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are represcuted with surprising sublimity and || life, he will give to his country works of great force. The figure of Theseus is very finely celebrity. The only fault we have to find with grouped with the Hercules, and the action the present work, is, that it abounds too much of each is appropriate and well managed. with that overcharged nature, and ostentations
We are disposed to give Mr. Fuseli every appendages, which are peculiar to the stage. praise for undertaking a subject of such mag- Theatrical nature, from the necessity of the nitude and difficulty, and which necessarily fiction of the scene, is raised above the sobrie. wade such calls upon his imagination ; but ly of truth and reality; but this deception, we lament his choice of one of the musi harsh which the stage requires in order to effect cerand unmeaning tictions of poetry.
tain ends, it should be the province of paiut. Every sulject of the poetic kind in painting to correct, and not to adopt. ing should have one of these two characteris- The character of Ulysses is somewhat detics: it should either be a portraiture of some- fictive; it has too much of the familiar cast thing strong and determinate in character, or of portrait, and that obvious character which is should appeal to the eye by what is forcible in repugnant to the ideal grandeur of an Epic Hero. figure, like the beauty of the Antinous, or the No. 190. A subject from Ossian. -S. Drum. muscular lines of the Gladiator.
mond, A.-This picture abounds with those lo Plutu there is nothing of this kind : we points wbich convey to our feelings the spirit can know nothing of Pluto but through the land genius peculiar to the subject. There is heathen poets, and none of thein bas given us a fancy that shines out in the grouping of the a personal or a poetic representation, which figures which does great honour to Mr. Drumassigos him any character for painting; he is mond, and maintains that character whicla a mere heather god of soot and darkness, a has distinguished many of his pictures. It is strong-backed coal-porter, a worthy pot com with pleasure that we see this meritorious ar. panion of his own boatman Charon.
tist bringing yearly into the Exhibition works How any painter with the genius of Fuseli of a very high class in imagination. could so wholly mistake in his choice of sub No. 99. Titania.-H. Howard, R. A.-The ject, we are at a loss to comprehend — he had subject of this picture is from that pleasing the liad open before him.
dramatic romance, the “ Midsummer Night's Mr. Fuseli seems to have chosen this sub- Dream" of Shakespeare; and it must be conject, not with any view to composition or po fessed that the painter has well sustained the etic character, but with the sole purpose of genius of the Poet, and shewn a power of shewing the energetic action of the human fancy which reflects no less praise upon his figure, and the violence of muscular move. invention thay credit upon his executive powa ment.
ers. The composition consists of four figures; There was no distinction more marked be- a little Puck, who is one of them, being tweeu Raphael and Michael Angelo, than that thrown iu the back ground The figure of Tithe former always sought to paint mind, and tania is at once grand and beautiful;
she rethe latter, to shew the powers of his pencil, by poses under flowers with grace and elegance, delineating motion. Raphael, in his action of and the surrounding landscape is full of amethe human figure, gave both body and mind.nity and picturesque vature. The style of head Michael Angelo little more than muscles and which the Painter has given to Titania is exmotion. If Mr. Fuseli bad wished to shew tremely grand, and the softness of feminine his powers in the same way, why not have beauty is preserved without any loss of diglaken Hercules wrestling with Antæus, or tear-nity-a kind of negative coloura deep puring up trees by the roots, and tossing them in iple tint is shed around her, which gives a very The air ju bis madness? Here he would have happy effect to the general hue of the picture: had an union of passion and force-tension of the contrivance of the group, and the action muscle, and a bold and difficult outline; as of every figure, are well imagined, and the is he has given us mere naked mythology. drapery is light and gay without being Aimsy
No. 4. Andromeche imploring Ulysses to spare and unmeaning. The figures are well drawn, the life of her Son.-G. Dawe, A.-It gives us full of classic art and poetical invention; but pleasure to observe in this picture the prin- if there be any thing which we could wish ciples of just thinking in relation to the sub- otherwise, it is, that the figure of Titanie ject, united with those points of art which are is rather too corporeal ; her form is too bulky, necessary to express and enforce it. From perhaps somewhat too familiar, for the exam. the advance in art which Mr. Dawe has con- ples of ideal beauty–Upon the whole, bow, spicuously made in this picture, we have rea- ever, this is the very best work wbich Mr aon to believe that, at a mature period of his Howard has hitherto produced. N.. V. l'ol. I.
