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THE SPECTRE HORSEMAN.
Mathews dressed like any other gent; with | seem to think it requisite to idealise upon this The glow-worm has left the dewy road, his hand under the lappel of his coat like any animal, or rather to copy the antique ; while
From the hedges appear other sitter ; looking decorous, as it were, like some of the breed which they may see in Hyde The squint and the leer any other unfortunate person who is condemned Park every day, offer much finer studies, and Of the speckled and leprous toad: to suffer being painted; and this is all we are have also the recommendation of truth. Why Are you there! ha! ha! in her glittering car, to have of an individual (we hope to be for should we take Greek proportions from the See ! the fairy queen is come from afar ! given for calling him so- it may be a libel), who Elgin marbles for British heroes to bestride ;
Onward again, and faster yet, has so many aspects, and all of them as plea- when such creatures as belong to his Majesty's
My task must be done sing, at least, as the present fixture. We stud, such as the Duke of Montrose and other
Ere the morning sun protest against the thing in toto: the look is eminent characters ride, present perfect models
Shew the beams of his coronet ; too severe--the nose too much of a nosethe for imitation? This is, however, a thing of Confusion of Fate and her triple Hate! features are correct, but it is not Mathews as opinion, and we must not be understood to We have sped so fast, and have come too late! he is familiar to our eyer. This is no fault of derogato from a composition which does so much Mr. Lonsdale's, whose portraits are almost credit to Mr. Heaphy's pencil, especially if we uniformly strong resemblances ; it is the fault remember his whim and talents in subjects of AN UNFORTUNATE MOTHER TO HER CHILD. of the versatile being himself, whose traits are familiar life. We are not sure of the likeness,
BLESS thee, my child! thy beauty throws as difficult to catch as the Cynthias' of the nor of the foreshortening of the extended arm.
A lustre round thy mother's grief minute. Nevertheless, this is a fine likeness of
Like morning on the mountain snows, Mr. M. as a private character, and will be re- Lord Amherst. Painted by Lawrence; in mez- Or moonlight on the fading leaf ! lished as such by multitudes who have enjoyed zotint by C. Turner. Colnaghi and Son.
Bless thee, my child ! thy cheeks are fair him as a public character. A GRACEFUL and dignified whole-length of
As lilies by the storm unbent,
The hue of innocence is there,
And I, like thee, was innocent !
lently preserved ; and a bird's-eye view of the A PRETTY little piece, and interesting from its Factory at Canton, on the left, explains for
Bless thee, my child ! thy crimson blush subject. whom this able work was painted. There are
Is like the opening smile of May,
When roses hang on every bush
O may it ne'er be wept away!
J. W, L. Both engraved by W. Brett. Col. naghi and Co. THESE two portraits of lovely women form
SKETCHES OF SOCIETY (we believe) ornaments a Fashionable
Traditions of the Western Highlands." Monthly, La Belle Assemblée; but are also,
NO. V. SOMERLED. from the artist-like style in which they are The steed is passing along his way,
SOMERLED was King of the Isles and Lord of done, published separately, in proofs, for the Like the beaming light of the meteor's ray ;
Kintyre, and appears to have been contemporary lovers of the arts who may happen to care very And his eye is of fire, and his nostrils wreathe
with Alexander I., King of Scotland. His little for the fashions. As this is one of our A bright blue flame as he snorts to breathe ;
territories were indeed very extensive. He misfortunes, we can only say that these por. And his stiffen'd mane is cover'd o'er
bad under his sway Argyleshire and the western traits are very sweetly done, and must be very With the crimson foam of the bridle's gore:
coasts of the counties of Ross and Inverness. acceptable ornaments to any work of the class And onward he goes in the midnight's noon, of that which they adorn. The first has much And his shadow is seen on the crescent inoon : It is said, that in the early part of his life he
assisted the King of Denmark in his wars in of the chapeau de paille : the last a touch of His rider is dashing his rowel deep,
Sweden, and that, in consequence of the high il penseroso.
And the steed rushes forward with spring and character he had obtained, Efrica, daughter of The King, George IV. In Lithography by
Olans, the swarthy King of Mann, was beJ. Minasi, Artist to the King of Naples; The plated helm is upon his head,
stowed on him in marriage. printed by Engelmann and Co. Limbird. But his flaxen ringlets are steep'd in red;
Tradition says, that Godred, King of Mann, Decidedly bad. M. Von Weber, by the And his red hand grasps a shiver'd blade,
having deprived many of the nobles of their same: hardly, if at all, better.
