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ing in the elegant coteries of May-fair. There seems to || Saturn and the Titans. This they do in order to shew off' me to be no greater impertinence, than that of a man of learning and depth, but they know nothing after all of the fashion pretending to understand the real feeling of man. | sky gods. I have long had an idea of writing a dithyrambic A Byron, or so, appears once in a hundred years or so, ll in order to shew these sellows how to touch off mythology, perhaps--but then even Byron was always a roue, and bad || Here is a sampleseen the froth foam over the side of many a pewter pot, cre he attempted to sing of Childe Harold's melancholious
Come to the meeting, there's drinking and eating moois. A man has no conception of the true sentimental
Plenty and famous, your bellies to cram; sadness of the poetic mind, unless he has been blind drunk
Jupiter Ammon, with gills red as salmon, once and again, mixing tears with toddy, and the heigho
Twists round his eyebrows the horns of a ram. with the hick-up. What can these dandies know who have Juno the she-cock has harnessed her peacock, never even spent a cool morning in The Shades? No good Warming the way with a drop of a dram; poetry was ever written by a character in silk stockings. Phæbus Apollo in order will follow. Hogy writes in corduroy breeches and top boots : Coleridge Lighting the road with his old patent flam. in black breeches and grey worsteds: Sir Walter in rig
Cuckoldy Vulcan, dispatching a full can, and-furroirs; Tom Moore in Connemaras, all his good
nguet on tottering ham; songs-Lalla Roohk, I opine, in economy-silks: Tom Campbell wrote his old affairs bareheaded, and without breeches
Venus her sparrows, and Cupid his arrows,
Sport on th’occasion, fine infant and dam. -Ritter Bann, on the contrary, smells of natty stocking
Mars, in full armour, to follow his charmer, in spite of Almack's : Allan Cunningham sports a leathern Looks as ferocious as Highlander Sam; anron: William Wordsworth rejoices in velveteens; and Jocus and Comus ride tandem with Momus, Willison Glass the same. It is long since I have seen Dr. Cheering the road with gibe, banter, and bam. Sonthey, but I understand he has adopted the present
Madam Latona, the old Roba Bona, fashion of green silk stockings with gold clocks: Barry
Simpering as mild as a fawn or a lamb, Cornwall wears a tawney waistcoat of beggar's velvet, with
Drives with Aurora the red-nosed Signora, silver frogs, and a sham platina chain twisted through two
With fingers as rosy as raspberry jam. button holes. Leigh Hunt's yellow breeches are well | known :-So are my own Wellingtons, for that matter. I There is real mythology for you! MAXIM EIGHTEENTH.
MAXIM TWENTY-THIRD. Lord Byron recommends bock and soda-water in the 11, The English really are, after all, a mighty 'cute people. crop-sickness. My own opinion is in favour of five drops || I never went anywhere when I was first imported, that of landanum, and a tea-spoonful of vinegar, in a tumbler | they did not find me out to be an Irishman, the moment of fair spring water. Try this; although much may also || I opened my mouth. And how think ye? Because I used be sail in praise of that maxim which Fielding bas in
at first to call always for a pot of porter; whereas, in serted in one of his plays--the Covent-Garden Tragedy, || England, they never drink more than a pint at a draught.I think,-videlicet, that " the most grateful of all drinks || Vide Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, May, 1824. “ Is cool small-beer unto the waking drunkard.” MAXIM NINETEENTH.
TO THE Nothing can be more proper than the late parliamontary ||
EDITOR OF THE SOMERSET HOUSE GAZETTE. grant of half a million for the building of new churches.