No. 114.- Titanin, Puck, &o.--!!. Thomp the same young artist, whose picture of GOOD son, R. A.--The subject of this picture is the we reviewed, and reconimended as it same with that which we have criticised above: preserved, in the Exhibition of last year. The but it is much inferior. The figures are well present work is so excellent in its kind that drawn and coloured, but the Titauia is tos it calls "pon us for a few goneral remarks. academical: she has all the severity and stiff Within these few years there has spring "p vess of a model. The composition of this pic i amongst us a new style of painting, whic!!, ture is not so poetical, the faucy is not so thouglı evidently founded upon the Flemisha pleasing or well sustaine !, as in Mr. Bow-school, promises to exceed its original, by ard's : but it is justice to observe that Mr. Isperadding an initation of the manners and
Thomson bas marle very rapid advances in humour of familiar life, to the spirited and coin the art since last year. The widole leogth Por rect deliacalion of the forms and figures of tle trait of a Lady which he bas produced in the Flemish painters. present Exhibition does him great wit. The Dutch painters are deservedly praised
No. 142. The Death of the Earl of digile. for their faithful imitation, the ir exact general J. Northcote, R. A-This subject is taken portraiture of every olijret before them. They from Mr. Fus's Distory of James ll. It is told transferred 10 their canvas, as it were, the very with great expression and force, and is the best identity of the objects they sair, picture which this artist has produced for improvement troru the standards of ideal beaumany years: bu! there is one error which we ly, and without infusing into clemany distinct point out, in order that llic artist may correct sentiment of character and action. it. The gaoler is rendered too conspicuous: The prescat English school, proceeding ou he should have been thrown into a half iint. this foundation, las superadiled humour and By being made this prominent he disturbstlie sentiment to figure, and a certain definite acgencral mass of light; in other words, he in- tion, or, what we may call in poetry a unor terrupts and t::hrs off the light from the lower FABLE, to the justness of form. All the part of the picture, where the Earl is seen figures are exbibited as doing something-what stretched in l:is dungeon. Nir. Northcote should is dour loy cach being the different parts of the have made this the focus of his light, in order same actiun. to bave preserved the strength and harmony The art of the Painter, therefore, in this of his general composition. We hope the art-style consists in a double point, the correctist will make this alteration), wlicu bois picture ness of the Flensisks school with respect 10 returus to him,
ligure, and the imitation of the humour, and Mr. Turner has three picturs in the pre characteristic sentiment of the scene which sent Exlujbirio!; two l'ipops of Lowther, and he has chosen to represent. In plain words, one of Petscort Custle. We could not suppose he has to animale, to inform, and to charactethem to have been Mr. Turner's, but for the rise luis figures, with ibat particular expression information of the catalogue.
which belongs to the mural part of his subIn the composition of these pictures it was ject. He rises, therefore, to what may be manifestly Mr. Turner's derign to express the called the dignity of composition in the EPIC peculiar bue and pellucidarss of objects seen of common life. It is in this last quality in through a medium of air, in other words, to which the English school has improved upon express the clearuess of atmosphere. To effect the barrebocss of the Flemings. WILKIE is this purpose it was necessary in select those without doubt, the founder of this school dark, material objects, v: bich serve as a foil to amongst us. His Bijlage Puliticians, his Blind aerial lights, and produce atinospbere by their Fiddler, and his Pay Day, are masterly compoConrasi-- Mr. Turime has neglected to intro sitions in that peculiar style which we have duce these necessary fois, and has thus made | described above. # confusion between aerial lights and the ap Mr. Eird is certainly very litile inferior to propriate glocin of eartlıly ovjects. Failing Willie; and in his present coinposition le in this forcible opposition, without which a treads closely upon lom. painter can never express atmosphere, the ap. The subject of this Picture is supported pearance of liis pictures is that of a mer with a great deal of propriety; the characters Ainusy daubing, without substance or distinc are happily imagined, and well distinguished, ton, without either shape or colour. A man particularly those of tke young man and the of Mr Turner's experience should have under young womai), who form the principal groupe. blood batátr the principles of bis art.
