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and are now invited to join it, in order that by the pay
THE DINNER. ment of an annual trifle (too small to be named) for their | This beneficent Institution was established in 1810. Its own relief, should they ever happen to require it, their wi- || object is to afford relief to the widows and orphans of those dows and orphans may become entitled, as matter of right, || Artists who are already subscribers to the Joint Stock to an annuity for life. On the decease of a member. the | Fund, which is applied only to the relief of Artists them. widow has merely to state the fact, there is no questioning | selves. His Royal Highness Prince Leopold of Saxe Coher as to whether his works were known and esteemed by bourg presided, supported on the rixht by Sir T. Lawrence, the public-he must have established that himself while in || P.R. A. and on the left by Sir John Swinburne, Bart. possession of his powers ; she has no petition to present, no || Amongst the company present were many distinguished interests to secure, no humiliating circumstances to dis. || Artists. close, and nothing to dread from past professional pique or After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, Sir J. Swin
because, by the constitution of the Committee, two || burne proposed the health of the Royal Chairman. He thirds of it are composed of gentlemen of independent || said that the favour conferred by that Illustr fortune, who are NOT ARTISTS.
had been greatly enhanced by the manner of conferring it. That simple fact is a tolerable guarantee for the due ap The request to preside was quite unexpected on the part of plication of the public bounty, and happy am I to state, || His Royal Highness, and was complied with at once in the that the finances are in a highly flourishing condition, as | most cordial and obliging manner. the following abstract of the Cash Account and Capital will | After the loud applause which followed the toast had subshew:
sided, His Royal Highness expressed his deep sense of the 1822
compliment paid to him. He felt that he should stand in CASH ACCOUNT FOR 1923. Dec. 31.
great need of their indulgence in the discharge of his duties
as their President, but what he might want in skill he
£. s. d. By Balance in Bankers' hands .. 65 5 11
trusted he should make up in good will to the Institution. By Subscriptions received in 1823 .. 469 9 0
The next toast proposed was “the health of Sir T. Law. By Annual Payment from the Mem
rence, the President of the Royal Academy." The Royal bers of the Joint Stock Fund .. 26 0 0
Chairman was quite sure he should not be accused of flatBy Dividends on Funded Property..376 8 0
tery, when he said that the name of Sir Thomas Lawrence 937 2 11
must always occupy a high and prominent station in the
history of painters. It was gratifying to find too, that the DISBURSEMENTS DURING THE YEAR. English Artists now gave abundant promise of equalling, if To Cash paid Annuities and Gratui
not excelling their old rivals of the Dutch and Flemish ties to the Widows and Orphans
Schools.-(Great applause.) of Deceased Members .... 115 0 0
Sir Thomas Lawrence was perfectly sensible that this To do. paid for Printing, Station
honour was conferred on him as the representative of that ery, &c. ..
distinguished Body with which he was connected. He
could not, however, omit to return his acknowledgments for mission, &c. .. .. .. 34 12 6
the kind and gracious manner in which it had been proTo do. paid for Rooms and Attend
posed. It had been but too commonly supposed that eleance at Freemason's Tavern .. 5 17 0
vated rank and eminent worth were seldom to be found To do. paid for Advertisements and
united, and the contrast between the good and the great Contingencies at Anniversary
had been the favourite theme of poets. _Happily, however, Dinner, including assistance of
this antithesis had now lost its force in England, where men the Musical Gentlemen ... 66 7 6
of the most illustrious rank gave it the noblest refutation To do. paid for the purchase of £650.
by their earnest and unsparing exertions in the cause of
charity and benevolence. in the 4 per Cents. .. .. .. 642 12 6
- 891 11 2
Mr. M. A. Shee rose to give the health of Sir John Swin
burne, Chairman of the Committee of Guardians. He Balance in Bankers' hands, 31st Dec. 1823 . £45 11 9
warmly eulogised the assiduous efforts of that gentleman in support of the Institution. He was at once the patron and
the companion of Artists. He had been led to become the To some it may appear the sum paid the widows of de one by the refinement of his taste, and the other by the ceased members is small compared with the income; but hospitable liberality of his disposition. the committee are discharging all the claims that have Sir J. Swinburne, after the general marks of approbation yet arisen; and as the chief source of the income is contin had subsided, although he knew how grateful it was laudari gent and fluctuating, as the rate of interest on money in vest a laudato viro, disclaimed for himself the great share of ed has very much decreased, as the members are rapidly praise which had been given to him. So strenuous had increasing, and consequently as numerous claims in all hu been the labours of the Committee in general, that comman probability may soon arise, it is boped the friends of paratively little had been left for him to do. Sir John then the institution will not imagine the committee act on mentioned two circumstances, which shewed in the most narrow views, particularly as the annuities have been gratifying manner the interest which this Institution had fixed after much careful consideration. The capital consists Il excited. An engraving was about to be executed from of £1750. West India Dock Stock, paying an interest of 10 Mulready's picture of The Wolf and the Lamb, the whole per cent. per annum, and of £2050. 4 per cent. Government of the profits of which would be devoted to the Benevolent Annuities, both being vested in Trustees.
