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FINE ARTS

A more splendid work upon the many of these can be fixer with t'erne

ble accuracy, they may serve la o than the first volume of “ Specimens of the style and degree of merit of na'' Ancient Sculpture, Egyptian, Etruscun, inore important objects went at the Greek, and Roman, selected from differ- ancient authors; and to asce, tai ise ent Collections in Great Britain, by the periods when others now eaista Society of Dilettanti,” has not often made produced. Coins are said to base berä its appearance. Prefixed is a “ Disser- first struck in Greece by Pindo of Arzi, tation on the Rise, Progress, and Decline in the island of Agina, ciylit bored of Ancient Sculpture;" confined to the and sixty-nine years be lore the (b> mimetic or technical part of the art, To tian ara, and we have comms stii es! * go minutely through the contents of this otthat island, which seem, both by it dissertation would occupy more space rudeness of the sculpture, and the way than can be here allowed. It opens perfection of the striking, to be of reary with a few remarks on Imitation in ge as early a date: but as the device is com neral, and the primitire ctoris of art; a tvrtoise, with an angulater is cute a traces sculpture first among the Egyp- the reverse, they do not 'this is not tians, and atierwards among the lindoos, liglit on the general style of art. Phoenicians, and Etruscans; and devotes “ Coins lowever of a forn aud talent a space of letter press to the Greek and equally simple and archaic, bearin ise Roinan periods of its bistory, adequate devices of oiher Greek cities both uites to the prodigious superiority which those rope and Asia, are found with its nations evinced over every other state, gures both of men and aninals; 10: 18 in works of real taste and genius. They have no letters, the re are no ***

“ The most ancient monument of of ascertaining their respective date: Grecian sculpture (it is observed) now though they exlibit evident prendre extant, is unquestionably the broken piece the infancy of the art; being sa of natural relief in the ancient portal to masses, generally of native on'd, mis the gates of Mycenæ, which is probably stamped with the die, but rudele de ses the same that belonged to the capital of into it, first by a blow of a ham uer, at Agamemnon, and may therefore be at

them by a square punch or rammer. A least as old as the age of Dædalus. It cording to Herodotus, the Lyd als met represents two lions rampant, sutticiently the tirst who struck coins or inade av entire to afford a very tolerable idea of money; but it is probable that Gas the style of the work. The place of it arti-ts were employed in sinking ebeca given in the tail-piece to this discourse, as they were afterwards in other makes is engraved from a sketch made upon of sculpture, by tlie sovereigns of 1.6 the spot, imd corrected by admeasure- empire. Stamped money in brass 2 ment, by William Gell, esq. and though was not in use till long atier; noge i internet this does not atford any very accurate Greek being of an early date, a1.0 ltal information as to the details of the work, of the Etruscans and early Romais tein, the three compositious of the engraved all cast in noulds." gem giien with it are perfectly compe The subsequent specimens of Gre<33 ient to supply such intirmation; they sculpture quoted, are arrangert in Chri* being in exactly the saine style, and nological order. having been found in the same country, The following observations are as utt by the same intelligent and industrious of the supposed works of Phidias. taveller. The head of Minerva on the 6. 74. Of Pbiddias's veneral sesie os silver terradrachm of Athens, engraved composition, the triczes and met " in the tail-piece to this volume, fig. 1. of the temple of Mines va at Alice is probably copied from the siring figure published by Mr. Sruari, sare si at of Minerva, made by Endæus above. brought to England, my ford to C*** mentioned; it being far the most ar petent information; but as these at chaic of the three variations of the head merely architectural sculptures everu ei of that goddess observable on the othe. froin his designs, and under huset nian coins, previous to those which seem tions, probably by wordven sam to have been copied from the great sta ranked among artists, and meant to le tue of brass made by Phidias, and placed seen at the height of more tan!" in the Acropolis.

