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[April 1, Royal Academy exhibition, but hung in for an opinion on this very charming so bad a place (over Mr.Ward's immense illustration of our great poet Milton. view of Gordale) that the finest head of 124, Beloidera: a Chamber in the Titian or Rembrandt would there have House of Aquilina, a Greek Courtezan: passed unnoticed. We are now enabled A. W. Devis.-We have alreally exto see its merits, which are high and in- pressed our opinion so fully on this fine disputable; and if the same path be portrait of Miss O'Neil, that we need pursued with energy and perseverance, but say it must here once more claim it must soon place Mr. Hayter among respect from the critics and connoisour very first painters.

30, A Puce to Fitzwalter : a study 124, 125, and 126, Two Studies painted for the Picture of King John signing on the Spot, at Stapleton, near Bristol, Magna Charta in the presence of the und a Study painted on Hampstead Barons at Runnemede : J. LONSDALE, Heath, T.C. HOFFLAND.--These beauAs we have been favoured with a sight tiful little works bear internal evidence of the picture of which this is only an of the truth and authenticity of their accessory, we are the better enabled to origin, and are creditable to the pencil judge of its merits, which are greater in of the artist. the groupe than in this detached figure; 133, A Scene from Gil Blas: Donna yet it posseses high intrinsic claims to Mencia, the Captive Lady, on recoternotice for design and colour.

ing from the Swoon caused by the Mur. 32, View from Richmond Hill: Even- der of her Husband, finds herself in o ing: T.C. HOFFLAND.—This fine land- Cavern surrounded by Robbers, (vol. i. scape is also a transfer from the Royal book 1,) W. Allston. This picture Academy, where it hung on the dark also suffered condemnation from an illside of the Anti-room. The change of judged situation at the top of the new situation is favourable to the artist, who room at the Royal Academy last year; has made some judicious alteration in but as it now appears it fully retrieves the fore-ground, which considerably en- any opinion that inight have been formed hance its beauty. It is one of the finest of the decline of Mr. Allston's talents, landscapes of the present school, and from the view we there took of this work. must convey a favourable idea of our 137 and 139, Birds and Still Life, scenery and landscape painters.

and Fish from Nature, N. CHANTRY:67, Gil Blas dismissed with contempt They possess all the qualities that are by the Archbishop of Grenada for pre- excellent in pictures of this nature. suming to point out the defect's in his Ho- 144, View of Durham Cathedral from milies, F. P. STEPHANOPF.-Admirably the River-side, W. WEST ALL, A. R. A.designed, beautifuliy painted, and cor- A fine view of one of our most splendid rectly delineated. This picture tells at and interesting cathedrals. one glance tbe drift of the story. The 162, The Muse of Tragedy, F. Joself-importance and gravity of the arch- SEPH, A. R. A.-- Miss O'Neil in characbishop is well contrasted with the subtle ter. This picture has either been much humour of Gil Blas.

improved by the artist, or by situation, 87, Meg Merrilies, (Guy Mannering.) since its exhibition at Somerset llouse J. PARTRIGE.—A very imperfect defi- last year. nition of the mysterious beroine of the 164, A View from neus Ambleside, novelist, whose creation of this super- looking up Long Dale, Westmoreland, human being is only inferior to the Cali- C. V. FLEIDING. - A rich, beautiful, and ban and Witches of Shakspeare. naturally-painted picture; bearing a few

88, Windsor, from Clever Mcadors: marks of borrowing from the Italian Morning : T. C. HOFFLAND.--A fresh, masters irreconcileable with English sce clean, and natural view of one of the most charming scenes in Evgland. This 186, Iris conreying Jore's commons picture inust be classed among the best to King l’rum, surrounded by his Sons, landscapes of the day.

who ure in grief at the loss of Hector, 90, Richard ihe Third, J. J. Halls. 187, Marc Antony showing the Robe An indifferent portrait o sur. Kean, and Wll of Jurius Ces to the cople. elaborately finished in the detail, but 188, The louis binging out the Horses deficient i grandeur and breade. of the Churiot of the Sun at the solicita