Fund; and a Gentleman of the name of Wright, of NotThe society at present consists of one hundred and thirty tingham, had also given up for the same purpose a Life of two members, of which fifty-three are painters, eight sculp Wilson the Painter, which he had prepared for the Press. tors, four architects, and sixty-seven engravers in all the On" The British Institution” being drank, Mr. Watson different styles of that beautiful art, and twenty-eight new Taylor returned thanks. members have been elected since last anniversary. Many His Royal Highness then rose, and said, that it was unhave joined the society every year since its first formation, ll necessary for him to shew how much we were indebted to and I have the satisfaction to state that not one bas ever the husbands and fatbers of those for whose relief this Instideserted it, save and except one individual, who gave up tution was established. It might prove an additional inthe arts for other pursuits.
citement to benevolent effort to recollect, that Genius but
To do. paid Collectories:
too often overlooked as too terrestrial those things which
(Artists' ('lass.) most contributed to advancement in the coroinon business || 55. To Mr. H. T. Wright, 52, Great Titchfield-street, for of life. He gave, with earnest wishes for its fulfilment, the a drawing in outline from the antique, the Silver Pa. torst of_** Prosperity to the Artists' Benevolent Fund."
lette. (Loud applause.)
56. To Mr. S. M. Smith, 43, Great Marlborough-street, The Secretary then read a Report of Subscriptions. for a finished drawing from the antique, the Silver Amidst a long list of donations we remarked one from
Isis Medal. Prince Leopold of fifty guineas...
57. To Mr. Edwin Dalton, 7, Aldgate, for a finished drawOn “ The Committee of Guardians" being drank,
ing from the antique, the Silver Palette. Mr. R. H. Solly returned thanks. He observed that the | 58. To Mr. J. W. Solomon, 86, Piccadilly, for å finished duty would more properly have devolved upon their worthy drawing from the antique, the large Silver Medal. Treasurer, but he presumed that that Gentleman left to || 59. To Mr. J. F. Denman, 32, Cannon-street Road, for a hin the mere talking part of the business, while he applied drawing in chalk from a bust, the Silver Isis Medal. himself to more efficient operations. One striking feature || 60. To Mr. B. R. Green, 27, Argyle-street, for a drawing of this Institution was, that it did not trench upon the in chalk from a bust, the Silver Palette. spirit of independence which should ever characterise all || 61. To Mr. W. Gill, 16, Wilmot-street, Brunswick-square, who were devoted to the Arts. The Artists had them
for a drawing in chalk from the antique, the Silver selves provided for their own wants. They asked assistance Palette. only to provide for those of the widow and the fatherless.
Models in Plaster. (Original.) Alter two or three other appropriate toasts. His royal || 62. To Mr. Joseph Deare, 12. Great St. Helen's, Bishops| Highness retired amidst warm and general applause.
gate, for a bass-relief, from the life, the Silver Isis The subscriptions were ample and numerous. Before we left the room they amounted to 6591. Among the sub- || 63. To Mr. Ed. Edwards, 4, Newcastle-place, Clerkenwell, scribers we noticed Prince Leopold, 50 guineas; Mr. An
for a bass-relief from the life, the large Silv'r Medal. perstein, 20 guineas; Mr. Peel, M. P., 20 guineas; Lord
64. To the same, for a bust from the life, the Silver Isis Gower, 10 guineas; Mr. Cabbel, 10 guineas; Mr. Robin
Medal. son, M. P. 107.; Duke of Rutland, 101.; Hon. Mr. Agar || 65. To Mr. E. G. Physick, 23. Spring-street, MontagueEllis, 10 guineas; Mr. Wyatt, 10 guineas; Mr. Forbes, 10
square, for a model of a group, the large Silver Medal. guineas; Lord Tankerville, 10 guineas; Sir T. Lawrence, 10 guineas; Lord Prudhoe, 10 guineas; Messrs. Hurst and
Copies. | Robinson, 10 guineas; Sir J. Swinburne, 10 guineas; Mr.
