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Lying the Brunswickers in person--throwing him. In describing Mont St. Jcan, and that part where self into the infantry battalions, charged by ca. the battle raged with greatest fury, our author valry; and giving a few encouraging words to the takes particular notice of an old picturesque tree, exhausted soldiers, as he sat on his horse, exposed which bears the name of Wellington, from the cir: to the shower of all sorts of bullets, watching for cumstance that our illustrious commander stood the proper instant to give them command for them near it during part of the action.
“ I found it," to rise from their place of partial shelter, to stand says Mr. Scott, "much sbattered with balls, both to their arms, as the enemy's columo approached grape and musket; all of which had been picked near. Up, guards! and at them again,' was his out by visitors. Its branches and trunk were tes. exclamation on one of these occasions : • We must ribly splintered. It still retained, however, the Rot be beat, iny friends---what would they say in vitality of its growth, and will, probably, for many Euglaad ;'-Was another of his short and pithy ad. future years, be the first saluting sign to our cbiba dresses. This moment, as I have said, was a trying dren, and our children's children, who, with feel and even a doubtful one: but its fury was encoun. ings of a sacred cast, come to gaze on this theatre tered and repelled by the British unaided :--The of their ancestor's deeds. We who now describe last charge made by the enemy was completely re them, must soon join those whose fall we compalsed :-the French retired from before us alone ; memorate; and other generations will have their and the arrival of the Prussians had only an influ. curiosity excited, only to follow us where all human ance on the future operations. This iufluence was ioterests cease: but this venerable tree will remain certainly very valuable. To be sure, it was hardly a long survivor of the grand battle, in which it was likely that the light would have lasted long enough no slight sufferer--a monument of its circumstances to permit Buonaparte to form fresh columns of --a conspicuous mark to denote and to impress, attack against the British; but he had men enough Its old head rising over the graves of so many to do so-he continued to outnumber us greatly; gallant men, who dropped under what it withstood, and we were dreadfully exhausted. If he could struck one as conveying a mortifying reproach of have arranged another great charge before nightfall, the weakness of our species. An empire has wi. the consequences might have been very serious; thered under its shade; the hopes of ambition, but the Prussians came up just as he had been the prayers of affection, the strength of the brave, vain roughly dashed back from the immovable and the skill of talent, lie abortive beneath its British lines ;-just as be had received his last les branches: yet it will continue to put forth its son as to the matchless quality of the troops by leaves in the spring—to break the winds of autumn whom his gencrals had been often beaten, and -and to sustain the snows of winter;-to overagainst whom he had to-day been, for the first hang succeeding crops, as it over hung the thinning time, opposed. The arrival of our gallant allies, ranks of armies ;--to shelter the bird, whose note under such circumstances, destroyed him. It is shall echo over fields that groaned under the crashDecessary, however, to observe, in consequence of ing wheels of canuon, and shook under the than some reports that are abroad.---that the Duke never dering tramp of charging squadrons.". despaired as to the battle. It is said that a very Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa. By distinguished British general made some rather Edw. Dan.. Clarke, LL.D. Vol. iv. 410. melancholy representations to his grace towards 41. 145. 6d, large paper, 8l. 85. the end of the day. You are wrong,' he replied,
Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk, being a and then pulling out his watch, added— You will
svo. see that in half an hour I shall bare beaten them. Series of Letters from the Continent. I know both my own troops, and those with whom 12s. they are figliting."
REVIEW OF NEW MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS. My Spouse and l; an Operatic Farce, per- whole, this agreeable Farce will add another laurel formed at the Theatre Royal, Drury-lane.
to the brow of the composer of Paddy Carey. Written by Mr. C. Dibdin, jun. Composed
A Grand Sonata for the Pianoforte, with an and inscribed to the Noblemen and Gentle- Accompaniment for the Violoncello ; commen forming the Sub-committee of the above posed and dedicated to Mad. Moreau, by BerTheatre, by John Whitaker. Button and Co. nard Romberg. Platts. 8s. 88.