feet from the eye, they can thiruar tek “ Next to these, the most ancient spe- little light upon ite nuore in 1988.ce cimens of Grecian art are probatyly to be tails of his 'art. Fruen the degree ! found on cuius; and as the datcs of node of relief in the friezes, tiny si pret

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to have been intended to produce an duced, by the drawing and description effect like that of the simplest kind of sent to him, to prefer the latter; though monochromatic painting, when seen from when he saw them, he instantly changed their proper point of sight; which cffect his opinion; this liercules being, tvith must have been extremely light and ele- the exception of the Pan or Faun, at

The relict in the metopes is much lolkhain, incomparably the finest male jungler, so :'s to exhibit the figures nearly figure that has ever come into this couns (onpicic; and the details are more ac- try, and one of the finest that has curaiely and elaborately made out: but hitherto been discovered. It las a'so they are so different in their degrees of the great advantage of being gnite entire, nucrit, as to be evidently the works of except some splinters of the club, and many dificrent persons, some of whom the part of the right leg between the would not have been entitled in the rank transverse doted lines in the print. The of artists in a much less cultivaied and head has never heen off; the hair and fastidionis age."

features, even to the point of the nose, The account of the Roman period of so seldom preserred, are unbroken, and sculpture is intermixed with a cursory the lion's skin is its own. Parts of the view of the real principles of Roman po. surface of the body are indeed corroded, lity, and the nature and extent of its in- but not su as to injure in any degree the fluence on other nations.

effect of the whole, whicii is peculiarly The plates which accompany this impressive and imposing; it being placed work, are

no less than seventy-five in in a gallery worthy of it, and in the most number, esclusive of vigneites: many advantageous livlit possible; which has of them in the best styles of the best enabled the artist, who drew and enartists. Among those which are more graved it, 10 produce a print so accurate peculiarly adapted to attract notice are, and complete, as to render ail description the head of Osiris, a fragment of a sta. super fuous. We know of 'no rery file tue in green basaltes; a marble head, statue, ofisbich so faithful and adequate from the collection of the marquis of a representation has been given to thie Lansdowne; the side view of a culoes-al public." head of Hercules, from the Townleian

In the front of the class of cutk ction, now at the British Museum, found in the ruins of Hadrian's Villa, at we place The Lady of the Lake," Tivoli; Hercules raming the hind, from by Mr. Walter Scout. The scene of the same collection; a bas-relief of one

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pen is laid chiciv in the vicinity of of the Dioscuri; lhe figure of an Alipies Loli-katrine, in the Western Highlands or Anoinier, from the muscum oi Wirof Perthshire. The tiine of action R. P. Koigit; à colossal bead of Mi- includes six days, and the transactions of nerva; the diverva from Mr. T. II pe's each day occupy a canto. The following collection; Hygeia, from the same col

are the titles of the different cantos.
lection; the ancient copy of the Disco. 1. The Chase. II. The Island. II.
bolus ni Myro; the bronze figure of 11- The Gathering. IV. The Prophecy.
piter, from Mi, hisigde's collection; die V. The Comlat. VI. The Guard
marile Hercules, in the marquis of Lans. Room.
downe's; the figure of Venus or Dione, Our first specimen shall be from the
formerly belonging to Mr. Townlev; fifteenth stanza (: The first canto :
the bead of Mercury; the head of one of " from the steep promontory gazed
the Homeric heroes, from the earl of The stranger, yaptur'd and amazd,
Eyremont's collection; a pantheic bust And, 'What a scene were here,' he cried,
of the mystic Bacchus; and a tigure of For princely pomp and churchman's
Serapis, from Mr. Iniydi's.

pride;
A specimen of the descriptions which On this bold brow, a lordly tower;
accompany each plate, may le given in In that soft vale, a lady's bower ;
ihat of plate 40. illustrating the licicules On yonder meadow, far away,
belonging to the late marquis of Lans. The tyres of a cloister grey';
dunne.