A Portion of the effects of Sir Gregory Osborne Page What I said in Maxim Third, of stopping punsters, || Turner, Bart., or, as he is generally called, Sir Gregory must be understood with reservation. Puns are frequently | Page, has, by order of the Sherifl, been recently disposed provocative. One day, after dinner with a Nabob, he was of by public auction, at his seat, Battlesden Park, Bedgiving us Madeira
fordshire. London--East India-picked-particular,
The first sale of three days consisted of pictures and a then a second thought struck him, and he remembered || few articles of virtu, the principal part of which were purthat he had a few flasks of Constantia in the house, and he chased by London dealers; one of whom was commissioned produced one. He gave us just a glass a-piece. We be | by the Duke of Bedford to bid for the celebrated Antique canic clamorous for another, but the old qui-hi was firm in | Basrelief, representing the Death of Patroclus, formerly refusal. " Well, well,” said Sydney Smith, a man for brought from Ephesus, which we remember the good-nawhom I have a particular regard, “ since we can't double tured Baronet purchased about twelve years ago, at the the Cape, we must e'en go back to Madeira.” We all | European Museum, for the sum of 3000 guineas; on this laughed-our host most of all--and he too, luckily, had his ll occasion bis Grace obtained it at the low price of 200. This joke. " Be of good hope, you shall double it." at which remnant of antiquity (for it is in a very mutilated state) we all laughed still more immoderately, and drank the was, we believe, with the exception of a portrait of Lady second flask.
Russell, the only purchase made by order of the noble MAXIM TWENTY-FIRST.
ke. We were surprised his Grace did not think LouthWhat stuff in Mrs. Hemans, Miss Porden, &c. &c. to be erbourg's “ Defeat of the Spanish Armada," deserving a writing plays and epics! There is no such thing as female Il place in the princely Abbey of Woburn. It has generally genius. . The only good things that women have written, | been allowed to be the chef d'ouvre of the artist. are Sappho's Ode upon Phaon, and Madame de Stael's The sale that took place this week was not sufficiently Corinne; and of these two good things the inspiration is ll interesting to command the attention of the cognoscenti. simply and entirely that one glorions feeling, in which, and Lot 31, in the first day's catalogue, consisting of 314 original in which alone, woman is the equal of man. They are un Letters from the Duke of Marlborough during his camdoubtedly mistress-pieces.
prigns in Germany, with a few of Queen Anne's, produced MAXIM TWENTY-SECOND.
60 guineas. Mr. Thorpe was the purchaser. There is a kind of mythological jacobitism going just | An unconth article called an Ancient Roman Altar, was now which I cannot patronize. You see Barry Cornwall, I knocked down for one guinea, (and this is above its real and other great pocts of his calibre, running down Jupiter | value,) for which, we understand, some dealer absolutely and the existing dynasty very much, and bringing up old || received four hundred.
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MR. ACKERMANN'S REPOSITORY OF ARTS. ll orator had harangued his motley audience, on the science
- of modern revolution.
The lates, however, had decreed, that Discord should LATELY paying a visit at our worthy and much respected] have no lasting footing there-Minerva again obtained posfriend's, at No. 101, Strand, whom we have had the pleasure session, and it has been ever since, and may it long so conof knowing for the last twenty-five years, and sitting in his || tinue, the flourishing seat of peaceful arts ! spacious library above stairs, whilst turning over a collec-ll. Were we to enumerate only a small part of what in the tion of prints, we could not avoid indulging in a pleasurable | lighter and more fanciful branches of art, have proceeded recollection of bours passed under this roof years before || through this REPOSITORY, we might swell the catalogue the premises became tenanted by their present ingenious || beyond the whole of the pages of this and another number and enterprising proprietor.
of our paper. We may briefly say, that it has furnished These well known premises, like most of the large old employment, during almost a quarter of a century, for hun. mansions in the Strand, have underyone changes in the dreds-nay, perhaps for thousands of ingenious and induslapse of ages, that would afford a little history, one, indeed, trious hands. We speak collectively of minor works of that could not fail to amuse those who like to revive the taste. memory of former days.