And his maiden's scarf is in blood array'd! lands in the Western Islands, Thorfin, one of
And as onward and onward they gallop away, the most potent of them, sued for the protecLord Byron, from W. E. West's Portrait. En-The Spectre Horseman thus shouts his lay:
tion of Somerled, and this he most cheerfully graved by C. Turner, and dedicated to J. Cam Joyous, my trusty steed, we go,
granted. Godred was then in Ireland ; and Hobhouse, Esq. Colnaghi and Son.
But there's gnashing of teeth
in a very short time Somerled conquered many WHETHER We consider the character of the
In the gulf beneath,
of the islands. Godred, on his return from head, or its admirable execution in mezzotinto, And howling of sinners below!
Ireland, equipped a powerful feet, and prowe must esteem this to be by much the finest We have left the slain on the battle plain, ceeded to Scotland, to reclaim his dominions
. : portrait of Lord Byron which has yet been And there's many a bead has been told in vain! Off the coast of Kintyre, he was encountered published. It certainly not only differs from,
My mother is wringing her hands at home; fought on the night of the Epiphany;
by Somerled, and a very bloody action was but excels in merit, the line engraving by
But there shall be joy Wedgewood, noticed in our No. 515; and as
When she sees her boy
After the battle, a treaty was concluded, and both purport to be taken from the same origin,
From the bosom of slaughter come.
Somerled compelled the King of Mann to cede it is rather extraordinary to observe how dis- Yes; there's joy for the dead in their reeking and several others which he had conquered
to him for ever, not only the Island of Mull
, similar they are.
There has been, it appears, bed, a dispute among the artists (to which we re. And I shall see all the tears they shed !
before, but all the islands north and south of fused to become a party—see L. G. Dec. 2.);
the point of Ardnamurcban, as far as the Mull but it is only justice to state, that the present My lady is weeping in ball and bower, of Kintyre. Godred was not content under the work has been engraved under Mr. West's im.
She has lost her love,
loss of so much land, and used many artifices mediate inspection, and is thus the most faithful
And her oath is above,
to foment divisions among the subjects aud as well as the best-finished transcript from his
But she'll break it in less than an hour ; vassals of Somerled, who was forced to invade painting. It is also a remarkably fine speci. And I shall be there in her hour of prayer, men of Mr. Turner's skill.
And she'll seek her new love, and find him * We are not very erigeant about the use made of our where?
productions by contemporaries, who are quite welcome
in take what ihey fancy from the Literary Gazette: inLord Combermere. Painted by Heaphy ; en- Faster and faster, brave Conner, fly ;
deed, we rather consider it as a compliment, as it is cer graved by C. Turner. Colnaghi and Son. Thou art quick as the wind
tainly an extension of our usefulness, when we see our An equestrian subject, and treated with great We have left behind,
writings so generally copied and so universally
In the case of these TRADITIONs, however, as it may spirit. The turn of the figure and style of the When storms are in the sky;
affect the value of future copyright to the author, (white head are uncommonly good ; and the general But I wot not how thou hast blood on thy coursesh and originals, the to request that the effect very striking. Of the horse, we are not brow, prepared to say quite so much. Our artists And you neigh not so wildly and joyously now! whence they are taken.Ed. L. G.
them from us, will have the goodness to acknowledge
Mann with a powerful army, and he succeeded of them :-we cannot but think it derogatory and they manifest the utmost enthusiasm. in conquering the whole island. Godred was to the uniform of a British officer to be worn on “Oh ! how delightfully she touches the piano!" expelled ; and Somerled placed on that petty extra duty, attending such a ruffian rabble as is the general exclamation ; " what pretty mu. throne Reginald, the brother of the late generally congregate on such occasions; and sic ! come along ; let us go to the shops, and king.