How blithely might the bugle horn

Chide, on the lake, the lingering morn! Plale 40.-" This statue was found How sweet, at eve, the lover's lute wiib The Discobolus, plate 29. in the Chume, when the groves were still and neighbourhood of Rome; and the late

mute! Mr. Townley, to whom the choice of And, when the midniglit moou did lave them was inmcdiaiely offered, was in. Her forehead in the silver wave,

POETRY

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How solemn on the ear would come

« Or, if on life's uncertain main, The holy matin's distant hum;

Mishap shall mar thy sail;
While the deep peal's commanding tone If faithful, wise, and brave, in vain,
Should wake, in yonder islet lone,

Woe, want, and exile, thou sustaia
A sainted hermit from his cell,

Beneath the fickle gale; To drop a bead with every knell

Waste not a sigh on fortune changed, And bugle, lute, and bell, and all,

On thankiess courts, or friends estranged, Should each bewildered stranger call But come where kindred worth shall smile, To friendly feast, and lighted ball.'” To greet thee in the lonely isle." Again, stanza 17:

The close of the last canto affords “But scarce again his horn he wound,

another specimen of genuine poetry: When lo, forth starting at the sound, “ Harp of the North, farewell! the kills From underneath an aged oak,

grow dark, That slanted from the islet rock,

On purple peaks a decper shade descend. A damsel, guider of its way, A little skiff shot to the bay, That round the promontory steep

In twilight copse the glow-worm lights her

spark, Led its deep line in graceful swtep,

The deer, half-seen, are to the covert Eddying in almost viewless wave,

wending, The weeping willow twig to lave,

Resume thy wizard elm! the fountain And kiss, with whispering sound and slow,

lending, The beach of pebbles, bright as snow.

And the wild breeze, thy wilder miaThe boat had touched this silver strand

strelsy; Just as the hunter left his stand,

Thy numbers sweet with nature's respers And stood concealed amid the brake,

blending, To view this Lady of the Lake.

With distant echo from the fold and The maiden paused, as if again

lea, She thought to catch the distant strain, And herd-boy's evening pipe, and hum of With head up-raised, and look intent,

housing bee. And eye and ear attentive bent ; And locks Aung back, and lips apart,

Yet once again, farewell, thou minstre! Like monument of Græcian art :

harp! In listening mood she seemed to stand,

Yet once again, forgive my feeble sway, The guardian Naiad of the strand.”

And little reck I of the censure sbarp,

May idly cavil at an idle lay. Interspersed throughout are numerous Much have I owed thy strains on life's long ballads, inany of which have consider way, able merit, The following is from the Through secret woes the world has never canto of the Island :

known, SONG.

When on the weary night dawned wearier “Not faster yonder rowers' might

day, Flings from their vars the spray,

And bitterer was the grief devoored alone: Not faster yonder rippling bright,

That I o'erlive such woes, enchantress! is That tracks the shallop's course in light,

thine own. Melts in the lake away,

Hark! as my lingering footsteps slow retire, Than men from memory erase

Some spirit of the air has waked thy The benefits of fo, mer days;

string! Then, stranger, go, g00:1 speed thee while,

'Tis now a seraph bold, with touch of fire, Nor think again of the lonely isle.

'Tis now the brush of fairy's frolic wing. “ High place to thee in royal court, Receding now, the dying numbers ring, High place in battled line,

Fainter and fainter down the rugged dell, Good hawk and bound for sylyan sport, And now the mountain breezes scarcely Where beauty sees the brave resort,

bring The honoured meed be chine.

A wandering witch-note of the distas: True he thy sword, thy friend sincere,

spell Thy lady constant, kind, and dear;

And now, 'tis silent all - Enchantress, fare And lost in love's and friendship's smile,

thee well!" Be memory of the lonely isle.