Of those of a superior cast, we may particularly notice The earliest reminiscences which we have of this house, the publications of the illustrated Histories of Westminster carries us back to the period, when part of the site was Abbey, of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and occupied by the Old Fountain Tavern, which had been the Public Schools-works, which engaged the talents of celebrated in the days of Steele, Prior, Addison, and Pope, many members of a rising school of architectural drawing, and is memorable for one circumstance relating to this poet which has become the pride of England, and the admirawhich may be again recorded. It was here that the solici tion of foreign nations. We need, in illustration but to tor of Mr. Pope, before witnesses, indorsed that satirical name Messrs. Nash, Mackenzie, and Westall, whose print of Hogarth's, which gave the bard so much offence. topographical representations of our ancient ecclesiastical The celebrated etching of Pope white-washing Burlington buildings, made expressly for these works, comprise a house. This was immediately after the publication of the series of some hundred drawings, that cannot be matched witty squib, when the poet meditated a prosecution against in the world. To these, we must add i ustice to the its daring author, for a libel. Waite, the tavern keeper, talent of a foreign disciple of the English school, those of affixed his signature to the impression.
Mr. Augustus Pugins, no less creditable to his superior About half a century since, the building was in the joint taste and knowledge of this beautiful department of art. Locenpation of Mr. Welch. a celebrated fenciny master. ll. Whilst upon this subject, we must observe, that we forwhere a flourishing academy for that science was maintained got to ask for another sight of two volumes, which we saw for many years, and a drawing academy, kept by a Mr. in Mr. Ackermann's library three or four years ago, as they Pars, in which, for one short season, we attempted the use
claim notice in this our recording page. We mean, the of the black and white chalks.
whole of the original drawings for Westminster Abbey, But a more celebrated drawing academy had previously inlaid in folio vellum, forming one volume, and the histobeen established on the site, which for many years had rical letter press forming another, printed also on vellum, been attended by pupils, some of whom became distin in bindings decidedly more superb, than those of any books guished painters : among others, Richard Cosway, and that we have seen, or indeed could have conceived. They Francis Wheatley, who both attained to academic honours. are in ponderous covers, of crimson velvet, ornamented
Mr. Shipley had been a pupil of Philipps, a portrait with silver chased work, gilt, designed in the gothic taste by painter, residing in Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Mr. Papworth, the architect, and if our memory serves us, Fields, but he did not long practice that department of art. Il cost nearly three hundred pounds-binding alone. Two and ultimately opened the school in question. It was to such folios, could not be produced, we venture to say. in the exertions of Mr. Shipley, that the Society for the En the library of any sovereign in Europe. These were bound couragement of Arts, Sciences, &c. in great part owed its by the late celebrated Herring, the first workman of his origin, and indeed this school and the society, says Mr. ll age. Edwards, may be considered as having at the commence About the year 1812, the Repository, then very inferior ment, a kind of connexion, for they were for some time to its present appearance, although yet very spacious, unhoth held under the same roof. It should be mentioned || derwent a thorough repair and improvement. The ground too, to the honour of this academy, that the first premium || floor was altered from the designs of Mr. Pugin, and the conferred by the Society of Arts, was given to Mr. Cosway, old academy room, and that of the upper floor were changed then a pupil in Shipley's school.
to their present state, under the direction of Mr. Papworth, Mr. William Pars, who had been bred to the now almost || who designed the library, an apartment nearly fifty feet obsolete profession of a chaser, under his father, succeeded in length, by about nineteen in breadth, which was fitted to Mr. Shipley in the conducting of this drawing academy, ll up, with great elegance, and above all, furnished with a in which he had been a pupil.
valuable and extensive collection of works, principally During the interregnum from the death of Mr. Pars, books on ancient and modern art. the closing of the Fencing Academy, the shutting up of It was at this period, that the spirited and liberal prothe Fountain Tavern, and the occupation of the site by prietor, determined to light the whole of his extensive Mr. Ackermann, various had been its changes. Among premises with gas; and here for the first time were the others, if we recollect aright, it had for a time held a Aames of this invaluable invention, under his tasteful eye, debating society, and in the great room, in which the converted to ornamental purposes : when the beau monde, worthy Shipley had taught the arts of peace, a celebrated || for one whole winter, were driving every evening, to wit.
