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of fancy were unusually great, and the effect of whose quality, but always ingenious, and sometimes amusing. compositions on paper, has seldom been equalled, knew little of construction or calculation, yet less of the contri

|| It touches upon subjects not very far removed from vance of habitual structures, or the modes of carrying real the vulgar, and appeals to tastes very far reinoved from works into execution ; though styling himself an architect. | the refined. It is singularly infectious notwithstandAnd when some pensioners of the French Academy at ing, and has made a progress which strikes us as being Rome, in the author's hearing, charged him with igno

not a little alarming. The class of literature, (if it be rance of plans, he composed a very complicated one, since published in his work, which sufficiently proves that the

literature) to which we allude, is that which belongs charge was not altogether groundless. Indeed, it is not un- | to “the Fancy." Until very recently it was unknown frequent in some countries on the continent, to find inge

to our literature, and is at present known to ours only. nious composers, and able draughtsmen, with no other reading than Vignola's rules, and without any skill what

True, there were dictionaries, glossaries, and gramever in the executive parts, or knowledge of the sciences | mars of the slang dialects,—but there was nothing belonging thereto.

more. It was a spoken-not a written language. It " In countries where mechanics assume the profession, | lived upon the tongue, but it had no existence in “ black and arrogate the title of architects, men of this sort abound, they are by foreigners styled portfolio-artists; and their

and white," Boxiana had never been composed productions, collected without judgment, from different | Pierce Egan was still in his teens—and Police Reports stores, must ever be discordant; without determined style, were a poor matter-of-fact sort of business. “The marked character, or forcible effect ; always without Fancy" itself scarcely formed a part of the Engli:h novelty, and having seldom either grandeur or beauty to recommend them. They are practices in building, gene

public. It was a mere sept in society,-an excrtsrally more imperfect than those of the stage.

cence on the great body politic,-an unsightly wart, “ As to a painter, or sculptor, so to an architect, a a gross humour, ugly, unhealthy, and discreditable. thorough mastery in design is indispensably necessary, it is

How mighty a change has taken place even in our the sine qua non, and the mai a bustanca of Carlo Maratta, is fuil as applicable in one art as in the other; for if the

days!- This despised and degraded class has grown up architect's mind be pot copiously stored with correct ideas into an immense importance. “The Fancy" includes of forms, and habituated by long practice to vary and com much of what is elevated in rank, and nearly all that bine them as the fancy operates; or if his hand has not the

is powerful for strength in the empire. Noblemen, power of representing with precision and force, what the

statesmen, scholars, are its patrons :-the middling and imagination surgests, his compositions will ever be feeble, formal, and ungraceful, and he will stand unqualified to lower orders of society are its professors :-it is redischarge the principal part of his duty, which is, to invent garded as a proud characteristic of the English naand dispose all that enters into his design, and to guide the

tion: its language is making vast acquisitions in copainter, sculptor, and every other artist, or artificer, by advice and precise directions, as far at least, as relates to the

piousness every day, and is spoken or understood by outline and effect of their performances, that all may be the all who pretend to be accomplished : the records of efforts of one mind, master of its object, and all the parts be || its proceedings form a part of our general literature, calculated to produce a general uniformly supported whole;

| which even the fair sex does not scorn to peruse. How which never can be the case when artisis and artificers are left to themselves, as each, naturally enough, considers the

far all this is a credit and a pride to the nation, we do perfection of his own part, sometimes without comprehend not venture to assert. We have our private opinions, ing, and always without attention to, the whole composi and irtend to keep them private. Still it is our duty tion. Even Bernini, though an able architect, could seldom

to notice whatever works of this branch of English refrain from sacrificing architecture to the graces of sculpture and painting, the ill consequences of whiclı, are suli.

literature come fairly before us, and therefore it is that ciently conspicuous in several of his works, but particularly

several of his works. But particularly we direct the reader's attention to the present volume. in his piazza of St. Peter's, where the statues placed upon Police Reports enter largely into the literature of “The the colonnades, instead of standing upright as they should

Fancy,"-since the most eminent of its followers are do, in all such situations, are so whimsically contorted, that at a little distance they seem to be performing a dance, and

to be found at some period of their lives, spending a very considerably injure the effect of that magnificent ap morning or two at Bow-street. The editor of this proach to the first building in the Christian world.