66. To Mr. T. Butler, 91, Dean-street, for a model of a Watson Taylor, 10 guineas; Mr. Smirke, 5 guineas; Mr.
figure from the antique, the large Silver Medal. Daniell, 5 guineas, and many others.
67. To Mr. Frederic Tatham, 1, Queen-street, May-fair, Some good glees and songs were given by Messrs. Terrail.
for a model of a figure from the antique, the Silver
| 68. To Mr. Jos. Deane, 12, Great St. Helens, Bishopsgate, ignorance of the manners of civilised society by encoring a
for a model of a group from the antique, the Silver
Isis Medal. glee, and an indifferent and rather vulgar song by Webb.
69. To Mr. J. Sargeant, 4, Burlington-place, Kent-road, Encores are bad enough in the Theatre, but at a dinner they are an intolerable nuisance, and are never perpetrated
for a model of a bust, the large Silver Medal. but by absolute barbarians.
Architecture. 70. To Mr. R. G. Wetten, 19, Bryanstone-street, for a de
sign for London Bridge, the Gold Medallion. SOCIETY
71. To Mr. Henry Roberts, Camberwell-terrace, for a de
sign for London Bridge, the large Silver Medal. POR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES, AND 72. To Mr. J. D. Paine, 39, High-street, Bloomsbury, for COMMERCE.
a design for London Bridge, the large Silver Medal. 73. To Mr. G. Parminter, jun. 19, High-street, Black
friars, for a perspective view of St. Paul's, Shadwell, Adelphi, May 26, 1824.
the large Silver Medal. The following Rewards, adiudged by the Society, were pre- || 74. To Mr. J. B. Watson, Surbiton-hill, Kingston, for an sented on Wednesday, 26th May, at the King's Theatre,
original design for houses, in Greek architecture, the in the Haymarket, to the respective Candidates.
Gold Isis Medal.
75. To Mr. G. T. Andrews, 29, Lower Brook-street, for an His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, President.
original design for houses, in Greek architecture, the IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER :
Silver Isis Medal. (Continued from page 139.)
76. To Mr. T. Plowman, Oxford, for an original design for
houses, in Greek architecture, the large Siver Medal. (Artists' Class.)
77. To Mr. P. H. Desvignes, 15, Hunter-street, Bruns48. To Mr. D. Passmore, 6, Salisbury-court, Fleet-street, wick-square, for a perspective view of Pancras New for an historical subject in pencil, the Silver Palette.
Church, the Silver Isis Medal. 49. To the same for a head in chalk, the Silver Palette. 78. To Mr.J. G. Welford, jun. 27, South-street, Grosvenor50. To Mr. G. Brown, 198, Regent-street, for an historical equare, for a perspective view of a Corinthian Capital, subject in Indian ink, the Silver Isis Medal.
the Silver Palette. 51. To Miss Leonora Burbank, Albany-road, Camberwell, || 79. To Mr. W. Morris, 26, St. Paul's Church-vard, for a for a head in chalk, the Silver Isis Medal.
perspective view of a Corinthian column, the Silver Drawings from Statues and Busts. (Honorary Class.)
Isis Medal. 52. To Miss S. Cox, 22, Nottingham-street, for a drawing || 80. To Mr. Henry Roberts, Camberwell-terrace, for a perin chalk from a bust, the large Silver Medal,
spective drawing of a Corinthian capital, the large 53. To Miss Augusta Hamlyn, Plymouth, for a drawing in Silver Medal. chalk from a bust, the Silver Palette.
