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Rhodes to attack Napoleon in works of Gaza, Jaffa, Kaiffa and Egypt. He learned that the whole Acre, we will now return to Egypt." Delta had risen in arms against him; We must notice that the defender of the English assailed_him on the Acre, besides Sir Sidney Smith, was coast, and Mourad Bey disputed the celebrated Phelipeaux, who had every inch of ground with General been Napoleon's companion at the Desaix. In this desperate state of Military Academy, and who had his affairs it was absolutely neces- escaped from the prison of the Temsary to capture Acre, but the works ple at Paris. were incredibly massive, and the Napoleon, in this retreat, by dint frigates with the battering train had of his own personal efforts, sucnot arrived. The beseiged had re ceeded in carrying away his sick, pulsed two assaults, but in a grand except about 60 left at Jaffa, and sortie were driven back with great the fate of whom has been the subslaughter. Napoleon was obliged ject of so much controversy. to march part of the beseiging army Napoleon fortified El-Arish and to Mount Thabor to relieve Kleber, Tuich, and left a corps of troops at who, entrenched in the ruins with Cattich, making a line of defence 4,000 men, had been resisting the for the frontier of Egypt. After furious attacks of 20,000 Turks. this memorable campaign of four

Napoleon's fine genius won the months in Syria he arrived at Cairo, famous battle of Mount Thabor. having lost 600 men by the plague, With the cavalry of Murat he scou 1200 in battle, and bringing back red the banks of the Jordan. Gene 1800 wounded. rals Vial and Rampon established Arrived at Cairo, Napoleon themselves at Naplouz, and Napo- learned that Mourad Bey had baffled leon threw himself between the the pursuit of Desaix, and had degreat Turkish army of the Pacha scended from Upper Egypt at the Damas and their magazines. Da- head of a large force, and at the mas thus attacked in every direction same time he received intelligence lost 5000 men, and all his tents, that a large Turkish fleet had arcamels, and provisions.

rived at Abouker, with a military In the mean time the French Ad force destined to attack Alexandria, mira! Perré had landed nine large and commanded by Seidman Musguns at Jaffa, and Napoleon was tapha, Pacha of Romelia, who was resolved to capture Acre. In two in communication with the two desperate assaults the French were Beys, Mourad and Ibrahim. Narepulsed, aud in one of them Caffa- poleon marched at the head of relli-Dufalga lost his life. At length 18,000 men, and found Mustapha a Turkish Aleet appeared in the entrenched at Abouker, and defended offing, and Acre would be invulne- by a numerous artillery. He derable after these succours should be feated the enemy, 10,000 of them poured into it. Napoleon ordered were drowned in the sea, and Musa general attack, it was the fifth tapha, his son, and all the chief assault; the French were wrought officers who had escaped the fight, to the most desperate pitch of valour. were afterwards taken by Murat, The ramparts were carried, and the who greatly distinguished himself Turks driven into the city, but Sir in this memorable battle. Sidney Smith, with the men of his This great battle completed the fleet, inspired the inhabitants with conquest of Egypt, and left Napocourage to defend their streets and leon solely the duty of keeping houses; three successive and brave possession of the country, and of assaults proved ineffectual; the car tranquillising it. His active mind, nage of the French was terrific, and therefore, turned to the great events Napoleon was obliged to raise the which were then agitating France. seige. “ Soldiers !" said Napoleon, He learned by the papers that the " after having, with a bandful of military glory, of his country had men sustained a war for three been tarnished since he had left months in the heart of Syria! After Europe; that his own name was the having captured 40 pieces of canon, object of hope and admiration with 50 stands of colours and 10,000 pri- the French, and that his countrymen soners! After having destroyed the were oppressed by an imbecile

government. He resolved to return to dron, but Napoleon's fine appreciaEurope, and pretending to take a tion of circumstances, even in 'a journey to the Delta, in order to profession distinct from his own, conceal his intentions of leaving the saved his little squadron from capcountry, he quitted Egypt, taking ture; on 9th October, at break of with him the Sçavans, Monge, Ber day, he entered the harbour of Fretholet and Denon, and Generals jus, after being 41 days on a sea Berthier, Murat, Lannes and Mar almost covered with English cruisers. mont.

