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[SIXPEXCE. stamped Edition for Country Circulation, postage free, Price Tenpence. EXHIBITION OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY, painting," said the amateur. "How broad and grand, too. SOMERSET HOUSE.

Now, I should think that picture will improve with age."

" Doubtless," replied the painter. “I would give the (Continued from p. 95.)

world to see it, as it will appear as old as a Vandyck."

* Pray what is your opinion of that female head, by

Howard, that so like a picture by Leonardo da Vinci; that The Fifty-sixth.

young lady in the Florentine costume, Anno Domini, one thousand five hundred ? Do you approve of showing off our

living beauties in these ancient habits ?”. " What a change in the affairs of art since this great room " I do.'' was built, hey,' said our old friend the amateur, in return “ Well, that is laconic. But why? I would beg to ing from the antiroom, where he had been called by a

inquire." member of the Royal Society, to give his opinion on that * Why, Sir, I know not why a painter shonld not be at strange phenomenon-The Sun Set at Sea. * Why Sir Wil- || liberty to represent a lady or gentleman in a fanciful liam Chambers was rallied with-Well, Sir, you have built a dress. In the first place, it is more pictorial, in the second magnificient apartment, it is true, but where are the pic place, it may be more becoming, if designed with good taste; tures to come from to fill it?' “ Now,'' rejoined the ob in the third place, it spares the subject from the ridicule gervant old gentleman, " the complaint is, the want of space. which the change of a few years' fashion is sure to cast upon Why, Sirs, there are almost as many pictures rejected each I a portrait. Besides, Vandyck was allowed to compose the year, as there are numbers received. Rare times for the dresses for his sitters, and many a beautiful woman was artists! Pray, my worthy friend,” said he, " addressing gracefully attired by his tasteful fancy, who would have himself to a distinguished professor, and a R.A. to boot, figured a dowdy in the dress of her day. That elegant dress, “ what is your opinion of the prize pictures, The Conten moreover, which is still so much admired, in which he tion between the Archangel Michael and Satan, for the body clothed many of his young men of fashion, was a mighty of Moses?' “ Why, Sir,'' replied the candid painter, improvement upon the costume then worn. Even in his ** my opinion is, that the subject was one of tbe v

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rtraits were clad in what was lenominated that could have entered the wits of the council to propose.'' a Vandyck dress. Many of the young people about the

“ Faith!'' returned the amateur, " I should have thought court were painted in the fanciful dresses in which they it bad emanated solely from the wild imagination of the appeared in the royal masques at Whitehall." Professor of Painting. Now, bad your whole body had al 6 I asked your opinion, Sir," said the amateur, " and I trial of skill for the prize, doubtless Mr. Fuzeli would have agree with you. I wish it were the general custom to clothe borne it off, for no other mortal would have devised how to portraits in a costume suited to their rank and age. We set about the personification of such a subject. By the should have much more agreeable pictures, with the likeway, how fine a tone that picture of his has acquired. That ll nesses as well preserved, or better indeed; for the resemAmorett delivered by Britomart from the spell of Busyrane. blance appears to last, in many instances, no longer than It has all the richness of a picture painted in the old times. the fashion in which they are painted.” How happens this ?"

" I heartily wish you were comptroller-general of taste, “ Why, Sir," said the painter, “ Fuzeli's style is one that then,' replied the painter," sor of all the miseries, that of improves by time; his colours were laid on without a mix- || painting the modern costume is sometimes the greatest. ture of those nostrums that have been fatal to certain A modern coat is surely the most unpicturesque garb that works of coeval date with this picture, and now you per-| the superannuated Goddess of Fashion could invent. The ceive the result. Hogarth's works, which were purely | sweeping ever-lengthening collar, rolled round the neck, wrought, have already acquired the mellow tint of time. I and meeting the preposterous sharp-eared lappelles, the There are many paintings, however, that could be named, short skirts, and shapeless sleeves, nothing could be worse which will derive no advantage from age, from the erroneous 11 devised for painting : tight without form, and wanting in attempts of their authors, who forced a present splendour every characteristic which well arranged drapery assumes, by the trickery of varnishes and vehicles, which time has united with the human figure. What an advantage bad the already, and will continue to expose, in that leaden dulness portrait painters of old in these matters. Satin jackets, which nothing can remove."

velvet bonnets, slashed breeches, Spanish boots, aye, and “I do not know that I am right,” said the amateur, || Spanish cloaks; and then every military hero was painted " but I think there is less of that trickery of late; less, in in armour, with mustachios and a manly beard !" deed, in the present exhibition than in any one that I could " Why, truly,” said the amateur, " should posterity name, for the last twenty or thirty years."