N.B. The Violoncello part is arranged for The slight texture of the Overture, a very cur.
the Violin. sory view, will discover solos for oboes, flutes,
This Sonata bears evident marks of having been clariouets, bassoons, and trumpets, follow each
written for the harp, though not mentioned in the other successively; and when the ear begins to
tiile page. The passages are harpic ; and all the be cloged with these individual exertions, a crash altogether terminates the whole, Mr. Whilaker
passages are marked as for a barp. It is, neverthe.
less, what it expresses, a grand sonata. It lies is more at home in the songs, particularly wlicie
well for the pianoforte, and has an obligato part cornic humour is pourtrayed. In that department for the violoncello, but which can only be executed he is excelled by few -" The Boy and the But
by a good performer. As Mr. Platts is a collector terfly,” ny Niss Kelly; and "Ah! well a day,” by
of good things, and Madam Morcau seems fond of Mrs. Bland, are excellent ballads. Mr. Bellamy's
the grand and the sublime, we hope he will iavour "Dido and I," may rank with the best hunting
her and the public with more sonatas oflhis cast, songs of the present day. We have likewise a comie Trio by Mrs. Bland, Miss Kelly, and Mr.
Jacky Horner, a favourite Air, arranged as Barnard, weli worked up, and producing admira
a Rondo for the Pianoforte, with an Accomble stage efiect. The Glee of " Huinming Ale," paniment for a Flute (ad. tils.) Composed for three voices, is very striking, and bids fair to
and inscribed to J. G. Graeff, Esq. by Samuel become a favourite in convivial parties. On the Wesley. Clementi and Co. 2s. Ad.
Review and Register of the Fine Arts.
This delicious morsel of English poetry was se. properties of sound have been physically consi. lected by the erudite composer, not from any lack dered and investigated, the scale has been found of higher themes to exercise his talents upon ; for to exist in nature. For, from a primary or gene. he who has“ sounded all the depths and shoals of rating sound, a series of secondary sounds arise, learning" can never be at a loss for subjects. He not produced by chance, but by the immutable must have chosen it from shrer love of good hu laws of nature, and from this cause are produced mour and good eating. Though he has twisted eflects which of themselves establish the scale. and joined his Chrismas Pie into so many different On this subject Rousseau remarks, “ Si l'on fait forms, it is not doughy, but afiords a rich and re resonner avec quelque force une des grosses cordes lishin: repast. We cannot conclude without ex. d'un violoncelle en passant l'archet un peu plus pressing our admiration at his versatility in hand. pres du chevalet qu'à l'ordinaire, on entendra disling all sorts of subjects. " Seneca cannot be too tinctement, pour peu qu'on ait l'oreille exercée et heavy, nor Plautus too ligh:."
attentive, outre le son de la corde entiere, au A General Treatise on Music, particularly moins celui de son octave, celui de l'octare de sa on Harmony or Thorough- Bass, and its ap- quinte, et celui de la double octave de sa tieren;
on verra méme frémir, et l'on entendra résouder, plication in (to) Composition; containing
toutes les cordes monteps a l'unison de ces sons also many essential and original Subjects,
la."--Now let a string tuned to the fixed sound C tending to explain and illustrate the whole.
in its gravest state, be stretched on a sounding. By M. P. King. Coulding and Co. ll. is.
board, over two bridges, one at each end ; thea In the presrnt dearth of new music, worth re. let it be divided by means of moveable bridges cording, we cannot do better thau call the reader's into the following parts; into one half, and it will attention to such treatises on the science (though give the octare: into one third of its whole rot palvely new) as bear the marka of sterling length it will give the octave of its fifth ; into one. merit. Or this cast is the work before us. To the fourth the donble octave; into one-fifth the double merit of a quactical composer, the author joins octave of its third; into one sixth the double octhat of a profound theorist. The introduction con tave of its fifth; into one-se veuth the double octains the first rudiments of music. Part the first tave of its flat seventh; and so of the rest. Were treats of the essential principles of the science, it necessary to say more on this operation of naand the second on harinony and thorough bass; ture. the sounds produced by tubes, such as the the third shew's the application of barinony, by the horn or trumpet, might be adduced, as they are laws which govern its use; the fourth and last exactly after the above ratio. part contains a short musical analysis, and enters In the examination of the scale, according to the so far into compositiou as is necessary to illustrate moderu division, he says, that each part of the scale the preceding part of the work. " If," savs our has some particular property, and more or less is. author. " at any time I have dwelt on some of the fluence over its respective parti in general. He most simple subjects, it has been for the sake of begins with the key note, calls the ad the lcading those who, wishing to enter into the reason of nofc; the 3d the mediant; the 4th the subdoms things, might not rest contented with taking a rule nant; the 5th the dominant; the 6th the minor for granted ; and, if I have had occasion to difier mate the 7th the sensible note. In this arrangewith the polite word for from) some great autho.
ment of terms he differs from many approred ar silies. I have assigned reasons for so doing, aud thors, such as Brumgartin, Crotch, and even Ra. hare given their opinion with my own."
meau; for, according to his best translators, Le The rudiments we shall pass over without any
not sensihle is rendered " leading note.” The key remarks, they being nearly the same in all ele. note, by these authors, is called the tonic ; the 2d mentary books. In Chapter 1. containing the Na. the supertonic ; and the oth the supermediant. 'ture and Origin of the Scale, it is remarked that Perhaps these misdomers are of little consequence the inusicians of autiquity are said to be the in except that they might bewilder the young student wentors of the scale, but they should rather be by the coufusion of terms. Our further remarks on Jooked upon as its discoverers; for, since the this work we must defer to another opportunity.
