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to have occasion to inquire within himself what he was to | It is about the sufferings of the early Christians, the say. In fine, all who were closely connected with him must
severities of Julian, the fortunes, love and fate of feel that with him one'great charm of their existence is
Islaor. gone. In public life his loss will be long and severely felt;
It is useless for us to abridge this recital, or in private it is irreparable. In the walks of science his make any extracts from it. The interest is well kept place may be supplied. Another traveller equally patriotic up to the end of the story, when Clodoald finding and enlightened, may like him enrich his country with the
there are no more tales to tell, orders the old man to fpoils of other ages, or of other climes; and his mantle may be caught by some gifted academic, who will perhaps re
| be thrown into the fire, and so ends the volume. It is mind his audience of the genius and eloquence they have a creditable production, and worth cutting down to lost; but the void occasioned by his death in the breasts of the size and form of “ A Tale for Boarding Schools." his family and friends, can never be filled up.”
| Five Years' Residence in the Canadas; including a Tour Islaor ou le Barde Chretien. Nouvelle Gauloise par N. A.
through part of the United States in 1823. By E. A. De Salvandy. Paris: Baudouin frezes, 1824.
Talbot, Esq. of the Talbot Settlement, Upper Canada. This is a most melancholy period of the year for
London: Longman and Co. 2 vols. 8vo. 1824. persons of our profession. As critics, we are nothing
(Continued from p. 352.) unless we have something to criticise ; and what can we review when no one will publish. We know our WHEN we consider the quantity of information con. selves too well to think of writing books for the pur- ||tained in these volumes, we almost feel desirous of pose, although this has been ingeniously done by the retracting some of the harsh censure which was expeope who write in Blackwood. In the dearth of pressed in our notice of last week. The exaggeration English works, we are obliged to turn towards our of statement, and singular extravagance of style, howneighbours, and see if they can assist us in this dis- |
lever, are enough to injure and impair the value of any agreeable emergency. The first thing we find is knowledge. If the work ever reaches a second edition, « Islaor," by M. De Salvandy. This gentleman is not || it would be well to suffer some judicious person to without a certain portion of reputation as a novelist. || prune away all the luxurious excrescences, which in the There was a story about Spain a short time since, which way of imagery, lofty sentences, useless digression, was well spoken of by the periodical writers. The and endless quotation, now deforın it. present is a less adventurous attempt, and is executed | The population of Upper Canada, Mr. Talbot judges with a fair degree of ability. It is a story about all to be about 150,000, exclusive of the Indians and the Christian bard in the times of Julian the Apostate, and military. Miscellaneous as this population is, their the scene is laid in Lower Normandy. M. de S. tells manners and habits of life are peculiar and uniform. us in his preface that the notion of writing it was | The picture of them is not unamusing :engendered by excursions made in that province whilst
“ Shortly after my arrival in the country, and at a period he was garrisoned at Cherburg. “My leisure hours ||
|| therefore when every thing was calculated to make the were occupied in making excursions into the interior deepest impression on my mind, I was eye and ear-witness of the country, and researches amongst its antiquities. to a scene of this sort, and noted down the whole of the The incidents which I now publish struck me as
table-talk, to furnish you with the means of half an hour's
amusement sone time, when you are not otherwise more abounding in that interest which belongs to antique
profitably employed. The place in which it occurred was and lofty associations, attached by tradition to the l a hotel in the London District; and the company consisted beautiful scenery of that country: they present a faith- 1 of three Irishimen, a Scotchman, a true-born Yorkshireman, ful picture of one of the most remarkable epochs in the
all and a full-blooded Yankee. When dinner was announced,
the whole party took their seats sans ceremonie. Mr. A., earlier periods of the Bas-Empire; and they enable | Mr. B.:
Mr. B., and Mr. C., for such were the initials of our counme to speak of the reign of Julian the Apostate, and trymen's sirnames, took their seats on one side of the table, his efforts to overthrow Christianity, which had, from while Jonathan, Sawney, and John Bull occupied the other, the time of Constantine, made great progress in the
leaving no one for the head or foot. The dinner consisted
of a young roasted pig, a pair of boiled chickens, some cold dominions of Rome.”
beef, apple-pies, and gooseberry-tarts, with tea, and cakes A borde of the Sicambri had during the invasion of || of various descriptions, &c. &c. Visigoths taken possession of the delightful peninsula "Mr. A. was requested to dissect the young pig, and Mr. of the Venelli, (now known by the name of Coutances)
B. the chickens.
" Mr. A.-Gentlemen, will you grant me the permission in Lower Normandy. In the course of their excur- | to do myself the felicity of helping you to some fresh sions they discover an ancient sepulchre, near which pork ? sits in melancholy and despair an old man of eighty.