The reception of Napoleon by the A proclamation, dated 25th Au- populace was enthusiastic, He gust 1799, announced to the army, found a civil war raging in the that Kleber was their Commander in West of France, and threatening to Chief.

spread into the Southern provinces. The four ships, bearing Napoleon Italy, since his departure, had been and his suit, as if by a miracle, reconqured by the Austrians, Joubert escaped the numerous English crui- had been killed, whilst his own comzers in the Mediterranean, and ar panion in arms, Massena, had just rived at Ajaccio, on the 1st October destroyed the last corps of Suwar1799. A contrary wind detained row in Switzerland. The governthem in Ajaccio for 7 days, and, on ment was detested by the whole their attempting to sail on the country, and Napoleon arrived at 8th, ten English ships appeared in Paris with General Berthier, having the offing. Admiral Gantheaume on the road from Frejus been reproposed manæuvres which would ceived in every town with almost have led to the capture of his squa- sovereign honors.

(To be continued.)

ODE TO SPRING.

Spring, lovely maid, returns again
And clothes in verdant garb the plain,

Diffusing gladness round.
Nature's first-born, fairest child,
Whose great Creator said and smil'd,

“ In thee all good is found."
Fair emblem of our youthful days,
To thee I'll tune my choicest lays,

And make the vale resound;
Thou cheer'st the heart of drooping age,
And do'st pale grief and pain assuage,

“ In thee all good is found.”
All nature feels thy genial power,
Each plant, each tree-herb, fruit and flower ;-

In thee their source abound,
The feather'd people of the grove
Now chant in amorous lays their love.-

“ In thee all good is found.”
0! thou whose universal sway
All nature and her laws obey ;-

Thou who'rt in glory crown'd,
Grant that by us when life is o'er,
And ancient Time revolves no more,

Eternal Spring be found.
March, 1823.

J, F.

THE FINE ARTS.

THE BRITISH GALLERY.

In fulfilment of the intention an but we have heard good judges of nounced in our last number, we pro- art speak of it as not sufficiently ceed to make some observations on finished. a few, and only on a few of those 278. A Maniac visited by his pictures now exhibiting at the Gal. children. Painted at Rome.-J. P. lery of the British Institution, which Davis. appear to us to be most entitled to This mournful composition conour regard. In these, as well as in sists of five figures, rather larger all other remarks which we may than life. The scene is a dungeon. from time to time offer on the vari. In the fore-ground is the maniac, in ous productions of the Fine Arts, a crouching position, unconscious we trust that we shall never shew of what passes, his eyes fixed and ourselves influenced, either on the one glaring, with the character of inhand by that silly, ineffective, and curable insanity. His head and indeed injurious good-nature which shoulders are in a very grand style praises equally imbecility and excel- of art; although less of muscular lence; or, on the other hand, by that power and marking would perhaps fastidious, and in some instances we have been advantageous. Beside fear, malignant feeling, which passes him kneels his daughter in intense hastily and slightingly over merits, affliction. Her countenance posand dwells with complacency, if not sesses considerable delicacy and with bitterness and exultation, on sweetness; but parts of her figure, defects.

and especially her arms, are very deficient in drawing. Close to her is a youth, who participates in her grief;

and clinging to him is a child, in 9. A Banditti Chief asleep, watch. whom terror has o'er-mastered filial ed by a woman. 36. A Banditti love, and who thus introduces a vaChief looking over a rock, a woman luable variety of expression. The pulling him back. 43. A woman keeper, in the back-ground, contemthrowing herself between the fire of plating the sad groupe with a compassoldiery and a wounded Chief of sion which even the habits of his life Banditti. All painted at Rome.-C. cannot wholly repress, reminds us Eastlake.

