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CHAPTER III.

STATE OF THE FINE ARTS.

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In a work like this, transient lection, and among the most pleaindeed is the glance which can be sing and poetical that Howard taken of the state of Art: if we ever painted. It is called “ The succeed in giving some general Solar System,” and is most happily impression of the subject, it is all as well as originally conceived, we can hope to do. It is a source and delightfully executed. The of proud pleasure, to perceive the sun, and its attendant planets, high stand which the artists of together with their satellites rethis country have attained. spectively, are personified under EXHIBITION

Royal the form of human figures. And ACADEMY.--No. 7 (Lord Hare- though each occupies its place in wood) is among the President's a circle, of which the sun is the best portraits. No. 9, (Don centre, yet the different distances Quixotte in his study,) by G. S. of each are typified by the diffeNewton, though but a foot square, rent degrees of distinctness with is, to our taste, nearly the best which their characters and attripicture in the exhibition. It repre- 'butes are made out. The green sents the Knight of the Woeful earth in particular, with her sweet Countenance in the only charac- moon beside_her, is charmingly ter under which he should ever be given.--The Dawn, by Fuseli, is thought of as an abstract person ; less unnatural, and consequently namely, a perfectly serious, solemn, less unpleasing, than any picture and even poetical one. He is this artist has exhibited for some seated among his books of chi- years. valry, absorbed in meditation. Allan's picture on the subject There is no mixture whatever of “ John Knox admonishing of the ludicrous in it, or of any Mary Queen of Scots on the day thing that can suggest it. And when her intention to marry Darnthis is exactly as it should be. ley had been made public,” is a The abstract character of Don very unequal work. It has consiQuixotte is a piece of pure pas- derable merit in some parts, and sion and pathos from beginning to quite as considerable defects. It end. It is by his acts alone, and is the best example of this artist's by the circumstances into which colouring that we have seen, and these lead him, that we have the character and expression of acquired ludicrous associations the sturdy old reformer are good. respecting him; and these asso. But the queen is strangely insipid ciations should all leave him, and and unmeaning; and the halfgive way to a mixture of admira

seen figure, skulking away behind, tion and pity, whenever we think is in wretched taste. of himself alone.

Collins's picture of the “Fish The next work we notice is one Auction," is a work in exactly the of the very best of this year's col- same class, but full of richness,

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spirit, and truth. Nothing can be company of itinerant foreign minbetter than the whole figure of the strels and strollers---for no reason old fisherman, who is selling the that is in any way made apparent produce of his trip; and the deaf in the picture; and (what is a listener is excellent. The natural greater defect) without producing scenery of this picture is also ad- any particular developement of mirable, with the exception of the character or humour. The prinsky—which is indifferent.—“The cipal figures---the man and woBay of Baiæ,” by Turner, is some- man---are exceedingly well drawn, what different from the last-men- and the heads are fine and full of tioned work, and not quite so na- meaning; and the monkey, seated tural. It is, in fact, a most mere- on the shoulder of the little tricious performance, displaying moping Savoyard, is exquisite. infinite skill in the handling, but a But neither these, nor any of the most perverse taste in the colour- other figures, are much acted on ing and general effect, as well as by the circumstances in which in the treatment of the mythologi- they are placed ; and we cannot cal figures introduced.---" A scene help regarding the picture, upon in Borrowdale,” by Collins, is a the whole, as evidence of a fine beautiful contrast to this execrable subject, totally neglected colouring.-Stephanoff's “Recon- thrown away. ciliation," representing the father One by Westall—(Christ crownforgiving his daughter for a run- •ed with thorns)— is conspicuous away match, is very inferior to from its subject, size, and situaseveral of his previous efforts. tion,—but very little so from its The story is plainly enough told; superior merit. but there is a mawkishness and want Calcott has but one picture this of spirit in almost every part of year, a View at Rotterdam. It has it---except the old naval uncle in all his fine natural tone about it, the back-ground, who is the only but is not of importance enough person seeming to care much to require farther mention.-Hilabout the matter.--- We now arrive ton's Lady in Comus. This is perat Wilkie's two pictures; a“ Por- haps the most striking picture in trait of the Duke of York,” and the room, and certainly it is among the “Parish Beadle." The first the very best. The expressions requires scarcely any mention. It throughout-with the exception of is richly coloured, and highly that of Comus—are good; and finished in many parts; but the that of the lady- self-preserved likeness is bad ; and it is upon the from the spells that are about her, whole a picture which, if the or rendering them all nugatory by artist could not or did not choose the stronger spell of virtue that is to avoid painting, he need not within her—is admirable. Her inhave exhibited as a specimen of tense, upturned countenance his powers. But the “Parish earnest and anxious, but not disBeadle" is a work that from its composed — is very poetical and striking deficiencies surprises us appropriate; and her attitude, even more than the above, and shrinking within itself, is exquisite. pleases us still less. The Beadle The satyrs are also very rich and is just about to lodge in prison a racy, many of them; and the

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grouping is skilful. The colouring, is very good : but by far the best, however, is not so good in many is one called the Michaelmas particulars, though it is tolerably Dinner (145), in which all the harmonious as a whole; and the parties present are watching, with picture is far from decreasing this different expressions of face, the artist's reputation.

dismembering of what appears to In passing through the other be a last yeur's goose. The man rooms of the Academy, we find who is performing the office in scarcely any thing else of suffi- idea, with his compressed lips, cient merit to justify us in over

clenched hands, &c. is capital..--79 stepping the limits of these is a charmingly clear and spirited notices.