" Mr. C.-- If you'll be condescending enough to give me It is the father of Islaor the Christian bard. They lead Il a piece, I'll be under many obligations to you, Sir.'
* A.–Pray, what piece will you have, Sir?' him to the camp, and present him to Clodoald, the
“ C.- A bit of the flitch, if you have no objection.' cruel and ferocious chief of these invaders. The de l “ This put Mr. A. to the utmost stretch of his knowledge, scription of the bard, the chieftain, and of their inter- || as he had not yet taken off either legs or wings; but, after view is spiritedly written, though somewhat too pom
turning the pig up and down ball a dozen times, he placed
it on its back, and, with a good deal of address, succeeded pously. The old man is spared, and tells his story, in taking out a well-shaped flitch, and placing it on Mr. C.'s plate,-not, however, before he had dashed a moderate | lover of Canada, or at least of its inhabitants. He thereportion of gravy in the Yorkshireman's face, who, with | fore stoutly maintained, that men were paid no better in more real politeness than the others would have exhibited || America, than in Ould Hinglund; notwithstanding all the in similar circumstances, quietly drew his handkerchief || fuss that was made about fortune-making in the New World. across his eys, and, as a poet would say, .smiled, like an and such hironical stuff.' April-day,' through his tears.
“Mr. C. replied, I calculate,'- for they all by this time "Mr.A., to make amends for his faur pas, next addressed || bad acquired the habits of calculating and guessing, though liimself with great politeness to John Bull, and begged to I in reality fresh as imported a few months before know if he would be helped to some of the pork. .
culate, Mr. Englishman, that you are a little too fast there; " Noa! Noa!' cried the Yorshireman; I'll be trouble lor, to my own sartan knowledge, them there jontlemen, I some to Mr. B. for a small morsel of them there stewed
mean Mr. A. and Mr. B., have this day been offered fifty hens of his!"
shillings a week, and their board, washing, and lodging,"Mr. B.-"What part will you take, Sir?'
and all that, at Mr. Roger O'Flannaghan's, the master“ YORK.-- The fore-shouder, Sir, if you have no ob tailor, as honest a jontleman as ever padded a shoulder or jection.'
flattened a seam.' " Mr. B. helped him to the collar-bone ; though it was " The valorous knights of the needle being asked, Why very evident, that poor John Bull wished for a more sub they did not accept so liberal un offer ? answered with the stantial joint.
utmost sang froid, that on inspecting the bed-rooms in “ The Scot's turn came next, Mr. A. requesting to know which they were to lie, they found one of them uncarpeted, if he would be after helping him?
and the other without either basin, wash-hand stand, or " I'll have a bam of your wee pig,' said Sawney, with dressing-table.' the utmost impatience; while he reached bis plate across “ After this, a variety of other subjects occupied the ato the table with his left hand, his elbow resting in the inte tention of the company, among the most prominent of rim on the cold beef.
which was, the propriety of admitting EX-PALTE and cir" All this time, the Yankee, regardless of ceremony, was cumstantial evidence in cases of life and death.' The feasting himself on the beef and a ple-pye. Mr. B., when Scotchman contended for the principle, and our more en every one else was helped, and brother Jonathan had lightened countrymen against it : While John Bull and nearly finished bis dinner, asked him to take a small piece || | brother Jonatban, totally uninterested, having never of a hin ; and, without waiting for a reply, desired to know thought of putting their necks in danger, withdrew to what part he would pitch upon.
another apartment, convinced that they had at least strong " I calculate,' said the Columbian, 'that I'll take the circumstantial evidence of the impertinent vanity of our breast, with a small bit of the sole.'
countrymen. " Mr. B. gave him the breast; and then cutting off one " Of all vapid coxcombs upon earth, an Irish emigrant of the feet at the lower joint, laid it on his plate, with without education is the most intolerable, the least amiable, • There, my swute fellow, there is sole, and upper, and all : and the most preposterous: a perfect model ot affectation ! and a delicate morsel it is for a gentleman of your portly | You must recollect, however, that I speak only of the low- | appearance !'
