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216 Anti-British Sentiments of the Editor of the Old Mon. Mag. [April 1, bis merits in this particular entitle him ments wbich he cannot substantiate, I to the unseigned gratitude of every ge- beg leave to ask him, through the medium nuine Briton, will be rendered suffi- of your miscellany-of which I know ciently apparent by the following para- him to be a most diligent reader,--10 graphs from his own pen:
point out those venal lirelings, those
« anglicised Germans," who are so fagi“ The Liliputians despised all the world tiously employed in “ propagating docbut their own little island. The Wha- trines of servility, passive obedience, want-me-trotters, a nation of Indians to the and other sentiments alien to the ancient north, hold the Liliputians in so little esti- and honoured feelings of Englishmeu." mation, that they would scalp them all for I cannot doubt that the warm patriotism a bawbee, and sell their king into the bar- which has ever animated his busom will gain, for French claret and brandy: The impel him to bring forward his denunciaErin-go-brahs, another nation of Indians, tion in a tangible shape ; to expose the united now to the Liliputians and Whawant-me-trotters, prefer a potatoe, salt, and
names of those equivocal reptiles to deliberty, to all the forced meat of an union."
served abhorrence, that they may serve
as beacons to warn the inexperienced “ I was in company with a wit, and a against their pernicious doctrines :--nay, Scotchman; the conversation turned upon
I will venture to assert, that it is a duty national courage, &c., The latter observed, which the conductors of all our public “ that a Scotchman da show his front journals owe to themselves to urge such where an Englishman dare not show his an explanation. rear.' • That is very true,' replied the wit, Should the challenge remain unan
because an Englishman has more mo- swered, I would put this question to desty in his
- than a Scotchman has in every honourable mind, if the accuser his face."
must not be content to be classed with
the midnight assassin, who, knowing the “ Scotchmen will face the enemy; they injustice of his cause and the weakness will meet death at the point of the bayonet of his arm, stabs, coward-like in the and the cannon's mouth!'Yes,' observed a wit, they prefer death to the chance of dark, bim whom it would be certain de
struction to encounter upon equal terms returning to their barren native country." MONTHLY MAGAZINE,
in the face of day. Whether an“ angliMarch 1811, p. 155.
cised German" could be guilty of conFrom these specimens, which will be duct so unknightly I have no opportu. perfectly intelligible to your readers nity of judging; but time will speedily without notes, I leave them to judge show whether it be consistent or not with what peculiar grace the condểmna- with the character of a gullicised or tion of “national animosities,” “ politi- americanized Englishman. cal frauds designed to reconcile to po
PHILOPATRIS BRITANNICUS. litical impositions," " sordid agents of
London, March 4, 1816. unprincipled ministers,” with other similar expressions, upon which he has been MR. EDITOR, in the monthly habit of ringing the THE public attention having been changes for some years past, proceeds directed to the history of the islands in from the pen of a man who gives such the Mediterranean, Archipelago, &c. by convincing proofs of the detestation he the cession of the islands now termed himself feels for the subject of bis in- “The'lonian Isles," I recommend to your vectives.
