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smaller sketches are full of energy ;--MR. IBABEY'S EXHIBITION.
the frame, No. 64, may be viewed as a good Nos. 79. 89. Skirmish: Combats, from the This celebrated French artist has opened proof of this :—it is only wlien colours
Novel of Old Mortality.-Ab. Cooper, an exhibition of his works at 61, Pall Mall; are employed that the artist seems (accordR. A. Elect.
which he has fitted up in a pavilion fashion, ing to our notions) to fail. In his landThese are animated and vigorous illustra worthy of imitation, both for its neat effect scapes of this class, there is no fine feeling, tions of the same subjects which the artist and for the excellence with which it throws no poetry, nor imagination; and us mere treated on a smaller scale at the British In- the light orer the pictures.
transcripts from nature, the total absence of stitution. They have the merit of being bet It is natural to suppose that the gallery of air-tint, and the use of the crudest green, enter drawn, and for spirit and execution yield a foreign artist, and especially of one, like tirely destroy their claim to consideration as to Wourermans perhaps in nothing but in the Mr. Isabey, of talents acknowledged to be clevated performances. The bistre landmanagement of the chiar oscuro, and the ex- of so high an order as to rank him among scapes are better. A few caricatures are exquisite touch of his distances. The massing the foremost in the French school, should ceedingly clever and humorous. The Conis equally fine; and, if not so highly finish-excite a lively interest among British gress at Vienna is curious, on account of the eil, there is as firm a pencil, and almost si- Painters and Amateurs. With these how-portraits, but inferior as a work of art to milar correctness.
ever it may be a question, whether produc- the Parade. No. 131. Chreimhild, the Widoro of Sieg- tions so different from what they are accusfrid the Swift, 8C.-H. Fuseli, R. A. tomed to admire, and on which their tastes
ORIGINAL POETRY. This is a scene founded on the ancient super- have been formed, can be appreciated altostition, that a corpse would bleed afresh on gether without prejudice. For ourselves,
[By Correspondents.] the approach of the murderers. In our first we can only say, that we have endeavoured | OMrs. Hofland's Picture at the Royal Academy, glance at the Exhibition, we stated that it to dismiss from our minds the predilections of " The Ancient City, by Moonlight." was composed in a high tone of imagination ; in favour of particular styles and manners, How beautiful! with what rich mellowed light and we are sorry that upon further acquaint and not to ground our opinions upon any The rising moon illumes the evening sky, ance, we cannot extend our commendation. system of exclusive preference. That therc Dispelling twilight's dim obscurity; Eyes bidding farewell to their sockets, feet does exist very opposite feelings with re- The distant landscape glimmers on the sight, like harpy, claws, and colouring which in- gard to art, between France and England, Veil'd in the floating mists of dewy night; volves dead and living in one iron tone, be- is not to be denied; and if it were denied, and in the tranquil pride of majesty, come more and more disagreeable in propor- this Exhibition would disprove the allega- Temples, and palaces, and shadowed tombs, tion to the size of the picture; and this is lion. The defects, as well as the qualities Where nought disturbs the mournful sigh which one of the largest which Mr. F. has lately belonging to each, are distinct; and it produced. As for perspective, the learned may with justice be remarked, that re- From hearts half breaking o'er them.--Silently professor seems resolute to confine his know- linquishing a portion of dogmatisın would be The deep broad waters How, where breezes die, ledge of it to his lectures. The dead body extremely advantageous to either. For if Rippling the surface, and alone betrayed might readily be mistaken for that of a fe- there are errors to avoid, there are also where one long broken line spreads o'er the male, instead of a warrior renowned in the beauties to imitate, on both sides; and in shade Aventura.
many instances a little of the French finish With quenchless splendor, sparkling restlessly. No. 145. Lear.-H. Howard, R. A. might be as beneficially bestowed upon our
May 6, 1820.
A. S. With more of elegance than of force, bolder sketches, as in others the spirit of our
AN EPITAPH, with more of art than of passion, Mr. Howard school might be admitted to elevate the prehas made his Lear, at least, far superior as cision of our continental competitors.