we are astonished at its being allowed. get a complete collection of Madame Szyma. Somerled's power was much increased by all
nowska's cotillons.” Ask a young lady in the these conquests, and Malcolm IV., then King
best society, who studies singing, to let you
DRAMA. of Scotland, having attempted to injure the
hear a specimen of her acquirements; but do rights of the sons of the Earl of Moray, So
The King's Theatre ; Foreign Artistes, fc. not expect that she will confine herself to some merled protected these young men, who were
(Continued from our last Number.) little piece of music proportioned to her powers. his own sister's offspring, and fully secured to I could not attack the vices of the theatrical No; she wants to shew off the grand, the brilthem their possessions. He afterwards assisted management without previously exposing the liant ; and she tortures you by squalling the earls of Galloway and Moray, and, joined root of the evil. . It is for that reason that I most desperately Madame Pasta's airs, or the with Donald Mac Beith, grandson of the dwelt on the details respecting the four classes vaulting notes of Velluti. Her mercenary Usurper, spread such alarm in the kingdom, of which I have just been speaking. But, be- masters, however, persuade her that she sings that Walter, the High Steward of Scotland, fore I broach my subject, allow me to ask one delightfully! Are these proofs of taste ? It is was glad to compromise the dispute, and con- question. How happens it that imposture rears in vain to say that tastes must not be disputed, clude a peace, without risking an action. In its audacious head in France and England, and that whatever pleases or amuses ought to consequence of various differences, Somerled while it bites the dust in Italy, Spain, and even be respected. I will always maintain, that declared war against King Malcolm many years Germany? The reason is, that in the last- whatever is founded on false principles can after this; and it is said that this king sent him mentioned nations, people do not inquire what never belong to the class of the true and the a message, offering him peace, on condition an artist has been, but solely what he is ; while beautiful. Otherwise, every absurdity becomes that he should yield up his whole possessions in France and England, the past constitutes the an infallible maxim ; every ridiculous usage a on the mainland of Scotland, content himself value of the present. In Italy, Spain, and model to follow; every erroneous doctrine an with the islands, and become subject to the Germany, the people are not afraid of judging incontestable axiom. If tastes must not be king.
from their own feelings; in France and Eng- disputed, who can complain of the negroes of This message exasperated the haughty Somer- land, self-love prevents them from pronouncing, Saldanha bay, who, according to Downton, led ; and, drawing his sword in presence of the lest they should expose themselves. "Italy, Spain, decorate themselves with the stinking entrails messenger, he swore that alone should decide and Germany, have each a national style of of animals; or of the inhabitants of another their dispute. He immediately prepared a fleet music, distinctly characterised, and founded on part of Africa, who live upon putrid fish, and, of 160 sail, and made direct for the river Clyde. the acknowledged principles of the art ; France in order that it may soon become so, expose it Some rhymes are still extant, describing the and England have only an amphibious style ; on the banks of their rivers to the burning rays motley appearance of this tumultuary force, unless, indeed, they are pleased to call the bal of the sun ? To maintain the principle of the but they do not admit of translation, the terms lads of England, and the romances of France, expediency of a false taste, would be to imitate being obsolete in both languages ; indeed, in the national
. Such a denomination, however, 1 the conduct of that nation of hump-backs, in English we never had terms for the objects am not afraid of saying, would not lead to any which a well-formed man was derided by every alluded to. This army was landed near Řen- conclusion favourable to the musical taste of body. Can it be agreeable to a young lady frew, where the king's troops lay under the either people. The French romance is but a travelling in a foreign country, to find herself command of the High Steward of Scotland, miserable and limited abridgment of the grand, frequently compelled to blush at an exhibition and Somerled offered battle to his enemies, but majestic, and infinitely varied rythmical song on her own part, which every one about her he was treacherously slain by his own nephew, of other nations, and is very far from possessing feels to be ridiculous ? It seems to me, that Maurice Mac Neale, of Taynish, who had been a distinctive character; and the Scotch ballad the glory of belonging to a nation which posbribed by the High Steward to accomplish this is merely the tradition of an ancient melody, sesses real knowledge (even in the fine arts) is infamous deed.