est classes." *** Jonathan, provoked with the ignorant loquacity of his pragmatical coinpanions, and accustomed to help himself, Mr. Talbot divides the society into two classes, the stuck his fork into the chicken that yet remained un- || first composed of professional men, merchanis, militouched, and removed it to his plate. When he had helped himself to as much of it as he wished, be very coolly re
tary and civil officers : the second of farmers, mechastored it to the dish, and, holding up a part of the sole onnics, and labourers. His descriptions are De:ther the point of his fork, insormed Mr. B., There, d- you ! very friendly nor favourable, and yet allowing somethere's the sole of a chicken!
thing for the writer's characteristic extravagance, we 16 • Upon my shoul, and I believe you,' replied Pat; for it looks as if it had seen a good dale of service on the claggy
doubt not they are mainly true. Of their iphospitality roads of Canada. But you must excuse me, Sir; for in
he speaks in very decided terms, and certainly supsuate Ireland, the hins, as well as the mins, instead of car ports his opinion by the most indubitable proois. rying their soles in their bellies, make their soles carry
Even his own personal experience would be conclusive them.' ** The pies and tarts were next handed about; after the
on this head. Education is at the lowest ebb, and due demolition of which, tea-drinking commenced, and
an universal ignorance appears to have taken possesMr. A. thus addressed Mr. B.
sion of the country. Religion and morals are nearly 66. Will you permit me to be after spelling you out a cup || in the same state. Their enjoyments and amusements of the tay? It's a delightful thing after a bearty dinner; and, I guess, if it were not for it, myself would be under
are therefore of the most sensual kind. Nothing very the sod half a dozen years before I came to America: ' tempting is mentioned on this point by Mr. Talbot. -though, if the truth were known, I dare say we should With respect to emigration, Mr. T. thinks that find that he never tasted of the • cups which cheer but not
Upper Canada presents more advantages than any inebriate,' previous to his arrival in Canada, and was as little acquainted with the use of tea as the Highlander,
part of the United States. His details are certainly who, when he was enrolled in a regiment, and came for his very full, but we cannot perceive how they justify allowance of coffee, refused to be content with the wish such a conclusion. He censures the government for wash,' and desired that he might ‘have a goodly portion
the enormous fees and duties they impose upon the of the grains to eat,' as they bore a greater resemblance to his crowdy.'”
settler, and tells us at the same time that there is little “ The conversation now turned on the rate of Mechanics' or no commerce. He says that land wilh all its imwages; for Mr. A. and Mr. B. were Tailors by profession, provements, may be purchased in every part of the and consequently interested in the subject. Honest
province for a great deal less than the cost of the imJohn Bull, who alone remained as unaflected in his manners and deportment, and in his speech also, as on the
provements. He says, too, that there is another want, day when he departed from his native Hull, was no great that of markets for the sale of produce. Now if these
statements be true, what, we would ask, are the induce-il" Poise foolk ! ments to emigration ?
• • Cock joolk !-Very handsomely done.
66 • Take uim! Mr. Talbot after a five years residence, set out on al
66 • Rum down cartridge !--No, no! Fire! I recollect visit to the United States. His account of the tra- | now, that firing comes next after taking aiın, according to velling through the uncultivated parts of Canada is || Steuben; but, with your permission, gentieien, ill reud very entertaining. Here the traveller's virtue contri
the words of command just exactly as they are printed in butes to our amusement in the right way. Of Lower
the book, and then I shall be sure to be right.'
"• ( yes! Read it, Captain, read it!' exclaimed twenty Canada, through which he passed, he speaks with great || voices at once; • that will save time.' dispraise.
666 ?Tention, the whole then! Please to observe, gentleHis sketches of American manners are similar to men, that at the word fire! you must fire; that is, if any
of your guns are loaden'd, you must not shoot in yearnest, those of former travellers. They enable us however to
but only make pretence, like; and all you gentlemen feidetect the sources of our old favorite Mathews' pictures, low-soldiers, who's armed with nothing but sticks and The following for instance is the account of a militia riding-switches, and corn-stalks, needn't go through the review :
tirings, but stand as you are, and keep yourselves to your
selves.' " At twelve o'clock, about one third, perhaps half, the
*** Half cock foolk !-Very well done. men had collected ; and an inspector's return of the num ". S, h, u, t, (Spelling) Shet pan !-That, too, would ber present would have stood nearly thus: • One Captain, I have been very handsomely done, if you hadn't have one Lieutenant, Ensign none, Serjeants two, Corporals || handled the cartridge instead ; but I suppose you wasn't none, Drummers none, Fifers none, Privates present twenty noticing. Now, 'tention one and all, gentlemen, and do five, ditto absent thirty, guns fifteen, gun-locks twelve, that motion again. ramrods ten, rifle-pouches three, bayonets none, belts none, 6. Shet pan!-Very good, very well indeed : you did spare flints none, cartridges none, horse-whips, walking- || that motion equal to any old soldiers ; you improve astocanes, and umbrellas, twenty-two.