Cy git Jean qui baissoit les yeux a poetical portrait, to any of his late dra Mr. Isabey's Exhibition is attractive on
A la rencontre des gens sobres, matic representatives. The Dover Cliffs are account of its novelty, its variety, the nature
Et qui prioit souvent les dieux, sweetly painted; but in other respects we of many of its subjects, and its general cha
Que l'année eût plusieurs Octobres. observe nothing to distinguish this from the racter, as enabling the public to draw such
TRANSLATED, artist's manner in former works. comparisons as those with which we have set
Here lies friend John, who droop'd his head No. 180. Village of Waterlon. Travellers out. On a first visit and examination of the
At sight of a comrade sober, purchasing Relics, 8c.-G. Jones. 74 picces of which it consists, we were most
And prayed each night on going to bed, Mr. Jones has advanced far on the high struck by No. 2,“ Staircase of the Museum
That every month were October. road towards the top of the lill of fame: he at Paris," in water colours, and painted on is advancing. The present subject is worthy copper prepared in a peculiar way by the
THE DRAMA. of his talents, and he has applied them ad-artist, so as to impart to it the effect of mirably to illustrate it. Without going into solidity. This is indeed a beantiful speci, ivory as to finish, and of oil as to vigour and
VIRGINIUS.-On Wednesday a tragedy, details, we shall merely state that for design,
The architecture is admirable, and founded on the well known and often dramaexecution, and interest, we consider his per the figures charmingly painted. A lady in a tized Roman story of the death of Virginia,and formance to be entitled to the approbation of black gown with a green shawl, is an exam- the consequent revolution, which overthrew the lovers of the arts, and of the lovers of (ple of the most successful management of the authority of Appius Claudius and the their country's glory.
costume and perfect elegance of form. Decemviri, was produced at this theatre. No. 215. Bargaining for China.-W. In
No.7, “The Parade on the Tuileries," is the The author is stated to be an Irish ger. galton.
grandest drawing in the room, and eminent tleman, of the name of Knowles, and a We are glad to notice this artist again in both for finish and spirit. The portraits are distant relation of the late Mr. Sheridan. As terms of praise. We know not if he reads very interesting ; the horses, by Vernet, well a dramatic writer, he has sustained his claiın our remarks, but he has returned to the right executed ; and the tout ensemble impresses to that aftinity; for it gives us pleasure to path, which he was leaving in one or two us with a high opinion of the artist's powers say, that his play was most deservedly sucof his later pictures. This is an exceedingly in composition.
cessful. It is difficult to speak with any declever production, in its class.
Several drawings a l'estompe” resem-gree of correctness upon the poetry or comNo. 274. Cupid.-W. Owen, R A ble our mezzotint prints. In general we position of a tragedy, from merely being This is a funny-looking arch fellow, of the would remark, that Mr. Isabey appears present at a first night's performance. The Puck genus.
That his mother was the to us to be the Vanderwerf of our day. His impression upon our minds is, that there is goddess of beauty, may be doubted. He is miniatures are light, fanciful, and pretty; and inore of natural beauty and pathos, than of the cupid of a Flemish droll, and not of the these also interest us from the persons of the elevation of the tragic muse, in Virginius ; Alidsummer Night's Dream.
whom they are the likenesses. Some of the that the touches of filial and paternal feeling
BY FRANCOIS MAYNARD.
are more frequent and just, than sustained and Claudius ; the faithful Serria; the friendly task of translating Shakespeare into his deeply wrought ; and, in general, that the Numatorius, &c.; are sufficiently distinguishi- own language, was much puzzled with the effects are produced rather by brief and vi-ed for the purpose of general interest. lines in Henry IVvid strokes, than by lofty and magnificent Having thus noticed the principal features « E'en such a man, so faint, so spiritless, bursts of passion. We further noticed some of the tragedy, we would wish, before pay So dull, so dend in looke, so woe begone." sweet poetical images-such, for instance, ing a just tribute of applause to the actors, The former epithets he got through pretty as a comparison of the heroine, between to add up, in one short sentence, that we well; but at length concluded the verse with, girl and woman, to the season which is more think it not only a production of much pro si tristo allez vous en." thari spring, but not yet summer. Several mise, but one of great intrinsic merie, and Another of these translators rendered strongly expressed patriotic sentiments ob- extremely honourable to the writer, wlio, if " Out, out, brief candle,” Sortez, sortez, tained their due meed of applause from the he does not move ainong the giants of courte chandelle. audience; and, with very few and unimpor- the highest order, has avoided all turgidity A third, thus entitled “ Much ado about tant exceptions, (which should, however, and ambitious bombast, and laid the public nothing," which he translated for the Paribe expunged") the language appeared to us under a debt of gratitude, for a very natural, sian stage • Beaucoup de bruit pour peu de to be terse and forcible, and not inconsistent pathetic, and pleasing work.