devoid of harmony and rhythm, the offspring worth something, and is preferable to the epheSomerled was, without any doubt, the father of the nature and simplicity with which a sober meral brilliance of the ostentation of the moof Reginald and Dugald, from whom descended and brave people painted the pleasures or the ment. the great clans of Macdonald and Macdougall. torments of love. Let an accordance with the Neither the French nor the English have Which of these brothers was the eldest, is not principles of these songs of " the olden time” any musical school of their own. They never perfectly ascertained, and the offspring of each be taught at the present day, and we should see create; they imitate. So true is this, that they claim that honour. The power of the Mac- the kind of scholars that would be produced ! still worship the productions of two centuries donalds was universally known ; and the Mac-As for the French, we have only to listen to ago, (most frequently transmitted to them by dougalls were, at one time, little, if at all, the pupils of their most celebrated masters, to foreign masters,) and find infinite difficulty in inferior ; but their connexion with the Cum perceive that their romance forms the funda- accustoming themselves to modern works. Let mings induced them to support that party in mental principle of their method of singing. a new piece be performed in France or in the contest for the crown of Scotland, in op- These pupils do not sing: they squall, espe. England, without naming the composer, and position to Bruce, and the issue became fatal cially the women, with their mouths half shnt, without prepossessing any one about it; be it to their greatness, although they continued to with a slender guttural voice, a forced lisp, ever so beautiful, every body remains silent. retain a vast extent of territory for many cen
sharp notes piercing the ear, with ornaments Let the same be done in Italy, in Germany, or turies. They were, indeed, singularly unfor. badly united, badly placed, in which the qua- in Spain, the bravos and the plaudits will shake tunate in their politics, their party having been vering is interminable. This is all their talent. the roof. Try to convince the French or the almost uniformly unsuccessful.
If it be a tenor, you do not hear four notes di English, that one of their composers of reputa-
head which the Italians call falsetto, and pro- call your declaration a blasphemy, and will pro. Ox Wednesday, another of these disgusting spe. scribe in their school. The French, also, have nounce the thing impossible. Their servile culations was perpetrated at the Argyle Rooms. no notion of the voice of contrallo, so much respect even leads to the formation of parties, Though not a royal theatre, we believe that esteemed in Italy. It is sufficient for them, and a subject of taste is converted into a subthe Guards, the companions of those gallant that it is a female who sings, to believe that, ject of quarrel. Such were, in France, the fellows who have been sent to uphold our whether one will or not, she must go to the Glückistes and the Piccinistes; such are now national character, and vindicate our national very top of her voice.—But what shall we say the Rossinistes and the Bertonistes, or Cheru. faith in Portugal, were prostituted and dis- of the bad taste which prevails universally in binistes ;* for they are the same. Let a composer graced by being employed on duty, as at the England ; a few professors and a few enlightened in Italy take it into his head to produce a bad Opera house. As for the rest, his Majesty's persons excepted? Only observe the success of work after having produced a good one, he will Chamberlain, who licenses, and his Majesty's certain airs ; the composition of certain public be soundly hissed in the same theatre in which, worthy subjects who sell their wares there, have concerts, of the lyric stage, and of the pri- the day before, he was overwhelmed with ap. it between them, their consciences, their purses, vate musical parties ! It is a fact, for instance, plause. The celebrated Mr. Rossini knows and the public. It is a bad thing, of which no that when Madame Szymanowska plays a fine something about this ! When a young comgood can be said ; and this is all we shall say sonata in the midst of a circle of ladies, they poser, or a new composer (I mean a foreigner), about these masquerades, in addition to what scarcely honour it with the slightest token of
• Partisans of Berton and Cherubini, the chiefs of the was riiggested by vitnessing the filth of onel approbation ; but let her strike up a cotillon, French school, or rather of the Teutonico-Gallic achool.
is induced to have a piece of his performed, sciated; while years would not be sufficient to lets from the countess. Theri follows the
parking either in France or in England, by the or- weaken the old impressions made on the ears of chapter of calumnies, in which lies " the chestra of the country, cries of " wretched ! certain systematic nations.