View of Hastings, by Copley FieldThe Model Academy exhibits ing; and 94 and 95, by the same nothing of surpassing merit. West- excellent artist, are scarcely inferior macott's Cupid is a very pleasing to any pictures in the room. The companion to his last year's first (Chepstow) is exceedingly rich, Psyche, but greatly beneath that elaborate, and glowing ; but the de statue in both grace and beauty ; lightful View of Brougham Castle and Canova's Danzatrice has great pleases us best. very

diffelife and spirit, but not much grace. rent style, but admirable for its

brilliant and spirited effect, is 138 EXHIBITION OF THE SOCIETY OF --- a distant View of Lowther PAINTERS IN WATER Colours.- Castle, by P. Dewint. Reinagle's The above-named Society opened View of Pæstum (155) is also retheir new Gallery in Pall-Mallmarkably characteristic of the East, with a general selection from scene. The two magnificent temthe works of British artists in this ples are standing in a sublime and department, most of which have gloomy loneliness, with the slant been included in their previous sun-rays pouring down upon

them exhibitions during the last seven- from behind a black cloud, as if teen years.

the celestial traveller would not Mr. Nash's Tomb of Louis develope his full glories upon a Robsart (3) -- though too much scene of such desolation, but yet like Prout's style without being it could not pass these objects by in ---is powerful and clever. Glover's his way without casting an adWindsor Castle (19) is charmingly miring glance at their everlasting natural and rich; and the next pic- beauty.---We meet with two or ture to it---Cristall's Boy and three of Glover's delightful scenes Child at a Cottage-door --- has here. In particular 166, a View great and very characteristic merit. of Lancaster. We have only This artist's style is no less original space to notice farther, Varley's than it is forcible and spirited ; and scene from the Bride of Abydos, he succeeds in these common-life (181). This is one of the best subjects equally well with the pictures we remember to have seen classical ones which seem more in by this artist; though it is one favour with him. His picture of that will not be generally pleasing. the Coast of Sussex, with vessels It represents a spot

“ within the in a gale, &c. (35) is admirable. place of thousand tombs ;" and No. 68, the Doubtful Shilling, there is a unity of effect throughout

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the whole of it. Every thing has Hurst, Robinson and Co. for a tomb-like air, and assimilates it- 100gs; the Upper Lake of Kilself to the tombs that are about it. larney, W. Cowen, and the Lake The poplars seem to start up like of Lugano, W. Cowen, both purghosts from the tomb-the wil- chased by Earl Fitzwilliam, at lows hang downwards, pointing 60gs. a piece. their thousand fingers to the The collection of old masters graves below---the overshadowing at the British Institution is not so clouds seem to have risen like fine this year as in some that have exhalations from the sick earth-- preceded it, yet it is admirable. and the bridge that runs across the One

is filled by Sir centre of the scene, looks like the Joshua Reynolds.---Rubens, Remarches of a burial vault exposed to brandt, Claude, Leo. da Vinci, view.

Paul Veronese, Guido, Nicolo

Abati, and others, form the beauteThe BRITISH INSTITUTION has this ous constellation. year some interesting and highly Many other exhibitions adorn meritorious performances. Among the metropolis; among them Mr. these we notice the Royal Banquet, Glover's, Mr. Angerstein's, &c. by George Jones, purchased by some of them of singular merit: the Earl of Liverpool for 500gs.; nor should the beautiful PanoraBelinda at her Toilette, by H. Fra

Cosmoramas, and still dell, purchased by J. Fitzgerald, more beautiful Dioramas, (the last Esq. for 100gs; the Prodigal the invention of this year,) be Son, by Graham, purchased by forgotten.'

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CHORUS OF SPIRITS PRECEDING THE DELUGE.

(From Lord Byron's Poem of Heaven and Earth.")
Hark! hark! already can we hear the voice
Of growing ocean's gloomy swell;

The winds, too, plume their piercing wings!

The clouds have nearly filled their springs ;
The fountains of the great deep shall be broken,

And heaven set wide her windows; while mankind
View, unacknowledged, each tremendous token---
Still, as they were from the beginning, blind.

We hear the sound they cannot hear,
The mustering thunders of the threatening sphere;
Yet a few hours their coming is delay'd ;

Their flashing banners, folded still on high,

Yet undisplay'd,
Save to the Spirits' all pervading eye.

Howl ! howl! oh Earth!
Thy death is nearer than thy recent birth.
Tremble, ye mountains, soon to shrink below

The ocean's overflow!
The waves shall break upon your cliffs; and shells,

The little shells of ocean's least things, be
Deposed where now the eagle's offspring dwells---
How shall he shriek o'er the remorseless sea!
And call his nestlings up with fruitless yell,
Unanswered, save by the encroaching swell;---
While man shall long in vain for his broad wings,

The wings which could not save :---
Where could he rest them, while the whole space brings

Nought to his eye beyond the deep, his grave?

THE INCANTATION OF NAMA OF HER ANGEL LORD

FROM A WOOD.

(From Moore's Loves of the Angels.")
“I've fed the altar in my bower

With droppings from the incense tree;
I've shelter'd it from wind and shower,
But dim it burns the livelong hour,
As if, like me, it had no power

Of life or lustre, without thee!

“ A boat

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