105, Sabrina, from Comus, H. Howard, iions of Young Thuiétor. Painted by R.A. -We must reter our readers to BENJAMIN WISI, Esq. President of the Bus lase review of the Royal Academy Royal Academy. To mention that these

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works are here is all that need be said to 130, Sketch of the Alecting between prove this exbibition worthy of notice. the Duke of Wellington and Marshal

206, The Angel liberating St. Peter Blucher at the Belle Alliance, after the frem Prison, (Acts, xii. 5, 67,) W. ALL- Victory of Waterloo, J. J. MASQUES SION.--This fine historical picture, paint RIER. ed by commission for Sir Geo. Beau 134, The Battle of Waterloo : a mont, angwers our predictions in its charge of Scots Greys on a square of favour some months ago. The back- the French Imperial Guard: W. Fordground is more appropriate and better LATER. painted than any picture we remember 156, The Battle of Waterloo, F.J.Mansto have seen for a long time; and if any KIRSCH.-The last desperate effort of fault can be found, it may be in the the French near the farm of La Haye over-robust frame of the apostle. Sainte, and Lord Wellington ordering the

234, Diana with her Nymphs in the British army to advance : in the foreChase, W. ALLSTON.--A fine classical ground is seen the Marquis of Anglesea, composition, replete with energy and re and in the back ground La Belle Allitined taste.

250, Cottage and Figures, Mrs. Mul 158, Ditto ditto, A. SAUERWEID, READY --Beautiful and delicately touched, 160, A finished Sketch of ditto, G. evincing a true relish for nature. JONES.No. 1. 2 p. m. charge by the SCULPTURE.

brigade under the command of Major265, Cast from the Antique Horse's general Sir W. Ponsonby.--16:, No.2, Head in the Elgin Collection ; the mu- evening; the Duke of Wellington leadtiluted parts restored : R. LAWRENCE.- ing on the whole of the British line in Spirited and fine.

pursuit of the routed enemy. 264, Apollo discharging his Arrows 161. The Battle of Waterloo in an against the Greeks, E. H. BAILY. This allegory, James WARD, R. A. may be reckoned among the best modern 167, The Battle of Waterloo; a sketch, works in sculpture, and which we should W. H. Brooke. be happy to see executed in marble. “ The Duke of Wellington at this mo.

239, Model of an Arabian Horse, in ment ordered the whole line to move fortended as part of an Equestrian Statue ward: nothing could be more beautiful! of the Duke af Wellington, R. LAW. The sun, which had hitherto been veiled, at rence. This horse wants revision before this instant shed upon us his departing rays, it can be fit for the important object as if to smile upon the efforts we were makMr. Lawrence intends; not but it

ing, and bless them wiih success."-Er

possesses fire, animation, and much animal

tract of a Letter from an Officer in the Horse

Guards). intelligence as a whole, but it is too bulky and clumsy in the body, and DRUMMOND, A. R. A.

170, The Battle of Wuterloo, S. would not suffer by a little more attention to the detail. This was modelled

176. Ditto, (with a page and three among the Elgin marbles, and is another quarters of closely printed description!)

D. GUEST. proof of the superior value to artists of that collection ; but a little regard to those inimitable works would improve

The ELGIN MARBLES-Mr. (AYDON this otherwise beautiful animal.

versus Mr RICHARD PYNE KNIGHT;

Committee of the House of Commons ,
WATERLOO PICTURES.
The following are the pictures offered

on the same subject, de. gr. in compelilio, for the 1000 guineas to be The important subject of the purdistributed in premiums, as announced chase of the remains of the sculptures by the directors, and mentioned in our from the Parthenon, or Teinple of MiMagazine for August 1815, page 62 ; nerva at Athens, rescue from the murand as the Institution have not yet de. derous grasp of the Turks by the pacided, we shall avoid prejudging the triotic exertions of the Earl of Elgin, is subjects, not so much out of deference now most properly the subject of investo the directors, as the fear of being tigation in a Committee fihe House of prejudicial to the artists.