chose.” with the dignity of the buskin. We, of Macready's acting battles that praise which
The Vampire story has been dramatized course, do not include in this observation inust be condensed within sınall compass. for the Parisian Theatre of the Porte Saint the passages intended to relieve the graver His transitions from affection to rage, from Martin. colloquy, and in which one Siccius Denta-, rage to grief, and froin grief to madness, Our correspondents from St. Petersburgh tus very closely imitates Menenius Agrippa, are indescribably fine. They must be seen are full of the ireasures brought from the East, the humourist in Coriolanus. Of these it is and felt in order to have an adequate idea of by our countryman, Sir Robert Ker Porter, enough to say, that however puns may be of their truth, their nature, and their force, and shipped for England, in the form of Andoomed extra-tragical by critics, they
were C. Kemble, with a severe hoarseness, played tiquities, Drawings, &c. His drawings of Asirelished by the great majority of Mr. Bull's up to this leading part : in the first trial atic Architecture are very curious, particufamily at the theatre on Wednesday. scene, where he has most scope, he is also larly those of the times of Darius and Shah Ab
In the construction of his plot, Mr. eminently effective. Abhott's portraiture of basi and not a few novel beauties of architecKnowles has displayed considerable art, and the tyrant, is just an:! adınirable. Nothing tural decoration may be found in the ancient some want of skill. With the death of Vir- can be better conceiver than the fierce classic and Saracenic fragments of the paginia under her father's kuife, in the fourth and burning energy of his passion for Vir- laces of Persepolis, Ispahan, Bagdad, &c. act, the great interest of the piece termi- ginia. Terry, in Dentatus, is finely discri- Sir Robert brings home with him some intenates ; and the fifth act, in which Virginius, minating; aut Miss Foote, as Virginia, resting specimens of, perhaps, the oldest rendered insane by his misfortunes, stran- thongh languid, atfords a very fair semblance building in the world: bri and rement gles Appius in prison, is not only a work of of the hapless virgin. Phc minor parts were from the foundation of the Temple of Belus, supererogatory horror, but improbable in very respectably performed, and the tragedy at Balıylon, believed by antiquaries to be action, and injurious to the nobler sensations was entirely sucecssful.
the remains of the Tower of Nimrod. preriously excited. The improbability consists in the free egress and regress to the dungeon where the fallen Decemvir iz im-.
METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL. mured ; and the horror, in the violent process of griping a man by the neck to suf- tile letter, which we have now before us,
Ligueur Names.-A Hamburgh r crean- Thursday, 11 - Thermometer from 49 to 65. focation upon the stage (though we have a
Barometer from 30, 11 to 30, 15.
Wind S. b. W. 3.-Morning and noon cloudy, precedent in Othello); and aclding to this contains among the articles of its “ Price
the rest of the day generally clear. brutality, which could only be tolerated on current," the following list of Liqueursthe English stage, the Frenehified incident of Spirit of Cupid ; Fire of Love; Plea
Rain fallen ,025 of an inch. bringing in Virginia's funeral urn, craped sure of Venus ; Spirit of Wellington ; Spirit Pridoy, 12–Thermometer from 42 to 69.
Barometer, stationary at 30, 20. and palled, in order to restore krer distracted of Blucher ; Belle Alliance ; Choice of the
Wind S. W. 1-Generally cloudy, with sunThese parent to recollection and reason.
Sacrifice of Love;
shinc the greater part of the day. jectionable in themselves, but very badly Saxon Professor of Painting, Kiigeleken, things, we are of opinion, are not only ob- Courage-Water ; Forget me not.”
Saturday, 13–Thermometer from 37 to 62. The assassins (three in number) of the
Barometer, from 30, 16 to 30,07. associated together. In other respects,
Wiud S. F.1-A foggy morning, and geneauthor has evinced his judgement in making
have been discovered, and comınitted to pri- rally cloudy. A hulo formed at times in the Numatorius the unele of Virginia ; in giving son in Dresden.
morning, faintly coloured. her a betrothed husband, Icilius, and an affecDandy Criticism. We are fond of dandy Sunday, 14-Therinometer from 45 to 65.