heart of his mystery." The quack resembles wretched!” resound from all sides, without his I repeat, that of all the nations who have a the sailor, who, a good swimmer himself, and bine, i having been heard. The audience think it very style, Italy is the one which seems to have an finding his vessel sinking low, apprehensive of presumptuous, on his part, to dare to write after exclusive right of exportation ; that the capital being impeded in his flight, seizes a sword, and Mozart; and, if it be in France, after Mehul, of a great nation ought to possess, in the strict cuts right and left at all who dare approach, Gretry, Berton, and Cherubini ; and every sense, an Italian Opera ; and that London, in reckless who perishes provided he is saved. Is body endeavours to maul the poor neophite, consequence of its wealth and influence, ought he asked his opinion respecting a new artist, without knowing, at all, whether his music be to excel all other capitals in that respect. But who is not yet known? – he takes care to good or bad. But let him appear in Italy, and how happens it, that the Opera in London is depress him so much that the poor devil runs a let his production be marked with the stamp of the worst organised and the worst managed risk of never rising again. Is an artist, already taste and excellence, and the public enthusiasm of any Opera in the world ? There is the known and enjoying some reputation, spoken will be the more general, as he will owe his Augean stable which I am desirous of trying of ?-- he calls his talents in question, even success to his own merit; for in such a country to cleanse. We have already seen why the charges him with quackery, and by ifs, and no respect for old gray beards prevents their jugglers and the quacks swarm in London buts, and hums, deprives him of half the good applauding, to the skies, an artist who makes more than any where else ; let us now endea- opinion which had been entertained of him. his début; and, still more, the recommendation vour to discover the causes which induce the If at the end of all this he takes care to add, of a gread lord who is ignorant of music, has no fashionable and the rich of this great capital to and to make it believed, that he was born more weight than that of a common man. In become the protectors and the bankers of a class a gentleman, or, if it be a female juggler, Italy they are on the watch for talents, and as condemned by good sense. After well con- that she was born a lady,---that his or her soon as they discover metal in a debutant, they sidering the subject, we shall find only one fortune has been dissipated by unprincipled encourage him, they talk of him, they support canse,
I speak it with relations, that his or her noble heart sula him, until his powers become fully developed ; regret, but from this frivolous source flow fors to see himself or herself confounded while in France and England, unless he have a the usurpations of the jugglers, and the cor- with the gentry of the stage ; and, if it be a great many protectors and friends, they paralise ruption of judgment, want of taste, injustice, female juggler, that she has suffered ill-treathim they cut the ground from under his feet; revolting partiality, and absurdity, in which ment, dishonourable conduct, disgusting atand, above all, if he promises well for the fu-are wrapped up persons otherwise respectable, tempts, and so on, her triumph is assured, for ture, the honest jugglers combine to crush bim but deficient in wise discernment. It is osten- every fashionable dame will cover with her
The servile respect of these two na- tation, which in England takes the place of protecting wings this innocent, unhappy, and tions for their old authors, in impressing on sentiment, taste, and love for the arts. It is persecuted princess ; and she may rest satisfied, young persons the necessity of imitating the from ostentation that musical parties are given, that in five or six years she will go and enjoy classical and monotonous style of the ancients, in which artists are employed who are dearly in her own country the income of five and will retard the progress of taste, clip the wings paid. The word mode, or fashion, is but the twenty or thirty thousand francs, extorted on of infant genius, and eternally produce musi. synonyme of ostentation. Fashion despotically the banks of the Thames ; as did, a few years cians who have only one string to their bow. sways all hearts, all purses. She decrees that ago, an old shrew, as ugly as Mother Shipton, It is said, that during the last few years France they shall bring to her house Tancredi, Ame- who adopted the means I have been describing. is beginning to emancipate herself :*_it is pre- raïde, Don Giovanni, and Leporello ; to repeat In the meanwhile, the person of fashion opens tended, that at the Royal Academy, called also to satiety pieces which every body knows by his eyes and his ears : he relishes, with long the Grand Opera, the appoggiatura and the heart ; that they shall sing while the audience draughts, the philter of flattery. Like the silly ornaments of taste are allowed. To the squall. are occupied in chattering, or other things; M. Jourdan (the bourgeois gentilhomme) who ing, the florid style is succeeding; so much the and that they shall be paid at the rate of fifty had been talking prose without knowing it, the better for them: but that will never hinder guineas each. Any other artist who may person of fashion believes that be has become, their not having a school of their own. They present himself, let him perform miracles, is all at once, a lover of music of the highest will only Italianise in France. The French thought nothing of. It is indispensable to see rank. He is let into the secrets of the business
