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LIBRARY OR, WEEKLY MISCELLANY OF FINE ARTS, ANTIQUITIES, AND LITERARY CHIT CHAT. No. XXVII.] By Ephraim Hardcastle.
Hé já d stamped Edition for Country Circulation, postage free, Price Tenpence. ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION.
A group of two children.
Lord Stowell.–The others undetermined when we
viewed the gallery. The approaching annual exhibition at Somerset House, as usual at this season, begins to excite general
M. A. Shee, R, A. also contributes the ultimate number public interest as the great national depository of the
of portraits :
Sir Anthony Carlisle, a fine half length, and a most faithvarious labours in the different departments of art dur- | ful portrait of this distinguished anatomist. ing the preceding year. We have been favored with a Mrs. Berridge. private view of many of the pictures prepared for exhi- | aina, Canada, their much respected catholic prelate, of the
The Right Rev. Alexander Macdonell, Bishop of Rhæ. bition; and from what we have been able to collect, the Glengary family of Scotland, is represented in his ponlovers of art may expect an interesting display of talent || tifical habit. in every species of composition excepting the epic, for The infant Bacchus, (a composition.) the absence of which the public cannot reasonably com
Miss E. Hornby, a very beautiful and interesting por
trait. plain, as the general apathy for such elevated pursuits A Young Gentleman in a vandyck dress, a countenance still prevails, to the reproach of the good taste of the of sweet expression. British nation.
Henry Moffat, Esq. On Tuesday and Wednesday last, the metropolitan
A Young Gentleman in a Spanish costume, the son of chairmen were in general requisition, and all the streets
Tooke, Esq. of Russell-square. and avenues north and west of the Strand were pouring J. Jackson, R. A. contributes eight portraits :in their tributary streams to the great graphic reservoir Miss Chester, a felicitous resemblance of this distinof Somerset House.
guished actress, and one of Alr. Jackson's finest pictures.
Miss C. is represented in white satin, with a crimson satin When we look retrospectively, and recollect the same
Spanish hat, and white ostrich feathers. scene passing half a century ago, when our late venera- Lady Normanby, the wife of the son of the Earl of Mulble sovereign enquired with parental interest what was grave, and daughter of Lord Ravensworth. preparing for the honour of the national school which Lady Macdonald, daughter of the Earl of Mount Edg
cumb, in a black Spanish hat, with a vandyck ruff. A strikhe founded ; and awaking as it were from the fond re
ing portrait. verie, and look about us and behold the active porters The late Sir H. Blosset, Chief Justice of Bengal. bearing to the old consecrated spot new tributes of ge- The Bishop of Winchester, Prelate of the Order of the nius, wrought by those who were then unborn, and | Garter. A most faithful resemblance, the head finely cofrom streets and squares then not existing, we sigh and the Order.
loured. His Lordship is painted in the clerical robes of think of our grey hairs and the friends of our youth. The Hon. General Phipps in regimentals. The brother
The great Reynolds lived to see the rising sun of that of the Earl of Mulgrave. genius which now sheds its splendour from his illustrious | Painted for the Sub-committee of that institution, to be
Sir B. Hobhouse, Vice President of the Literary Fund. chair. We may fancy that the spirit of the neglected placed in their room in Lincoln's Inn Fields. A head adWilson would be appeased at the shrines of Turner and mirable for depth of tone. Calcott, and that of Hogarth would be seen serenely The Rev. Mr. Rawes, Master of the Kepier Grammar gliding from the study of Wilkie to that of the no less || School at Houghton-le-Sprins, Durham. This spirited admirable Leslie; and how many genial spirits might their worthy
preceptor in testimony of respect by the gen
half-length portrait is a subscription picture presented to not imagination invite from their sacred dormitories,tlemen who have been educated at this academy. The alike fitting to many who fill the seats once filled by the scholars have also raised a fund for an engraving from this venerable founders of our native school.
picture in mezzotinto, by Mr. William Ward.
We noticed in Mr. Jackson's gallery a portrait in proW. Hilton, R.A. has sent to the Somerset House exhibi- l) gress of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and do not
remember to have seen so faithful a resemblance of this tion a beautiful and chaste composition, partly built on classic story.
greatest general of the age. We believe it is intended as a
head study for a whole length. THE MUSES INSTRUCTING CUPID TO SING.