volume seems to be singularly well fitted for his The engravings we shall notice in the next number.

office, since he is deeply versed in the dialect, and appears to be intimately acquainted with the pursuits

and characters of his heroes. But something more REVIEWS.

than mere knowledge is required in the annalist of a Police Office;-he must have judgment, taste, and

imagination, and all these Mr. Wight possesses in full Mornings at Bow Street. A Selection of the most Hu

perfection. We have not space enough to establish mourous and Entertaining Reports which have appeared

his claim to all this high praise, but the few extracts in the Morning Herald. By J. Wight. London :

we can atford, will shew that it is by no means exagBaldwin, 1824.

gerated. In the first place only let the reader look

at the following titles, which are taken promiscuously Within the last few years, a species of literature from the contents:-A Costermonger's Query, the has sprung up in this country, of a character altogether || Loves of MʻGillies and Julia Cob, Tipsy Julia, Cupid novel. It is not perhaps of the very highest and purest || in Chambers, Beauty and the Broomstick, a Coachman's Conscience, a Small Taste of Jimakey, the Rape of the strained while these statements were making, now entered Wig, a Brummyjum Out-rider.

upon his defence in form and manner following: Here is a fine field for a slang historian. And now

*** • She is a villain, and will swear any thing !' (thump

ing the table and bursting into tears.) But I don't as to a specimen of his talents at dressing up a case blame her, I blame her evil advisers.' (Another thump in the first style for the public enjoyment. The follow and more tears.) • She has been heard as a woman, and ing is the story of the Loves of M.Gilles and Julia

now let me be heard as a man !' (A louder voice, a heavier Cob:"

thump, and a greater tlood of tears.) I was a bright man

| before I knew her!-Her name is not Juliu Cob. She has 66 Mr. Robert M'Gillies was brought before the ma

deceived many a man under the name of Julia Cob.' Her

right name is Jane Spencer! and she knows it. I don't gistrates to answer the complaint of Miss Julia Cob. Mr.

want to go near her, I tell you! (A fresh supply of tears.) Robert M.Gillies was a tall, stout, portly, middle-aged,

I love her better than my own heart's blood; but I don't Scottish gentleman; and Miss Julia Cob, a diminutive Hi

care-I won't be used in this manner-I'll be

d d if I bernian young lady, in a richly braided dark blue habit,

will! Contound her and them altogether, I say! But I smart riding hat, long black veil, and red morocco ridicule.

don't blame her-I blame the devils she has got about her. " Miss Julia Cob made a multitude of complaints, by || She said to me one day, says she, . Come, M.Gillies,' says which it appeared that whilst she was living a gay and she let you and I go down upon our bare knees and swear happy spinster, with her friends in Dublin, she was courted |

to be true to each other for ever and ever!' and now she by Mr. Robert M.Gillies, whose card bore the initials

uses me in this manner!--Oh! oh! oh!' (Lots of tears.) • M.P.' after bis name: and she, conceiving that M.P. ||

• What am I brought here for? What have I done? Anmeant Member of Parliament,' lent a willing ear to his

swer me that!-Oh! oh! oh!' &c. honied words. That she afterwards discovered his profes "Mr. Robert M.Gillies filled up the pauses in this sion was the taking of likenesses, and that the M.P. meant | speech, by licking in with his tongue the tears, &c. which Miniature Painter. That notwithstanding the disappoint

flowed plentifully through the stubble on his upper lip; and ment of this discovery she continued her affections towards

having made an end of speakinghim, and eventually consented to come with him to England 6- The Magistrate told him he was a very foolish man, -not as his wife, but as bis friend pro tempore ; for she and Miss Julia Cob was not a bit better than she should be; could not think of taking up with a miniature painter for nevertheless she must not be subjected to personal violence, life. That they did come to England accordingly and took and he therefore must put in bail to keep the peace towards up their rest in London ; but from that period Mr. Robert

her-himself in 507. and two sureties in 251. each. I Gillies became an altered man: he relinquished his Il