. have ever been the partisans of the noisy, jerk- those who have been seen on the preceding He observes in the juggler a certain air of su. ing, and perplexed style of the old German evening, or rather on the same evening, dressed periority which the other performers bare not. school. The following anecdote characterises in the costume of the theatre ; it is still more " It must be so," he says to himself, “ for he them admirably:-The Abbé Arnaud, a great indispensable to see only those who have the himself mentioned it. I also must be capable partisan of Glück’s, said, while listening to highest engagement: without that, ostentation of judging, since he reckons so much on my * L'Iphigénie en Tauride," that that musician pronounces that they are utterly worthless. protection. Besides, I will not patronise an had at last discovered the ancient grief; to The artist thoroughly knows the weak side unknown, a debutant, & nobody, who may which the Neapolitan ambassador laughingly of the fashionable persons of both sexes in expose me to make a bad figure before the answered, that he preferred the modern plea- London, who are allowed the right of protect Areopagus of my brethren. Well! very well! sure to the ancient grief; a bon mol which may ing and forming reputations. He feels that, On Sunday nexč I mean to have a little music, be applied to all people infected with the love to please them, he must offer on his part a nnd I shall be happy to see you." “ My lord, of old trash. Undoubtedly, if there be any duse of quackery, equivalent to the ostentation or my lady, honours me infinitely. I will bring nation capable of appreciating the merit of of his patrons. He begins by fattery. He a piece which, boasting apart, produces a sur. classical music, it is the Italian. No other emphatically praises, in the most cringing prising effect. Several persons have ventured people can boast of having produced such mas. manner, their exquisite taste for fine music, to execute it after me; but they have made a ter-pieces as the Italian composers. Palestrina, their admirable discernment, their noble gene- Fiasco Solenne." Leo, Pergolese, Scarlatti, Marcello, Durante, rosity. He declares himself ready to do any It is upon such principles, and by such proPorpora, Martini, Mattei, and many others, thing to amuse the leisure of their magnifi- ceedings, that in London mediocrity is enwill always hold the first rank among the cence. He shews a long list of pieces which couraged ; that the absurdly proud, egotists, classics ; but the Italians do not, on that ac- he has performed with eclat before all the praisers of rhapsodies, contrivers of embarasscount, bind themselves to study and imitate European connoisseurs and nobility; it was he ment, are created. It is also by such means only them. Highly respecting learned music, against whom the success of Crescenti was a that we hear in private rooms the same music they however contine it to their churches, and long time doubtful; without him more than over and over again for thirty or forty years; abandon themselves to all the brilliance of their one opera would have been irretrievably that the most unworthy compositions, whích imagination, to all the fire of their souls in the damned; bow many composers he has drawn would be considered unsupportable elsewhere, other styles. Thus, Rossini required to pro- from obscurity! what pieces of music, until are bere applanded; that young persons duce only one opera to be understood and appre- then insignificant, Decaine sublime by means are brought up in ignorance of true musical • The Italian Opera at Paris is rpresented in the
of his organ! In vain did jealousy spread taste; that one exclusivo style is adopted at journals as being in a lamentable condition at this mo- nets, forge cat-calls, brew cabals; he had only valuable; that it is maintained that only such ment, in consequence of the simultaneoux illness of the to appear, and the enthusiasm of the public or such a thing is good, and that every thing four principal female singers. What must render the drove his terrible enemies to despair. He talks else is good for nothing; that party esteries ment, say the last received papers, is the utter impossibi- adroitly of the presents he has receivel,mof are established, in which only the protected is reaf or feignied. Thus we have a strong corroboration from the duke; or, if the juggler be a female, that the artists live among one another like lity of knowing whether the indisposition of these ladies the brooch from the marquis, of the snuff-box have a right to shine. It is also by such means of some of the opinions advanced by our shrewd coniefpondent.Ed.
of the necklace from the prince, of the brace-/ cats and dogs; that the most intrigning of
quacking succeeds; that many persons who wish sincerely that ourselves and our readers is, that the girl is carried off to bed the serhave talent (even apart from their musical may enjoy these pleasures for a thousand vant to the gallows and the innkeeper dies skill) here vegetate miserably in oblivion; and years."