Drawings of Machines. 54. To Miss Di. Laurence, 360, Oxford-street, for a draw- || 81. To Mr. J. B. Watson, Surbiton-hill, Kingston, for a ing in chalk from a bust, the Silver Isis Medal.
perspective drawing of a crane, the Silver Isis Medal. Evening
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the scites for which they were painted, yet, those who HAVING offered our opinions upon the merits of the have never travelled, comprehend their excellencies, lithographic art, in the last number, we shall now beg 1 expatiate on their superior merits, improve by contemleave to address the readers of the Somerset House | plating the grand gusto in which they are designed, Gazette, upon the subject of engraving, generally, and and talk as critically of these mighty works, through endeavour to assist in drawing the public attention to the medium of the prints alone, as though they had made this meritorious, useful, and highly interesting art ! Il a tour to Italy, and viewed all the churches and galle
We have never been able to discover how it has hap- || ries in these renowned regions of taste, pened, that the professors of engraving in this country That there is a general predilection for prints, among have participated so little in the honors awarded to the the uneducated, is a truth too evident" to need enother departments of tbe English School of Arts; for forcing; for so ardent a curiosity is created by the attracalthough the genius of Engraving cannot provide the tions of a print shop window, that even porters with same distinctions for her votaries, that are assigned by heavy burthens on their shoulders, will stand and gaze Painting to hers, originality of invention, being an | at the engravings, with astonishment and delight. How attribute indispensable in the one art, and not called great then, might we reasonably expect would be the for in the other—an attribute of undisputed superiority; || gratification of those of cultivated minds, on looking yet, the honors that can fairly be claimed by a trans- l upon these elegant works; yet, such has hitherto been lator, and they have been largely awarded in every || the indifference of the preceptors in our great classic civilized age to the ingenious and learned labours of seminaries for every species of works of art, that the our literati, are alike amepable to many distinguished || young men of rank in England, consigned to the engravers, for the intelligence and talent which they | tutorship of these classic professors, even at the unihave displayed, in giving to the world the thoughts of versities, pass through the finishing studies of a college, their great prototypes, in the language of engraving. l without hearing a lecture on taste, or imbibing a
It is true, that there is a great latitude of paraphrase || feeling for the fine arts ! granted to a literary translator, and apparently but | We cannot wonder, then, that the highest talent in little required of an engraver; yet, there is an extent | engraving, as well as painting, cultivated under such a of perception demanded, in transferring the feeling system of apathy for these enlightened pursuits, should and intention of a painter, to the copper, as recondite, have been slow in obtaining that countenance from the and abstractedly meritorious, perhaps, as comprehended great, and consequent general patronage, which was in the great works of a Mark Antonio, and an Audran, || experienced in those countries where the arts, so long as in those of a Dryden, or a Pope. We cannot bell before our time, attained to high eminence. certain that Homer and Virgil would more approve of Yet, by the exertions of a few, we are at length apthese imitators of their glorious works, than Michael | proximating to equal distinction, even from the encouAngelo and Raphael of the others. To excel in any | ragement which has already sprung up under the inelegant art, demands an extent of superior faculties, ll Auence of certain patriotic noblemen and gentlemen, which the wisest philosopher would not pretend to l who have distinguished themselves in behalf of living scan, and honours cannot be ill bestowed on those, Il talent, and our native school. who transcend all others in their own art, whether it be | We adverted in a former paper to the fine collection in the translation of a picture or a poem.
|| of prints in the Gallery, bequeathed to the University Without contesting the point then, as to its compa- l of Cambridge, by the late Lord Fitzwilliam. This rative measure of merit, we may safely aver, that the Gallery should have been easily accessible to the stuprofession of engraving has ever been of incalculable dents of every College; for, with due deference on advantage to the general pursuits of the graphic art: ll other points, to those who have asserted to the contrary, indeed, without its aid, a great proportion of the pro- || we feel assured, that every youth within the University fessors of painting in many parts of the world, would would have become responsible for his companion, in know little more of certain illustrious painters of the the general preservation of each individual work of art. Italian, and other early schools, than their names. Well deposited therein, had it been made a condition of adare beholden to the engravers for the knowledge of mission, that he pledged his honor so to do.