“ It appeared, however, that his friends had previously M.P. profession, and lived entirely upon her means, spend been bound for him in a charge of assault upon the same ing almost his whole time in smoking and drinking, lying | lady, and the magistrate declaring their recognizances forin bed with his clothes on, and amusing himself between || feited by this his subsequent violence, they declined coming whiles with tearing his and her garments in st

forward again. tatters. That at length her affection for him began to "So Mr. Robert M'Gillies was consigned to his own laevaporate, and being much impoverished by these vagaries mentations in the dreary dungeons of Tothill-fields, Brideof his, she determined · To whistle him off, and let him well, and the false-hearted Julia Cob returned to her new down the wind to prey on fortune.' as Othello talked of

lover in Norfolk-street." doing by the gentle Desdemona. That in consequence of this determination she got herself acquainted with another

But even this delicious as it is must give an imlover--not a Scottish and sottish soi disant M.P., but a real || periect notion of the volume, unless we could at the unadulterated, and genuine Irish Mem. Par.-one who had |

same time print Cruickshank's illustrations. M'Gillies taken a house for her in Norfolk-street, Strand, furnished it fit for a princess to live in, and provided her with all things

in bed at mid-day, smoking his pipe, and drinking his fitting for a lady in her situation. That Mr. Robert M'Gillies | ale, is one of the most amusing sketches we ever saw. felt himself so dissatisfied at this new arrangement, that he | And they are all excellent. George Cruickshank is forced his way into her new abode in Norfolk-street, turned | certainly without a living rival in this walk of art. her char-woman out of doors, broke her glasses, tore her clothes to ribbons, spat in her face seventeen times, and

| The book altogether is excessively amusing, and whatswore he loved her so that she should never live with any

ever its merits may be as a record of taste and moother jontleman till she was completely dead and done with. rality, it certainly is one of the most laughable col. -Nay more--having done all this, he laid himself down on lections of anecdotes, illustrating a particular branch of the best bed in the house, and, taking out his pipe, began smoking away as he used to do at home; though she told

national humour, that we ever met with. him her new lover · couldn't ab

“ Under these circumstances, Miss Julia Cob begged the magistrates to interpose the strong arm of the law between

A Tour in Germany, and some of the Southern Provinces her and Mr. Robert M'Gillies. He was a strong, powerful

of the Austrian Empires, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822. man, she said, and she verily believed he would never let

London : Hurst and Co. 2 vols. 1824. her go to her grave alive—a figure of speech which she afterwards explained to mean that she verily believed be in

(Contiuned from p. 233.) tended to do her some grievous bodily harm-or, in other words, he intended to prevent her going to her grave in We resume our notice of this author's clever volumes. the natural way.

-His sketches of the Rhenish towns are in every "The officers who took Mr. Robert M'Gilliesinto custody,

respect interesting. They are not mere transcriptions stated that they found him—though in the middle of the day-stretched out at full length in bed, with all his from guide books and printed travels, but the result clothes on, except his coat, and smoking a long pipe; and of personal inspection, sagaciously winnowed of all on the chair by his bedside was a quantity of tobacco, and a common place disquisition, and thrown into the most large jorum of ale. * Mr. Robert M'Gillies who had been with difficulty re

amusing and instructive forms. The moral as well as

the physical appearances of the country come within of the fifty thousand inhabitants who form the popuhis notice, and are ably described.

ahlo described It is thus he || lation of Frankfort, about seven thousand are Jews, Per

It is thus he touches on the fanaticism of the notorious Sand, when

haps they might have been expected to increase more

rapidly in a city whose favorite pursuits are so congenial to speaking of Manheim :

the trafficking spirit of Israel, while its constitution gave "I found the murderer, who had been executed shortly

them a toleration in religion, and security of property, before, still the subject of general conversation. Though

which they obtained only at a much later period from more his deed, besides its moral turpitude, bas done Germany

powerful masters. They are noisome in more senses than much political mischief, the public feeling seemed to treat

one. They inbabit chiefly one quarter of the town, which, his memory with much indulgence. Most people, except

though no longer walled in, as it once was, to separate the students, were liberal enough to acknowledge that

them from the rest of the community, repels the Christian Sand had done wrong in committing assassination, but

intruder, at every step, with filth much too disgusting to they did not at all regard him with disrespect, much less

Il be particularized. In the driving of their traffic they are with the abhorrence due to a murderer. The ladies were

importunate as Italian beggars. Laying in wait in his implacable in their resentment at his execution.

