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slaves) were seated round their Bashaw. No drums or || figured cotton, cast off from both shoulders, and resting warlike instruments of any kind were in the retinue of this l negligently in loose folds, upon the loins and thighs, From chiestain, nor was the avenue leading to his person guarded his naked shoulder was suspended a thick silk plait or cord, by steel. A dignity and decorum of the soberest cast dis to which were attached a string of amulets cased in gold, tinguished the followers of the prophet from the tumultu silver, and silk. A massive gold chain encircled his waist, ous din of Ashantee custom. Policy at this time forbade in the form of a zone, below the navel; and a variety of my giving the salutation in a language known to them; clumsy gold rings covered his fingers, thumbs, and toes. still the reception I met with was courteous but dignified. On the left knee he wore a bandage, or fillet of silk, and “ At last I approached the avenue where the king was
ere the king was plaited weed, interwoven with gold beads and amulets, terseated. The martial instruments surrounding the throne | minating in a tasteful tassel, that hung as low as the calf of suddenly burst upon the hearing in heavy peals, and the || the leg." . household slaves advanced, flourishing their scimiters over my head with menacing violence. This threatening cere The religious portion of these ceremonies were very mony was directed with renovating vigour as I advanced to
curious and fantastic. The songs and speeches were take the king's hand, but having as it were won the contested honour in the late strucxle, my opponents quietly ll scarcely less so, and full of the lowest flattery, as will suffered me to enjoy the prize, for the music ce.ised, the be seen from the specimens given by Mr. Dupuis :guards retired from the presence, and I was quietly permitted to pay my respects. The king extended his hand " • Where shall we find such a warrior as the strong and with great complacency, yet with a dignity that created beautiful Apacco Kudjo, whose eyes are like the panther in admiration and respect, for it was even more than national. fight? O great slave of the king, how you are beloved! The features of the monarch were placid, yet serious, with your victories delight his ears. Who fought the Gamans the exception of his eyes, which seemed rivetted in good and killed their Caboceer Adouai? Apacco Kudjo! Where natured admiration, although they were not permitted to are the women and the gold! Apacoo Kudjo has them. conv
to the muscles of his face. The saluta- | He is a rich man; a mighty man! His enemies die when tion murmured by the sovereign was re-echoed by an officer he is angry. He is invulnerable, his fetische (amulet) no in attendance, and reported to me as follows : Sai thanks man can look upon and live.' the gods he sees you, and the other white men, and all your people.'
666 Ashantees, who is there so great, so good as Sai? “The royal chair was a specimen of some ingenuity, yet the workmanship was rude. Its arms and legs were carved
No where can you see such a king. He says, destroy this from the solid into grotesque forms, and embossed with
country, -and it is a desert ; the people are killed with his little ornamental casts of gold. Several Caboceers in wait
shot and his powder. When he makes war he is like the ing were decorated with massive gold breast plates, chains
tiger. Can any one fight the tiger? How foolish, then, of the same metal, and solid lumps of rock-gold, of the
are those who say they hate this great king, and speak weight, perhaps, of a pound or more each. The royal meg
with arrogance; for if they cannot fight, what will become sengers stood behind the sovereign, shouldering by the
of them. They cannot go in the bush, (northwards) for blades large crooked sabres, the emblems of their offices,
there is my country, Coransa, Takimah, and Bouromy: and displaying the reversed hilts, cased in thin gold sheath
all this belongs to Sai, he is king over all the kings, and all ing. In another position, at the back of the king's chair, a
the people, and his foot stands upon every one's neck. If
they run to Adirai river, it is the king's fetische, and will select few stood erect as guards, and were armed with common English muskets in gold casing, and habited in gro
kill them. They cannot pass Tando river. What then? tesque apparel, which consisted of a large helmet or plume
there is only the sea. Will not that kill them too? You of feathers of the Argus bird, sloping backward over the
know I fight for the king; he is my master, and I love him.