readers, in addition to Dr. HOLLAND'S His love of truth might, I doubt not, recent publication, the perusal of the be placed in a light equally clear: but I Voyage into the Levant, by Mons. Tourshall here confine myself to an observa- Nefort, formerly clief botanist of the tion on his apology for “ our national King of France, containing "the Ancient literali." Notwithstanding a pretty ex- and Modern State of the islands of the tensive quaintance with the public Archipelago, of Constantinople, the coasts press, I cannot bring to my recollection of the Black Sea, Armenia, Georgia, the one sugle indridual of the class who frontiers of Persia and Asia Minor," It the Ethicor of the Old Monthly Muguzine was published in English, in 2 vuls. 4to. characte1124's as not Englishmen, but with numerous plaus and plates, in 1713, anglici ed Germans, who are preferred and afterwards in 4 vols 8vo. The work for dirty work, and have obtained the is highly creditable to the talents and control of several of our public jour- industry of its author, who was pre
A, it would be uncourtly to sup- eminently skilled in botany, and otherpose a hnight capable of advancing state- wise well versed in general literature. A
1916.] Remarks on Ireland -M, Q. de Roissy on London and Paris. 217
new edition of this celebrated voyage side, and a garden on the other, form would be acceptable to the public at the very pleasant residences; but I must nepresent moment, from the desire which vertheless iosist, that in the estimation prevails to gain an accurate knowledge of connoisseurs in architecture, (wbo.are of these parts of the world; and I Hatter not more numerous at Paris than elsemyself the trade will be induced to take where,) by far the greatest part of the the hint now offered to them in this re hotels in the Foubourgs St. Germain spect. The places, though numerous, and St. Honoré are absolutely beneath would not be expensive; and I really notice in regard to our present subject. think they are more likely to derive á Some show bad taste in their general greater profit from the republication in plan and in the style of their decorations; a plain and neat manner of reputable others a simplicity that is carried even travels and vovayes, than by the reprint- to nudity; while others again, though of ing of such works as Shakspeare, jest- better forms, are reprehensible for their books, &c.
ornaments, wbich are either absurd, mean, Beiore I close this Note, I wish, Mr. or misplaced. The buildings in question Editor, to induce you to call the atten were mostly erected about the end of tion of your readers to the state of Ire- the reign of Louis XIV. or in the followland, and to endeavour through the me- ing years; that is, the period of the dedium of your excellent Work, to let us cline-indeed I might say of the corrup; into some knowledge of that country. tion of the arts of design in France. This If you could manage to give in every period extended to nearly two-thirds of other number of your Magazine, an the 18th century. Since that time ediarticle descriptive of the natural beau- fices have been erected upon better printies, &c. of Ireland*, you would render ciples and in a better style. Some moan important service to that country, and dern hotels of the Faubourg St. Gerat the same time promote the circulation main and the Chaussée d'Antin may be of your publication,
A. adduced in proof of this assertion. SimFeb. 24, 1816.
ple structures of still more modern date
reflect credit on the architects of Paris.* M. QUATREMERE. DE Roissy on the Su. These large hotels of which I have been
PERIORITY of LONDON to Paris in speaking bave another disadvantage : regard to ARCHITECTURAL Monu- they are concealed from the view by
walls and large gates, almost always in a (Concluded from p. 124.)
worse taste than the interior itself.
Let us now turn to London. Here I PRIVATE BUILDINGS.
should have to mention a hundred buildTHIS article will extend to a greater ings of greater or less dimensions, as adlength than the preceding ones, as it is mirable, or at least deserving of comnecessary for me to multiply my obser- mendation on account of their architecvations and my proofs. Those of my tural beauty: but I shall be content with countrymen that have seen Paris only- selecting from this number. It is matter such even as have of late years visited of regret that the practice of building London-believe and assert, with the with brick and stone is not more comicon majority of Englishmen, that the ho- in private habitations. Upon a ground tels of the great in the Faubourgs St. of brick, the elegant members of archiGermain and St. Honoré, at Paris, are
tecture appear more distinct and more far superior to any thing of the kind that prominent. This mixture of materials London has to produce. I admit that exhibits a colour, a variety, and a great these botels, built of stone and generally appearance of solidity, ubich never fail upon a large scale, are valuable proper- io please, as is evinced by several large ties; and having mostly a court on one edifices, such as the Hospital and Mili
* To prove to our correspondent that we tary Asylum at Chelsea, Buckingham have not neglected to call the attention of our House, Mariborough House, and a great Teaders to the state of Irelanit, we refer him number of houses which embellish scvemore particularly to our sentiments on the
ral of the squares of London. subject as recordel in Vol. I. p. 462, and 10 At the head of the private edifices, or the papers of our friend CLERICUS DRONO
residences of the nobility, I place Bur. RIENSIS, Vol. II. p. 101, 397, 509, and Vol. III. p. 101.
