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THE Haven of Piræus having been surprised by the enemy, Phocion, being the Archon or governor of Athens, was accused of having connived at its surrender, and condemned to death, in his eightieth year. Such is the subject of the present picture.
In the centre of the picture, Phocion is observed seated with the most placid demeanour. His friends have already swallowed poison. The cup being emptied, and the executioner refusing to get it filled for Phocion, unless he would give him twelve drachms, he requested an Athenian, who was present, to furnish him the money, since, as he said, " in Athens men are not even permitted to die without paying for it."
The picture is skilfully composed; in design it is fectly correct, in colouring vigorous, and exhibits the talents of the artist Odevaere, pupil of M. David, in a very favourable point of view.
STATUE BY N. COUSTON.
THE Huntsman is seated upon the trunk of a tree, holding in one hand a javelin reversed. His horse is attached to his body by a girdle; and his dog observed lying at his feet. Upon the base the name of the artist is written, and the date 1710.
This statue is particularly selected from the works of N. Couston. The simplicity of its attitude, and the beauty of the head, have been greatly admired. Its. height is about six feet.