I fought with Dinkera (late king of Gaman) and he died, head, in form not very unlike those which, according to history, were worn by the inhabitants of America, and par
and the people died. If the king bid me make war on any ticularly in the empire of Mexico, by the warriors of that
country, I must obey; he is the master and I am the slave. nation. In front of the plume was an arching pair of
If he desire me to go to Fantee, I swear the great oath, I
will kill them all; I will cut up their bodies in pieces, and ram's horns, cased in gold, and attached hy the centre to
take out their hearts, and I will not let one to live, because several charms and amulets, neatly sheathed in morocco leather. A scull-cap united the whole, and a long tiger's
they are an insolent people. Now they hear Dinkera is tail flowed down over a close-bodied jacket, that concealed
dead, and they are frightened, and want to make a palaver every part but the arms, in a perfect mail of magical
between white men and the king, because they think he
innot then catch them. Is that reasonable? This white charms, also richly ornamented in gold, silver, or stained leather. A simple covering of cloth girded about the loins,
Caboceer comes up to talk the palaver. If he comes with fell half way down the thigh, and left the rest of the body
truth in his beart, and with friendly intentions, it is well; bare. In addition to guns, the weapons and accoutrements
but if he tries to deceive and dishonour the king, it cannot of these officers were bows, and a quiver of poisoned arrows,
be suffered; and I shall kill all these people and drink suspended from the back by a belt, which at the same time
their blood, because they forget that they are the king's supported the weight of a string of case-knives and a large
slaves," &c. powder pouch. The most ludicrous part of the equipment consisted in a large gold, silver, or iron bell, suspended by
We know nothing in civilized society more absurd a rope that girded the loins, and overhung the posteriors, || than this last speech delivered by the King of Banna. causing at every movement a dull tinkling sound, like the l a tributary to the Ashantee monarch. pasturing bells used in Spain. Over these bells were sus- The business of the Mission commenced the next pended gold or silver epaulettes of European fabrication, more or less tarnished. Some of the officers wore small || morning with a set speech from Mr. Dupuis, and seveturbans of silk taffety, or figured cotton and muslin ; and || ral extemporaneous replies from King Sai and his beside were decently dressed in robes of various striped | ministers. Of course the sentiments were all friendly cotton, folded round the loins, and gracefully turned over || and every thing went on in the smoothest way. The the left shoulder, exactly as the Hayk or Alhayk, is worn by the Arabs of the western and southern deserts. The || conferences, however, did not continue in the same king was modestly habited in a large cloth or Hayk of friendly tone, and some harsh disputes and “ palavers"
took place. The King refused to give up his claim to | fices. The royal death stool, clotted with the still rocking the sovereignty of the maritime towns and provinces
gore of its victims, stood on one side of the king, under care of which Čape Coast formed a part, and complained
of the captain executioner, who attended with his band oi
assistants. At the feet of the sovereign, stood a small fireof having been deceived by Mr. Bowditch and others. pot, and a trunk fitted up with a compound medley of relics Indeed Mr. Dupuis is singularly severe in his censure and charms soaking in blood. of Mr. Bowditch's conduct, and charges him with
" Before I could gain access to the king, I was surrounded almost every kind of misrepresentation, imposition, and
on all sides by a juvenile band of warriors, who tlourished
their knives, axes, and scimiiers over my head, as on other falsehood. Mr. Buwditch is dead, and his antago state occasions. nist has the field entirely to himself. .
" The Moslems also were assembled in a separate band, The disputes ran rather high, and as no speedy ter.