There is in this groupe a degree of vature NU. 100. Village Choristers rehearsing a Sun and truih, joined to a peculiar teuderness of du; Anthemia-- E Birid. - This is the work of expression, which we have seldomi secu equal
ked. Each scems to have a respect and alice well worih lie attention of Great Britain. tion for the other; and thoutlie young man Tu return for our coarse fatorics, we miglit is pulasing on the flute, and the young wo procure from it such articles as leelanl, with
10 singine, they seem more intent and wrapt piper management, would yield in great in thought thau occupied by the business be- plenty, such as fishi, oil, feathers, and sulphur, fore them. There is a great variety of cha the scarcity of which last article is sucio as racters iutroduced, wko are playing on va 1 to have already attracted the notice of Parliarious instruments of music adapted to a paro. chial concert, and cach character is fively The following curious circumstance lediversified and expressed. In the midst of 'specting the toad is cominonicated by a cose thien we see the veteran chorister, the leader respondent :-“ A person,” says be, " in the of the Sunday band, full of importance and neighbourhood of Maidstone; why manufacanxiety to correct them with regard to time; tures brown paper, informed we, that he had ami his critical impatience is well expressed hy frequently placed a toad amidst a pile of lois beating the table with a roll of written sheets to be pressed, and always found it alive music. The incident of the mother, tesirous and well on taking it out, though it must to hear the music, but interrupted by the crv
have sustaineil, with the paper, a pressure ing of her intant child, and the effort made equivalent to several tons; but a frog could by the choristers to induce her to leave the not survive the same degree of pressure.” room, joined to the reluctance with which she Mr. Knigli, in bis Report of the Bosticule quits it-these are circumstances which form tural Society, mentions an improved method a very pleasing episode, anel are agreeable as of cultivating the Alpine Strawberry. The lisely traits of nature.
process consists in sowing the seed in a live We could wish that the lights in this pic derate bol bed, in the beginning of April, and ture had not been scattered, and that they had removing the plauts, as soon as they have bt cu made subordinate to some principal light; acquired sufficient strengt!ı, to beds in the the want of this occasions, at a little distance, 'open ground. They will begin to blossom after some confusion in the general arrangement of Midsummer, and afford abundant lute the groups. We could have wished, likewise, antumnal crop. Mr. Knigbt thinks that this that the colours of the picture had accom strawberry ought always tu be treated as an panied some principal light; for the various annual plant. complexions of the beasis, retiring into hall At a late meeting of the Society of Arts, a tints and shades, carry with them too much premium of listy guineas was awarded to Mr. decided colour; but if they had partaken more
john Davis, of John-street, Spitalfields, for a of the geveral tone of shade, they would have biglily ingenious Fire-escape, which promises given that tranquillity to the retiring parts to be of great utility in decreasing the number wbich is agreeable to the order of nature. of personal accidents wbich are so frequently Notwithstanding these inaccuracies, we will occurring in cases of fire. This contrivance undertake to pronounce this picture to be one consists of a curious, yet simply-constructed of the most valuable in the present Exhibition. ladder, or rather three ladders so combined
as to admit of their being slid out, like the The collection of Pictures wbich belonged tubes of a pochet telescope to the height of to the late Mr. Walsh Porter, were lately from forty to sixty feet is required, carrying sold by Mr. Christie, and produced 33,0:31. A up at the same time a box to receive females picture by Claude fetched 27501. and another or children, or small valuables, while the less by Corregio, sold for 2,0501. It was allogether timid can descend the ladder. This box, by a good and well-chosen collection.
means of a chain and pulley, worked lay the The Lansdowue Marbles, valued at 16,0001. people below, descends to the ground, where beand offered to the present Marquis for 14,0001. ing instantly hooked, another box is sent up, in order that it might be kept in the family, while the first is emptying. All this is perare to be disposed of to the British Museum. formed in about two minutes.