We also saw three portraits, which it is to be regretted SiR THOMAS LAWRENCE, P. R. A., as heretofore, patrio- could not be completed in time for the ensuing exhibition, tically supports the institution by the full compliment pre- as they could not fail to have been regarded as a feature of scribed by the laws of the Royal Academy: eight pictures, || particular interest at this epoch. These were the three (portraits) selected from the works of the last year, will | scientific and enterprising captains, Parry, Franklin, and appear in the catalogue:
Lyon : the latter, a most picturesque composition, in his Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester. dreadnought northern costume, a rough blue sea coat, and His Grace the Duke of Devonshire.
Esquimaux gloves. A child of the Marquess of Londonderry.
We moreover recognised the faithful resemblance of Ca
SMUGGLERS ASKING SHELTER.
nova, which Mr. Jackson painted con amore in Italy, and masterly picture in any other gallery than that of the best could not contemplate the benignant expression of his coun- animal painter in the world-yet unsold! To those, howtenance, but with feelings of veneration and respect for the ever, who feel sensibly for the honor of the British school, memory of so great and good a man.
what must be the measure of their regret, on beholding,
in the same gallery, that magnificent cattle-piece, with the PORTRAIT OF COLONEL SIR JOHN FLEMING LEICESTER, BART. bulthe size of life, a work which no collection can match,
EXERCISING HIS REGIMENT OF CHESHIRE YEOMANRY CA- thus left on the painter's hands? How strongly such a VALRY, ON THE SANDS AT LIVERPOOL. BY JAMES WARD, circumstance enforces the necessity for the establishment
of a National Gallery, is too obvious to need further ilThe colonel is in full uniform on a favourite grey
D. Wilkie, R. A., will not make a great figure this year. charger, and the corps is represented skirmishing in the back ground; his aid de camp, a lancer, with his red and
Two small pictures and a sketch, are the amount of his conwhite standard, on a chesnut horse, is introduced with el
tributions. One, a very interesting composition from Allan fect in connecting the principal figure with the distant || Ramsay's unique pastoral, the Gentle Shepherd,” the group. The portrait is faithful. It is a cabinet picture, || passare where Jenny and Pegxy are at their rustic toilet. one of Sir John's late commissions, and is finished equal to
There are two incidents of light in this highly finished the works of the Flemish school.
little picture. One the morning grey, throwing a cool light Mr. Ward contributes his full compliment too, and the
on the two maidens, who are attiring before the window, the exhibition of 1824 will be enriched with some of the finest other in the back-ground, where old Symon, seated in portraits of horses and other animals from his incomparable | the nook, receives a warm glow from the effect of the pencil that have ever added to the splendour of an ancient
fire. This composition is beautifully illustrative of the or modern picture gallery, among which the first in inte- | poet. We understand that it is a commission picture, rest is indubitably that of old Copenhagen, the famous painted for his Grace the Duke of Bedford. charger, who bore the Duke of Wellington through the perilous field of Waterloo-that long day. tisteen hours on his noble back. His Grace did not even alight for the first
The scene represents a cottage, wherein is a man, his eight hours. This gallant animal, the battle ended--but I wife, and a boy, whose consternation and embarrassment is not until then-ran away from the field. An hundred wor
visible, on the sudden appearance of these dangerous inthies would have pursued; but no, bis still more gallant I wonted discrimination. The spectator may imagine a besi
truders. The characters are sustained with Mr. Wilkie's rider, to show his blood, pursued and caught old Copen- | tation on the part of the cottagers, but the faithful dog, hagen by the mane with his own martial hand. THE HORSE
who holds no terms with unwelcome strangers, is disputing AND HIS RIDER ! what a subject for a group in bronze !
their entry. This, too, is worthy the pencil of this great
observer of life and manners. A CELEBRATED NEWMARKET RACER, THE PROPERTY OF HIS
There is also a sketch of Commodore Trunnion, on coROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF YORK.-PRINCESS ROYAL,
| loured paper, which is replete with character-it is the very A RACING MARE, THE PROPERTY OF SIR THOMAS MOSTYN.
