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number. As it is, the Committe of Guardians will be 23. To Miss A. L. Napier, Woolwich Common, for a compleased to accept the will for the deed, with the offer of our position of fruit, the Silver Palette. future services in bebalf of an institution so creditable to | 24. To Miss M. J. Hull, Beverley, for a composition of the feelings of the noblemen and gentlemen, patrons of the flowers, the Silver Palette. arts, who zealously co-operate in their generous exertions Copies in l'ater Colours. (Honorary Class.) for its support.

25. To Miss Twining, 34, Norfolk-street, Strand, for an hisWe will give it a place in our next number.

torical subject, the Silver Isis Medal. 26. To the same, for a portrait, a miniature, the large Sil

ver Medal. SOCIETY

27. To Mrs. Mattheson, 75, Margaret-street, CavendishFOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES, AND

square, for an historical subject, the Silver Palette.

28. To Miss E. Twining, 34, Norfolk-street, Strand, for a COMMERCE.

portrait, a miniature, the Silver Palette.

| 29. To Miss S. Cox, 22, Nottingham-street, for a portrait, Adelphi, May 26, 1824.

a miniature, the Silver Palette.

30. To Miss J. S. Guy, 3, Bartlett’-place, for a landscape, The following Rewards, adjudged by the Soriety, were pre

the Silver Palette. sented on Wednesday, 26th May, at the King's Theatre,

31. To Miss A. Hopkins, 83, Berwick-street, Soho, for a in the Haymarket, to the respective Canlidates.

landscape, the large Silver Medal. His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, President.


32. To Mr. Edwin Williams, 12, St. Alban’s-place, for a

landscape, the Silver Palette. IN POLITE ARTS.

33. To Miss L.J. Green, 27, Argyll-street, for a miniature Original Oil Paintings. (Honorary Class.)

composition, the Silver Palette. 1. To Mr. E. Knight, jun. Covent Garden Chambers, for || Original Drawings in Chalk, Pencil, and Indian Ink. a landscape, the Gold Iris Medal.

(Artists' Class.) 2. To Mr.J.P. Andre, jun.5, York-place, City-road, for a ll 34. To. Mr. Ed. Williams, Ambroseden, for a drawing

landscape, the Silver Isis Medal. 3. To Miss A. Robertson, Tweedmouth, Berwick, for all

from the living figure, the Silver Paletta. portrait, the Silver Isis Medal.

** || Copies in Chalk, Pencil, and Indian Ink. (Honorary 4. To Miss A. Eggbrecht, 16, Frith-street, Soho, for a

Class.) portrait, the Silver Palette.

|| 35. To Mr. T. Barrett, 78, Mark-lane, for a landscape, the 5. To the same, for a composition in still-life, the Silver

Silver Isis Medal. Isis Medal.

| 36. To Miss E. Bartrum, 11, Upper Bedford-place, for a 6. To Miss Jesse Robertson, Tweedmouth, Berwick, for a

head in chalk, the Silver Palette. landscape, the Silver Palette.

37. To Miss Stacey, 8, Hart-street, Bloomsbury, for a head Artists' Class.)

in chalk, the Silver Palette. 7. To Mr. Evan Williams, 6, Charlotte-street, Blooms

38. To Miss M. J. Lightfoot, 10, Ebury-street, Pimlico, bury, for a portrait, the large Silver Medal.

for a head in chalk, the Silver Palette. 3. To the same, for a composition in still-life, the large

39. To Mr. M. Starling, 19, Weston-place, Pancras-road, Silver Medal.

for a landscape in pen and ink, the Silver Isis Medal. 9. To Mr. Henry Johnson, 7, Rodney Buildings, New

40. To Miss S. H. Oakes, Mitcham, Surrey, for a head in Kent-road, for a portrait, the Silver Isis Medal.

chalk, the Silver Isis Medal. ' 10. To Mr. H. Pearsall, 13, King's-wood Terrace, Bath,

41. To Miss H. M. Lightfoot, 10, Ebury-street, Pimlico, for a landscape, (a composition) large Silver Medal.

for a head in chalk, the Silver Palette. 11. To Mr. J. M. Gilbert, 9, Hope-square, Clifton, for a

42. To Miss E. Guy, 3, Bartlett's-place, Holborn. for an view of shipping, he Gold Jais Medal.

historical subject in chalk, the Silver Isis Medal. 12. To Mr. J. Exxbrecht, 16, Frith-street, Soho, for a com

