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The disposition which has been thus upon all former occasions, for perevinced, by the proprietors of these mitting us to select, both from the works, to enrich our Gallery is high- Royal Palaces and from his own ly gratifying to us; but it is to his beautiful private collection, some of Majesty's most gracious kindness the works which have most added and condescension, that we are par. to the brilliancy of our Exhibition." ticularly indebted upon this, and
INTELLIGENCE RELATIVE TO THE FINE ARTS.
MR, HORNOR'S VIEW OF LONDON FROM ABOVE ST. PAUL's.
In our last number, which con- metropolis. In pausing to take tains a copper engraving of Mr. breath after this ascent, how would Hornor's Observatory erected over they have felt on being told that an the Cross of St. Paul's Cathedral, individual would perform the same we had not room to make a few toilsome march morning after mornobservations which were, perhaps, ing during a whole summer, for the necessary to elucidate the subject to purpose of commencing at their those who have not seen the litho- landing-place a still more arduous graphic print and the detailed de- progress, not merely to the ball or scription of this extraordinary and to the cross, but to a position still meritorious undertaking contained higher, which was to be gained by in our number for February last. climbing a series of ladders lashed This engraving consists of two com- to a creaking and tremulous scafpartments, the higher of which re- folding; and that he would pass not presents the summit of the Dome of only days, but weeks and months, St. Paul's, with the scaffolding sur- in a chamber suspended from the mounted by Mr. Hornor's Observa- highest of these supports, occupied tory; while the other shews, on in the complicated and difficult dean enlarged scale, the Observatory tails of a mathematical survey of itself, with its platform and various the wide-spread and multitudinously supports, its rope network and auxi- peopled capital of the British moliary means of protection from stress narchy. To an individual standing of weather, which perilous experi- on the gallery, the idea of ascending ence proved to be highly necessary. into the ball would be sufficiently In contemplating the latter object appalling, that of surmounting the with its apparatus of poles, beams, cross still more so; but to climb not cords, and chains, our imagination merely this but a higher distance by is possessed with a sense of insecu- an apparatus, of no greater security rity, which is not diminished when than that which is used for common we direct our eyes to the same little architectural purposes, is an attempt domicile placed in its actual position which, ifonly once made, would have above the site of the Cross, and ap- been wonderful, but which baffles all pearing “ like a watch tower in the the language of wonder when reskies.'
peated hundreds of times. At the risk of trespassing on the By the scale of admeasurement limits of a mere notice, we must take appended to the engraving, we perleave to offer a few remarks, which ceive that the height of the gallery suggested themselves on tracing the is 325 feet, while the Observatory delineated ascent to this aerial tene- is at the enormous altitude of 410 ment. Those who have once or feet. We know not in what terms twice undergone the patient toil of to congratulate Mr. Hornor on his marching up the spiral staircases, successful accomplishment of his and angular series of steps that lead great task, from this elevated and under the ample concave of the henceforward for some centuries undome, must remember that they attainable point; a view, which for emerged into the gladsome air upon truth of general resemblance, and what is called the golden gallery, minute accuracy of outline, has exfrom whence strangers usually take cited the astonishment and admiratheir view of the vast expanse of the tion of all who have been favoured
with an inspection of the voluminous traordinary genius; and our work sketches, from which the artist is would ill deserve the name of Euronow occupied in engraving his great pean, if we confined our feeble pawork. We cannot close the present tronage within the limits of our own hasty and imperfect notice, without country. Actuated by these sentirepeating our cordial wishes for his ments, we feel an honourable pride success; and we have the satisfac- in being able to give the testimony of tion to perceive from the announce- our warmest applause to a young ment of a third edition of his illus- foreigner, whose musical talents are trated prospectus, after the rapid of the first order. Md’lle. DELPHINE sale of his two former, that the Royal DE SCHAUROTH, a native of Bavaria, Sanction, with which he has been is lately arrived from Paris, where honoured, has stimulated the feeling she has been playing upon the Pianoof the public already disposed to forte among the first circles with patronize his undertaking, and to the greatest applause, after having ensure that effective encouragement performed before the Emperor of to the work, which from its magni- Austria at Vienna; and before the tude and national importance it so
King of Wurtemburg at Stutgard. justly claims.