little dark shop, or little tattered booth, or, if these be could easily forgive the necessity of cutting off his head,

buried in some obscure and sickening alley, prowling at the but they could not pardon the barbarity of cutting off, to

off to Il corner where it joins some more frequented street, the prepare him for the block, the long dark locks which

Jew darts out on every passenger of promise. He seems curled down over his shoulders, after the academical

to possess & peculiar talent at discovering, even in the fashion. People found many things in his conduct and

Babel of Frankfort, the country of the person whom he situation which conspired to make them regard him as an

addresses, and seldom fails to hit the right language. object of pity, sometimes of admiration, rather than of

Unless thrown off at once, he sticks to you through half a blame. Nobody regrets Kotzebue. To deny him, as many

street, whispering the praises of his wares mingled with have done, all claims to talent and literary merit, argues

your own; for, curving the spare, insignificant body into sheer ignorance or stupidity; but his talent could not

obsequiousness, and throwing into the twinkling gray eye redeem the imprudence of his conduct, and no man ever

as much condescension as its keenly expressed love of gain

will admit, he conducts the whole oration as if he were possessed in greater perfection the art of making enemies wherever he was placed. Every body believed, too, that

sacrificing himself to do you a favour of which nobody Sand, however frightfully erroneous his ideas might be,

must know. When all the usual recommendations of great acted from what he took to be a principle of public duty,

bargains fail, he generally finishes the climax with On and not to gratify any private interest. This feeling,

my soul and conscience, Sir, they are genuine smuggled joined to the patience and resolution with which he bore


* It seems to be the lot of the Jew to make himself sinup under fourteen months of grievous bodily suffering, the kindliness of temper which he manifested towards every

gular even in trades which he drives in common with one else, and the intrepidity with which he submitted to

Christians, much more palpably than he differs from them

in their religious faith. In a Protestant country a Catholic ne punishment of his crime, naturally procured him in Germany much sympathy and indulgence. Such palliating

is not known, nor in a Catholic country a Protestant, till feelings towards the perpetrator of such a deed are, no

you' open his prayer-book, or follow him into his church; doubt, abundantly dangerous. If they pass the boundary

but the peculiarities which keep the Jew separate from the by a single hair's-breadth, they become dow t defen

world belong to every-day life. It is true, that, all over ders of assassination, yet one cannot entirely rid himself

Europe, individuals are to be found who seldom repair to of them. It is one of the greatest mischiefs of such an

the synagogue, and have overcome the terrors of barbers example, that it seduces weak heads and heated fancies

and bacon ; but these are regarded in heart, by their more into a ruinous coquetry with principles which make every

orthodox brethren, as the freethinkers and backsliders of man bis neighbour's executioner. Still, it would be untrue

|| the tribes of Israel, whose sinful compliances must exclude to say that it was only his brother students who regarded

| them from the church triumphant, though the ungodly Sand with these indulgent eyes. To them, of course, he

portion of mammon, which they have contrived to amass, appeared a martyr in a common cause. I would not have

may render it prudent to retain them nominally within the told him to do it,' said a student of Hiedelberg to me,

pale of the communion below. The peculiarities of the .but I would cheerfully have shaken hands with him after

general mass form a lasting wall of partition between them he did it. Even in the more grave and orderly classes of

and their Christian neighbours. In his modes of appellasociety, although his crime was never justified or applauded,

tion, in his meats, in his amusements, the Jew is a separaI could seldom trace any inclination to speak of him with

tist from the world, uniting himself to a solitary community, much rigour. When the executioner had struck, the

not only in his religious faith, which no one minds, but in crowd rushed upon the scaffold, every one anxious to pick

matters which enter into the spirit, and descend to the details

of ordinary life. Whether you dine, or pray, or converse, or up a few scattered hairs, or dip a ribbon, a handkerchief, or a scrap of paper, in his blood. Splinters were chipped

correspond with a pure and conscientious Jew, some pecu

Iliarity forces upon your notice, that he is not one of the from the reeking block, and worn in medallions as his hair was in rings, false and revered as the reliques of a saint.