to the number of about three hundred, who had also met
together by invitation, to congratulate the king and partake mination was probable, Mr. Dupuis passe some time
of his good cheer at the custom." in making observations upon the manners, customs, and opinions of the people. One of their religious
To return to the diplomatic conferences. The king festivals he thus describes :
seems to have been a passionate person enough :
“ I next introduced the dispatch I had received from " On the 13th this custom was ushered in by the dis- || Cape Coast, and read its contents to the king. A pause, of charge of fire arms, and the sound of many barbaroneinstru- ll the duration of a minute or more, added to a fiery glance of ments. Numbers of victims were offered up to the gods, the eye, convinced me of the operation of his mind; por although secretly, in the palace and the houses of the chiel
was the brooding tempest longer contined within its bountains. The poorer classes sacrificed cattle or poultry. The
dary, for raising his voice to its utmost elevation, and city itself exhibited the most deplorable solitude, and the | assuining a countenance of demoniacal phrenzy, he threw few human beings who were courageous enough to shew || himseli convulsively back in his chair, clenching his fists, themselves in the streets, fled at the approach of a captain, and stretched forth his arms and legs, assuming, as it were, and barricadoed the doors of their huts, to escape the dan- || the rage of madness, while he bellowed out the most direful ger of being shot or sacrificed. The doleful cries of the imprecations against the natives of Cape Coast, not except. women vibrated from several quarters of the city, and the ing those present, or even my soldiers; nay, Mr. Graves death horns and drums within the palace seemed to stupily || also participated in these anathemas. The foam all the the obnoxious prisoners and foreign slavea with horror, as | while flowed down his beard in copious discharges, and the they contemplated the risk they were exposed to. I wan- || saliva spurted from his mouth upon all around him. His dered about during this awful day, until fatigue and disgust | ministers even betrayed emotion; some steod aghast, and led me to seek my quarters. The Fantres now did not care l others applied their forefingers to their heads and breasts, to stir abroad, and my Moslem acquaintance kept within their muttering all the while their respective charms, to avert houses, as they afterwards assured me, to avoid the sight of impending evil. Occasionally the king spoke with less the butcheries. Oppressed with bodily and mental jatigue, | acrimony; his paroxysms were less violent; then again he I mounted my horse and rode into the forest. The busi- || would relapse into all his former fury, calling to his aid all ness of the day was not over at my return, and my efforts the powers of his household gods, the Fetische of his counto gain access to the palace were ineflectual.
try, &c. At one interval he vociferated, “White men come " The following day, one of a similar train of horrors suc- to my country to trade-what have they to do with my ceeded, and still I was left in suspense, for my own lin- || slaves? They build castles and houses to live in ; they guists and messengers were not hardy enough to knock at stay as long as they like, then take the gold and go home the royal gate. They dreaded, they said, the Fetische | again; but they never take mulattos and blacks, for they men, who guarded the avenue, and who alone were suffered || are their servants: the great God made them so; they are to enjoy free ingress. The society of the Moslems, how-| bad men. Smitty cheats me, and joins the Fantees to raise ever, in some degree reconciled me. By these people I was a laugh. The forts are mine, because I bold the books given to understand that seventy men and women had been || (notes), but I don't say they belong to me to keep. I say put to death the day previous in the palace only; besides they stand in my country to trade with the people. By those who were sacrificed in private houses and in the forest. ll that great oath (the battle of Cormantine or Accromanti,) Most of these unhappy beings were Gaman prisoners of war, | the Cape Coast people ought to die. Let me go there,' said who had been purposely reserved as an offering to the gods; | the king to me, rising from his chair- let me have the the others were criminals, or disobedient slaves. Such was jaw-bones of Aggry and De Graaf. I don't want their gold: the explanation I received.
I want the blood of bad men to wash my stool. I cannot “ The courtiers were habited in full costume, as on the fight the whites, they are my friends.' day of entry. The king himself was clothed in an under ** The Fantece stood petrified with fear. Exhaustion garment of blood-stained cotton; his wrists and ancles were | alone seemed to overpower the king, and I thought it ad. adorned with fetische gold weighing many pounds. A small | visable to leave him time for cool reflection. My forbearfillet of plaited grass, interwoven with gold wire and little || ance had the desired etlect, for after the lapse of some consecrated amulets, encircled his temples. A large white | minutes, he said, in his usual tone, Forgive me, captain; cotton cloth which partly covered his left shoulder, was | this is what the bad people do to me, therefore be not studded all over with Arabic writing, in various coloured || angry. Do not tell my master I am angry, because I have inks, and of a most brilliant well formed character. His ll a good heart towards him and and all white men. I have body in other parts was bare, and his breast, legs, the crown no palaver with them. But for the blacks, I am king, and of his head, and the instep of each foot, were streaked with || I will be paid, or I will kill them. Why does the governor white clay. It was remarkable that this distinction was not send a message, saying he will settle the palaver with me, general throughout the assembly.
and then send you a book to pay a hundred ounces of gold? “ Upon receiving the king's hand, which he presented || Muttering this, the royal indignation seemed to have enwith the utmost aflability, I noticed a streak of dried blood | tirely evaporated. Another pause ensued: and at length upon his forehead, and this token appeared to be universal, || the king said, “This palaver, I see, cannot be talked here; as well among officers of distinction as their slaves and but you shall setle it for me with my nephew at Cape Coast, retainers. It denoted their participation in the late sacri- |and what you say is right I will take.' Anxious again to
think a very
gloss over the breach in his manners, he alleged that he was | a visit to the Gallery of our late venerable friend--or rather overcome by anger; but if I thought him a friend, such as that spacious Gallery which has, since the death of Mr. he really was, I should forgive it."