43. To the same, for a landscape in pencil, the Silver Isis position in still-life, the Silver Isis Medal.

Medal. 13. To Mr. W. Gill, 16, Wilmot-street, Brunswick-square,

44. To Miss Mumford, Thames Ditton, for an historical for a composition in still-life, the Silver Palette.

subject in chalk, the Silver Palette. 14. To Mr. H. C. Slous, 6, Bavham-street, Camden Town,

| 45. To Miss M. Hartman, 48, York-street, Portman-square, for an historical composition, the large Gold Medal.

for an historical subject, the large Silver Medal. Conies in Oil. (Honorary Class.)

| 46. To Miss J. Robson, Doncaster, for a landscape in pen 15. To Mr. G. Hilditch, 13, Ludgate-hill, for an historical

L a nd ink, the Silver Palette. subject, the Silver Isis Medal.

| 47. To Miss C. F. Gray, 18, Burton-street, Burton-cres16 To Miss A. Robertson, Tweedmouth, Berwick, for an cent, for a landscape in pencil, the Silver Palette. historical subject, the large Silver Medal.

(To be continued in our next. (Astists' Class.) 17. To Mr. J. W. Solomon, 86, Piccadilly, for an historical subject, the large Silver Medal.

At the sale of Sir Mark Sykes's collection of pictures at 18. To Mr. J. Sargeant, 4, Burlington-place, Kent-road, || Mr. Christie's, the celebrated landscape by Salvator Rosa, for an historical subject, the Silver Palette.

with figures of Mercury and the Woodman, was purchased 19. To. Mr. J. Exgbrecht, 16, Frith-street, Soho, for a por- ll by Mr. Lambton at the price of 2100 guineas. It was rutrait, the Silver Isis Médal.

moured that Government were bidders for it as far as Original Paintings in Water Colours. (Honorary Class.) 2000. 20 To Miss M. Smith, 16, Bucklersbury, for a miniature portrait, the Silver Isis Medal. ...

Owing to much interesting matter received this week, 21. To Miss Eliz. Twining, 34, Norfolk-street, Strand, for || part of which could not be inserted, we must postpone

a composition of flowers, the large Silver Medal. some advertisements received very late. We request that 22. To Miss Frances Strickland, Henley Park, for a com advertisements may be sent at latest by ten o'clock on the position of flowers, the Gold Isis Medal.

Friday morning.




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CONVERSATIONS ON THE ARTS. “ Are you acquainted with the works of Taverner?'

inquired the amateur.

* I have seen some two or three of his landscapes," answered the painter; “but I have no recollection of

when, or where : indeed, I have only an indistinct imLATELY conversing with a few friends, at the table || pression of his paintings, none other than that they reof a dilletante artist, who, like our old worthy associate,

minded me of Gaspar Poussin. Baillie used to speak Captain Baillie, has experimented in all manners and highly of his talent, and assure us that his touch of the styles of painting and engraving, ancient and modern, leafage was more spirited than that of any professional the subject led to those whom we could remember, who painter of his day. I believe, however, that he was had sedulously pursued these elegant studies, not pro- | only an imitator of Poussin's manner, and that his fessionally, but for the pure love of art. “Walpole has compositions were stolen from the incomparable works given to the world his · Royaland Noble Authors,'" said || of that master.” our host (the ainateur.) “Faith, he has been very im “ Pray,” said another gentleman of the party, whom partial, för although one of the fraternity-a noble au- | we shall designate Mr. Ğ****, who is a connoisseur of thor himself-a dilletante scribbler-he has given the the old regime—“ Pray, what is your opinion of a dons their due, and fairly acknowledged the superiority ll certain Reverend Mr. *i*, as a gentleman painter ?" of those who wrote for bread. Yet," said he, “ I question “Do you mean Mr. Lancaster ?" enquired the amawhether many of your dilletanti writers, have not || teur. stepped more closely upon the heels of your profes “No," answered Mr. G****, “he is a landscape sional literati, than your amateur artists upon the heels | painter, a topographical painter, and a gentleman by of those who sought a living by the arts"-jocosely | no means of questionable talent. I mean another observing, “even including myself.”