ness the purest flame, illuminating the library, the shop. I sketches, and a few were selected as the theme for versifyand the stair-cases, in the forms of the Greek honey suckle ing. It was subsequently agreed that a continued tale and other classic devices. Here too, it should be observed, should be formed from them, and Mr. Ackermann was to the experiments were successfully accomplished that del continue the selection: one, two, or three were forwarded prived gas of the sulphuric, and other disagreeable etlluvia, to Mr. Coombe, and when he had written from them, as which had hitherto prevented its adoption in private many more were sent in exchange ; thus, without further dwellings. Mr. Ackermann, at a vast expence, erected his arrangement, or the author having the least knowledge of own apparatus, had a large gasometer, and making the what would come next, the work proceeded, being publight of canal coal, superseded all former experimenta, lished in detached parts, until the poem grew into a suffiand mainly contributed to the success of the first great cient number of verses to form a volume. Gas Company, in Peter Street.-Such are the lasting be The magazine was dropped, and long after, at the nefits derived by the public, from the well directed instance, of his worthy neighbour, Mr. Taylor, proprietor schemes, and liberal spirit of an individual projector. of the Sun, Mr. Ackermann was induced to publish the
Of Mr. Ackermann's acquaintance with the author of Tour of Dr. Syntax in a separate volume ; Mr. Taylor Dr. Syntax, we believe we may date the origin to some always insisting that it was a poem that would suit the thing like the following fortuitous circumstance. He pro- || public taste. The best comment upon his judgment is, jected a poetic magazine, and had in the front of his house, that no poem perhaps has experienced so extensive a sale. the head of an ow), with open mouth, ready to receive the || It may not be known to all our readers, perhaps, that the contributions of all learned and unlearned scribblers, who || world owes to the lively pen of this Mr. Taylor, of the
the congenial bird, with such of their Sun, that admirable tale, in verse, entitled “ Monsieur nightly lucubrations, as they wished to bring to light. Tonson,', This blinking bird was not so blind as she seemed to be, and seizing an old way-be-gone poet by the finger, he cried out, wbilst the “ Scottish nightingale' cried tee nchit, the
WORKS ON THE FINE ARTS. signal for her master, who, finding his faithful bird had seized a wit, in want of a patron, kindly took him by the hand, and · bade him to his board.” It was a happy hour
A Treatise on Civil Architecture, by Sir William CHAMfor old Squire Coombe, for he on that day found a f
a friend who provided bim a pillow of down to rest him in his grey
BERS; with Notes, and an Eramination of Grecian age, and who, his labour ended, laid him, at his own ex Architecture, by Joseph Gwilt, Architect, F. S. A. pense, respectfully, in the tomb.
London: Priestley and Weale. ld Mr. Coombe we knew for many a vear, somewhat on occasions beyond mere how-d'ye-do acquaintance; but his
Among the truly learned it has long been a subject history would convey no other moral than that which is for regret, that, although there are so many who are purchased at the expense of what belongs not to us, nor to capable of feeling, and judging of the merits of paintthe world, and which would be obtained by pilferin grave of its secrets; a species of robbery contrary to the
ing and sculpture, yet there are so few, even among current of our taste. The rectitude of his conduct to his men of education, who know enough of the science of patron, at least, might serve him for an epitaph. His ser-| architecture, to form even the slightest estimate of the vices had been profitable to his employer-they were amply merits of a fine building, although a magnificent or a rewarded, and he went not thankless to th rave. Time has been when we enjoyed his conversation. He
beautiful structure is acknowledged to be one of the knew a great deal of past events, and could relate, very most interesting objects of human art. pleasantly, things worthy of the ear. He had experienced, We know that it is common with men of feeling too, much of which he delighted not to tell, of that, indeed,
and taste to lament their ingnorance of this sublime which discretion bade him be mute. He had dissipated no inconsiderable inheritance, had lived less subject to the
art, and know moreover, that lectures on the science laws that govern others, than to his own will, and latterly have been as well attended, as those on other branches exhibited the light rather than the shadow of his former of human knowledge and that they have invariably career. There was a spice of that relish for fashionable life, I delighted th
delighted the audience. These lectures, however, have to which he honestly could owe no agreeable retrospect, that seasoned his conversation occasionally to a late period. He
not been sufficiently frequent, hence what has been would tell of his having cotillioned with Mrs. Garrick, thus obtained by an hour's hearing, has made only that when Beau Nash presided at Bath, and continue to tack slight impression, which gratified present curiosity, some gay addendas to this “ laced rutlle bag and sword”
and was too soon liable to be obliterated from the chit-chat, until he verily himself believed them to be true!