West, been erected by his sons, for the display of their
father's works. Not being able to comply with each other's demands
1 The first feeling that occurred to us, on entering and Mr. Dupuis took leave of the King, and returned to looking around, was that of sorrow, from the reflection, Cape Coast. The terms of the treaty proposed by Mr. || that the author of tbis collection had passed away without Dupuis were rejected by the Agents of the African ||
f the African ll the gratification of beholding to advantage these labours of
ll a long life, devoted to the arduous pursuit of an art, to Committee at Cape Coast, and the Governor spoke | which he had done honour, by reviving the great style, and openly of his intention of bidding defiance to the raising himself far above his compeers. For we know that Ashantees. The council treated our author very cava- || Mr. West had for many years hoped to live to see his piclierly, and he, in consequence, quitted the castle with || tures properly arranged in one extensive gallery.
The next feeling was that of regret, at the indifference a resolution never again to enter its walls. Mr. Du
with which this fine collection has been, and still continues puis speaks in high terms of the friendly disposition to be, regarded by the public; an act entirely unbecomof the Ashantees, and the tricking, insincere, and mis- | ing a highly civilized age, which might be expected to taken politics of the Governor and Council of Cape || know what is due to the memory of departed worth.
Many reasons have been assigned for this indifference, Coast. If his facts be true, his opinions are certainly
" Had it been in Pall Mall, or Piccadilly," says one; " or correct.
in the Strand,” says another;- for who will go beyond The remainder of his work (the appendix excepted,) Oxford-street to view an exhibition ?" This, indeed, we consists of a history of what occurred after Mr. Du
heard from a listless party in the very room, “Why, all the
world are flocking to the Diorama," observed an old puis's return to England. Our Government took posses
gentleman, " and that is a mile, still farther north! The sion of the forts, &c. at Cape Coast, and assumed the truth of the matter is," added the observant amateur, for entire management of them. Sai, King of the Ashan such we knew him to be," that not one in a thousand, for tees, died, and his successor was not very favourably
all the classic cant about high art, cares a straw about the
matter.' disposed towards the English. He committed some
There is unfortunately another cause for regret, and that outrages which excited the anger of Sir Charles
serious one for the gentlemen conM•Carthy, and induced that gallant, but unfortunate cerned, namely, the vast sum that must necessarily have officer, to attempt the work of avenging them. Sir
been expended by the Messieurs West, in erecting this fine
suite of apartments, under the hope of rendering justice to Charles with the best intentions was manifestly very ll the well-earned fame of their father:but, in this laudable ignorant of the character and force of the Ashantees, object, it is too evident they have failed. The Corsican's To this ignorance the recent melancholy catastrophe coach, an Irish giant, or a Polish dwarf, would have far in which he lost his life, must be ascribed. All the
better suited the taste of the times! Yet will connoisseurs
and scribblers still go on with their unprincipled jargon, documents relating to it, Mr. Dupuis has here collected
and outrage common sense, by urging toe rising school to together, and they read an important lesson not only | cultivate the higher pursuits of art ;-still continue their to other officers on that station, but also to our Govern abuse of portrait painting, and join in reviling the painters ment at home.
for turning their talent to that by which alone they have
a chance for procuring their daily bread. Mr. Dupuis gives us a chapter entitled “ Historical
| That Mr. West's style of painting is not suited to the Memoirs of Ashantee." It is not without value, but || English taste, must be admitted. His manner is hard, the style is heavy and spun out beyond all necessiiy. and colouring was not his forte. These his failings are Another chapter professing to give an account of the
obvious to all. The merits of his works are perceptible
but to few; those persons alone whose superior judgment, geography of Western Africa, is in reality a treatise
divested of all prejudice, can enable them to estimate art, de omnibus rebus et quibus damatiis relating to that according to the many properties, in their various degrees, district. It contains many important statements. The which are necessary to constitute a picture in the grand facts in this and the succeeding chapter on the territory
We shall make another visit to the Gallery of this distinof Soudan, are derived from the information of the
guished artist, and with the catalogue in our band, aided by Moslems, with whom Mr. Dupuis associated at Coo the opinions of our friends, attempt an analysis of the colmassy.