strongly of the firm and vigorous We congratulate Mr. Eastlake on pencilof Opie. The Caravaggio effect his great and rapid advance in the of the picture is very suitable to the art, and we look forward with con- subject. The deepest shadows, howfidence to his becoming a distin ever, are much too sooty. Most of guished ornament of the English our English artists would do well school. These are three highly in. to attend to the fact, that as the teresting performances, embodying tones of the great colourists become in some of the numerous and de- dark, they become warm. lightful shapes in which they indi. 128. Adam and Eve entertaining cate themselves the tender, and at the Angel Raphael.-J. Martin. the same time the heroic, affection There is no living artist who can and self-devotion, of which woman more successfully convey the idea of haş so often shewn herself capable. almost unbounded space in his picThe compositions are simple; the tures than Mr. Martin. In the predrawing is generally correct; the sent fine and varied composition, the expression, though energetic and eye is lost in endeavouring to trace unequivocal, is perfectly unforced; the infinite undulations and intricaand the colouring is rich and warm, cies of the beautiful and out-stretchbut sometimes degenerates into foxi- ed landscape. Every object glitters ness. The execution is singular with the gay and sunny hue, which We confess that we are not displeas- there can be no doubt was prevalent ed with its breadth and solidity; in Paradise. Some of the positive

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management of tone and effect, 66. Death of the Woodcock. 147. “ which appears like the result of maGreyhounds resting.- Edwin Land- gic to the uninitiated. seer.

49. Morning after a Storm; a We almost envy the animal and near Linton, on the North feathered creation the devotion of Devon coast.-W. Linton. such talents as those which Mr. Mr. Linton is a very improving Landseer manifests. And yet it is artist. He is evidently one of those.. gratifying to see the interest which who make nature their principal genius can communicate to forms model; and who look at art chiefly and circumstances, not of the most for the purpose of enabling them., promising nature. For instance, it selves to detect in nature that which is difficult to conceive a more pathe- might otherwise have eluded their tic little pieture than “ The death of observation. There is much granthe Woodcock.” In fact, it is ra-, deur, and great truth in this difficult . ther too much so. The writhing effort. The effect of the retiring mist, body, the closing eye, the gasping partially obscuring the lofty clifts of bill, stained with “ gouts of blood," the middle distance, is extremely the dragged and helpless leg, the faithful; and the grey hues of that floating feathers which the struggles part of the picture are skilfully of escaping life have disengaged, all contrasted with the deep-toned indicate a degree of agony that it is fisher's huts of the nearer ground. painful to contemplate, even in a The same artist has two smaller bird. We are not sportsmen, it is works in this Exhibition. They are evident; but if we had any disposi- views from Lord Northwick's villa_ tion that way, this admirably exe

at Harrow; and are very pleasing, cuted picture would effectually damp but somewhat monotonous it. The “Greyhounds resting" is of 201. A popular Actor, in the chaanother and a more cheerful quality. racter of Henry IV.-J. Jackson, The dogs in repose are beautifully R.A. painted; and nothing can exceed A rich-toned picture. Mr. Jackthe fire and animation of the fine son has represented with fidelity creature, who seems to have been

the deep pathos, with which Mr. suddenly roused by the perception Macready's powerful mind "inof some distant object, and to be forms” features, not the most favourready instantly to start off on a fresh able for refined expression. pursuit.

222. Maria Grazie, the wife of a It surprises us that, in this age of Brigand Chief.-W. Brockeden. literary adventure, no enterprising There is great energy in this lady. publisher has devised the plan of a robber, and the tone of colour apmagnificent edition of Æsop; illus- proaches very nearly to that of a trated by the pencil of Landseer and fine old Venetian picture. the graver of Scott. It would be a 14. Cottage Children opening a most amusing, and we are persuaded Gate.-J. Burnett. a most profitable undertaking. A charming little composition;

42. Royal Banquet, at the Coro- warmly but harmoniously coloured. nation of His Most Excellent Ma. The uniform and converging direcjesty George the Fourtb.-G. Jones, tion of the eyes of the interesting little, A.R.A.