REVIEW AND REGISTER OF THE FINE ARTS.
« L'onore conferito da Grandi à bravi Artisti dà vita e vigore alle Belle Arti; come il poco incoragimento, e le critiche severe, e poco discrete, le fanno languire."
Condivi, Vita di Michel Angiolo Buonarotti,
Malton's drier, but more useful diaMr. Turner continued his lectures grams,) we wish he would descend to on perspective on the successive Mon- their capacities, and give inore time to days since our last, till their completion; the simple eleinents of his invaluable and although possessing in many re science. spects great and valuable intrinsic me Mr. FUSELI's Lecture on Painting. rits, particularly in his brilliant graphic This eminent professor and learned illustrations, yet, for the sake of the critic commenced, as we have before younger students, (who are too much stated, his annual course of lectures on addicted to seek instructions from lec- his art to the students of the Royal tures rather than study, and would Academy, on Thursday, the 11th Janu. sooner view Mr. Turner's beautiful draw- ary; the first lecture commencing with ings than study Brook Taylor's or general principles, and criticisins on the
Mr. Fuseli's Lectures at the Royal Academy.
rise and progress of the art among the ing, and principally on the subject of Greeks, and its restoration among the colouring. The art of painting was conItalians. Leonardo da Vinci was the sidered by the painter in a double light : first that displayed the light of genius as awful and sublime, inspiring the after its first dawn in the time of Bocca- mind and touching the heart; or as the cio: the principal feature of whose works splendid and ornamental, conducing to was character: and this was the state of the delight and deception of the eye;the art till the time of Michel Angiolo, the former, which elevates the human whose astonishing performances the race, being the most useful to society, learved professor jusily compared with and the latter exciting only delightful the epic works of Homer and Phidias. sensations, being of secondary merit, He jotjoduced to a series of admira- Mr. Fuseli then entered minuicly into ble criticisms on his works, judiciously the investigation of colours and their pointing out his defects, and dwelling arrangements,' method and handling; strongly on his prominent beauties. Mr. and divided historical painting into two Fuseli next proceeded to Raffaelle, whose methods--chiaroscuro forming the dis. cartoons he considered as unequalled tinctive characteristic of the one, and a specimens of energy: he was not how. strict adherence to nature in every reerer faultless, his Madonnas having a spect, as well in light and shade as in weak and insipid character. He then colouring, that of the other, He classiexamined and pointed out the peculiar fied and enuinerated various masters graces of Corregio and of other subse- under these two heads, the chief of the quent artists, particularly Poussin, Titian, former being Michel Angiolo, and of the Parmigiano, and Carracci; and con- latter Raffaelle. . cluded with some judicious advice to The fifth lecture related to intention, the students.
which was divided by the professor into * The second lecture was devoted to three classes : landscape, or the delineadrawing or design, which he considered tion of animal or vegetable life in its as the extreme parts or outline of the utmost extent; historical composition, figure, and remarked the difference be- or representation; and a more elevated tween the copyist and the imitator, style, selecting and combining the-most which bave been too often confounded: interesting parts of the other two, as -the performances of one must possess dramatic and epic painting. The drasome originality, the works of the other matic originated with Raffaelle, the finest are performed mechanically; the prac. specimen of which is Paul announcing tice of both, however, is necessary for the True God from the Areopagus. The the successful progress of the student. epic is the loftiest species of human inHe alverted to the mode of drawing vention, astonishing while it instructspursued by the students, and strongly belonging exclusively to Homer, Phidias, pointed out to them the necessity of cor- and Michel Angioloma sphere situate Tectness. Mr. F. then made a few re- between heaven and earth-causing gods marks on physiognomy, explained the to become men, and elevating men to distinction between style and manner Gods. We lament that our limits render with admirable precision, and concluded it impossible to do any thing like justice his second lecture with sound advice to these admirable lectures, particularly and general observations on instruction this very important and most eloquent and genius.