nishingly. “ A little before one o'clock, the Captain, whom I shall • Handle cartridge !--Pretty well, considering you distinguish by the name of CLODPOLE, gave directions for | done it wrong eend foremost, as if you took tlie cariridse forming the line of parade. In obedience to this order, out of your mouth, and bit off the twist with the cartridgeone of the Serjeants, the strength of whose lungs had long box. supplied the place of a drum and file, placed himself in
66 Draw ranimer !—Those who have no rammers to front of the house, and began to bawl with great vehe- || their guns need not draw, but only make the motion; it mence, “ All Captain Clodpole's company to parade there! will do just as well, and save a great deal of time. Come, gentlemen, parade here! Parade here!' says he ; || " • Return rammer !-Very well again. But that would • and all you that hasn't guns, fall into the lower eend.' He have been done, I think, with greater expertness, if you might have bawled till this time, with as little success as had performed the motion with a little more dexterity. the Syrens sung to Ulysses, had he not changed his post to "• Shoulder foolk !-Very handsomely done, indeed, if a neighbourinx shade ; there he was immediately joined by ll you had only brought the foolk to the other shoulder, ven. all who were then at leisure: The others were at that time | tlemen. Do that motion again, gentlemen, and bring the engaged either as parties or spectators at a game of fives, ll foolk up to the left shoulder. and could not just then attend. However, in less than halil" • Shoulder foolk !-Very good. an hour the game was finished, and the Captain was enabled | 666 Order foolk !--Not quite so well, gentlemen ; not to form his company, and proceed in the duties of the day. I quite altogether : but, perhaps, I did not speak loud 6 • Look to the right, and dress !!
enough for you to hear me all at once. Try once more, if " • They were soon, hy the help of the non-commissioned you please; I hope you will be patient, gentlemen ; we will officers, placed in a straight line ; but, as every man was soon be through. anxious to see how the rest stood, those on the wings pressed
66 6 Order foolk !-Handsomely done, gentlemen! very. forward for that purpose, till the whole line assumed nearly handsomely done! and all together too, except that a few the form of a crescent.
were a leetle to soon, and others a leetle too late. 666 Whew! Look at 'em!' says the Captain. “Why, " • In laying down your guns, gentlemen, take care to gentlemen, you are all crooking here at both eends, so that | lay the locks up, and the other sides down. you will get on to me by and by: Come, gentlemen, dress!
66 o "Tention the whole! Ground foolk !-Very well.' dress!'
6. • Charge bagonet !! • This was accordingly done; but, impelled by the " (Soine of the men.)-That can't be right, Captain; same motive as before, they soon resumed their former || pray look again, for how can we charge bagonet without our figure, and so they were permitted to remain.
guns?' " Now, gentlemen,' says the Captain, I am going to
•• (Captain)— I don't know as to that, but I know I'm carry you through the revolutions of the manual exercise ; | right ; lor here it is printed in the book, c, h, a,r, ves, and I want you, gentlemen, if you please, to pay every par- l charge bagonet, that's right, that's the word, if I know ticular attention to the word of command, just exactly as I | how to read: Come, gentlemen, do pray charge the bagogive it out to you. I hope you will have a little patience, net! Charge, I say! Why don't you charge? Do you gentlemen, if you please, and I'll be as short as possible ;
think it an't so? Do you think I have lived to this time of and if I should be a-going wrong, I will be much obliged to
day, and don't know what charge bagonet is? Here, come any of you, gentlemen, to put me right again, for I mean | here, you may see for yourselves; it's as plain as the nose all for the best, and I hope you will excuse me, if you on your fa-stop- stay-no!-halt ! no, no! 'faith I'm please. And one thing, gentlemen, I must caution you
wrong! I'm wrong! I turned over two leaves at once. But against, in particular, and that is this, not to make any mis
I beg your pardon, gentlemen; we will not stay out long; takes, if you can possibly help it; and the best way to do || and we'll have something to drink, as soon as we've done. this, will be to do all the motions right at first, and that Come, boys, get off the stumps and logs, and take up your will belp us to get along so much the faster, and I will try || guns, and we'll soon be done; excuse me, if you please. to have it over as soon as possible. Come, boys, come to a
" Fix bagonet !!!! shoulder!