reverend gentleman, one who dabbles in portrait, and “ Why, the amateur writers might reasonably be | figure, who talks of painting to painters, as though he expected to have the advantage over the amateur ar- | had lived in olden times, and as scornfully of inodern tists, by a fair estimate, no doubt," said Mr. B******, art, as though he had been the master of Michael An. the painter, “ inasmuch as the rudiments of rhetoric || gelo himself.” have been studied by the private gentleman, as long, I “ Pooh! I know now,—what do you think of him?" and in the same academies, with him who has taken || “ Why, Sir, what every one thinks of him, that he is up writing as a profession. Now with the amateur the most arrogant-the most offensive-Sir, I will not artist, a similar advantage I beliere has rarely, if ever, I say what I think of him, further, than that I once knew in one single instance occurred. Hence, the professional another obtrusive coxcomb, but not of the same cloth, painter, or engraver must be expected to excel all those who was almost as noisy, vulgar, and dogmatic in his who practice their arts for mere amusement: for even | self-conceit. He once grossly offended the late Mr. genius will not supply the deficiencies of scientific Christie, of worthy memory, whilst he was in the study."

rostrum, which offence was taken up by the noblemen “ But Shakspeare was not learned, and yet he || and gentlemen present, the friends of that most exceltowered by his mighty genius over all others, by his | lent man, who sent my connoisseur to Coventry, and descriptive powers, as well as his invention," said the || he died years ago excommunicated from the Temple of amateur.

| Taste." “Granted," replied the painter; “ but the poet was “ Ha-ha-ha, that was becoming the frequenters of not ignorant of the principles of rhetoric,—the gram- || Christie's,” said the laughing group. “All such asmar of his art, and he gave his ideas in his native suming coxcombs should be treated with scorn." language. It is one thing to write your thoughts, and I “By the way," said the amateur, “what an intelanother to paint them. The faculties of seeing and || lectual treat it used to be to attend Christie's Spring feeling will do more for poetry than painting. The | Sales in Pall Mall. What collections have we seen in pathos of one depends upon the mind, the other mainly || those menuorable rooms. What an assemblage of the upon the mechanism of the hand. A little science | gentlemen of the old school were seated before his with much of genius may compose a great poem. To rostrum. What ease and intelligence lighted the counpaint a fine picture, science and genius must be equally tenance of that prince of auctioneers, when he addressed combined."

himself to his auditors; and with what urbanity and

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courtesy all he uttered was received by the illustrious | posed upon the collector-not the old ones of course virtuosi of his day. The looking back through these for bits of Hogarth." pleasurable circumstances, may be likened to a sun. “ And why not the old ones, my friend?” said Mr. beam upon the map of memory, that sheds locality to G'"*". “ Collett made small studies in oil, as well as these fond scenes, amidst the obscurity of forgetful. with the chalks, fiom many strange characters coeval

with Hogarth, and I have seen certain among them “Old Mr. John Collett was an amateur artist,” said |) that would not have discredited his pencil. Some few Mr. G***•, “and one who laboured as ardently for that were happily hit off. He had a very good notion fame as any professional painter. He and my father of the humorous traits of physiognomy, and like his were great cronies; Collett was a placeman, either in prototype, for he was obviously an imitator of the the Exci e or the Customs. My father was in the South great little man,' he did not exaggerate the expresSea House. On red letter days, they used to have a sion, as does the modern caricaturist. There is a scarce match of painting, and I am ashamed to say not un- || small print of some drunken rakes, and courtezans, a frequently on Sundays, which was very far from the scene by day-break in Covent Garden Market, by Col. agreeables to my mother, who being a pious lady, used lett, which for humour, and invention is quite of the to rebuke the old gentleman for setting so improper an || Hogaithian character. Hogarth used to smile at his example to his children."

affecting to draw the human figure in the academic “Like Mrs. Shandy, my poor mother did not enter | style". much into the philosophic pursuits of my father, for

"O! then," said Mr. B******, the painter, “ that she never went into his painting-room, or touched a

accounts for his presumption in making the drawing picture, unless to turn them face to face, and pin a nap-||

book, published some half century since, or more, at kin over them, the whilst the housemaid used her | Sayer's in Fleet Street, in which I think there are some broom. As for connoisseurship, my father used to say, few academy figures, designed by himself.” in his good humour, she is unrivalled, for she knows

“Presumption !" observed our host. “Sir, with not a Hogarth from a Collett. In truth, she loved a submission, that little book of rudiments, bad as it was, clean house, and neither my father or his friend Collett

was considered to be the best of the time, and with were over nice in their operations. I often smile when

reference to the then state of arts, let me say to the I think of these little turmoils, when I was a youngster.