We farther beg leave 10 In the quarters of St. Paul and Isle St. assure him, that communications relative to Louis are some hotels erected in the 17th that important portion of the British empire century in a very good style, but they are will always be most acceptable to the New very little known, and are not ornamental Monthly Magazine.--Editor.
to the city. New MONTILY MAG,-No. 27.
218 M. Quatremère de Roissy on London and Paris. [April 1, lington House. This little palace con- stone and very simple: but this noble sists of three parts: that in the centre, simplicity itself and its beautiful proporó which faces Piccadilly, is not of very tions produce a grand effect. Its orna. large dimensions, but its proportions are ments consist of four columns of the so exquisite, and the style of its decora- Ionic order, with entablature and peditions so beautiful, as to produce an air of grandeur. Upon a high sub-basement Montagu House, of brick and stone, of the rustic order is a range of Ioric is upon a more extensive scale. Its apcolumns with entablature, terminated by pearance is handsoine, but less pleasing a balustrade. In the intercolumniations than that of Lansdown House. Both are windows with mouldings and pedi- these edifices contribute to the embelments. The two extremities of the line lishment of the squares to which they form pavilions; each of them is adorned adjom. with four Ionic columns which accom- Stanhope House is in a fine exposition; pany a fine, Venetian window. The two with which it corresponds in the general other parts, which form wings bordering mass of the building, of brick and stone, the court, are in a different style of ar- and especially in the elegant architecture chitecture. Their construction is more of the main body and of the colonyades appropriate to the habitation; the style which accompany it. is excellent. Porticves in a very good Albuny House, also of brick and stone, taste, with Doric columns, harmonize upon a sinaller scale, as far as regards its with the construction of the principal front, is in a style equally good. entrance and complete the whole. It is Stratford House, entirely of stone, fortunate that this important editice has presents with its columns and pediment fallen into bands which are engaged in a front in a very good taste. The buildits reparation: it will be one of the ings which border the approach to it beauties of London when the columns from Oxford-street are not without eleat the outer gate and the brick wall shall gance. be removed.
Cleveland House has nothing remarkLet us cross the garden, to view the able but its portico of the Pæstum order, front of a spacious mansion which occu- and is in other respects very naked. pies the whole space between Burlington- The Ordnance Office, on a mueh more street and Saville-row. It is of stone. extensive scale, of brick and stone, is, Nine Corinthian pilasters, and windows from its handsome appearance and the with mouldings and pediments, form the good taste of its architecture, one of the. principal decoration: it terininates in an two chief ornaments of Pall Mall. entablature and balustrade. The little Let us now visit some of the principal portico with four Doric columns, which squares: but first it inay not be amiss is in front of the entrance of the house to observe, that I have litherto confined in Burlington-street, is in no respect in- myself, as I shall do hereafter, to the ferior to this excellent façade.
notice of such buildings only as exhibit Marlborough Hause is in a very good Altention to regularity and symmetry, style, and of considerable dinsensions. the first law of architecture. I shall perIt is of brick and stove, but wants those haps be charged with having omitted in important members which constitute the my enumeration important edifices, built beauty of architecture.*
of stone and of showy exterior. My A sinall edifice which leares nothing answer is, that reasons of (aste forbade to be desired is the house of Lord Spen- the mention of them. cer, which overlooks the Green Parki It
St. James's Square. is so conspicuous, and so striking, that Here five houses are particularly conI have no need to describe it. A lateral spicuous. The first is ai the south-west front, in which is the principal entrance, corner on the left as you come from Pall is of not less admirable architecture. Mall: it is of brick and stone, and of a This beautiful structure seems to be co- very bandsome appearanet: a flight of temporary with the Treasury, which I steps under a portico oť Ionic columns
have already noticed; indeed I take leads to the entrance. The second ad*st to be the work of the same architect. joins to the preceding: it is of stone, If this be not the case, one of them adorned with Auted Corinthian pilasters, has been imitated from the other., surmounted with an entablature and baLansdown House is likewise entirely of lustrade. The third, also of stone, with This observation applies only 10 , the
Duced Corinthian columns, pedimerit, anet front which looks into the Park, as I have
other members of architecture, fornis, a not seen the interior façade.
whule in the purest style. The fourth is
1816.) M. Quatremère de Roissy on London and Paris.