Sir George Mackenzie, accompanied by Mr. paratus is erected on a carriage with four Hieury Holland, and Mr. Richard Bright, of wheels, nine feel long and fire wide, furnished the University of Edinburgh, had sailed from with the usual apparatus and harness for yokLeith fur Stromness, wbence they proceed to ing a horse to it, for the more speedy removal Iceland in a vessel from London. The olject to the scene of danger. of this voyage is to explore a part of that inte Mi Vrates has been for some time emhospitable country, which, nevertheitss, in ployed in collating the Manuscripts brought the circumscribed state of our commerce, is
from tudia to England, by the
Dr. Buchanan, and presented by him to the olent from a bare inspection, that they were University of Cambridge. From the report not all written at the same period or by the of Mr. Yeates respecting them we have ex
same haud. tracted the following particulars :- These Steam has been applied in America to the Manuscripts are chiefly biblical, and are writ- purposes of inland navigation with the utmost ten in the Hebrew, Syriac, aud Ethiopic lan
The passage-boat between New guages. The Hebrew Manuscripis were ob. York and Albany is one hundred and sixty tained from the Black Jews, who have had feet long, and wide in proportion, for accomsettlements in India from time immemorial.modation, consisting of fifty-two births, beThose Jews differ in many respects from those | sides sofas, &c. for one hundred passengers; of other countries, and bear evident marks of and the machine which moves her wheels is being descendants from those ancient disper. equal to the power of twenty-four horses, and sions which we read of in sacred bistury. They || is kept in motion by steam from a copper have the Hebrew Pentateuch, but scarcely boiler, eight or ten feet in length. Her route know of any other books of Scripture. A copy is a distance of one hundred and fiity miles, of the Hebrew Pentateuch, written on goats' | which slie performs regularly twice a week, skins, and found in one of the Synagogues, is and sometimes in the short period of thirtyju the Buchanan collection. The Syriac Ma- two hou's. When the wind is fair, light nuscripts were collected from the Syrian square sails, &c. are employed to increase Christians in Travancore and Malayala, where ber speed. a race of Christians had existed ever since
An officer in the Bavarian service, who had the apostolic times, and the native Iudian
inade a variety of experiments to ascertain the Christans hear the name of Christians of St. ll ingredients used in the composition of the Thomas to this day. They bave the Bible and Greek fire, while recently engaged at Munich other books not in our canon extant in the
in a chemical analysis for this purpose, was, Syriac language, and theirs is perhaps the hy the explosion of the article he was decom. purest of all the versions of Scripture now
posing, propelled through the window, with known. There is in Dr. Buchapau's collec
his arms torn off, and his face so dreadfully tion a copy of the Bible, containing the Old | burnt, that he expired in a few mivutes after and New Testament with the Apocrypha, || being taken op. We have met with so many written on large folio velluin, which was pre- ll instances of similar misfortunes in the course sented to the Doctor by Mar Dionysius, the l of our reading, that we cannot but caution, in Archishop of the Indian Church. The He-| the strongest terms, such readers as may be brew Pentateuch already mentioned, being || tempted to indulge their curiosity on bazardprobably one of the oldest Manuscripts extant,
ous experiments. We have known six or eiglit is a curiosity of the highest value and im- | gentlemen dreadfully burnt by unexpected ex. portance. It is written upon a roll of goat- plosions in chemical combinations. skins dyed red, and was found in the record
Geld-beaters afford us the meaus of demon. chest of a Synagogue of the Black Jews, in the strating the minute divisibility of matter: interior of Malayala, in 1800. It measures they can spread a grain of gold into a leaf in length forty-eight feet, and in breadth || containing fifty square inches, which leaf may about twenty-two inches, or a Jewish cubit. I readily be divided into 500,000 parts, each 'The Book of Leviticus and most part of || visible to the naked eye. The natural divi. Deuteronomy are wanting. The original sions of matter are, however, far more sur. length of the roll could not have been less prisingly minute; there are more animals in Khan ninety feet; and it is actually Morocco, | the milt of a single codfish than men on the though now much faded. In its present state whole earth. It is said that a single graiu of it consists of thirty-seven skins, contains one
sand is larger than four inillions of these ani. hundred and seventeen columus of writing, mals, yet each of them possesses a beart, perfectly clear and legible, and exhibits a noble | stomach, bowels, muscles, nerves,veins, glands, example of the form and manner of the most tendons, &c. It has been calculated, that a ancient Manuscripts of the Jews. The co-particle of the blood of one of these animal jumus are a palm broad, and contain from forty-nlæ is as much smaller than a globe oue tenth five to fifty lives each. Some of the skios ap of an inch in diameter, as that glube ja near more ancient than others, and it is evi- smaller than the earth,
INCIDENTS OCCURRING IN AND NEAR LONDON, INTERESTING MARRIAGES, &c.