mind. What has been related of the manner in which he com A work has at length commenced, which we should posed the popular poem, Dr. Syntax, would not bear particularly recommend to the consideration of those recital again, unless it were to relate the curious fact as it
who have attended these lectures, and indeed to all really occurred.-Mr. Rowlandson, celebrated for his humorous designs, made a series of sketches, in his loose who would wish to acquire some information upon so style, to burlesque a modern tourist in search of the pictu elegant and interesting an art, Mr. Gwilt, a gentleman resque. This eccentric genius, like Gillray, never at a loss from his high professional knowledge, and general for subject, chose to make his herd a comical, thin visaged
acquirements, best qualified to undertake so desired an country parson, and led him from place to place, into a variety of situations, whimsical to the last degree.' There l object, is superintending a most elegant octavo edition were perhaps eighty or a hundred of these. Mr. Acker of a Treatise on Civil ARCHITECTURE, by the late mann for many years had been a collector of the humorous Sir William Chambers, from his great folio volume, designs of this artist, and among others, purchased these.
with notes, and an Examination of the Elements of One evening in looking over his portfolio, in company with Mr. Coombe, for a subject for the Poetical Magazine, hel Dea
Beauty in Grecian Architecture, &c. This, very judi. pounced upon the tourist. Coombe was amused with the ciously, is publishing in parts, the first of which is
before us, and from this we shall subjoin the following, l/ whatsoever class, country or period cannot be separated, in interesting extracts, as leading to the main subject, and
a just estimation ofits merits, from the history of the nation
in which it flourished; it is the influence and character of shall afterwards proceed at length to point out the plan,
the age and nation to which it belongs, by which it is sanc and general utility of the work :
ned and modified. “ There is; perhaps, no subject on which persons are " There are no edifices in any style of architecture, in more apt to differ in their opinions, than on the beauty of which harmony is more pre-eininent than in the Grecian a building, Upon due reflection, we shall find that this temples. Perhape for harmony, the Gothic style in those ought not to be a matter of surprise, for when we consider of its structures, which are entirely of one period, yields that the prototypes of architecture are entirely different in only to the Grecian. The reason is evident: The origin, their nature from those employed in the arts of design, Il progress, and perfection of both styles were the result of whose objects of imitation are in their extent, limited only ll the habits and characters and wants of the people that proby the range of animate and inanimate creation; and those duced them. that are so constantly subjected to our senses, that their “ Harmony may, however, be carried to such an extent, images are easily understood and compared, it will be l as to generate a monotonous effect, as it most evidently manifest, that, in an art which has no regulated standard || does in the architecture of the Egyptians, wherein, as well of comparison, opinions must often be at variance with one from an excess of simplicity, as from the absence of variety, another.