219 likewise faced with stone, and has two too massive for a building of brick sows of windows with mouldings. The alone, which gives an idea of lightness fifth, cluse to John-street, built of brick, in the structure. upon a much more exteusive plan, wise
Hanover Square. plays the decorative members of archi In crossing this square on the way to tecture in stone.
Cavendish Square, I shall notice only Berkeley Square.
one single house which stands at the I shall call the attention of the reader corner of Tenterden-street: it's general to two houses only in this : quare. One appearance and details are worthy of is large, built of stone, having two row's
coinmendation. of windows with mouldings, upon a high
Cavendish Square. rustic base sent: it has two entrances in On entering this square by Holles a good taste, and placed with symmetry. street, the eye is struck with the grand The other house, close to it, is sinail, and beautiful appearance of two houses, and built of brick and stone in a very which stand together and form countergood style.
parts to one another. Their fronts are Grosvenor Square.
of stone. They combine every requisite This square, though one of the most for architectural beauty: a high-subfashionable, has but a very small num- basement, Corinthian columns, pediber of houses without irregularities offen- inent, low roof, windows with mouldsive to the eye of laste. At the corner ings, and doors judiciously placed and of Grosvenor-street is an edifice of brick in a good taste. The two houses of and stone, having in front two rows of brick and stone, which are contiguous five windows with mouldings: a hand to these two little palaces, deserve to sodie cornice runs along it, and is sur rank with them for the good taste of mounted by an attic story. The entrance, their architecture. Here we again find ju:liciously placed, is adorned with two the two kinds of construction employed columns of the lonic order.
conjointly. One of these two houses On the same side of the square is a form, the corner of Harley-street, and large mansion, wich appears to be built bas its entrance in that street, under of stone: it is in a good style, with cor one of the richest, most elegant, and wice, attic, and a portico decorated with considerable of the porticos adapted to Ionic coluions.
private houses. It consists of coluinns The finest house in this
is also ind pilasters of the Doric order, supportone of the handsimest in London, and ing an entablature and balustrade. one of the most conspicuous. It is
Portman Square. adorned with six lige stone columns of
This square is certainly handsome the Corinthian order, surmounted with and weatly built; but I find in it only an ewtablature and a balustrade. These one single bouse that can be noticed, columns, and the other members of ar agreeably to the principles which I have chitecture, project from a ground of followed in this paper. That house, of lrick. The whole of this decoration, in brick and stone, is distinguished by stone ihe best taste, is supported by a large pilusters of the Ionic order. I have alsub-base miut of stone, wrought in rus- ready mentioned Montagu House, at tic and formed into arches, the centre
the north-west corner of ibis square. one of which is occupied by the en
Houses in various Streets. trance. The two buildings, likewise of Pall-Mall, besides its two principal brick and stone, which accompany this buildings, of which I have already spoken, beautiful structure, ai e in the same style; presents a house apparently of stone, and the whole proves wliat effect elegant having two rows of windows with mouldarchitecture in brick and stone is capa- ings, surmounted by a balustrade: The ble of producing.
whole is well proportioned, and the enTwo small houses on the same side of trance tastefully decorated with a portico
square, also of brick and stone, with of four Doric columns. Tonic pilasters, are remarkable for their Among the houses with which the regularity and good style.
west end of Piccadilly is generally orna. In this
square there is another spacious mented, I shall distinguish two, the new or new fronted house, of brick only, fronts 'of which are entirely of stone. which atıracts notice for its beautiful The one at the corner of Engine-street estone portico with columns of the Doric is well proportioned, has two ranges of
order. I shall take the liberty to remark, windows with mouldings above five sethat this portico, improperly placed at micircular arches, in which are four a coroer of the edifice, is too large and windows with the door in the centre.