one.-Mr. Fuseli in a spirited manner The third lecture was chiefly on chiaro: pointed out the paltry substitutes for scuro, which the professor defined as the the noble sphere of invention, and parart of properly distributing light and ticularly mentioned that inferior sort of skade in the mass of composition; its allegory called emblem. Before concludexcellencies depend on unity and truth. ing, the energetic professor offered some He then took a survey of those great most judicious and acute remarks on artists who have excelled or been deh- portrait-painting, which in early times cient in this essential of the art. Among was confined to the bighest classes of the latter le enumerated Raffaelle, and society; princes and heroes were ile among the former Leonardo da Vinci, as only objects; but as the various classes the first who brought it into notice. Tin- became equalized, luxuries crept in, toretto, and Corregio, whom he classed and the folly of portrait-painting, said 25 superior to all. He then noticed the the professor, has extended so far, that modern schools, and gave Reynolds as a if a man has a guinea in his pocket superior instance,
be squanders it to see some obscure The fourth lecture was most interest- member of his family in a picture,--ta New MONTILY MAG,-No. 26.
154 Exhibition at the Gallery of the British Institution. [March 1, picture it can be called which consists of the fine head of the prophet which obmere daubs of red and white, possessing tained the 200-guinea premium last year,) no interest but to its first owner.
a five head of a Knight of Malta, and a The sixth and last lecture, on Feb. the beautiful groupe of children in a land15th, comprised the important subjects scape replete with beauties of idea and composition and expression. The pro- conception, slightly deteriorated by a fessor defined composition as “the illus- few faults of execution and mechanical tration of invention," and divided it into handling, which, as he is so young and two parts, moral and physical; the for- slightly practised in oil, must improve nier being composed of unity, propriety, with every picture. Mr. LONSDALE has and perspicuity, the latter of perspective The Page to Fitzwalter, a study for and chiaroscuro. He instanced perfec- the picture of King John signing Magna tions and defects in the works of Michel Chartu in the presence of the Barons at Angiolo, Raffaelle, and other great mag- Runnemede, which he painted for the ters, offering continents on most of the late Duke of Norfolk, and which is now pictures of the latter. He also gave executing in glass by Mr. Backler for some perspicuous remarks on expres- the large window of the Baron's Hall, sion and the passions; and concluded Arundel Castle. his most admirable course of lectures on Want of space obliges us to defer our painting amidst the loudest applauses more particular remarks till next month, from an assemblage of connoisseurs, stu- when we shall perhaps be able to give dents, and academicians.
the determination of the directors as to Mr. Fuseli's bigh and established 're- the premium for the Waterloo pictures. putation as a critic and as a painter Portrait of THOMAS Bewick, the celestands on too firm a basis to need our brated Engraver in Wood Engrated panegyrics ; nor need we say more than by THOMAS RANSON from a Picture by earnestly exhort the students to an at WILLIAM NICHOLSON; published by tentive study of his lectures and advice, the Engraver, Judd-pluce West, and though he may have told then some uni Boydell and Co. Cheapside. wholesome truths, and set the goal of This engraver, whose naine we do not pictorial inerit so high as to be attai- ever remember before to have heard, able by but very few of the chosen sons has in this print grauified the lovers of of genius: yet the man who aims high, excellence by a brilliant portrait of that although he inay miss bis mark, can extraordinary genius Bewick, in a style never be accused of mean or low ideas, of excellence and origanality seldom wiland it is easier to let down the chord of nessed, and surpassed only by the extratalent to true pitch than to raise it when ordinarily fine portrait of Mr. Blake by too flat.
SCITAVOSETTI after the academician EXHIBITION at the Gallery (in Pall Pullips. The head is clear, well finished,
Mall) of the BritisII INSTITUTION and brilliant, reminding us of some of for promoting of the Fine Arts in the the best works of Sir Robert Surange ; United Kingdom. 1816.
the bands, drapery, doy, and other acThe exhibition of this national and cessories, free and with a brilliant touchi. praiseworthy institution opened to the It is altogether a fine proof of the powerpublic on Monday, the 5th February.- ful calents of this young engraver, and It is on the whole inferior to any that which we hope shortly to see called forth have yet been exhibited in these rooms, in some important work. yet it has some fine individual pictures.