And so on. But the Americans can bear a little
laughing at their irregularities. They are living them || capable of accommodating two hundred persons, all of down every day. The road by which Mr. T. travelled ||
ich Mr T ravelled ll whom breakfast, dine and sup at the same table. A number
of waiters, I dare say not less than twenty, are in attendtonishing picture of national m. ll ance; and, as in this land of independence no gentleman provement and prosperity that the world ever pre- || ever deigns to carve a dish, the duty of a waiter is very arsented. Take a single specimen :
duous. The plan pursued at table, here as well as in every
other part of the United States which I have visited, is 66 Rochester is situated on the banks of the Erie Canal: | this : Wben the company have taken their seats, each perand although the spot on which the village stands was, ten || son casts his eye right and left along the whole range of the years ago, a perfect wilderness, it now contains upwards of
pgs. it now contains upwards of || table, for the purpose of noting what is the nature of its 5,000 inhabitants, and is one of the most beautiful places i contents. As soon as he has fixed upon a particular dish, have ever seen. Althoush it boasts of no less than five ex- || he calls out for it to the waiter, who brings it from its statensive and excellent hotels, each of which is capable of tion on the table, and, setting it before the person who accommodating between filty and seventy persons, 'I could || asked for it, waits until he has carved whatever part of it not procure a bed on the night of my arrival. Every pub- ||
he prefers, and then returns it to its former situation. This lic bed of the town was occupied, and I was compelled to
practice creates a great deal of confusion ; for, during the sleep on a sofa. The next morning I breakfasted at the
whole of the repast, nothing can be heard but cries of Mansion-house Hotel, in company with about 100 persons,
ll. Waiter, bring me this!' and Waiter, bring me the other!' of fashionable appearance and wenteel address. The break || and nothing can be seen, but waiter bumping against waifast, as in Canada, consisted of a variety of meats, pies, || ter, and dish rattling against dish. There is no sort of cecakes, tarts, &c.; and as each individual finished his last || remony observed at the most fashionable houses ; for as
he rises from cup, he rose from the table and walked out without any sort | soon as a gentleman has satisfied hi of ceremony. The streets of Rochester are laid out at
his seat, and, walking out in the Piazza, begins to smoke riglit angles with each other. The houses are built of his cigar; The generality of Americans eat so fast, that brick, and neatly painted red and pointed out with white : 1
one might suppose they were engaged in determining a this embellishment, with Venetian blinds, piazzas, veran- ||
wager; for by the time that a man of moderation, both as das, balconies, &c. gives the village a very delightful aspect, ||
it respects the quantity which he eats and the time which and designates the inhabitants as tasteful, enterprising, in
he consumes in mastication, has nearly done his dinner, the dustrious, and opulent; but, I believe it is more owing to
Jl whole table is deserted as well by the company as by the the other qualities than to their opulence.
meats. I have hitherto spoken of the visitors to Saratoga " From Rochester I proceeded on the canal by the l as if they were all gentlemen ; but I should not forget to packet-boat to Utica, a distance of 166 miles. The fare in say, that many ladies resort to the springs of this place, boats of this description is six dollars, exclusive of eating || though few of them, I think, on account of any sickness and drinking, both of which are furnished at a moderate they wish to get rid of. At Congress Hall, the house which price and are very excellent. We passed through several |
I have just described, there were ladies whom I frequently villages, the most considerable of which was Canandaigua, had the pleasure of meeting in a morning at a neigbbour. which is situate near the outlet of the lake from which it || ing spring, called the Congress Spring. They used to make derives its name.