personitication of that singular and truly original commanThere is a composition of three brood mares, racers, be. Il der, drawn with the pencil of Wilkie, from the prototype longing to the same stud, in Mr. Ward's gallery, which it by the pen of Smollett. is to be regretted could not be finished for this exhibition. Mr. Wilkie may be well excused for contributing no more It would have been a valuable acquisition to the collec
to the general fund of art this season, when it is recollected tion of this year's works. Another most interesting portrait of an old hunter, the works, which are in a forward state of progress. One, His
that he has been so ardently engaged on two elaborate property of Unwin Heathcote, Esq. who for many years || Majesty George the Fourth, receiving the keys of Leith, in headed the field is intended for exhibition. This admira- || August, 1822, on his entrance into Scotland. A picture of ble painting has been made to perpetuate the memory of an aged servant. It was brought to London expressly to be which it contains, as well as its being a magnificent graphic
great interest, from the number of distinguished portraits pourtrayed by the pencil of Mr. Ward; and being entirely | record of an event, that will be long proudly remembered worn out and in mizery, it was shot.
in Scotland. The space for the sovereign is yet unoscu
pied. We understand his Majesty, with his usual consiPORTRAITS OF PERSIAN
SIR || deration, desirous that Mr. Wilkie shall have sufficient opJOHN FLEMING LEICESTER.
portunities to make the resemblance of his person at his This composition represents two rams, and three ewes. They are pie-bald, brown and white, with extraordinary ease, intends sitting to him as often as his studies may horns. Abstracted of the merit of this group, as a painting, The other picture, in an advanced state, is John Knox, the picture is particularly interesting to the naturalist.
preaching his memorable sermon in the cathedral of St.
Andrew. These works cannot fail to augincnt the reputaRABBITS PURSUED BY FERRETS.
tion of this original artist, nor of adding new honours to This spirited little composition describes the burrows in the British school of art. a warren. A rabbit pursued by one of these ferocious vermin, is bounding with an energy, that is scarcely short of SANCHO PANZA'S INTERVIEW WITH THE DUCHESS. actual motion. The scene is truly characteristic. The sky seen through a sand-hole, is a happy trait of art.
We have been favoured with a view of a picture by this We dwelt with renewed pleasure on Mr. Ward's admirable gentleman, which, as a work of art, is greatly superior to portraits of the Esquimaux dog, that was brought from the any former productions of his intelligent and improving pennorth by Captain Parry. And we felt a renewal of our in- | cil; and were we not restrained, on this and other occadignation, at the folly, not to say phrenzy, of the wanton sions, from saying all we could say, from having been adsacrifice of this rare animal, for the sake of his skin. The mitted behind the curtain, we would with pleasure go into picture, however, representing the interesting creature in a minute detail of its individual and collective merits. We so many positions, will perpetuate his resemblance, long || may, however, describe the scene, and reserve our critical after the moths have destroyed the hide of this stuffed spe- | notice to the opening of the exhibition. The Duchess is recimen of official Tom foolery at the British Museum. clining on a sofa, Sancho is seated before her on a stool.
We could not help secretly wishing that we had seen this The Duenna is etanding by her side. He is the very San
SHEEP. THE PROPERTY OF
BY MR. LESLIE.
cho of Cervantes. She is the Duchess which he drew. The fellow labourers in the same vineyard look up to him Duenna, the attendants, the scene, the expletives, are all with an especial reverence, and speak in no measured compatible with the delectable romance. Being " tongue-tied,” we dare say no more, but we may
terms of the malignant motives and the perverse taste vent our spleen somewhere, and we cannot refrain from which have hitherto suffered his works to languish, save saying, that as we hear this picture is the property of the within their own narrow circles, unnoticed and unEarl of Egremont, we are almost tempted to envy that known. These works (at least all that we have heard munificent nobleman the possession of such a graphic || of) are, “ Gebir,” a strange wild fantastic poem;“ Count treasure.
Julian," an elaborate, undramatic tragedy, and a volume Mr. Pickersgill, has finished a beautiful, novel, and very || of Latin prolusions, the title of which we forget, though interesting composition, A Lady interpreting an oriental | the bigotry, severity, and exclusiveness of the opinions Love Letter. These elegant epistles are composed of the treasures of Flora, each symbolic of some chaste thought,
we well remember. The truth is, that Mr. Landor is passion or sentiment, only to be developed by the inspira- | scholar and a man of talents, whose abstraction from tion of Cupid, from the whisperings of Hymen.
the world has left him unacquainted with the predomiThe portraits are, His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, Lady | nating notions and taste of his age, and whose prejuBelgrave, Lord Belgrave, Evelyn Shiley, Esq. Arthur | diced attachment to a particular sect has rendered his Stanhope, Esq. and Mrs. Delafield.