people; and in these, more than in the peculiarities of To the students of Hiedelberg was ascribed the attempt to

their religious creed, rests the execution of the curse,

which still keeps the descendants of Israel a distinct and SOW with Forget-me-not the field on which he was be. headed; and which they have baptized by the name of despised people among the Gentile nations." Sand's Ascension Meadow. Though punished as an homi

But if the Jews are rather haughtily treated, so are cide, he was laid in consecrated ground; and, till measures were taken by the police to prevent it, fresh flowers and

the Governors of Germany. Nothing can be more branches of weeping willow were nightly strewed, by un severe, and at the same time more just than the reknown hands, on the murderer's grave."!

marks on the Germanic Diet, and the policy of the two We shall omit noticing his remarks on the Univer- ll great states Austria and Prussia, They are worth a sity of Heidelberg until we come to Jena, Frankfort whole volume of dissertation. This power of conreceives an ample consideration. The description of densing a vast deal of information into a narrow space the Jews is smart enough, if not remarkably liberal : approaches very near to genius. It proves at least

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that the writer understands his subject. There is no were absent with the fragments of the defeated army; the portion of these volumes which has given us greater ce which has given us greater | French troops were let loose on the territory and cápital;

jall the flying peasantry already bore testimony of the outrages pleasure than that which relates to Weimar. This ||

which are inseparable from the presence of brutal and insotown-or rather village-has for many years been || lent conquerors. The hope that she might be useful to the regarded as the German Athens. Fortunate in having || people in this hour of trial, when it was only to her they for its ruler a liberal minded and well educaled prince, I could look, prevailed over the apprehensions of personal in

sult and danger; she calmly awaited at Weimar the approach it has long been the point where German intellect

of the French, collected round her in the palace the greater delights to centre. Wieland, Goethe, and Schiller have ll part of the women and children who had not fled, and been the brightest stars of that brilliant constellation I shared with them herself the coarse and scanty food which of genius and science, whose rays have streamed from

she was able to distribute among them. The Emperor, on

II his arrival, took up his abode in the palace, and the Grand this little town over the whole extent of Germany.

| Duchess immediately requested an interview with him. Our author has done justice to the Grand Duke as || His first words to her were, Madam, I make you a prewill be seen in the following extract, which is only a sent of this palace;' and forthwith he broke out into the part of his character :

same strain of invective against Pruşsia and her Allies, and

sneers at the folly of endeavouring to resist himself, which “ The Grand Duke is the most popular prince in Eu The soon afterwards launched against the unfortunate Louisa rope, and no prince could better deserve the attachment

| at Tilsit. He said more than once with great vehemence, which his people lavish upon him. We have long been : On dit que je veux etre Empereur de l'ouest ; et,' stampaccustomed to laugh at the pride and poverty of petty Il ing with his foot, 'je le serai, Madame. He was conGerman princes; but nothing can give a higher idea of the Il founded at the firm and dignified tone in which the Grand respectability which so small a people may assume, and

Duchess met him. She neither palliated her husband's the quantity of happiness which one of these insignificant || political conduct, nor supplicated for mercy in his political monarchs may diffuse around him, than the example of

misfortunes. Political integrity, as a faithful ally of Prusthis little state, with a prince like the present Grand Duke

sia, had, she told him, dictated the one, and, if he had any at its head. The mere pride of sovereignty, frequently

regard for political principle and fidelity to alliances in a most prominent where there is only the title to justify it, Il monarch, he could not take advantage of the ot! The is unknown to him ; he is the most affable map in his do interview was a long one; the imperial officers in waiting minions, not simply with the condescension which any could not imagine how a man, who reckoned time thrown prince can learn to practise as a useful quality, but from

away even on the young and beautiful of the sex, could goodness of heart. His talents are far above mediocrity;

spend so much with a princess whoge qualifications were no prince could be less attached to the practices of arbitra more of a moral and intellectual nature. But from that ry power, while his activity, and the conscientiousness

moment, Napoleon treated the family of Weimar with a with which he holds himself bound to watch over the

degree of respect and consideration, which the more powerwelfare of his handful of subjects, have never allowed him

ful of his satellites did not experience.” to be blindly guided by ministers. Much of his reign has The literature of Weimar is minutely discussed, and fallen in evil times. He saw his principality overrun

the characters of Wieland, Schiller, and especially with greater devastation than had visited it since the Thirty Years' War; but in every vicissitude he knew how