a regular practice of drinking a small portion of the waters; 66 The houses here, as well as in every other village which land I then thought, from the emaciated and sallow appear: I have seen in the United States, are generally built of
ance of their countenances, they did so for the purpose of brick, and painted. Willow and poplar trees are also
curing the jaundice or some other similar complaint. But planted along the sides of the ways, which combined with
when I arrived in New York and observed the faces of the the light, airy, and elegant appearance of the buildings,
females in that city, I found that these were characteristic the bustle and activity of the inhabitants, and the commer
of the American females, and by no means betokened sickcial aspect of the mercantile houses, cannot fail to convey a Dess or ill health." very favourable idea of American enterprize and industry. Of New York, the city, and its inhabitants, Mr. The principal street of Canandaigua is nearly two miles long: In the centre of the village is a sort of square, where
Talbot writes in a gentlemanly and candid style. the Court-house and several other public offices are situ
There is little or no pretension about this part of his ated. This village is superior to any that I ever saw, either work, and it forms a pleasing contrast with the rest. in Europe or in America. In Europe we commonly asso The volume concludes with an appendix containing ciate the name of village with poverty ; but an American village presents to the beholder's view all the business-like
some notices of the American Indians. Those who air and all the wealth and taste of a city.”
know nothing of Canada and the United States, will
find information, and those who are not fastidious We will also extract our traveller's description of|
or|| about style, will find amusement in the work of Mr. the great and almost the only American fashionable || Talbot. If this be praise it is at his service, for we watering place :
have no higher commendation to give. " The next place which we visited, after we left Schuylersville was Saratoga, principally famous on account of its numerous springs, and as a place of fashionable resort duthe summer months. When I arrived at Saratoga, many ||
THE SHAKSPEARE GALLERY TRAVESTIED. of the fashionables had returned to their respective homes, for the season was then pretty far advanced. But there was still a great number of visitors at all the hotels in the
To the Editor of the Somerset House Gazette. village. The inn at which I stopped was the Congress Hall, which is the largest in the place, being one hundred and ninety-six feet and a half long, two stories and a half high, Your good humoured correspondent in his Artistical with two wings, each extending backward sixty feet. In
Scraps, mentions the apotheosis of the late Mr. John Boythe front is a neat and commodious piazza, that opens upon
dell, by that audacious caricaturist Gillray. I agree with a beautiful garden, and a small grove of pine-trees which him, that that piece of graphic satire was disgraceful to the appertain to the establishment. This hotel is said to be designer, and to all persons concerned in so unwarrantable
an attack upon a spirited projector, who had done more for being there, and in a confounded rage, found my lady, the promotion of the arts of our country than all the patrons, || hoisted up in the throne chair, upon the painter's platform connoisseurs and publishers in the land.
-enoring in all her finery, and Mr. Painter snugly behind Yet, such is the general love of satirical fun and humour his can vas, alike agreeably occupied. But, for all this, among Englishmen, that even many of the artists who had believe me, Sir, scandal neyer whispered more than-that benefitted largely by the employment derived from the Lady ... was found in the dark with Mr. •...the worthy alderman, could neither eat, drink, nor sleep until painter, and each in the arms of-Morpheus. they had procured this print, which held their old friend Not many months before the death of Sir Joshua, I well up to public ridicule and contempt. I know this, and remember a lady of title observing, that she had some could illustrate my assertion by varione facts.
years before sat for her picture to that great artist, and in Among others, a royal academician had an impression conversation found him a very weak man. But as the of this identical caricature, which was of a folio size, loosely hew of her ladyshin paid, whom she had spoiled, " You pinned on a piece of drapery upon a lay figure, from which must not mind that, for my aunt is an old fool.” The he was studying for one of the finest pictures that subse graceless young Etonian was not far from the truth howquently adorned the Shakspeare Gallery in Pall Mall. ever. Mr. Boydell was announced by the servant Peter, and the || I have often felt surprised, Mr. Editor, how the portrait painter received him with smiling courtesy, at the door of | painters contrive to abstract their minds sufficiently from his painting room. You, Mr. Hardcastle, well know what the peculiar arduous study of their art, to enable them to sort of elegant lumber crowds the genuine painter's work- || | hold conversation with their sitters all the while they are shop.
painting. In this museum, were plaster casts and busts, as large as Sir Joshua I have been told, would reason with great life, and larger still; some heads colossal, others whole | acuteness on various subjects, with personages of high rank, lengths, yet tigures scarcely in length a span--mere Lilli and distinguished for learning, the whilst he was producing putian attomies, as painters' house-maids say. Here al some of those splendid pictures, which will immortalize helinet, there a corslet, armour for horse and foot; belts, || him and the art of portraiture. In other arts, sufficient boots, and spurg; pistols, swords, and spears, and all the mental exertion is called forth, to enable a professor to do countless prototypes and models essential to the making up one thing well at a time. an historical design.