it cloys without satisfying. It may be compared to a musiIn architecture, the creative power of nature herself is cal composition, strictly conformable to the laws of counthe model imitated. It is an art which appeals directly terpoint, wherein the author so constantly dwells on the to the understanding, and has not the means of flattering same key without making use of his privilege of modulating the senses in the same way as her sister arts, hence her into others, that he fails to fix the hearer's attention for productions are not universally appreciated : in truth, they || more than a few seconds. are rarely understood except by those whose education 6 Harmony can never exist in a building whose subdivi
irements have qualified them to judge. The beau- || sions are contrived without such an attention to unifortiful models, nature, however, are the index and guide of mity of character as to impresy on the mind an idea of the painter and sculptor. A successful imitatien of these
I unity, and it one may be permitted to use the terms, models, even without an advance on the part of the artist, expression of the structure's destination. It is, moreover, towards those higher and intellectual beauties which dis particularly to be attended to, in regulating and modifying tinguish the historical painter, is capable of affecting us | the decorations that are employed; for instance, delicacy, with very agreeable sensations: nay, the low and still life | lightness, and excess of ornament, would ill suit a building of the Flemish school has its admirers, and justly; but the whose character and destination were of a nature discorarchitect creates the beauty he produces. The other artists dant with those qualities. easily address the senses and passions, whilst he can only - Richness and simplicity are qualities, in the discreet rely on his appeal to the understanding. His powers of art | use of which, the Greeks carried the art to the highest are therefore limited to operations on the cultivated mind. degree of perfection, at least in the works of the best ages. With the multitude, magnitude and richness are more One of the most exquisite examples of appropriate richvalued than the utmost elegance of form, or the most fasci ness that can be cited, is the beautiful monument of Lysinating series of proportions.
crates, whilst for the reverse of that quality, none can “ The object of an artist's inquiry is not so much to better cited than the Parthenon. Each is dressed with an investigate metaphysically the cause of beauty in the pro appropriate quantity of ornament; the first captivates, the ductions of his art, as to study the effects that flow from latter is imposing and majestic." those which, by the common consent of ages, are esteemed beautiful, and thus shorten his mode by an a priori method. It is in this way that he will more readily obtain informa Dramatic Costume of Shakspeare's Historical Tragedy of tion of those qualities which act on the understanding, and
King John, selected and arranged from the Best Authoexcite our affections by means of the beautiful result they
rities, expressly for the Proprietors of the Theatre Royal
That there are, however, many other circumstances which tend to the production of Covent Garden; with Biographical, Critical and Explaan agreeable and beautiful result, is sufliciently obvious; natory Notices. By J. R. Planche. The Figures deone of them should be more particularly noticed there can be no doubt of its influence, in the excitement of
signed and executed on Stone, by J. K. MEADOWS. our admiration, of the splendid monuments of Grecian This very useful and interesting little work, we art; it is an association with the times and countries had long proposed to notice, but not having received which are most liallowed in our imagination. It is difficult
the first part until lately, we could not enter into the for us to see them, even in their modern copies, without feeling them operate upon our minds, as relics of those
entire intention of its ingenious author. It is a curious polished nations where they first arose, and of that greater circumstance, and one that should be generally known, people by whom they were afterwards borrowed.' This is
that the painters owe to the researches of two profesone of those causes which produce such an effect on our
sors of engraving, almost their entire knowledge of the minds when we contemplate the stupendous ecclesiastical structures of the middle ages, to which must, at least by ancient Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and English costumes ; every man of taste, be assigned a very extraordinary and I and but for the indefatigable spirit of antiquarian curiosity exalted degree of beauty. In these edifices, though to all
with which Mr. George Vertue and Mr. William Strutt appearance designed on principles essentially different from those employed by the Greeks, the elements of beauty
pursued their enquiries into the subject, we should have are identically the same; but an analysis to prove such an
known little of those habits and customs, of our forehypothesis is not within the range of the present inquiry. || fathers, which afford the man of taste, the most pleaOur cathedrals, it cannot be denied, are very much aided surable and interesting traits of history. in their effect on the mind, by the recollections which carry us back to those ages when religion was all splendour, and
We have often wished that there had been some society all chivalry. In short, ancient architecture of public repository of ancient costumes, where the his