Goethe, given at considerable length. The opinions of to command the respect even of the conqueror, and to the author are expressed with great frankness, but we strengthen_himself more firmly in the affections of his cannot agree with him in the position that Schiller is the subjects. During the whole of his long reign, the con

first of the German poets scientious administration of the public money, anxiety for

Goethe in our opinion is the impartiality of justice, the instant and sincere atten

considerably his superior. After giving a character of tion given to every measure of public benefit, the ear and the people and their amusements our author enters into hand always open to relieve individual misfortune, the an examination of the constitution of the Duchy of efforts which he has made to elevate the political character of his people, crowned by the voluntary introduction of a

Weimar. His politics are quite on the liberal side, and representative government, have rendered the Grand | the sketch is instructive enough. He then proceeds to Duke of Weimar the most popular prince in Germany | Jena—but the subject of German Universities is imamong his own subjects, and ought to make him rank

portant enough for a separate article. among the most respectable in the eyes of foreigners, so far as respectability is to be meaxured by personal merit,

(To be continued.) not by square miles of territory, or millions of revenue." I The Grand Duchess-his mother comes in for her

ARTISTICAL SCRAPS. share of eulogy :“ Her Royal Highness is a princess of the house of ||

(Continued from p. 234.) Darmstadt; she is now venerable by her years, but still more by the excellence of her heart, and the strength of her character. In these little principalities, the same

To the Editor of the Somerset House Gazette. goodness of disposition can work with more proportional effect than if it swayed the sceptre of an empire; it comes |

SIR, more easily and directly into contact with those towards | The storm being over, and the streets being dry, “ such whom it should be directed; the artificial world of courtly | summer birds are men,” as blithely singeth* “ Warwickrank and wealth has neither sufficient glare nor body to shire Will," that I have scarcely bad my head within the shut out from the prince the more checquered world that window by day, or my solitary lamp lighted by night, since lies below. After the battle of Jena, which was fought I penned my late contribution, worthy Mr. Ephraim Hardwithin ten miles of the walls, Weimar looked to her alone castle. But returning from that star-spangled paradise for advice and protection. Her husband and younger son I founded by your venerable uncle's old friend, Jonathan

Tyers, * " an hour before the worship'd sun peep'd forth the profound respect--doubtless knew that I served you with golden window of the east,and prowling to my study, in- | the last week's dish of scraps, stolen from the Reverend stead of stealing into bed, I sat me down in the freshness of | Mr. Dallaway's conservatory of arts, with a little of my the dawn, and taking my paper and my pen the devil! own garnish. Why do you not notice that very clever, that cat has overturned my ink!

very cheap, very interesting, and very useful volume, writI do not pretend to know how it may be with others, Mr. || ten by a fellow labourer in the cause, too, in his parsonage. Editor, but I never undertook any thing out of season, but || Fie! is this your respect for the church? What would old some devilment of this kind seemed to spring up an impe | Uncle Zachary say of this apostacy? Look to it, friend diment to my doings, as though the hum-drum fates, or for Ephraim. Nota bene, the book is published by Priestly tune, or the household gods that preside over our house, and Weale. (for it was so with my lather) had resolved to teach us What says your worship to the last? Will you be graMETHOD. Is it not a fact, I ask your worship in sober sin ciously pleased to accept another contribution, purloinedcerity, that to plodding method nothing is denied, whilst to as before. independent genius, I was going to say,-only that I have naught of that sublime thing;-whilst to one, then, who GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BARBIERI GUERCIXO DA CENTO. would set about matters out of the common way, the invi 'Ods my life! This Guercino has as many names as he, sible ministers of mischief dance a midnight fandango that Spanish Don, who could not get entrance in the inn amidst his tools?