Are we to infer from this, that the painter's is less diffiHere in the midst, the alderman unbidden, eat him down cult than other arts? If so, how happens it that painting casi-ly upon a crimson velvet stool, or rather on a palette, has ever been the last of the arts that has attained to emiplaced upon that stool, nicely laid with paints, which stuck nence in all civilized nations? Or are we at liberty to of course fast to Mr. Boydell's seat, and played the devil draw the inference the other way, that this art then, being with the alderman's plush breeches.
so difficult, the painter by his divisibility of mind, must “ Peter bring the palette kuife.” Peter scraped red, ll possess a greater extent of mental power than other men yellow, blue, and black, and all the thousand tints and of genius. shades away, and wiped that seat, that sometime filled the One thing I soberly believe of portrait painting, that the city civic chair, with curriers' shavings. Meanwhile, the il professor to make any thing of it, should be endued by the good and gentle mayor jocosely said, “I've only stole a | Fates with a measure-full more than the usual allotment proof impression of your art,'' which proves at least, that I of human patience. Sir Joshua, famed for equanimity of one lord mayor of London was a wit.
temper, has been known in a fit of nervous irritability, in “What have we here that looks so fine ?' enquired the l not beiny able to hit of the tone and texture of a powdered alderman, feeling for his spectacles. " Some caricature I wig, to have been in danger of a visit from Dr. Monro; and do suppose," judging by its gaudy colouring. Ye Gods! || his great imitator Hoppner, certainly had his life curtailed it was the apotheosis itself! Which, whilst the questioner | of some years, by the fidgetting of his sitters, and the everwas fumbling for his shagreen case, to find his other eyes, lasting perplexities which the old tormentor threw in the the dextrous, ready-witted Peter, whipped from the pins, way of his art. and with which, by a prompt renewal of civility, tucking Master ...., the limner, managed the aflair very up the tail of the old gentleman's coat, he pretended originally, but he was an original. Th- wife of a banker, to remove what the curriers' shavings might have left | a lady of great gentleness and beauty, like Patience on a behind upon the new plush galligaskins, and crumpling | monument, sat elevated on this painter's throne, between the print of Gillray in his hand, threw it behind the fire. | whom and himself, was a large bishop's whole length canvas :
That Peter I remember well, “ the honest rogue,” as l) so large indeed, and the room so small, that he was obliged his kind master used to say, " he never was at his wit's ever and anon, to step aside and peep round the corner to end, and would have made a special general.”
snatch a look at the fair lady. He too was one of your abWhat absent mortals are your men of genius, painters in sent geniuses. Perplexed beyond all mortal forbearance, particular,-your portrait painters most of all! Once, I and tantalized out of his wits, he was be-deviling the picremember, (it was many years ago, and all the parties now ture at a merciless rate; when totally forgetting that any are dead and go ) the wife of a ci ty knight,
one was under the roof save and except himself, he seized her picture to a fashionable limner at the court end; she || the handfull of hog's hair tools, scumblers, sweetners and was a fine, handsome, portly dame. It was on a tenth of || all, and with a most horrible volley of oaths, projected Noveniber, the day succeeding that of my Lord Mayor's || them--bang ! against the canvas, with report of a bursting feast. The painter, a thoughtless genius, forgot, as even
bomb. ing approached, that he had a sitter on hand, and fell fast || It is said, that there is a remedy for all evils. I relate asleep. The lady, finding the room 90 still, and fatigued this story then for the advantage of the rising school of porwith the banquetting of the preceding night, also closed trait painters. Mr.'..... got rid of the difficulty by her eyes, and there they might have remained comfortably this one single act of absence. He spoiled the picture, and napping, until the next Lord Mayor's day perchance, only, disincumbered himself of the patronage of the muniticert that the knight at six o'clock was impatient for his dinner. banker, his lady, and all their worthy family! Alarmed at the absence of his wife, who had not been heard of since noon, and famished to boot, he posted off the painter's, and there met his carriage in waiting. It
NEW PANORAMA. was on the stroke of seven. He loudly thundered at the || During the recent reparation of St. Paul's Cathedral it door-was admitted-desired to be lighted up stairs, and || must be remembered that a scaflold was erected several