Barometer from 30, 04 to 29, 99. tionate matron nurse, Servia ; and in the con- criticism, and gather illustrative anecdotes duct by which he has contrived to render a se
Wind S. b. W. 1 - Clouds generally passing, when we can, Two of these worthies were cond appearance before the tribunal of Ap- examining Mulready's picture in the exhibi- with sunshine, till the evening, when it becanie pius, (a great dramatic dificulty), so far tion, in which there is a sneaking our dog; Ilonday, 15 -- Thermometer from 41 to 64. from being a dull repetition, a varied and and the following conversation ensued.-Dun
Barometer from 30,00 to 29, 97. affecting source of excellence. dy-prinus. “D-d fine 'pon my soul !
Wind S. and S. W.1.-Generally cloudy, sunThe characters are all ably drawn, and dand expressive! what is it?” Dundy shine at times. well marked. Virginius is a powerful'union secundus, (hlowing over the leaves of his Tuesday, 16 - Thermometer from 40 to 58.
Barometer from 29, 87 to 29,90. of fatherly love, and stern public virtue. catalogue with a gentle breath, and assisting
“ The wolf Appius, a good picture of a mind rendered himself with a gloved hand).
Wind S. W. 2. - Generally cloudy, with furious by the indulgence of lawless appeand the lamb.” Dandy-primus. “Exquisite, sbowers ofrain at times.
Rain fallen ,45 of an inch. tites, and the exercise of arbitrary authority. by gad (looking at the cur) I see the wolf,
Wednesday, 17—Thermometer from 45 to 64. Virginia, innocent and timid, and Icilius, a but 'pon honour I can't find the lainb!'
Barometer from 29, 94 to 29, 88. lover worthy of her and of her father, on
Dandy-secundus. “Pr'haps he has eat it!”
Wind S. W. 2. and S. b. 'W.4.-Clouds pasThere are fine
traits in Dentatus ; and even successor of Sir Joseph Banks, who is about halo formed in the afternoon about 3, and the inferior agents, the sycophant favourite, to resign the presidency of the Royal Acade- parhelion on each side of it, both very'strong. Ex. gr. In describing Virginius as recovermy.+M. Post.
A halo formed in the evening round the moon. ing from a trance, Numatorius says, “When to Anecdotes of Translation.-A French
Rain fallen ,l of an inch. himself he came."
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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1820.
To learne by industry this art,
Shee'l prayse thy uoyce, thy face ;
Shee'l say, th'art witty ;
Shee'l too cry up thy race,
Thy state shce'l pitty;
Shee'l sigh, and then accuse obedience to Mrs. Tomkin's Commands. But, when 'twas English'd men halfe-witted,
Fortune of blindnesse :
This forine she still doth use,
When shee'd shew kindnesse.
Thoul't find (if thou but note) This Mr. Patrick Carey, (if such wight Then what confusion did arise !
That t'all she sings one note ; there ever were), would be somewhat sur Coblers, deuines gan to dispise, prized to see his Trivial Poerns in the goodly This, ministers to scorne did bring; Soe that they could but spell:
l'ue learn'd her arts by rote :
Ned! fayth looke to itt! form of a Quarto, and Mrs. Tomkins com- Preaching was held an easy thing,
With scorne, as now on mee, mands enlarged from the small duodecimo Each-one might doe't as well.
(Lesse may'st thou-care for't !)
Ere long shee'l looke on thee,
Thy selfe prepare for't. they now assume. The introduction assures When lawes translated are :
The next new face will cast us that these poems are reprinted from an For eu'ry man that lists, will prattle;
Thinc out of fanour; unique MS. copy which Mr. Murray the Pleading will be but twittle-twattle,
The winds change not soe aft, publisher presented to Mr. (now Sir) Walter And nought but noyse att bár.