She has come to this country highly The English Opera House, at th recommended to the Countess St. Lyceum, is undergoing a most ex- Antonio by M. Paer, the well-known pensive and elegant embellishment composer at Paris, who describes her under the superintendance of Mr. as a performer equal to Moschelles, Beazely. Some important improve. although she is only nine years of ments are to be made at the Box age! She has already played before entrance in the Strand, by which the a party at the Prince of Coburg's general convenience and comfort of with distinguished success. As soon the public will be very much im- as we heard of the talents of this proved.
phenomenon, as sbe may be justly A numerous and respectable body termed, we were anxious to witness of artists met at the Freemasons' a display of her abilities before we Tavern, Great Queen-street, on the gave the sanction of our work to the 21st instant, to consider the most applauses of her admirers. We bave eligible means of erecting an exten- been gratified; and can justly say, sive suite of rooms for the exhibition that for delicacy of touch, and clear and sale of the works of British and rapid execution, she has, in our artists in every department of art- opinion, no rival of her age; and in painting, sculpture, architecture, and sentiment and expression, the soul engraving-when a society was in of musick, she is unrivalled by any stituted, and resolutions passed de female performer we ever heard. claratory of their determination to This last quality proves her to be proceed on broad and liberal prin- richly endowed with intuitive geciples, their object being to give to nius, for no art can instil into so the rising, as well as the more ad- young a mind factitious expression, vanced artists, the means of display- which is, at best, but a poor substiing their works for sale, during the tute for that soul-subduing power season when the opulent patrons of that exists in the sounds produced art are usually resident in the me- by this unaffected child of nature. tropolis.
These praises, as well as her per· Marshal Soult's splendid collec- formance, may be criticised on the tion of pictures, now in Paris, are 4th of July, when she will have a for sale by private contract. They concert at the Argyll Rooms. When are said to embrace all the chef we heard her play a Sonata by Paer, d'œuvres of the great masters of we understood she was to perform every country:
in the evening at the Duchess of Musick.- The greatest pleasure Kent's; and after her performance we can experience, and the greatest of this Sonata, we could not help obligation we can bestow on society, exclaiming Materiem superabat as a portion of the public press, con- opus. sist in fostering the talents of ex
Nouveaux Tableaux de Famille. committing the very faults of which
his he warned them. Perhaps it may Children, translated from the Ger- be objected, that, if the faults we man of Auguste la Fontaine. By now speak of had only the charm Mad. de Montolieu. New Edition, of novelty, time would have done 3 vols. 8vo. with prints. Paris. justice, and they would have passed
away. But these literary faults have “ Where is the reader of 'Les another advantage, that of facility, Tableaux de Famille,' who has and only require imagination, and perused it without emotion? How dispense with all the studies necesinteresting are the good minister sary to regulate and direct the danBemrode, his excellent wife, and
gerous faculty of writing, which is their daughters, the tender Elizabeth only a means and not an end. It is then and Mina so sensible and amiable, not to be expected that authors will and the whole family happy in love be wanting in this species of proand virtue !"