Commons; which is indefalirable in its No. 113, Battle of Waterloo, JAMES enquiries, and is daily examining artists. How..

and connoisieurs as to their nerits and 115, The overthrow of the French value. We shall therefore array before Army at the Battle of Waterloo, L. our readers the opinions of the most CLENNELL.

celebrated artists and connoisseurs on 119, Ditto D, DIGHTON.

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248 Opinions of Eminent Artists respecting the Elgin Marbles. [April 1, dom of our legislature will do ample casts from them, which he has done from justice to the ill-treated Nobleman to the Theseus and other principal fignres, wbom the arts and artists of the country and which form the most distinguished are so highly indebted. Among the ornaments, with the bust of Michel Anprincipal artists who have printed their giolo of his painting roon and study, says opinions, are Canova and Haydon, and distinctly that it is that “ union of naat the head of the connoisseurs is Mr. ture with ideal beauty, the probabilities Payne Knight, who are decidedly at and accidents of bone, fesh, and lene issue; the two former pronouncing them don, from extension, flexion, comprisamong the finest works of art in exist- sion, gravitation, action, or repose, that ence, and the latter decrying them as rank at once the Elgin marbles above all the productions of “workmen scarcely other works of art in the world."-"The ranked ainong artists !” As this gentle- Elgin marbles," says this high-minded man has been quoted in the house as of enthusiastic young painter, “ will as higb authority, and may, from the in- completely overthrow the old antique, fluence of his name, mislead some of the as ever one system of philosophy overmembers of the Committee, we feel that threw another.”—“ Were the Elgin we cannot at such an important period marbles lost,” (and but for Lord Elgin do a greater service to the fine arts, than be it remembered they inust bave been io devote a portion of our pages to these lost to this country, at least, if not to the opinions.

world, by being made along with the rest Opinion of the celebrated Canova on of their lamented fellow fragments into (as he emphatically terms them) “ the most excellent mortar"), there would precious antique Marbles transported by be as great a gap in art, as there would the Earl of Elgin from Greece.”—“I in philosophy, had Newton never excan never," says this illustrious artist, isted.” He further bears witness that who is confessedly the first of modern Canora was, in the enthusiasm of the sculptors, in a letter to Lord Elgin, moment, inclined to kneel and worship; “ sufficiently examine them to gratify and the writer of this article was the myself; and though my sojourn in this happy witness of not less enthusiast great capital is necessarily very short, in a celebrated French artist at liis first I have consecrated every spare moment visit above seven years ago, and who to contemplate these famous relics of would have commissioned him to purancient art. I admire in them the truth chase them from Lord Elgin at any of nature, joined to the choicest of beau- rate, and have given a great adrance tiful forms. Every thing here breathes upon the price for them for the Napolife, with the most exquisite skill, yet leon Museum, but the negotiation was without the least affectation, or ostenta- broken off by his Lordship's patriotie tion of art, which is veiled" (from the declaration, that they should not be eyes of connoisseurs, but not from those sold to any one who would not give a of the genuine artist) “ with admirable satisfactory guarantee that they should address. The naked figures are true and never be removed from England. - Mi. beautiful flesh. I esteem myself happy Haydon farther adds, " to these divine in having been able to see with my own things I ove every particle of the art I eyes, these distinguished works, and I may possess ; I never enter among then should have been content to have come without bowing to the great spirit that to London solely on their account. The reigns within them; I thank God daily, most grateful acknowledgment will be I was in existe: ce at their arrirai, and given to you, my Lord, by the amateurs will ever do so to the end of my life. and artists, for having brought so near Such a blast will Fame blow of their to us these memorable and stupendous grandeur, that its roaring will swell out sculptures. For myself in particular, I as tiine advances; and nations yet ungive you a thousand thanks."

born, will in succession be roused by Opinion of B. R. Haydox, Esq. His its thunder, and refined by its harmony; torical Painter.- This gentleman who pilgrims from the re:notest corner of the has deeply and most intensely studied earth will visit their shrine, and be puthese memorable and stupendous rified by their beauty," sculptures" from their first arrival in Opinion of Ricuard Parne KNIGET, England, who to our knowledge was the Esg, member of the Society of Dilletanti, first (although Mr. West, in his letter to &c.&c.-Before we enter on this learned Lord Elgin claims this honour) who ever connoisseur's opinion, we beg to refer our drew and studied from them, and is at readers to the initial chapter to the book present the only one who has ever takia of that most admirable picture of human