for want of room for so many, and slept solus in his cloak, It was a maxim with my dad, who was of the Sbandean on the back of his mule. school, that a man's wits were best sharpened by love or by "Malvasia gives a list of his works, from which we col. spite. Now mine were whetted by both; that is to say, by | lect that he painted 106 altar-pieces for churches, 144 regard for thee, Master Greybeard, and by spleen against (vulgo, a gross) large historical pictures, besides his works the invisible sprite who had played me the trick. I made in fresco, his numerous

raits, and landa vow to write a folio before I broke my fast, and thought of scapes in private collections !! He lived 76 years." my colour-box. There! said I, snapping my fingers at the || This, Mr. Editor, I have no doubt, is a conundrum or a Fates, and taking a china saucer from my chimney, and a hoax. Indubitably these were five distinct, individual, little water, rubbed away at a stick of Indian ink. T separate men, who, cutting off the six, and averagin

them wag ready wit at a pinch-hey, Master Hardcastle! You, at seventy, gives the product, three hundred and tifty years, I have heard, take best brown rappee the very best of or three cinturies and a half, which is borne out by compawhich sort of tabac that ever connoisseur regaled his nose rison of the labours of the moderne. with, in my time, at least, was a caddie presented to

Wilkie produces about three pictures in two yearsyour old friend Mr. Rudolph Ackermann of the Strand. It Mulready, in two years, half that numbercame from Frankfort, and is worth its weight in Oriental Calcott, one picture in one year. pearls.

The great Turner's last year's contribution may be What a morn! The bright mist through which I behold | likened to the list of deaths, with their causes, as printed our parish-steeple makes it quite another thing. Were you in the parish-clerk's bills of mortality. ever at Oxford ? and if there, did you ever mount to the

Killed by a cow . . . . . . None. top of the theatre about an hour after the sun was up, and Yet these, Mr. Editor, are all R.A.s, and distinguished then circumspice? If not, get some hackney to help you members of the British school. Poor Wilson repeated forward with your work, then crib a week from the desk, || himself, it is said. These great geniuses will not overstock and get another hackney, and ride thither; for one of your the market at this rate of proceeding. Their works already faculty should not die ignorant of such a spectacle. In a | are scarce as the scarcest of the old masters. How do you tine morning like this, it exhibits three-quarter, yea, hall account for this? for “ I am only a looker-on at l'erona." length portraits of a thousand celestial palaces. Palette and maulstick! 'tis a finer sight than standing on your

LIONARDO DA VINCI. head and looking up at the skies!

This great painter, who excelled even the Admirable This is the season for walking abroad. The atmosphere! || Crichton, in painting, in fighting, in dancing, and in poetis it not a prism? How prismatic was old Nosey Wilson. || ising, offers an illustrious apology for Messrs. Calcott, What a rout about him just now! It is not too late, how Wilkie, Mulready, and Turner; for he painted “The ever. Pull away, my worthies--you may prevent another || Mona Lisa sitting in a chair. She was the wife of Francesco wreck! Cuyp, too, was not he prismatic? But we are for || Giocondo: her portrait is said to have employed Lionardo the English school. So was Reynolds, and sometimes during FOUR YEARS." when he was sober, so was that wayward genius Morland. Lanzi, who fancied he heard the neighing of the horses in Jackson, is he not a capital colourist too! I should like to || Borgagnoni's Battle Piece, observes, “Il tanto celebre steal his palette. But we have a knot of first-rate clever ritratto di Mona Lisa, lavoro de quattro anni, e non dato fellows,-Lawrence, Beeche Phillips, Owen, W

i per finito." It is not known how this portrait was ner, Callcott, Wilkie, Cooper, Leslie, Collins, Mulready, || brought to England. It was given to Sir Joshua Reynolds the able Northcote too-- the patriarch of English historics ; || by the late Duke of Leeds. then there's Hilton, Etty, Chalon, and his brother, the idle rogue, who has given us nothing since his French Market. Rouse him up, Mr. Editor,-bid him paint

FRANCISCO ALBANI. “ another and another.” What a host of water-colour Il “ Albano is styled the Anacreon of Painting,' says worthies besides, to use your old-fashioned phrases more

Lanzi. over. I wish I were two hundred years old, and these were all dead, from my inmost heart. I would turn auctioneer

AUGUSTINO CARACCI. or picture-dealer, and make a mountain of gold. I'd write 1 Augustino Caracci, as an engraver, may be reckoned their lives, immortalize them and myself, live in style | among the more celebrated artists of Italy; his works another century or so, and die in a greenish sort of oldish | are numerous. You who are of the family of the Know-alls—I say it in

• Our facetious correspondent doubtless need not be told, that

these distinguished painters execute many tine works that are not • Vauxhall.

publicly exhibited.-EDITOR,

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