Ljudge of manhood by no better test than the presen "I'am of your opinion,” replied the painter. "I hope tume, ours would be designated a drivelling age !" to liye to see the end of such trumpery subterfuge. The "As for the ladies," rejoined the painter, " their taste prevalence of this single error has been a greater impedi in dress is so various, and their busts so pictorial, that you ment to the legitimate growth of art, than all the fopperies || may represent them in the costume of every age. Their of style and manner, which correct themselves in time. hair, too, is so gracefully disposed, that the painter cannot But this phrenzy, time seemed by exposure to render worse. do better than copy their locks, as they come undisturbed However, Sir, there seems to be a prospect of the return of from the toilette. The head of which you speak, by Howard, good sense in art: there is talent enough in the country, it || savours almost as much of this as the early age with which only waits to be judiciously applied."

it is assimilated, and a sweet head it is." "That head of Mies Chester, by Jackson, in the anti " How very finely Sir Thomas Lawrence manages the room, appears to me to be a piece of fine unsophisticated || hair," said the amateur; “ I think Vandyck himself, in his

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best day, could not exceed the beauty and glossyness with | magnificent whole-length portrait of his Majesty in the which he expressess the character of this most dillicult at- || Throne-Room, in the coronation robes ?" tribute of portraiture."

“ I have, Sir," replied the painter; “ it is a magnificent " He displays great taste in the arrangement of the hair, || portrait, indeed-one of the grandest of portraits. It is certainly," replied the painter, 6 and imitates it with splendid as Titian, and elegant as Vandyke. Now, that is masterly execution. It is greatly owing to this, that his a picture that will improve by age. I would give the world, heads assume so general an air of fashion. There is no ex could a magician show me that portrait as it will appear terior characteristic, perhaps, which marks the young peo- | with two hundred years over it-when the gorgeous cosple of high life, so much as the style of the hair. I remember || tume shall glitter through the obscurity of time. As it is, some years since, a tip-top hair-dresser in the neigh- || how adinirable it is for keeping; none but a man of his bourhood of Bond-street, observed, if I could toss the hair || powers could have managed so much glitter in so subdued

y and elegantly as Mr. Lawrence, I would || a tone, and yet so sparkling and fresh an effect. The crown ride in my coach and four. At this period, however, powder || is, perhaps, the finest piece of painting in the world. Yes, was worn, when to dress the head with skill was considered posterity, in beholding this picture of King George the no mean science.”

Fourth, will have a mighty treat!”. “How divinely Sir Joshua painted powdered hair," said “I have often wished to see the King painted in armour," the amateur. "His colouring of a well dressed lady's tete, || said the amateur. “I think all our sovereigns should be bloomed outriglit; nothing could be more pearly in its represented in this ancient military garb. Sir Thomas general hue."

Lawrence would touch off the effect of armour to adınira"Faith, Sir," said the painter, “ you speak of these mat tion. What a magnificent composition for the President ters with the enthusiasm of an artist;" adding, “I bave comes across my mind. His Majesty and his royal brother, heard that Sir Joshua said, that our present sovereign, the Commander in Chief, in armour on horseback, attended when a young man, had the most elegant head of hair of by the Duke of Wellington as standard-bearer, with Windany man of fashion, and that even the French frisseurs, sor Castle in the back.ground. I can fancy, in such a comwho held the English artists of their fraternity in contempt, ll position, the President would outdo himself-Sir, such a allowed his Royal Highness's head, when frizzled and frost picture would immortalize him!” ed, secundum artem, according to his taste, to be a masterly “ Bravo ! I like your thonght," said the painter. “We performance."