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HAYDON 7. R. P. KNIGHT.

nature, Tom Jones, wherein the humorous learned connoisseur in art. “D-livre and discriminating Fielding, playfully en- nous grand Dieu de ces amateurs sans deavours to prove that inen do not write amour, and de ces connoisseurs sans conthe worse on a subject for happening noissance.” (like Messrs. Canora and Haydon) to un We cannot but congratulate Lord derstand it; and also to refer Mr. Knight Elgin, the artists of Great Britain, and to his favorite Pliny, who will tell him the public, on this very important letter, that De Pictore, Sculptore, Fictore, nisi which must set for ever at rest, the ques. artifer judicare non potest. But to the tion between artists and mere connoisopinion itself, they are merely architec- seurship, so happily begun by Mr. Prince tural sculptures, executed from his Hoare, by putting the pen into the hands “ (Phidias”)” designs, under his direction, of many excellent artists, convincing probably by workmen scurcely ranked them that they could write and judge the among artists"_" they can throw little better for their knowledge in art, and light on the more important details of the that literature is not a species of freeart" !!! (Sce Specimens of Ancient Sculp- masonry kept from the uninitiated; so lure, by the Dilletanti Society, page 39, continued by Messrs. Soane and Elmes, art. 74.)

and so triumphantly finished by Mr.

Haydon. We lament that we cannot Fearing that the committee of the Ilouse give bis letter entire, and therefore refer of Commons may be somewhat influenced the reader to the Chumpion, a print by the opinions of Mr. Knight, and other whose intrinsic merit recommends it to connoisseurs, Mr. Haydon in the Cham- the particular attention of erery lover of pion Sunday paper of March 17, boldly literature and the fine arts. and avowedly enters the lists “on the

INTELLIGENCE. judgment of connoisseurs being prejerred The professors of the fine arts will learn to that of professional men.This is a with pleasure the homage paid to distinse bject of the utmost consequence to the guished excellence in their line, in the renobility and richer classes of the gentry cent appointment of the venerable Preiu general, and to the professors of the sident of the Royal Academy, to be a fine arts in particular, and has been be- member of the Royal Bavarian Academy fore complained of by Mr. Soane, in Mr. at Munich, and also of the ce ebrated Prince floare's admirable series of peri- Academy of St. Luke at Rome These odical essays, called the Artist, and hy honours are declared to be a tribute due Mr. Elnes, in a letter to Thomas Hope, to those superior talents, that have shed esq. in Valpy's Pamphleteer. Mr. lustre on the age and country in which Haydon boldly and truly tells them that they have been exerted. The value of one their "little dependence on their own of them may be more justly appreciated, judgment in art, is principally owing to a when it is known that Mr. West is the defect in their education," and which de- first Protestant ever admitted into the fect Mr. Elmes proposed in the above Academy of St. Luke. Our readers will letier, to be remedied by the appointment not be displeased to find here a record of of professors of the fine arts in the uni- the numerous distinctions conferred on versities.

a man not less estimable for moral worth Mr. Haydon most pertinently says than professional abilities. Mr. West “ No man will trust his limb to a con is now a member of the following instinoisseur in surgery. No minister would rutions: ask a connoisseur in war, how a cam

In Englund. paigo should be conducted-No noble Royal Academy, over which, as is well man would be satisfied with the opinion known, he has presided for many years of a connoisseur in law, on disputed pro with the bighesi credit. perty; and why should a connoisseur of Society of Dilletanti. art, inore exclusively than any other with- Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Comout the reach of common aquirement, be preferred to the professional man? Highland Society. What reason can be given, why the pain- Governor of the Foundling Hospital. ter, the sculptor, and the architect, should On the Continent of Europe. not be exclusively believed most adequnte Papal Academy of St. Like, at Rome. to decide on what they best' understand, Imperial and Royal Austrian Academy, as well as the surgeon, the lawyer, and at Vienna. the general ?" We shall add to these con. Royal Prussian Academy, at Berlin, clusive remarks, an apostrophe of a very Royal Bavarian Academy, at Münich. New MostalY MAG.-NO, 27.