The notes at the end, though not very " But if beneath yon southern sky

numerous, have interest; and illustrate A plaided siranger room,

not only Scottish nanners but Scottish Whose drooping crest and stifled sigh,

history. On the whole, however, though And sunken cheek and heavy eye,

there is much to commend, we cannot Pine for his highland home;

say we think that the “ Lady of the Then, warrior, then be thine to show

Lake" is quite equal, in poetical merit, The care that sooths a wanderer's woe ; Remember then thy hap ere while,

either to the “ Lay of the last Minstrel, A stranger in the lonely isle.

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A poem of a very different description, and Social Meetings, in the tenth letter, though of sterling merii, will be found in Mr. Crabbe proceeds to Inns: Mr. CRABBE's * Berough; in Twenty- « High in the street, o'erlooking all the four Letters:" containing the description

place, of an English sea-port town; the diffe The rampant Lion shows his kingly face ; rent classes of its inhabitants, amuse His ample jaws extend from side to side, ments, almhouses, prisons, schools, &c. His eyes are glaring, and his nostrils wide ; The subjects are humble; but Mr. Crabbe In silver shat the sovereign form is drest, has given them an interest by the powe

A mane horrific sweeps his ample chest; ers of his pert, attractive to the inost Elate with pride, le seems rassert his fastidious reader.

reign, We shall point out the lines upon the And stands the glory of his wide domain.” Ser, as the finest passage in the first The twelith letter describes the arrival leiter :

of the Players, with their pleasantry, “ Turn to the watery world! but who to labours, patience, vanity, and adveil

thee (A wonder yet unview'd) shall paint the sea? “ They might have praise, confin'd to farce Various and vast, sublime in all its forms,

alone : When luil'd by zephyrs, or when rous'd by Full well they grin; they should not try

10 groan." Its colours changing, when from clouds and

“ Of various men these marching troops are Shades after shades upou the surface run;

made, Embrown's and horrid now, and

Pen-spurning clerks, and lads contemning

trade; In limpid blue, and evanescent green ;

Waiters and servants by confinement teaz'd, And u't the foggy banks on ocean lie,

And youths of weaith by dissipation eas'd : Lift the fair sail, and cheat th' experienc'd With feeling nymphs, who, such resource at

band,

Scorn to obey che rigour of command; The description of the winter storm is Some, who from bigher views by vice are admirable. The second letter is devoted to The Church, its mural monuments, And some of either sex by love undone ; and their inscriptions, whicla are The greater part lamenting as their fall touched on with originality and feeling. What some an honour and advaocement In the third letter we have the characters

cail.” of the Vicar and the Curate. The for. The Alms-House and Trustees, form mer closes with the following lines:

the subject of the thirteenth; and The ** The rich approv'd of them in awe he Inhabitants of the Alms - House, those of stood ;

the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth The poor admir'd-they all believ'd him letters. The fourteenth contains the good;

history of a wealthy heir reduced to po. The old and serious of his habits spoke; The frank and youthful lov'd his pleasant stored by marriage, but again consumed;

verty by dissipation: his fortune is rejoke;

he goes abroad, but is recalled to a Mamma approv'd a safe contented guest, And Miss a friend to back a small request;

larger inheritance; again becomes poor;

and is at last admitted into the almsJo him his flock found nothing to concemn ; Him sectaries lik’d-he never troubled house. The character of Clelia, the them;

female inhabitant of the Alms-house, is a No trifles failid his yielding mind to master-piece, and gives a lively interest please;

to the fifteenth letter. Cielia was gay And all his passions sunk in early ease. and yiridy, and at last met with a Lovelace Nor one so old has left this world of sin,

of her day. She was next sir uated with More like the being that he enter's in."

an attorney. Another such period in hier The Curate's is a melancholy character, lite occurs; and she marries the inusier The fourth letter is on Sects and Profes- of an inn: sions in Religion. The fifth is entitled "He had no idle retrospective wbim, The Election: and the sixth treats Till she was his her deeds concern'd not of the profession of the Law. Physic, and him.” the dilterent Trades, take their turns in She becomes a widow; and ten vears the seventh and eighth; and the ninth is more are past in various trials, views, devoted to Amusements. From Clubs. and troubles:

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Schools, The first-born tears of fallen pride were Here also we, bare in notice the

Seatonian Prize Poem, by Mr. PAYME, True, bitler tears; and yet that wounded entitled, the “

Conquest of Canaan: pride

Mr. SMEDLET's - Erin;" and an eletrant Among the

poor,

for poor distinctions sigh'd. Though now her tales were to lier audience Selection from the Poetical Burks of Thofit,

MAS CAREW, Though loud her tones, and vulgar grown her

Among the more bumourous produce

tions of the Muse, we liase to notice Though now her dress-(but let me

The Goblin Groun; a Tale of Dinise :) explain

by R. O. L'ENWICK, esz. Thie tollowing The piteous patch-work of the needy-vain ; is the general jara of the story of the The flirtish form to coarse materials lent, poein, gisen in the advertisement. * It And one poor robe through fifty fashions lurns on the several mcidents of a for. sent);

chase, but is called a Tale of Dunse, Though all within was sad, without was because in that favoonte renienius of

the lovers of the chase, the cabin first Still 'twas her wish, her comfort, to be made his appearance. Tlac die minds She would so plays on lowest terms resort,

of his readers inay be as perfectiy free Where once her box was to the beaux a

pareti as he could sind, for the manners

of the age in wlich iris aid, he apprisus court ; And, strange deright! to that same house them, that the poem opens o': the last where she

day of April 1800, :n! cigoudies with Join'd in the dance, all yaiety and glee, the death of a fuk on Floridei fcidi, Now with the menials crowding to the twenty-four hours thereafiri.

The wall,

country over which he has accompanied She'd see, not share, the pleasures of the his eliin fay and merry pact, he lias

viewed with the rapid glance of a sportsAnd with degraded vanity unfold,

man, and therefore trusts, that his tasty How she too triumph'd in the years of old :

and imperfect sketch witnut be regarded To her poor friends 'is now lier pride to tell

with the two scrupulous eye of riy d crije On what an height she stood before she cisin. With all its faulis, but without

further apology, he commits it to its fate; At church she puin!s to one tall seat, and and, notavit standing the protecting 11" There

Auence of wire-wove, broaa margin, We sat," she cries, " when my papa was high price, and hot-press, he is not mayor."

without feeling some apprehensions cone Not quite correct in what she now relates, cerning its success." The pou itself She alters persons, and she forges da'es ; consists of two cantos only: “ The llo And finding memory's weaker help decay'd, tel, or lon;" and " The Fox Chace." She boldly calls invention to her aid.

The introdnction to the first is addressed Touch'd by the pily he had felt before, “ to Walter Marrowtai, Gardener to his For her Sir Denys op'd the Alms-house door; Grace the duke of B---11:" that of the “ With all her faults,” he said, " the woman secondi, “to Benjamin Butiei," kis knew

Grace's butler. The object of the satire How to distinguish-lad a manner too;

will be readily seen. And, as they say, she is allied to some la decent station-iet the creature come."

Benbow, an iniproper companion for First, in the dramatic portion of our the badgemen of the Alms-house, furnis Retrospect, we place “ Riches, or the the subject of the sixtecutii letter. The life and Brother, u Play in fine sets, Hospital fills the sevenieonth; and the founded on Messinger's City liatem,* eigbieenth is devoted to The Poor and by Sir JAMLS BLAAD Burges. The their Duellings. In the nineteenth, strange immorality of sentiment, the twenticih, cuenty-first, and thenty, indelicacy, and the extraragance of plet, second letters, we have illustrations of which marked the old play, induced sir distinct characters among the poor-the James to frame a new comedy entirely, Parish Clerk-thie Widow's Cottage, in which he has only introduced ihe best Abel heeneand Peter Grimes. In passages of the original, We have no the twenty-third letter, Prisons are doubi it will be read with as much atten

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