want one such work to shew the world what the English “ You are jocose, Sir," replied the amateur; " and that school can do. The King should be represented in polished reminds me of a story related of that artless old man, my steel-there is a

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oble poringenious friend, Mister Nollekins. It is a case in point, trait would grace; it would be fitting, moreover, for it was for it relates to his most gracious Majesty's fine head of worn by an ancestor of his Majesty, one of the ancient hair. The story is from Mr. N********, who, you know, is house of Ilanover. By Jupiter-what a subject for a pica bit of a wag.

ture! I will write to the President-That is the word“The Prince Regent, it seems, according to this autho Mark you, Sir, it must-it shall be done!rity, was pleased to make a visit to the sculptor, to see “Well, I admire your enthusiasm ! You painters must some bust which he had recently finished in marble : per surely love your art, thus to revel in anticipation of the haps it was that superb head of his royal brother, the Duke glory of your compeers. That is a noble portrait, too, of of York, which is now, I believe, in the armoury at Carlton our venerable sovereign, his late Majesty, over the chimPalace. Well, Sir, his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, ney-piece in the next apartment in the palace. It is a poswith his usual graceful condescension, accosted Nollekins thumous likeness, I understand; but the resemblance is as with • Well, my worthy old friend, I am glad to see you-it faithful as any that I remember to have seen.” is some years since we met.'

" Yes, Sir," answered the painter, “it is considered to "6It is indeed, good Sir-your Royal Highness. Ah-- be so by all the royal family. I agree with you—it is a time flies! Your Royal Highness was then a fine young noble portrait: the countenance is the very personification man.

of benignity. It is a manly, dignified portrait, indeed.” • The Prince smiled.

“ Hey-lay! what have we here?exclaimed the ama" Yes, your Royal Highness was a fine young man, in- / teur. "• The Triumph of Rubens.' Upon my word-and deed. And I am happy now to see your Royal Highness is | who may this Rubenesque scrap be painted by ?-I do not looking well. This visit is doing me great honour indeed. || know the hand.” Sir. I am growing an old man--but, good Lord !-hey! " It is by Philip Stephanoff,” replied the painter, and your Royal Highnesg-wliy-hey-cán I believe my eyes! || a very clever bit it is. The arrangement is extremely Why, what is become of your Royal Highness's fine head of good-he has caught a little inspiration from his hero.” hair?

" There is something wrong about the horse surely," " Exchanged for a wig, Mr. Nollekins,' replied the said the amateur: "it seems to have sunk into the mire. Prince, still smiling.

This is rather slovenly, Mister Stephanoff. I know what " . O dear! O dear!' exclaimed the sculptor. “How ll you might answer— Rubens was careless in these matters;' great a pity-to part with so fine a head of hair! Alas! || but I would whisper-To become a Rubens is not by imialas! and to take to a wig-to look like an owl in an ivory || tating his defects." bush !'

“ Nay, nay," interrupted the painter, “this is not “ Poor old Nollekins !” exclaimed the painter. “He ) worthy of your usual liberality, my friend."! was a strange mortal-he said whatever was uppermost, “ Stay, stay-pardon me, Sir," rejoined the amateur: whether to the king or a stone-cutter. But surely you do “ you have not heard me out. I was about to add--but not credit this idle tale?

we will overlook this little aberration, for the sake of the 6 Indeed, Sir, I do," replied the amateur. “ The old general design. There is so much good taste, and true sculptor was a favourite with the royal family; and the pictorial feeling thrown into the composition, that I admire Prince Regent would smile at his honest simplicity with it as a very meritorious work. Now I recollect-Stephathe same princely condescension as King Charles the Se noff! There are two of that name. The brother has some cond. Give me a prince, Sir, who is acquainted with life beautiful figure compositions in the Water-colour Exhibione who can appreciate character. Such can be familiar tion. It rarely happens that brothers have the felicity to vithout the loss of dignity, and such alone rule in the pursue the same art with such an equality of talent, and hearts of the people!