honour of old John Collett, that no amateur of The best rooms were backwards to the North-my

the present day could match it by a work of propormother could never be persuaded but they might have || tionate merit." painted their nonsenses in the south, as there was more sunshine on that side of the house. Collett of all men was the last who could be supposed to have the least

EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS, feeling for humour. He was generally silent, phlegma

No. 9, sono SQUARE. tic, and grave; yet, he was an observer, and sometimes sarcastic. My father one day had overturned his pa

On the first opening of these rooms, we endeavoured to lette, which had taken him an hour at least to set, ac

excite an interest in the minds of the ladies who visit the cording to some new system of arrangement, which he | Bazaar in Soho Square, in favour of the neighbouring Exhihad picked up in an old Dutch manuscript, and as the bition of Drawings, brought together by the superior taste deuce would have it, it fell with the face to the floor.

of Mr. Cooke, from the collections of the most distinguished • There! all my labour is gone for nought,' said the old

patrons of art, by favor of their pirmission, in respect for

his great talent as an engraver. We have reason to believe gentleman. This-is-most provoking. “Yes, in that our appeal to many of the ladies has not been made in deed it is provoking Mr. *****,' exclaimed my mo- | vain. Yet, as we must not suppose that all who frequent ther, who at that moment entered to ask my father

that mart of fashion have read our paper, we beg to repeat

our recommendation to those who have not yet visited Mr. what fish he would chuse, as she was going to market.

Cooke's Exhibition, to spare a few hours expressly to see • Excessively provoking! no servant at this rate can what may there be seen. ever be blamed for not keeping a clean house!' Mur. To appear innorant in a conversation upon the fine arts, muring as she retired, “I wish the painting pots were

will soon be thought as remote from the habits of the poall behind the fire !'"

lite, as to know nothins of the Italian Opera. As an

accomplishment, the art of painting or drawing, is become “ When Collett was satisfied that my mother was almost as indispensable as that of music or dancing. How out of hearing, he, with the drollest gesticulation that || much more intellectual are the pursuits of painting, will could be conceived, whispered, I do think, if St. Luke

be estimated by the good sense of the ladies of this enhimself were to pay a visit to your worthy lady, (with

| lightened age.

To those who study drawing, a visit to this collection deference, God bless her,) that she would beg him to cannot fail to atford improvement and delight; for here are scrape his shoes, and not sprinkle the floor with his none but chosen specimens of the best masters, selected

from the cabinets of the most enlightened encouragers of

English art--the accumulated labours of many years. To “I have seen some scraps by Collett, occasionally," ||

parents and preceptors, we should urge it as a duty to afford said the amateur, " that the picture-dealers have im- | those young persons subject to their protection, who evince

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a talent for drawing, the advantage of visiting this rare col- led to those who are gone-we have no hesitation in saying, lection. Such an opportunity cannot occur but by a com that for masterly effect, splendor, and painter-like feeling, bination of fortuitous circumstances, and we know not when on copper, they surpass any works of the same class, of every so beautiful and instructive an exhibition may be formed || age and every school! again.

January and May-a Sketch by W. Owen, R. A. This "A Corn-Ficld, No. 92. By P. Dewint, reminds us of the tasteful scrap, although placed too high for the minute inabsence of his English scenery, so simply, yet so masterly | spection of our circumscribed optics, appeared a sweet and pourtrayed by his unaffected pencil, from the collectors of | harmonious throwins together of the colours, in a group of the Society of Painters in Water Colours. The subject of an agreeable general effect. Every thing from the pencil this picture is delightful, whether in poetry or painting. of Mr. Owen is rendered the more estimable, from the Ruth and Boaz, is among the most instructive pastorals of || painful certainty, we lear, of the intelligent hand that guided the Holy Volume. It is full of pathos and sweetly pictu- | it, being past its occupation. resque. Thomson's Storm in Harvest is awful and sublime. There is another curiosity in art from the pencil of this What an ailecting group, has he created in his Celadon and distinguished painter in oil, a study of landscape in water Amelia! We remember a Corn-Ficld by Havell, a scene colours, No. 45. Study from nature, at Embley, Sir Thoin Cumberland, which was much adınired. Turner (not mas Heathcote's, on the borders of the New Forest. This the R.A.) exhibited a most powerful drawing of a long ridge pleasing effort is wrought with breadth, clearness, and of corn, on the slope and the brow of a hill, under the in freshness of effect. It is evidently a study by one who is an Nuence of that evening golden gleam, which succeeds the observant imitator of the tints of nature. This faculty may claring ollof a thunder storm, which was a most original || be discovered, even in the slightest sketch of a good colourist. and effective example of water colour painting. Another We profess ourselves to be great admirers of the landdrawing by the same observant artist appeared in the rooms | scape bits of our best portrait painters. Reynolds's back of the Water Colour Society tivo years ago, of an entirely ground peeps were in colour and effect, the very essence of different character and feeling. It was a Corn-field sur-|| the picturesque. Hoppner's partook somewhat of the same rounded with Edge-row Elms, without the least effort to feeling. Phillips, Owen, Thomson and Beechey, have ocmake it pictorial, and yet, to us at least, it was one of the casionally too given us some sweet Sylvan peeps through the finest pictures in the room.