lection, which we shall submit to our readers in a subscMr. Dupuis's volume is one full of interest and value
quent number. at the present moment. It will furnish much light to illustrate the obscurity of the question relating to our African settlements, and it clearly shows the carelessness of our Government, in entrusting so much autho
ARTISTICAL SCRAPS. tity as they have, into the hands of incompetent persons.
To the Editor of the Somerset House Gazette.
MR. WEST'S GALLERY.
- Do you in your visits to the city, in passing on the north
side of St. Paul's, ever turn round the corner of CarringHaving lately a vacant hour at our disposal, and being ton Bowles's, and going onward through Paul's Alley to| in the neighbourhood of Newman-street, we employed it in | wards Paternoster Row, at the other corner of the passage,
turn into the Old Chapter Coffee House ? I ask the ques- || scription on Hogarth's funeral pile : which yet admonisheth tion in pure listlessness, for doubtless you do
the passing stranger, that On that subject then, I am fancying one might say much in the spirit of that chit-chat history of which you
HOGARTH'S HONOURED DUST LIES HERE! and I seem never to tire. Whether your readers may not When I mended my pen, this evening, and lighted my sometimes yawn, exclaiming, “ heigh ho—we have had
lamp, which, take notice, for I love order, I effected first, I enough of this,' I shall put out of the question.
projected a long paper in continuation upon Caricatura. As for myself, I have not passed over the threshold of
But having in the middle of my design, instead of the end that comfortable cosery, nor smelt the fragrance of its tea
thereof, brought my subject, Hogarth, to his grave-it would for many a year, although I retain a most pleasing recol
not be correct, as it should seem, to proceed with such lection of the shining little, red, earthen batchelor tea unfitting levity. Better by far to fill up my blank space, pots, and the accompanying hot, crisp, buttered muffin,
with some panegyrical, poetical scrape from various pens, on a winter's evening, as fresh on my memory, as though
by those who knew-and who loved the man: behold then, I had sat in one of its warm boxes within the present
here they follow and firstweek.
In the prologue to the “ Clandestine Marriage," GarAt this period, as you must know Mr. Hardcastle, there
rick who wrote Hogarth's epitaph, thus handsomely exused to be in the bar, a little library of books, in which
pressed his regard for the memory of his departed friend. were then some few curious tracts, now, of course, still more scarce, if purloined by some tract stealer, for " such 6. Poets and painters, who from nature draw were abroad." Amongst these, was one, to the best of my Their best and richest stores, have made this law: recollection of about sixty pages, on the subject of the That each should neighbourly assist his brother, Abolition of Seryant's Vales, which contained some very And steal with decency from one another. amusing, not to say laughable anecdotes.
To-night your matchless Hogarth gives the thought, I have many times of late intonded to make a pilgrimage Which from his canvas to the stage is brought. to the Old Chapter, for the purpose of exploring amongst And who so fit to warm the poet's mind, this antient lore, meanwhile, it is to my purpose to say, As he who pictured morals and mankind? that Hogarth was greatly instrumental to the abolishing of But not the same their characters and scenes, that expensive inconvenience, the tax levied by the re Both labour for one end, by different means: tainers of the great, upon the clients, or protegees of their Each, as it suits him, takes a separate road, masters
Their one great object, Marriage a la Mode! In those days-(it grieves me to think on it) how hard
Where titles deign with cits to have and hold, upon the poets, painters, and others, to pay so large an in And change rich blood for more substantial gold ! come duty upon their respective manufactures. Think, And honour'd trade from interest turns aside, Sir, of the misery of paying from five shillings to ball a To hazard happiness for titled pride. guinea, and upwards, for dining with a baronet, a lord, or The painter dead, yet still be charms the eye; a duke on the delivery of a picture or a poem.
While England lives, his fame can never die : In the said pamphlet, I think you will find the scale-as But he, who struts his hour upon the stage,' for instance. To the house steward, the butler, the valet.