ductions, in which they seduce the We are obliged to reinforce our- mind without appealing to the heart selves with the testimony of authors or the reason. À proof of the good of acknowledged authority, to re- disposition of the French public, in commend to those readers who are this respect, is the re-impression of accustomed to extravagant and false the works of the best moralists. productions, those simple and faith- M. Arthur Bertrand will have conful works in which are painted, not tributed his part to the restoration fantastical characters and of good taste by his new edition of strained manners, but characters Mad. Montolieu's works ; he is too and manners drawn from the bosom good a speculator to reprint so conof society. The authority we have siderable a collection, if he were not just quoted is Chenier, from his sure of the reception it would meet * Tableau historique de l'état et des with. progrès de la literature Française depuis, 1789.". This ingenious and Ein Blick auf die Geschichte des profound critic in pronouncing 'a Konigreichs, Hanover. severe judgment upon one of the Sketch of the History of the kingdom, most remarkable productions of the of Hanover. By C. de Leutsch, age, (Atala, by Chateaubriand) in
svo. Leipsick. which is the stamp of genius and great beauties accompanied with Under this modest title is confreqnent infractions of good taste and cealed remarkable merit: the author cominon sense, undoubtedly fore. shews great talent. He connects the saw all the evil, which unskilful history of a single people, and hisimitation of this original work tory in general, with profound judgwould do to literature. He wished ment. The following is a concise to warn young authors against a summary of the various details false manner, which had then treated of by M. Leutsch. among the French the charm of The country between the Rhine,
ovelty, and armed himself with the Elbe, and the North Sea, was ridicule, that all-powerful weapon bounded on the South by the ancient in France.
kingdom of Thuringia, an asylum · But it must have lost some of its in remote antiquity of the Ingavopower when we see, in spite of the nians or Itaevonians against the judicious criticism of Chenier, a Swedes and Gauls, and afterwards crowd of young authors blindly the cradle of those very Francs, who,
after having overthrown the last Abrahamson, Aid-de-camp to the ramparts of the Roman empire, sub- King of Denmark. Copenhagen. jugated the Allemanni, the Thuringians, the Bavarians, and the Fri. The title of this work ought to sons. They prepared the same fate have been History of Mutual Infor the Saxons, but they, proud of struction. Indeed the first volume their success against the Romans, is a complete history as far as we after a struggle of thirty-one years can judge of this method of educa. were still unconquered, and the tion, not only in Europe, but in all Francs could obtain no other ad
parts of the world, except in Denvantage over them than that of mark, to which the authors have obliging them to march as equals devoted their second volume. under the same banner.
may be seen that, thanks to the enThe Francs preserved for a cen- lightened protection of the king, tury the first rank in Germany; this method of instruction is mak. their preponderance then passed to ing a progress in Denmark surpass. the Saxons, who successively made ing every expectation. themselves masters of Suabia, Lor- Amongst the subscribers to this raine, Bavaria, Italy, and Poland. work, the number of whiclı amounts
After an age of prosperity, the to 1,500, an unheard of number in Saxons experienced a reverse, and the annals of Danish literature, are languished in obscurity till the
a great many ecclesiastics, who have period when Lothario of Supplim- declared in favour of instruction berg revived their power, which he and knowledge. Nevertheless, they, tried to consolidate by an alliance wbose honourable efforts introduced with the Guelfs, but in vain. The this method into their country, have humiliation of Henry-the-Lion de- still to struggle against the prejustroyed the work of Lothario; the dices of men who oppose every usefidelity of the vassals of Brunswick, ful innovation either through apa. Nordheim, and Lunebourg, were thy, which prevents them from exthe only supporters of the Guelf amining into the nature of things, throne, shaken by the misfortunes of or from fanaticism which blinds the enterprising Otho IV.
them. From that time the Saxon and the Such persons as these are to be Guelf powers were weak and feeble. found in every country; happily At length the Saxons seemed to be their number is not great in Denreanimated, the electorate was the mark. We shall give a more dereward for what they had done tailed account of this work when against the perpetual enemy of the third volume appears. Amongst Germany: and England, who a some slight imperfections, we must thousand
before had sought mention the bad orthography of their aid, placed their crown in the the proper names. Thus Cardinal protecting hands of an Elector. Consalvi, Duke of Hijar, and CaThus, under George III, the Hano- simir-Perrier, are metamorphosed verians attained that rank which, into Gonsalvi, Hijor and Saintbefore Charlemagne, their prede. Perrier. cessors, the Saxons, had possessed. The details relative to the intro
duction of mutual instruction into Om den indbyrdes, &c. Denmark ought to have been conOn the Nature and Importance of fined to smaller limits, for it cannot
Mutual Instruction. By P. H. have the same degree of interest to Moenster, a Clergyman, and G. every class of readers.