EXTRAORDINARY Roubert.-On Tuesday, lated. Adkius trared the notes into the possos. May 15, about 11 v'clock, as an old Gentleman, son of a Mrs. Lee, who resides in the neighbourwho resides in the neighbourhood Manchester
hood of Jula-street, a respectable woman; she
said she received them from a man of the pome of street, was sitting in his frout parlour, no other persou being in his house, be was extremely
John Pulien, who has been a well knowu chaalarmed by the sudden appearance of a
racter on the town for above 30 years. Adkins,
man, a black crape over his face. The terror of the in consequence, exerted himself, and employed old Gentleman was cousiderably increased by the
others to apprehend him, and on Friday night an not speaking, but repeatedly making a noise Ilarry Adkins and Humphries apprehended him at like the barking of a mastiti doy. The robber is a flaslı-louse near the Seven dials. He underwent opened the back parlour door, and hechoned to
an examinaton before Mr. Graham and Mr. Kin. the old Gentleman to follow him, which he re
naird, when the informations of four witnesses fused. The robber then shook him by the were read over, from which it appeared that at shoulders to induce bim to go. The old Gentle
the time of the rebellion in Ireland, Pullen was Mill still refusing, the robber forced him into the in Dublin, and became acquainted with a man of back parlour, pointed at an iron safe, and made the name of Danson, who now resides in London, signs for him to open it. The old Gentleman not
and supposing Pullen to be a respectable man, complying, the robber proceeded to take the keys frequently conversed with him; and in converfrom him; and, in the seuille, the old Gentlemisation lately, he told Pullen that he had a friend, fell over a chair, ind table fell upon him, which
meaning Mrs. Lee, who was going to Dullin. cut open his nose, broke his shins, and bruized
Pullen solicited Lanson to request Mrs. Lee to him in other parts of his body. The robber ap
call at Mrs. Moore's, in Dublin, to get an EO peared to know the key of the cabinet, and pro
table belonging to him, and bring it back with ceeded to unlock it, and took out threr gode her, and also to take with her some tiitehaven watehes, three gold suntiboses, several diame id
bank notes, which he liud by him, to the amount and pearl rings, and oiher triukets, to the amount
of 3001. and as they were not payable in Loudon, of between four and five hundred pounds; then,
they were of no use to him. He pointed ont the after giving the old Geutleman several severe
way she could easily get thein exchanged by a blows, he took the candic, left the room, and
coal-merchant in Dublin, who could pay them to locked the owner in. After some time the old
a Captain of a Whitehaven collier, who trased to Gentlemau recoyered himself, opened the win
Dublin; and, for her trouble, she was to receive dow, and are an alarm to the weighbourhood,
the difference of exchange between England and no other person being in the louse. The neigh
Ireland, which would amount to eight guineas in bouis were obliged to have recourse to a ladder,
the hundred. Both these commissions Mrs. Lee aud got over the yard-wall, and then broke open
undertook, and by:he correspondence that passed, the doors. It could not be ascertained by wbat Adkins received the private information of what means the robber gained admittance into the was going on. On Pullen being taken into cus, house, but it is supposed by the area ;
it is tody, he denied all knowledge of Mrs. Lee, bis strongly suspected that the rubber was a servant
ever having bad any of the Whitehaven bank, who had formerly lived in the family, and that notes in his possession, and the whole of the trans. to prevent his being known by the old Gentle action ; and to indnee a belief to what he said, man, he wore the crape over his face, and avoided
be made use of the most borrid and blasphemous speakiug a word, but only expressed his appro- expressions. It is, however, most satisfactorily in bation or disapprobation by making a wise lihtprool' to the contrary, as a letter of his to Mrs. the barking of a duy.
Lee, upon the subject of his F0 table, and the
Whitehaveu notrs, kas produced. ROBBERY OF tre lucHAVEN BINK--t will be recollected that in the month of Jan. 1809,
The following singular occurrence took place, the Whitehaven Bank was broken open, and
it short time since, at ibe Royal Navy Asyluin, at
Greenwich:- 1 female child, five years of age, robbed of notes to the amount of 15,000). and by
was sent anonymously to that establishment, with the exertions of Adkins, the officer, three of the
gul. in bank notes sewed up in the infant's robbers were traced out in Liverpool, anil other clothes. The following account of the birth and parts of Lancashire. They were tried at the
parentage of the little foundling was also given : Assizes for Carlisle, lust summer, and two of them -The father was described as a seaman on board bave since been executed.
a British mun of war, and, however unusual, it Within the last fortnight Adkins received pri- appears that his wife, from some cause or other, vate information that a number of the stolen notes
was permitted to go to sea with hin. The tar was were in London, and that they were about to be killed in action, and, the day after his death, his aben w Dnblik for the purpose of being circu- ' wie wus delivered of a fiue female i ufant under