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(April 1, Academy of the Fine Arts, at Ghent, Her R. H. the Princess Charlotte of In America.

Wales is now sitting for her portrait to Academy of the Fine Arts, at Philadel- Mr. HAYTER, who is at Cranbourn Lodge phia.

for that purpose. Philosophical Society of Philadelphia. As Professor Flaxman's lectures on Acadeniy of the Fine Arts, at New York. sculpture at the Royal Academy, are not Society of Arts, Sciences, and Commerce, yet concluded; the notice of them is neat Boston.

cessarily deferred till our next,

DRAMATIC REGISTER.

“ Still in the Dramas ancient round we dwell,
And Massinger is master of the spell;
Whilst Shakspeare, rising midst the sculptured dead,
Beams like the genius of the sacred shade."

New Prologue to the Duke of Milan."

DRURY LANE.

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tional Drama, for the elevated station to ON Thursday, the 29th Feb. a new which they seern determintd to aspire ; farce from the pen Mr. Thomas Dib- for while they cap bring the town to addin, called What Next, made its appear- mire and endure Shakspeare and Massioance at this theatre. The plotis trifling, but ger simply, and without the sauce pie it possesses some bustle and little probabi- quante of rope dancing, they will be more lity, characteristics by no means uncom- likely to encourage writers who will mon,oi unpleasing 10 pieces of this nature. emulate their lofty standard. We are Its popularity bangs principally on the induced to render' them this tribute of resemblance of a military officer to his justice, for their effectual revival of uncle, which is increased by his dressing Nee Way to pay Old Debts, and their himself in bis uncle's uniform; creating a more recent one of the Duke of Milar; series of whimsical mistakes after the both of which are in fuil possession of inauner of Shakspeare's Comedy of Errors. public opinion; whence we cannot bul The resemblance between the uncle augur an improvement in the public (Dowton) and nepbew (Bartiey) is strik- taste. ing; and by the imitative skill of the lat- On the 9th of March, was reter, produces ludicrous incidents, which vived with a few alterations in the de are very much kept alive and prolonged nouement, &c. from the united efforis by the efforts of Knight, particularly in of Lord Byron, the Hon. Douglas Kinthe scene in which, from his drunkeoness, vaird, and Mr. Rae, Massinger's sterling he mistakes the uncle for the nephew. play of The Duke of Milan: Ludovico

Farquisar’s witty Comedy of The Re- Sforza by Mr. Kean, whose performance cruiting Officer has been revived, and, was marked throughout by study, care, from the manner in which it is got up, and discrimination. If it was capable of does infinite credit w the managers; al- any improvement, it was only in the though theii laudable curiailment of its costume; for he ought to have entered most licentious parts has sadly impaired the tent of the emperor booted and spurits spirit. Rat sustamed the part of red, like“ a knight of olden time" and Plume; Harley that of Brazen; and not in silks like a courtier. We never reJack Johnstone that of Sergeant Kite, memler to bave seen Mr. Rac surpass into which he infused inimitable humour his performance in Francisco. The sceand drollery. Munden and Knight were nery, mostly architectural, was correct Coster Peuinain, and 1'ummus Appletree, and for once appropriate, particularly and it is impossible to say which deserved the piazza and duomo in the first act. inost praise. Miss Kelly's personification The costume of the whole of the characof Rose, was very creditable; her inode ters, far superior to the mere efforts of the of looking at the captain's guinea, and tailor and mantua-maker, exhibited the telling him she could not give him change, feelings of a genuine artist, and reflecied and her soliloquy whilst seated on her the bighest eredit on the conductor (thuempty basket, were excellent. Mrs. Mar- ever he was) of this department the dyo did not gain upon our good opinion men and women being in the exact cosby her performance of Sylvia.

tume of the times, looking like animattil The sub-conmittee of this theatre de pictures of Titian, Tintoretto, or Cać!. serve the thanks of crery lover of the na- cino da Cento; a cloak or ipantle would

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