Quentin Durward. By the Author observations that have became per
of Waverly, Peveril of the Peak, haps even familiar with the public, &c. In three volumes, 12mo. pp. he will find it almost impossible to 964. London, 1823.
expatiate at any length upon the
writings of an author whose works Unless a critic stoop to plagiar- are always in the same style, and ism, and condescend to repeat the have Nowed from the press for al
most fitteen years, in a copious and had been, with his exception, exteruninterrupted course, almost un- minated in a feud with the neighequalled in the history of literature. bouring clan of the Ogelries. T'he. The volumes now before us have scene is laid in France, and in the similiar merits and demerits, and reign of Louis XI. the contempobear, in every respect, similar fea- rary of our Edward IV. Quentin, tures to their numerous precursors
driven from his native country, has from the same pen.
resorted to France in order to seek
for military employment under Louis facies non omnibus una,
XI., or otherwise under his less Nec diversa tamen ; qualem decet politic but more chivalrous rival, esse sororum.”
Charles the Bold, Duke of Bur
gundy. The novel opens with a There is the same subordination portraiture of Louis, and of the of plot and general consistency to Duke of Burgundy, the former being isolated descriptions ; the
represented as cautious, vigilant, proofs of a want of previous diges- cunning, superstitious, cruel, and tion of the story, and of often join. skilful; the whole of his vices and ing dislocated scenes by forced chap- virtues being concentrated upon the ters, evidently written merely for one great object of amalgamating the purpose of connecting the nar- the disorderly and refractory barons ration, there is the same character of France into one united monarchy; of imagination, and the same preva- the character of his opponent, the lence of imagination over the reason- Duke of Burgundy, is that of violent ing faculties, the same extreme ver- and headstrong passions of gallantry bosity and carelessness of style, the and of incautious valour. vapid dialogue, and the endless The second chapter, in the vivaeking out of pages, and there is cious and brilliant manner peculiar also the same brilliancy of descrip to this author, represents Louis and tion, and the same felicitous sketches his Provost Marshal in disguise, of situations and of characters that seated for amusement on the banks have so eminently distinguished of the Cher, when they are apevery thing that has previously proached by Quentin Durward, and
, fallen from the pen of this fortunate after a humorous dialogue, in which author.
the King learns the object of QuenThe novel of Quentin Durward, tin's journey, and penetrates into à l'ordinaire, is ushered into the his character, the Monarch offers world by a long introduction, ac- to introduce him into the Royal quainting the reader how the author Palace of Plessis, Quentin being in became possessed of the materials of immediate search of his maternal the work. This introduction is well uncle, an officer of the Scotch written, and contains many humor- Archers, in the service of France. ous and sensible observations upon We have then a description of QuenFrance and England, with a good tin's uncle, Balafré, and of the corps sketch of a French nobleman of the of Scotch Archers, as well as of old school, restored to his dilapi- their commander, Lord Crawford. dated patrimony by the political All this is given with the author's metamorphosis of 1814. The author, usual spirit and felicity, in describfalling into the good graces of this ing ancient military costumes, hamember of the old noblesse, obtains bits, and manners. We are induced from him the M.S. of Quentin Dur- to omit the chapter, called the Boward. We are disposed to admire hemians, as it appears to us tedious this introduction for its vivacity of and spun out, and, indeed, to be no. description and humorous remarks, thing more than an awkward and but this introductory accounting for inartificial contrivance to introduce the origin of the novel is unneces. Quentin into the corps of Scotch sary, and throws, indeed, an unna- Archers, and to bring him in contural or ridiculous air over the be- tact with his uncle, the object of his ginning of the volume.
search. We are hardly yet upon the Quentin Durward is the last of threshold of our story, and yet we the Durwards, a Scotch family that have already given the out-line or
Eur. Mag. June, 1823.