But no;-every student desirous of seeing the collec- | By favor of modern courtesy, the galleries of the tion, must make application to a master of arts, at least, ll great collectors are now thrown open, and the lovers of to attend him thither. This, as we may presume, ll pictures can contemplate the finest specimens of anjudging from so narrow, so illiberal a system, has | cient painting at their leisure. Engraving can furnish operated as it was intended it should—to a prohibition ; || us with exquisite copies of these works, with all their for what young man, with the independent notions of a attributes in perfection, excepting that of colour. But Collegian at an English University, would condescend the judicious taste of a master of the calcographic art, to apply for such permission, and consent to be thus substitutes so rich and brilliant a chiaro-scuro, or chaperond to the Fitzwilliam Gallery in leading rather abstracts it from the original which he copies, strings?
with so new and superior a perception, that a fine imSo far from agreeing with the advocates for these pression from a plate, wrought with consummate skill, conditions, under the pretext of preserving the prints possesses that peculiar and intrinsic merit which renders from the injury of rude hands, we cannot refrain from it a new work, and a valuable piece of art. Next to saying, that it argues bad taste on the part of the prin the delight of viewing a gallery of pictures, is that of cipals of the colleges, or whoever may have been con turning over a collection of fine prints; and the true cerned in framing such restricting regulations. Every connoisseur will derive a mental treat from each, exactly facility should be afforded to the students who would proportioned to the sentiment conveyed by the respecpass a leisure hour in visiting the Gallery; for, were a tive performer in each art. taste for the fine arts generally cultivated at Oxford and Mr. Cooke's Gallery of Engravings, we almost reCambridge, it would not only prevent much of that l gard as the commencement of a new era in the dissipation too commonly associated with the habits of English school of Topography. His works from Tura College, but become the best security for that fu!ure || ner, and those exhibited in his rooms, on the first conduct, which alone can unite the fine gentleman with opening of his plan for the publication of prints, by the scholar.
the Le Keuxs, Pye, and some others of our first artists Taste, however, is fast sprcading, and the elegant in the line manner. The beautiful specimens too of pursuits of life are no longer prescribed to the sphere of engraving in mezzotinto on steel, in the publication so St. James's or Grosvenor-square. Wealth is widely | aptly designated Gems of Art, and other specimer.s diffused, and education is not confined to the monk ish recently added to his collection, really make a powernotions of the schools. Youth of both sexes are daily ful appeal to national patronage. We have repeated becoming more familiar with those arts and sciences | our visits to them of late, and earnestly recommend all which give the last refinement to civilization ; and as our amateur friends, and tho:e who are pleased to they advance in intellectual enjoyment, so will society | countenance our weekly efforts in the cause of art, the improve, and the mind of youth will not be driven, as | next time they spare a morning for a graphic treat, to heretofore, by unproductive excitement, to setk gratifi- || devote an hour or two to Mr. Cooke's Gallery of cation in dissipation and vice!
Prints, where they may behold examples of English The revival of connoisseurship is at hand. Every | engraving, from the pictures of our own nasters, and well-appointed family is becoming interested in the from those of the ancient schools, which have more of arts. Exhibitions encrease-all are frequented—and all the true feeling of the originals, than have been prosucceed. The Marquis of Stafford's noble gallery is duced in any works of former times : indeed, they may open; so is that of the Earl Grosvenor's. The nucleus | be termed new features in calcography, of the proposed National Gallery, (the collection of the Desirous, then, of contributing our best services to late Mr. Angerstein, in Pall Mall) is open too--free to the Messrs. Cooke, for the spirit of enterprise which the public. We are informed that already more than | led to the opening of this mart of art,-in respect for thirty thousand visitors have thronged to that exhibi- | their professional talent, and that of the other distin. tion alone! There is a daily increasing impulse for guished engravers, whose names are subjoincd, we sbali such rational delights; the feeling is becoming na- | print a list of the works already published, with the tional; and under the reign of our munificent sove prices, that the world of taste may perceive that these reign, the aits must flourish!
GEMS OF ART, and many succeeding gems, may beThe value of engravings, at such a period, will become the property of the amateur, at considerable less appreciated; for however great may be the increasing cost than one of the least of the original pictures, love of art, the possession of pictures of high price from which they are such admirable copies. must be confined to the few who have their thousands The munificence and liberality with which bis Mato spare, Original paintings, like original manuscripts, ll jesty, the Marquis of Stafford, the Earl Grosvenor, and are rare; but the art of engraving and printing can | other noblemen and gentlemen have supported this multiply copies. By these inventions the world has independent plan of the engravers, by granting the become enlightened; for the works of the men of | loan of the finest works, from their respective galleries, genius of one nation are thereby exchanged for those cannot be contemplated by the lovers of art, but with of another.
feelings of grateful respect. It is by these noble exam