "Bleak House" is the pauper's burial-ground, whither Jo conducted Lady Dedlock, disguised as a servant, that she might look upon the wretched ending of a life which Love had once knit closely to her own. So dark is the dismal alley leading to this fearful place that, when I brought a photographer to the place, we were obliged to bribe the custodian to open the gate, in order to obtain light enough to render visible the steps, where at last poor Lady Dedlock, a fugitive from her home, came to die near the grave of the man she had loved.

K1Ngsgate Street (Residence Of Sairey gamp)

K1Ngsgate Street (Residence Of Sairey gamp).

One of the richest monuments, not only of London, but of the whole world, is the celebrated Albert Memorial, - a structure erected to the memory of the husband of Queen Victoria. The pedestal alone repays an hour of close inspection. Broad granite steps lead up on every side to a spacious platform, at the corners of which are four colossal groups of statuary, symbolic of the great divisions of the globe: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Beyond these, the base of the tower, which rises from the centre of the platform, is nothing less than wonderful in its elaborate display of one hundred and sixty-nine life-sized marble statues cut in high relief, and surrounding the entire monument. These noble forms portray the greatest geniuses of every period since the dawn of history: painters, sculptors, musicians, architects, inventors, reformers, poets, and philosophers. In one place, for example, stands Homer, the "Father of Poetry," while near him, reverentially-listening to his words, are Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Milton, and Boccaccio. In another section are grouped Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghi-berti, John of Bologna, Benvenuto Cellini, and other sculptors of the Renaissance. At last, above them all, rises to the height of one hundred and seventy-five feet a gorgeously decorated Gothic spire, glittering with gilding, sparkling with multicolored mosaics, crowded with bronze and marble statues of angels blowing golden trumpets, and, finally, surmounted by a golden cross; while under this magnificent canopy, which is almost Oriental in the splendor of its decoration, sits a statue of gilded bronze fifteen feet in height, portraying the Prince Consort.

The Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial.

The Reliefs

The Reliefs.

Homer And His Successors

Homer And His Successors.

Europe

Europe.

To one who did not know the high esteem felt for Prince Albert, by the people of Great Britain, it might seem strange that such a magnificent memorial should be erected to a German prince, who had derived his chief political distinction by marrying Queen Victoria. But, when one calls to mind the enormous influence for good or ill that any husband can exert over a wife, who loves him and is the mother of his children, one can appreciate the immense relief and gratitude awakened in all English hearts, when it became evident that the Prince Consort's influence with the Queen was not only personally great and good, but in affairs of State was also always exerted for the welfare of the land she ruled. More than to any other Englishman, save John Bright, America (as well as England) is deeply indebted to Prince Albert, for having sturdily and steadfastly upheld the cause of the Union in our Civil War; and it was on his arm that the Queen leaned, with confident reliance, during that period, so momentous for the two great divisions of the English-speaking race. A perfect gentleman, a man of irreproachable character, a loving husband, a wise and devoted father, an earnest patron of art and science, and the promoter of the first of the World's Great Expositions, Great Britain has done well to honor, worthily, the Consort of its Sovereign and the father of its future king.