Can scarce extend his same for half an age: and the footman, so much per head. Indeed, so imperative
Nor pen nor pencil can the actor save, was the nature of these fines, that many a man of genius |
The art and artist share one common grave." has been known in the days of George the Second, to send | an excuse to a lord, on the dinner day, of being taken sud- | The next is by Mr. Hayley, in an epistle to an eminent denly ill-or called by the death of a near relative out of painter (Mr. Romney.) town, or other white lies, at the risque of never being invited again and all for the want of a guinea to distribute 66 Now, if her favour'd hand may hope to shed in fees, from the top of the stairs outside the drawing room, The flowers of glory o'er the skilful dead, to the vomitory of the noble mansion, alias the street Thy talents, Hogarth! will she leave unsung; door.
Charm of all eyes, and theme of every tongue! How Hogarth set about this reformation, I will inform A separate province 'twas thy fate to rule. you in a future communication. The fact, however, is Self-form'd thy pencil! yet thy works a school, indubitable, on the authority of the venerable biographer Where strongly painted, in gradations nice, of the painter, still living, and I have it somewhere in The Pomp of Folly, and the Shame of Vice, print.
Reach'd thro' the laughing Eye the mended Mind, By the way, good Sir, I wish, as you are always preach And moral Humour Sportive Art refin'd. ing Hogarth, that you would pen an epistle to the Incum While fleeting manners, as minutely shewn bent of Chiswick, first privately, to set about the business As the clear prospect on the mirror thrown: with delicacy towards the cloth, and advise the reverend While truth of character, exactly hit, gentleman to look at the state of the monument, set up at And drest in all the dyes of comic wit ; the expense of the executors to the will of this great moral While these, in Fielding's page, delight gupply, painter, Anno. 1764, in the Church-yard of Chiswick, to So long thy pencil, with his pen shall yie. perpetuate the spot that contains his mortal remains.
Science with grief beheld thy drooping age, This monument, a few years ago, I beheld clean and in a Fall the sad victim of a poet's rage : perfect state of repair.-It is now far otherways. Five of But Wit's vindictive spleen, that mocks controul, the iron railings with which it was surrounded, are torn up, Nature's high tax on luxury of soul! and the brick work of the base is fast going to ruin. An This both in bards and painters, Fame forgives, aperture leads vagrant curiosity to widen the breach, to Their frailty's buried, but their Genius lives.” peep into the sanctuary which his friends had provided for ||
The following tribute to the genius of Hogarth is from his bones. The inscription on the grave of the immortal Shakspeare,
| the pen of Dr. Vincent Bourne. it is known, has appalled the spirit of sacrilege from its base
" Qui mores hominum improbos, ineptos design. It is hoped that a hint from you may ipduce the
Incidis, nec ineleganter, æri, reverend gentleman in question-the parish officers-or
1 . Derisor lepidus, sed & severus, the inhabitants of the parish of Chiswick, to read the in
Corrector gravis, at nec invenustus;
Seu pingis meretricios amores,
fell down, and broke his leg, about the year 1629. This Et scenas miseræ vicesque vitæ;
accident, however, did not excuse him from being questioned Ut tentat pretio rudem puellam
in the Star Chamber for it. Mr. Attorney Noy was his Corruptrix anus, impudens, obesa;
great friend, and shewed his friendship there. But what Ut se vix reprimit libidinosus
Mr. Shervill left undone, the soldiers since have gone Scortator, veneri paratus omni:
through with, so that there is not a piece of glass-painting Seu describere vis, facete censor,
Matthew Robinson, of Horton, in Kent, was a gentleman
of most independent spirit, and very lively parts, though, Et fortem validumque combibonem
from a disinclination to business, he never engaged much Lætantem super amphora repleta;
in the active affairs of the world, yet he was extremely well Jucundissimus omnium fereris,
received in society. He was a member of a club composed Nullique artisicum secundus, ætas
of the most ingenious artists of the day; to commemorate Quos præsens dedit, aut dabit futura.
whose existence as a society a painting was executed, in Macte o, eja age, macte sis amicus
1735, by Hamilton, which containg small whole-length Virtuti: vitiique quod notaris,
figures of the following persons, some of whose portraits are Pergas pingere, & exhibere coram.