Il vista of their designs. Such indeed has been our admiraDewint has acquired great reputation for his successful || tion of some of these masterly hits at the amenities of landimitations of this interesting season of our rural economy. scape in certain whole lengths, that we were reminded by The hay-field is cheerful and gay. The corn-field is rich the comical wish, that an apple-pie, per eminence, were enand begets reflection. It is the consummation of the || tirely of quinces, of almost wishing in turn that such portrait farmer's hopes and toil, and excites a whole people to ac i compositions were all landscape ! knowledge the goodness of a bountiful Creator!

Some years since, this artist had a very superior picture of a corn-field on his easel, which a brother artist happ

REVIEWS. ing to call and see, as it was advancing fast to completion, was so struck with its originality and impressed with the fine prevailing sentiment, that, unknown to its author, he

The Witch-Finier; or, the Wisdom of our Ancestors, a proceeded to a well known munificent collector, and persuaded that gentleman to go immediately to the artist's

Romance. By the Author of " The Lollards,” 66 Other study, urging him to purchase it, as, to use his ardent || Times," “ Calthorpe," &c. Longman and Co. 3 vols. phrase, “ It was an imperial drawing!” Mr. Wheeler, of

heeler, ol| 1824. the New-road, vielded to the judument of the generous artist, and placed it in his collection, at the price of one || We shall soon be in the situation not unlike that hundred guineas.

of the famous Duke of Marlborough, who quoted a The Mew Stone at the Entrance of Plymouth Sound. By J. M. W. Turner, R. A. The mind thrown into this, and

I play of Shakspeare as authority on a point of history. many other of the small drawings for the “* Coast Scenery," Such and so many are the historical novels and ro. published by Mr. Cooke, makes us forget that the dimen mances which have recently been produced, and such, sions of these fine compositions are bordered by the narrow

and so deep have been their impression on our melimits of a few inches. We have often indulged in the thought, of what may be

mories, that we presently think of referring to them as the future destiny of some of the publications of our day. evidence and authority upon almost every event in We can fancy this work of engravings by the Messrs. English annals. Talk of witchcraft and all its sad Cooke, splendid, rich and deep as they are, masterly in train of folly and wickedness, and we shall turn at style, and we may add, although speaking of engraving, original in feeling. become scarce; and that as hitherto

once to the volumes before us for information. From with the prints of Rembrandt, some collector dying, a few the same quarter also, shall we derive much amusing choice impressions of Cooke's graving tool on India paper instruction as to the low state of the English drama come to the hammer. Let us suppose the arts here to have

during the latter years of Cromwell's protectorate. risen to a climax, and to have declined again, as in Holland and in Flanders. What a thrusting of heads amongst future

The author has invented a story, and created some connoisseurs-with, " dear Sir, pray do not lay rude hande imaginary personages, but all the opinions, topics of on that print." And—“How marvellously fine--it sparkles conversation, and amusements are those of the age in like a brilliant. Sir, the copper was better manufactured

which they are laid. He has, with much research two hundred years ago-assure yourself of that~0 dear Sir -it is superlatively fine. You must excuse me, my dear

among the obscurer writers of that age, embodied a Sir Peter-but I must be forgiven if I oppose you for this greater mass of information illustrative of manuers, lot."

belief, and habits, than we have erer met with else. But to drop these reveries, and to speak our honest sen

where This knowledge is very skilfully linked to an timents of the engravings of the Cookes, from the drawings of Turner, as connoisseurs that would exalt living merit to

| agreeable and interesting story. its comparative level on the scale of fame, with that award The scene, as we have before said, is laid in and

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