groupe towards some one, who has When we state that the size of this not yet approached near enough to picture is only five feet by four and step within the boundary of the pica half, our readers must be aware ture, is a circumstance happily ima. that it can give but a general notion gined. of the gorgeous and august spectacle 64. Othello. Act III. Scene 3,which it has been painted to comme H. P. Briggs. morate. In that respect we think it Carefully, firmly, and chastely eminently successful. Noman knows painted; but the subject, namely, better how to treat such subjects, the interview between Desdemona where individuality is not required, and Cassio, in which the former than Mr. Jones. It is in them that pronises to exert all her influence

with her husband in behalf of the which is a master-piece of natural latter, is not of sufficient interest expression. May we be allowed to for the canvas.

suggest to Mr. Good, that a little 16. A Girl at her Devotions.-G. more massing of his lights and S. Newton.

shadows need not in the slightest The object of the young lady's degree diminish the minute fidelity adoration is the miniature of a mili- of his pencil, while it would matetary hero, on which she gazes with rially strengthen the general effect infinite tenderness." We would just of his works. hint to Mr. Newton, that pictorial 257. View on the Burle, near Dulpuns of this description are rather verton, Somersetshire.-G. Samuel dangerous. It is a pleasing and A pleasing landscape, thoroughly clever picture nevertheless, but pot English in every respect. The infanltless in the drawing.

terest of this and another produc211. Head of a Polish Jew.-Mrs. tion from the same pencil (116. LatiW. Carpenter,

mers, from Chenies, 'BuckinghamHighly creditable to the talents shire) is painfully increased by the of the fair, amiable, and accom- sudden death of the artist, which plished artist.

has taken place since the opening of 153. “Don't wake the Baby."— the Gallery. Mr. Samuel was à T. Stewardson.

painter of considerable and improve A very touching exhibition of ing talents, and was warmly and maternal vigilance. The child's head deservedly esteemed by an extensive is sweetly painted.

circle of friends. 141 Reading the News.-T. S. 241. Master Simon, the Doctor, Good.

with Brumo, imposes upon the creThis little work is a companion dulity of Calandrino; Boccacio, de to that extraordinary and celebrated Cameron.-J. M. Wright. picture (also in the present Exhibi Truly humorous. tion) representing two old men, who 235. Game.-B. Blake. fought at the battle of Minden; Equal to Gerard Pow in point of which, although oddly stuck in an high finishing. angle of the great room at Somerset But we must close our remarks; House last year, attracted more pub- in doing which it is but justice to lic admiration than any of its neigh- say, that we have been obliged to bours of much haughtier pretensions. pass without notice mapy works Mr. Good's new production is not highly deserving of praise. This equal to the one we have just men has been compulsory on us. It has tioned, but it shews the same strict been a matter of choice that we have attention to truth, especially in the abstained from any observations op head of the old man who is reading, others of an opposite character.

MR. FLAYDON'S GREAT PICTURE OF THE RAISING OF LAZARUS.

Now exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. We have long thought that there deny. In fact, we doubt whether never was a more striking instance any genius, less vigorous and persethan has been afforded by the various vering than his, could have triumoccurrences and considerations con- phed over the numerous impediments nected with the career of Mr. Haydon, which have been thrown in his way as an artist, of the wisdom of the brief by individuals, who, while they evibut expressive prayer, - Protect dently meant well to hiun, had not us from our friends!"-That Mr. sagacity enough to be aware, that Haydon has suffered deeply, both in to praise enthusiastically and indifhis own powers and in the public ferently beauties and defects, and estimate of them, by the injudicious continually, and ostentatiously, to zeal of certain of his admirers, no proclaim their favourite the sun of calm and, impartial observer of the British art, around whom, all his events in the world of virtú, during contemporaries must move in a kind the last twelve or fifteen years, can of planetary subjection, was not Eur. Mag. March, 1823.

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