INTELLIGENCE. Much of this inferiority arises from the Mr. DOMINIC ARTARIA, of Manheim, directors setting the artists to produce has employed a celebrated German bisbattle pictures, or nothing, for their an- torical painter to print a large picture nual premiums; and much to the fre- of the Battle of Leipzig, with at least quency of the exhibition, which ought 40 portraits of the sovereigns and other not to be oftener than every two years. eminent characters who were engaged
The battles of Waterloo possess vari- in it, as a companion to that which is ous merits, but none stand very high. noir printing of the battle of Waterloo, The academician Ward bas a fine alle- by Messrs. Atkinson and Devis for the gory, and CLENNEL a very spirited house of Boydell and Co., and means, charge of cavalry, which, from want of in conjunction with these latter gentleidentity, might be called any battle in inen, to publish it in a similar style of which the Life-guards were engaged, engraving and size, so as to make it a Mr. HOFTLAND has some charming land- suitable companion print. A finished scapes; (and Mr. Hayter, the painter of water-colour sketch of it is shortly ex
155 pected, which, when it arrives, shall be degree of elegance with all the simplifully described to our readers.
city and convenience that are to be exThe third part of the illustrations to pected in such an edifice. the Bible by the Messrs. Taylors, the
ROYAL ACADEMY.-On Saturday, the former parts of which have been noticed 10th February, a general meeting of the by us, will appear this month.
academicians was held in the council Several of the plates for No. 5 of the room at the Royal Academy, to fill up third and last volume of “ Liber Veri- the vacancies in the list of Royal Acatatis," from the Duke of Devonshire's demicians occasioned by the deaths of collection, are already finished by Mr. Sir francesco Bartolozzi and John Sin EARLOM. The remainder are so forward gleton Copley, esq., when Messrs. Wm. as to allow us to say, that the number NULREADY and ALFRED Edw. CHALON will be ready for delivery 10 subscribers were declared duly elected. The elecand the public by May or Jone next. tion is not complete till it has received
Mr. BROMLEY has just produced his the approbation of bis Majesty. etching of a whole-length portrait of Mr. West's gallery in Pall Mall is the Duke of Wellington, from a picture again re-opened to ibe public with addipainted by Sir Thomas LAWRENCE, for tions, and shall be noticed with others H. R. II. the Prince Regent. The etch- in our next. ing is now exhibiting by Mr. Bowyer, of
HlAydon is proceeding, after a cessaPall Mall, proprietor.
tion of nearly seven months from ill Mr. James Elmes has announced the health, on his great work of the Entry plan of a new village, intended to com- of Christ into Jerusalem, as he should wernorate the most splendid military do--that is, carefully, studiously, and achievements of Great Britain and ler correctly; and although his productions allies during the late wars with France, are few, it may be replied for him in the and to be called WaterL00. The sité language of the lioness in the fable, when chosen for it is between Primrose Hill reproached by some more prolific animal and Belsis Park, commanding extensive for her comparative barrenness: “ Every and picturesque views over the country
one of inine is a LION." to the west, north-west, and south, of The Society for the Encouragement of the metropolis. The proprietors of this Arts, &c. at the Adelphi, on the 1st of ground, an area of about 40 acres, have February, elected H. R. H. the Duke of divided the plan into two parts; the first, Sussex president of their institution, in composing the village itself, encircling a
the room of his Grace the late Duke of place of public amusement, which will Norfolk. The state of the ballot was, combine the objects of Ranelagh with
For H. R. H. the Duke of Sussex 180 the best scenes of Vauxhall, but with The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Liverpool 24 new and peculiar features and on a more magnificent scale. The village is appor
156 tioned into 35 lots, of various shapes We congratulate the society and the and dimensions, many of which are public on the acquisition of so enlightalready disposed of. Such of our readers ened and active a president; one who as wish for farther details are referred unites a strong love for, and knowledge to Mr. ELMES, 37, Great Coram-street, of, both the useful and the fine arts. Brunswick - square, who has printed a
Mr. Day's admirable cast of the codescription of it for distribution. lossal figure by Phidias on the Monte
The same gentleman has submitted to Cavallo at Rone, has now received the the Directors of the CALEDONIAN Asy- addition of the horse which accompaLUM, instituted for the education and nies it, and with some fine original picsupport of the children of soldiers, sai. tures and other works of art, is again lors, and other indigent natives of Scot- opened to the public at the Gallery or land, a plan for a building for their re the Kivg's Mews, Charing Cross, ception, which seems to unite a high
The Drama's laws the Drama's patrons give ;
For those who live to please, must please to live. DR. JOHNSON,
been revived at this theatre. Since our last, Congreve's witty but formers, particularly Dowton in Sir licentious comedy of Love for Love has Sampson Legend, Munden in Foresight,