220 M. Quat, emère de Roissy on London and Paris. (April 1, This little edifice is finished by a balus. city of that order. The general appeartrade above a handsome cornice. The ance, however, of this structure, is in other, close to White Horse-street, my opinion rather heavy; and I am though of larger dimensions, is in the much mistaken, is it be vot designed by same style of construction and decora- the same artist as the portico of Coventtion. The entrance, judiciously placed, garden Theatre. is, as well as the upper centre window, At the corner of Edward and Chandiga in a good style of decoration. A pedi- streets, very vear Cavendish-square, are ment crowns this house, which may be two houses with stone frouts, either of held up as a model of simple and elegant wbich taken separately, has not in the architecture.
manner in wbich the door is placedl, that Dover-street bas at the corner of regularity and synimetry which we ftHlay-lill, a house with a front of brick quire, but these two houses adjoining to and stone, of a handsome appearance, one another, appear at a very liccle disand in a good style of decoration. Its
tance as counterparts, and when viewed e:trance is adorned with a Doric portico. together, the irregularity is not perAt the other corner is a house entirely ceived, for wbich reason I mention of brick, which is one of the largest in them bere. They are in the best style London. I mention it bere sulely for of building and ornament, and embrace the purpose of commending its entrance, the elegant members of architecture. which is raised several steps from the We will finish this descriptive excurstriet, and very tastefully adorned with sion in the finest street in Londontiro Doric columns of stone, surmounted Portland-ploce. Some houses in brick with an entablature,
and stone, adorned with pilasters, above In Albemarle-street is a small house semicircular arches, in which is the enwith a stone front, having two rows of trance, are in our opinion the best, and windows above three semicircular arches, in a good style. They have a very difin one of which is the door. It is in ferent appearance from those ishich thai style of construction and decoration have been coated with a cement, that is upon which we have undertaken to re- become black, and the ornaments of mark
which are mere gewgaws. The two new I forget to observe, that in Arlington- white houses, in the prolongation of the street there are several old houses of street, the windows of which are adorned brick and stone, constructed with taste: with mouldings, and the entrances with but is they are partly screeneri, I shall peristyles, are in that good taste of mention only the smallest of their de- wbichi I have quoted such numerous ex. pendevt buildings. It is of stone, serves amples. Before I conclude, I cannot for an entrance, and nothing cau be help repeating my regret, that the pracbetter in its kind.
tice of building with stone and brick is king-street, Covent-garden, contains not more common; brick, wlien skil. a house of brick and stone in the style fully matched, being such an advantaof those which we bave mentioned with geous ground for the beautiful members comendaciou. I notice it only on ac- of architecture. count of a kind of balcony of stone,
Recapitulation. which is in front of it, and under which Paris surpasses London in those grand is the entrance. Nothing can be more and magnificent structures
which are perfect than this ornainent.
called palaces. It does not surpass, but In Chancery-lune, the passenger can- may be considered equal in its churches not belp remarking an edifice, one front and religious edifices. of which faces that street, and the other But how far superior is London to lonks towards Stone-buildings. It is en- Paris in its military hospitals, its civil tirely of stone, of a handsome construc- hospitals, its prisons, and other public tion, and in a very good style. Its ap- buildings, including its bridges; lastly, pendages of brick do not disfigure this in the very great number of its handsome
private houses ! Al a considerable distance from this I cannot therefore but tbiurk, from the spot, at the extremity of Great Coram
survey which I have taken, the devestreet, the eye is struck by the façade lopements which I have given, and the exhibited by a builling containing baths. details into which I have thought it neIt is an imitation of stone, in a very cessary to enter, in order to support an good style. Its principal beauty consists opinion which was never before ex
stone portico with demi-fluted pressed, that the title which I have preDoric columns, in the massive sinpli- fixed to tbis paper is fully justified.