said not to have existed elsewhere, viz. Rysbrack, Dahl, Censura utilior tua æquiorque
Wooton, Virtu, Barron, Kent, Gibbs, Thomas, Gaupy, Omni vel satirarum acerbitate,
Bridgeman, Huyssing, Hamilton, and Mr. Robinson himOmni vel rigidissimo cachinno."
self, whose family are still in possession of the picture. In further testimony of his abilities, Fielding says: 66 He who should call the ingenious Hogarth a burlesque
PROPERTIA DA ROSSI. painter, would, in my opinion, do him very little ho
honour, A female of Bologna, of obscure birth, handled the chisel for sure it is much easier, much less the subject of admi- || as a professional artist, and was extremely successful in her ration, to paint a man with a nose, or any other feature of a
efforts during the pontificate of Clement VII.; she made preposterous size, or to expose him in some absurd or mon several statues from the facade of St. Petronio, at Bologna; strous attitude, than to express the affections of man on she beside painted well, and was an excellent engraver. can yas. It has been thought a vast commendation of a Propertia became enamoured of a young artist, who did not painter, to say his figure seems to breathe; but surely it is make a suitable return to her love : this disappointment à much greater and nobler applause that they appear to threw her into a lingering disorder, which brought her to think."
the grave. Her last production was a basso relievo, repre. Garrick's friendly feeling for our painter is also on record,
senting the history of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Her in the dedication to his Interlude of the " Farmer's
cruel lover was represented as Joseph, herself as the Return," Hogarth presented him with a sketch from a
Egyptian queen; it is said to be her best work, and was scene in this piece, as appears from this printed testimony most certainly executde con amore. This extraordinary of regard.
artist is not mentioned in Pilkington. 66 The following interlude was prepared for the stage, merely with a view of assisting Mrs. Pritchard at her benefit; and the desire of serving so good an actress, is a better excuse for its defects, than the few days in which it was
| A servant of the late Copley, seeking after another situwritten and represented. Notwithstanding the favourable ation, in answer to a question put by her new employer, reception it has met with, the author would not have printed who hoped she was not afraid to work: “Oh, no!" exit, had not his friend, Mr. Hogarth, flattered him most
claimed the damsel, “ I'll do any thing but sit for drapery." agreeably, by thinking the “ Farmer and his family'not
“ Sit for drapery!" said the bewildered ignoramus in art, unworthy of a sketch of his pencil. To him, therefore, this
16 pray what is that?" " Oh Lord, ma'am, I've sat for trifle, which he has so much honoured, is inscribed, as a three hours together, under a load of silk and satin, in order saint testimony of the sincere esteem which the writer bears to be put in a picture!” him, both as a man and an artist.”
Gainsborough had dined one day at Abel's, the musician and celebrated lutanist, where the company drank very
freely. Although much intoxicated, Gainsborough insisted TO THE
on going home alone. It being late and dark, he fell on the
payement, and being unable to rise, he lay until he fell EDITOR OF THE SOMERSET HOUSE GAZETTE.
asleep. A woman of the town, seeing a gentleman in this SIR,
situation, placed him in a coach, and having taken him to
her lodgings, put him to bed in a state of insensibility. In The following anecdotes of Artists, from the scrap-book || the morning Gainsborough awoke, amazed to find himself of a provincial collector, are at your service. If they suit in so strange a room, with a woman of whom he knew your pages, I will add some more, which I believe, although nothing, and ignorant of the manner in which he got there. in print, are yet sufficiently scarce to render them worthy a ||
e to render them worthy all He now began to reflect on his situation; and getting re-print.
silently out of bed to examine his pocket, found his pocketbook, with its contents, gone, and also his gold watch. Alarmed for the loss of these, and doubtful how to act, he
got again into bed. In a short time after the woman awoke, In St. Edmund's church, Sarum, were windows of great and finding her guest restless, and apparently uneasy, en value. In one of these was a picture of God the Father, I quired the cause. He told her of his loss; and that in the painted like an old man, as the fashion then was, which so book were bills to the amount of 4301., which he had reoffended Mr. Shervill, the recorder, who in zeal, but with-ll ceived the day before. She told him the book and watch out knowledge, climbed up on the pews to break the window, were in her possession ; and then informed him of the