without rivalry. And now I recollect, it does not rest with “ Talking of costume-pray, Sir, have you seen that their professional pursuits alone: the same rare felicity at

tends their amusements. I remember their performance in to be very faithful--there is so much identity about them, a quartett, some years ago, at a private crash, when they that they must be like. were but youths, and now, I understand, they are consi “ That vicw of Ben Suilveinn from Loch Inver, on the dered to be two of the best dilletanti violins of the day. I || north-west coast of Scotland, is one of the engraved subjects You cannot remember the two Barons ? No, they were be I think," said the ainateur.' “ It is very wild and romanfore your time. They were painters, too; one was a pupil || tic, I am an admirer of the views by this artist. They of Reynolds. I mention them, as they were capital ama- || | appear to have nothing artificial, nothing extraneous in teur performers on the violin.

their composition. If a picture professes to be topogra"Since we are upon the subject of similarity of pursuits || phical, let it be true. When a painter gives loose to his in the same family, I have been admiring one of the East || imagination in pursuit of poetic composition, then let him Indian compositions by the elder of the Daniels. I per

plume his wings and take his flight where he lists.” ceive that the nephew too has arrived at academic honors.

6. The organs of discernment must be strongly developed Certainly their joint labours have for many years contri

in master Daniell's cranium, I should think,” said the buted largely to that topographical variety, which is so

painter, “for during the eleven years that he has been congenial to English taste. But for the talent and per

engaged in this latter pursuit, be has coasted the whol: severing research of these gentlemen, how little should we

island, explored every bay, and peeped into each creek. A know of the magnificent scenery of our vast possessions in

geographical friend of mine has lately amused himself and the East. I never look upon the works of these worthy

his children, by tracing his annual progress on Arroworientalists but with interest and delight; for I am spared

smith's large map, and it is incredible the distance he the perils, even in imagination, of a voyage off the Cape,

must have made each year. The collective voyages and can safely sit with my lamp, by my winter tire-side, amount to many thousand miles.” in the bosom of my family, and behold the regions afar, “ Strange !', exclaimed the amateur, " so it is. One and live as it were with the inhabitants, and contemplate

man achieves a succession of adventures, traverses the the habits of a people, whose manners are still the same,

globe, performs wonders, returns safe, and modestly retirwith those recorded in the sacred history. Ah, Sir, what ing from the gaze of men, assumes not the traveller's prido we owe to these enterprising geniuses who thus journey vilege. Whilst another will hold you an hour by the button, to the remotest regions, endure the vicissitudes of cli recounting the dangers and vicissitudes of a voyage from mates, tempt the dangers of the ocean, expose themselves Darkhouse-lane to Dover. The great Johnson, who to the perfidy of sayage tribes, and philosophically submit though no great traveller, was certainly too wise to play to the privations consequent upon such vast pursuits, for || the boaster, yet bas left us a journal of his hair-breadth the pure love of science, and thus contribute by their re 'scapes in sailing from the Isle of Coll to that of Mull; and searches to enlarge our minds by opening new sources of his amanuensis, the delectable historian of the voyage to rational pleasure, of a nature indeed that makes us wiser the Hebrides, has " sung the dangers of the seas ” off and and better men.”

on these fearsul coasts, to the terror of generations of tour“ Yes," replied the painter; "and how little are these ists; whilst the author of the coast scenery of the whole mighty pursuits regarded by the age in which they are ac island has performed his annual voyages, in all weathers, complished. When such men are no more, then the bio on board all sorts of craft, and in all seasons; and happily grapher takes his pen and tills his volume with their won for his amiable family, and numerous friends, has accomdrous exploits. Nothing contemporaneous that is great plished his meritorious work without vain boasting, and is and good makes a due impression upon mankind. It is too now pursuing his elegant studies in peace.” much the custom with the world to search the tombs for the merits of the illustrious dead, to taunt the living witha their nobler deeds. How should it not be so, when in our ll EXHIBITION OF THE SOCIETY OF PAINTERS boasted aye the universities and other rich and learned institutions would by the sanction of a base law have exacted

IN WATER COLOURS, eleven copies of the expensive and limited volumes of that

PALL-MALL EAST. nagnificent folio work on the eastern world, published by these distinguished artists ? Sir, rather should the learned