As her thouglits wauer: Scott the author ; and concludes with an | Then lett's cene bee content t'obay,
If them thou striu'st l enchayne,
Thereby thou'lt onely gayne opinion of the latter, that Carey's playful And to beleeue what judges say,
Thy labour for thy payne : ness, gaiety, and ease of expression, both in Whilst for us, lawyers brawle:
Ned! fayth looke to itt! amatory verses, and political satire, entitle Though fowre or five bce thence undonne, him to a rank considerably above the “ inob T'is better hane some instice donne,
And from the second part, which consists of gentlemen who write with ease." When Then to haue none att all.
of Hymns and other religioas compositions, we remember some of the names included
of the love songs which are perfectly in ve select the annexed as possessing the in that designation as originally applied, we the style of the age assigned to them, the greatest merit or originality. must, with diffidence, express our dissent following are among the better order.
Seruire Deo, Regnare est. from ever the high authority of the northern Cease t' exaggerate your anguish,
Are these the things I sigh'd for soc, before ? Minstrel here cited; but we rather suspect Ye, who for the goui coinplayne !
For want of these, did I complayne of Fate? that it is but a blind, and that the whole pro- Louers, that in absence languish,
Itt cannot bee. Sure there was somewhat more duction is one of those harmless and good-Onely know, indeed, what's payne.
That I saw then, and priz'd ntt a true rate; humoured literary mystifications which put if the choyce were is my power,
Or & strange dullnesse haud obscur'd my sight, an ideal stainp of antiquity upon the labours Sooner much the racke i'de choose,
And eucn rotten wood glitters i' th' night. of a modern pen. Be that as it may, be Then, for tli' short space of an hour,
Mine eyes were dimme, I could noe nearer gett; Patrick Carey or Walter Scott the bard, and My deare Stella's sight to lose.
This trash was with ite's most acuantage plac'd ; Mrs. Tomkins or Mr. Murray the prime Sometimes feare, sometimes desire
Noe meruayle then, if all my thoughts were sett mover, these little poems are only curious and Seaze (by cruell turnes) my heart;
On folly, since itt seem'd so fayrely grac'd. pretty: Ritson, Percy, Ellis, Campbell, are Now a frost, and then a fire
But now that I can see, and am gott neare, full of finer specimens than any we find('Las !) I feele in ev'ry part.
Ugly (as 'tis indeed) itt doth appeare. among them, of which we shall therefore Horrid change of paynes ! O leaue mee,
Now, were I putt on th' Erithrean sands, merely select three or four exempli gratia. With my death else end your spight!
I would not stoope the choycest jew'les to take Of the Ballades, several are political ; and Absence doth as much bereaue mee
Should th' Indian bring me gold in full-fill'd
hands, the following verses from one of these, ridi-. As death can, of her lou'd sight.
I would refuse all offers hee could make, culing the order of the Rump Parliament Thus (denre Stella) thy poor loner
Gemmes are but sparckling froth, naturall glasse; (in Oct. 1650) that all books of law be put His unlucky fate beipoanes ;
Gold's but guilt clay, or the best sort of brasse. into English, are the most poignant that we whilst his parting soule does houer can pick out. 'Bont his lippes ; wing'd by sad groanes.
Long since (for all is monarchy) that bee Yett thou may'st from death repriue him
Which rules in a large hiue, I did dispize : The shoemaker, beyond the shoe
A mole-hill's chiefest ant I laugh'd to see,
But any prince of men I much did prize.
The world now seemes to mee noe bigger thien
Mole-hill, or hiue ; ants, bees, noe lesse then To meddle with the craft hee's taught,
Ned! she that likes thee now,
Who wishes then for power, or plenty craues, What th' anchor is, few ploughmen know; Trust her not, though she uow
O lett him looke downe on them both from Saylers can't tell what meanés gee-ho Ne'er to deceave thee ;
hence ! Termes proper hath each trade : ist soe to Tom she swore,
Hee'l see that kings in tlirones, as well as graues Nay, in our very sports, the bowler, Yet straight was ranging;
Are but poor wormés, enslaued to uilest sence : The tennis-player, huntsman, fowler,
Thus shee'd serue forty more,
Hee'l find that nonc are poore who care for New names for things haue made. Still shee'l bee changing.
nought; Soe words i' th’ lawes are introduc'd Last moneth I was the man;
But they hauing much, for more bane songh. Which common talke has neuer us'd; See, if denye't she can;
Come, poore deluded wretch! climbe up to mee;
My naked hermitage will teach all this:
'Twill teach thee too wlicre truest riches bee, VOL. IV.