Mr. Collins has sent four compositions, one Purchasing talents and his acquirements almost entirely ineffective Bedfordshire. A View of Stirling Castle. A Group. of which fairly belongs to Mr. L. from his former publicaCherries, a group at the door of a cottage, at Turvey, in with the generality of readers. This is the character Portraits, tending to some tale, and another subject, which bas escaped our memory, having mislaid our memoranda, tions, but the present volumes deserve very considerable which was furnished by a friend.
praise for their knowledge, liberality, and acuteness. Mr. Calcott contributes a fine topographical subject, || For some years past, Mr. L. has been residing in “ letRochester Bridge.
at Pisa, and the volumes before us we must Mr. Mulready, a composition on the subject of Courtship.
regard as the production of that studious retirement. Mr. Brockedon, The Piferari, playing before a picture | They are a collection of imaginary dialogues between of the Virgin at Rome.
different persons who have gained notoriety or fame in These pipers are usually natives of the Apennines, who descend to the Italian cities, particularly to Rome, during | past or present times for their achievements or their the Advent, and perform their hymn to the Virgin, before I knowledge. They relate to all kinds of subjects; and her shrine.
form a sort of experiment to shew how the author beMr. Etty has sent an elegant composition, Vulcan show- | lieves such persons would have written or spoken had ing Pandora to the Gods, from Hesiod. Mr. Newton, The Malade Imaginare, a doctor feeling
they actually discoursed upon the identical subjects. the pulse of a plethoric hypochondriac. “A surgeon with There is a slight attempt to give something like dramatic his lancet, about to breathe a vein, is repulsed with great character to the dialogue; but it is not very consistently vehemence and terror. We have not seen this picture, persevered in, nor always very happily effected. It is but report speaks highly of its originality and merit. Mr. Daniell, (of Cleveland Street,) contributes his full || the world, and when well done, forms a pleasant class
an ingenious way of delivering one's own opinions to complment:
A View from the Park at Arundel, the seat of Ilis Grace of reading. There is one feature of the work which is the Duke of Norfolk.
rather amusing. The characters of the dialogue are Arundel Castle, the seat of His Grace the Duke of Nor- | made occasionally to indulge in prophecy. Now these folk,
The Long Ship's Light House, off the Land's End, Corn-prophecies in every instance come to pass, so that they wall.
look very wise and sagacious in the utterance, though in Torquay, Devon.
reality they are nothing more than transcripts from hisA Suling Yacht, the property of a Nobleman.
torical records. It is easier to write down what has St. Michael's Mount, in Mount's Bay, Cornwall. Tregothan, Cornwall, the seat of the Earl of Falmouth.
been done than to foretell what will happen. Mr. L. View of Ben Sulbheinn from Loch Invar, on the North has adopted the easier part. But there are other points West coast of Scotland. Mr. Constable contributes a landscape composition, to better account. He has made his personages the ve
in which our author has turned the freedom of dialogue which for depth, sparkling light, freshness and vigorous hicles of much sound and useful instruction. He has effect, exceeds any of his former works. The scene represents a barge passing a lock on a navigable canal.
made them deliver very acute opinions, and take very
sagacious views on various subjects of politics and moREVIEWS.
rals. In the colloquy between Franklin and Washing
ton, there is a great deal of profound practical disquisiImaginary Conpersations of Literary Men and States
tion on the policy of England. It is too sober for our By WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Esq. 2 vols. columus, and we will only extract the following humorLondon : Taylor and Hessey. 1824.
ous illustration of the conduct of England towards MR. LANDOR has a certain sort of reputation with a
America. It is put into the mouth of Franklin, and is certain class of persons. He is a disciple of the Lake
not unlike some of his homely and forcible illustra.
tions :school of poetry, and is imbued with nearly all their doctrines, political, moral, religious, and literary. His 66 The conduct of England towards us resembles that of