(Continued from p. 95.) who preside over there institutions have patronized such noble publications, placed a set of the splendid volumes in The general preference for landscape and topogra. each of their libraries, and rewarded the authors with aca

phical views, must be urged for the want of that variety demic honors,”

“ Faith, if we talk so loud,” said the amateur,“ we which characterized the early exhibitions of this sóshall be overheard, and become excommunicate!'' —whis. ciety. We remember some of the compositions on pering)—“ Is it not passing strange that our universities ivory by Mr. Samuel Shelly, which attracted very geare so dead to the interests of the fine arts? Sir, they

nerally,-certain of his studied works were chaste in have, as you know, that magnificent bequest, the Fitzwil. liam Collection at Cambridge; but it is of no more use to

design, and beautifully coloured. His Diana and her the students of the different colleges from paltry prohibi- || Nymphs was perhaps the most perfect representation of tory conditions for the sight, than if the library were the naked that had been painted on ivory. We are not standing within the Druidical temple on Salisbury Plain," “ Sir!" replied the painter, who is somewhat of a cynic,

given to obtrude our opinions upon the plans and regu“the kitchens in these learned regions are too bot-and

lations of this or any other society of artists, but we the libraries too cold-and there is an end of the matter." are inclined to suggest for the consideration of the

"So Mr. William Daniell has completed his voluminous members, whether a selection of miniature portraits on work of the English coast scenery," said the amateur.

ivory, by painters of celebrity, might not be added to “No doubt you are well acquainted with them."

“I am, Sir," angwered the painter, “ and a most inte the collection, with advantage to the general display. resting series of views they make. Here again is a produc We should at the same time object to the admission of tion which could only be accomplished by the most

any but miniatures of the highest order of excellence. persevering spirit of labour and research. If I mistake

Experience has long proved that portraits in small, not, the author devoted many months of eleven successive years in collecting his materials. The views strike n

collecting his materials. The views strike me l excite great public interest—even in the Royal Aca

demy exhibition, where there is so great a variety of || which might be performed by an artist without any great attractions in every class and style of art.

effort of mind, and that such subjects demanded little more

than a mere mechanical application of the executive part The compositions of Mr. Hills, contribute to lessen the ll of painting. This opinion Mr. West combated with his monotony of landscape, by the domestic animals which form accustomed liberality, and, as we thought, completely relutthe leading features of his designs. We have this year, ed, by insisting in his turn that there was as high a feeling however, no striking subject from his prolific pencil, such

of the beau ideul thrown into this individual piece, and in as we have dwelt upon with pleasure in former exhibitions.

many of Turner's views of similar buildings, as in works of We particularly advert to his farın yards, crowded with

a superior cast of composition. “It is true,” added this cows, some of which, for truth of drawing, were nearer to

consummate judge of art, that an accurate view of this or nature than any works of the same class that had been

any other building may be drawn on mechanical principles, painted even by the masters of the old schools. Certain of but to describe the scene under the influence of this grand his interiors, too, no less successfully studied, were regarded || and pictorial sentiment, is as much an aflair of mind, as to amongst the finest works in the collections in which they represent nature under the gorgeous colouring of Titian.'' appeared. His large upright composition of fallow deer foddering under a magnificent group of lofty trees, a scene

VIEW OF THE FALL OF NIAGARA. on Windsor forest, would have excited great interest in this chaste collection, and the two subjects, red deer and fallow || It is to be regretted that we have so few toporraphical deer, in the collection of Mr. Wheeler, that munificent pa- || scenes from the regions in the new world, where landscape tron of works in water colours, would have here appeared is met in all its wild grandeur and vastness, as it were froin with every advantage. What he has contributed this yearis I the orixinal hand of creation, undisturbed and unaltered marked with the same accurate knowledge of the animal || by the busy meddler, man. To represent a spacious river which we have admired in the works alluded to, and || at one burst, precipitating itself down a vast steep into an the animals in the farm yard, are grouped with that ever deepening abyss, to express the mighty crash, and to truth which alone results from a constant recurrence to make it rise again in rage, as though it would regain the nature.

height from which it had been forced, seems better fitted In the knowledge of the drawing of domestic animals, Mr. for the poet's pen than for the painter's pencil to describe : Hills perhaps has no equal. Should this exclusive praise |yet, in this piece, the subject is so well told, and squares be doubted, we would refer for the truth of the compliment || so completely with the description of the traveller to these to his voluminous work of etchings, and point to his head: romantic regions, that we feel ourselves in presence of of cows, oxen, bulls, sheep, and horses, and indeed to his the mighty scene, and almost hear the raging confiict of preceptive studies of the parts of these animals, which are the waters. This scene so powerfully described, is the marked with such characteristie accuracy and extensive work of a gentleman who visited the spot, and whose dra. knowledge of all that constitute their distinguishing varie- || ings contribute much to the variety of this collection. In ties, that by comparison, almost all the works of the old representations like these, nothing that can be substituted masters, in these particulars, are proved to be false.

| by art, is so sublime as the identity here displayed. It is The estimation with which the print collector treasures || true, that the greater is the painter's knowledge, the finer the few etchings of animals by Paul Potter, Adrian Vande-|| and the more faithful will be the scene which he chooses velde, and Karel du Jardin, 'is well known to those con for the object of his imitation. Water colours, however, versant in the pursuits of virtu. That these remnants of are particularly congenial to scenery like this, where the their skill, in transferring their animal studies from their | identity of the effect may be said to be wrapt in mist and paintings to the copper, should still be held as treasures by foam. We understand that Mr. — is a new disciple the connoisseur, is a credit to existing taste; but that we in this school of art, and augur from this specimen of his should have among us an artist of our own school, yet so- ll talents future works which will add new interest, to the journing with us, who with his masterly etching tool has exhibitions of the society, and raise himself in public esti. rivalled these specimens, in a voluminous work of more mation. than a thousand plates, and that these should remain un Many English artists have painted “ The Fall of Nianoticed by the same collectors, is neither creditable to the gara," but we believe all have been indebted to travellers taste or liberality of the modern dilletanti., Yet, so it is, for the sketch of the scene. Wilson made a magnificent although our ingenious compeer bas produced a fólio work, picture from a sketch by some gentleman who had visited making two immense volumes, the labour of the greater the spot. The view by comparison with Mr.- 's, has part of twenty years, which contains studies of the horse, ll the appearance

the appearance of the place,--the effect of the fall is conthe ox, the sheep, the deer, the ass, the mule, the dog, the ceived in a style creditable to his powerful perception. goat, and the swine, in all their varieties, drawn from na When he was occupied on this picture, which is of conture, and etched with a freedom and beauty of execution, siderable dimensions, a patron of the arts called upon the that have rarely been equalled, and never surpassed. painter, and being an amateur artist, felt a particular in

terest in standing by as he spread his colour upon the can

vas. The amateur admired his skill, as the picture grew WESTMINSTER ABBEY. BY F. NASH.

into reality under his magic pencil, when Wilson observed, This rich and painter-like representation of one of the || “ It is nothing at present, but call upon me to-morrow, I most picturesque parts of this ancient building is a repeti- || will dash away until I make it roar !" tion of the same subject painted by Mr. Nash for the col- || This great landscape painter was as remarkable for the lection of Mr. Wheeler, a gentleman who possesses some energy of his observations upon art, as for his masterly apof the finest specimens of the modern school in every de- ll plication of what he knew. He was sometimes sarcastic, partment of water colour painting. We are led to notice and not unfrequently laconic. Jones, formerly one of his This circumstance from the recollection of a morning visit disciples, and a copyist of his manner, had painted a comto the house of this liberal patron of the arts, in company position on which he prided himself. He was anxious that with the late president of the Royal Academy. Mr. West his old preceptor should see it. Wilson had been worried had expressed a wish to see Mr. Wheeler's collection, and upon the subject, and at length he called upon Jones. The received an invitation accordingly. Amidst other observa picture was placed on the easel. Wilson remained silent, tions on the subject of the arts, Mr. Wheeler repeated and Jones on the tenter-hook of suspense. “Humph!” what had been recently insisted upon by a distinguished || at length quoth the cynic, “That is my cupola!-it is black amateur relating to this drawing. That it was a work || enough! Good day to you, Master Jones !

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