upon the spot. The piece, though acted as well lastly, that the Opera, that establishment as The title of the present pantomime is as it deserved to be, was, with the exception of honourable as it is useful, which ought uncea- the Man in the Moon, or Harlequin and the Cooper, badly done. Mr. Edwin is rather a singly to exhibit a model of justice, order, and Dog Star; and the introduction exhibits to us clever young man; but, as we took the liberty perfection, is deranged and degraded. Al- an ingenious speculator, who, as the head of a to tell him at first, he must not set up for a though the word “justice," in speaking of the Joint Stock Travelling Company, had reached successor to Emery. In simple country boys Italian opera, may seem nonsensical, I main- as far as Hudson's Bay; then had an inter- he may do very well ; that is, when he learns tain, and I will prove, that it leads to conse- view with the Man in the Moon, and has to speak a little more distinctly: but in characquences much greater than are supposed. The afterwards been invited by him to commence ters of passion in the expression of guilt or of management of a great theatrewithout “order,” a tour through that wandering planet. In remorse, he is barely respectable. The indif. will produce only extravagancies, oversights, the lunar regions, where our traveller is ference with which the performance was re. poverty of pieces, superfluous expense, and dis-l introduced at court, we find some droll ceived will, we hope, induce the manager to content among the performers, as well as characters and some clever machinery; and employ his writers upon some more agreeable among the respectable part of the public, who, after the parties have overcome the usual topics than those furnished by the Newgate paying dearly, have a right to be well used. number of difficulties, they are transformed into Calendar. Of the annals of the Old Bailey we But, without that justice which puts every the motley group attendant upon the business of have had more than enough. one in his place, order is not to be obtained. a Harlequinade. The scenes are in general very Military organisation, and that of the minis- showy and well painted, particularly, “ A View terial departments, prove the matter. Mar- of the old Bridge at Lyons," “ The Shooting At this theatre, also, the proprietors have shal Saxe's bon-mot on this subject is well Manor in the Moon,” and “ England's Pride spared neither labour nor expense to gratify known. Being requested by the king to direct and England's Glory," by Stanfield. The “ In- their visitors; and fastidious must that person the theatre at Versailles, he answered, “ Ex-terior of the Moon,” by Marinari, is a very be, whether young or old, who could come away cuse me, sire; I prefer the command of eighty elaborate composition ; but, according to his dissatisfied from so splendid an entertainment. thousand men to that of a dozen comedians; usual taste, the colours are by far too gaudy. The subject which Mr. Farley has chosen is for these gentlemen do not understand military It is, nevertheless, upon the whole, a spirited the history of Mother Shipton, connected and discipline."
and splendid affair. A scene also by Andrews, worked in with that of Riquet with the Tuft. (We regret that we could not compress this paper so as to called “ Two Miles Off,” is entitled to great To give the programme is unnecessary. There bring it within the year's volume; but it must extend to yet iwo other papers, which, entering more upon the praise. The pantomime is altogether well got is an old woman in a high-crowned hat who is founded on these previous grounds.] opera, may however be considered as separate, and only up; but in two rather important points it fails, taken for a witch-a lump of deformity called
in comparison with that of the rival theatre. Riquet, who rescues her from the vengeance of One of these is, that the various scenes are her neighbours a beautiful girl living in a
totally unconnected with each other; and the castle, and doing, like Cinderella, all the Custou requires (and in this instance at least other; that the performers who are employed drudgery of the house-a tom cat, six feet we are not amongst those who would dispute are by no means the best of their kind. Howell, high-and a man.cook measuring as many feet her sway,) that one of our chief recreations at who is the Harlequin, is a clumsy fellow in circumference. Such are the principal' drathis season of the year should be a pantomime Blanchard, the Pantaloon, is very active, but, mutis persona. There are in the early scenes --that our writers of tragedy and comedy, who as we have often had occasion to observe before, also a variety of grotesque masks and extrava
par excellence” call themselves dramatic his activity is altogether out of place: and gant dresses; and in the latter an incessant authors, should for a time retire from the scene, Southhy and Usher, the two Cloruns, though display of transformations, leaps through winand that Farley and Barrymore, and Stanfield excellent jumpers, have not a jot of humour; dows, tumbles into wells, and all the other and the Grieves, and“ id genus omne" should and in this respeet even the young Grimaldi,“ hair-breadth 'scapes” peculiar to this species exercise a
sovereign sway and masterdom” inferior as he is to his father, is worth a hundred of amusement. Where there is so much to over our eyes and ears, and try their wonder- such. Towards the conclusion there is a scene praise and to be pleased with, it is rather a diffi. working powers upon all ages and classes of representing Vauxhall Gardens, in which the cult matter to know what to select as the most society. Of the pleasure derived from such Diavolo Antonio swings to and fro most fear- deserving of commendation ; but of the scenery, performances we are fully sensible -- of the fully; and the Indian jugyler, Ramo Samee, we admired, principally, the opening view of venerable antiquity of their origin we do not plays with his knives and his balls most dex-"- the Mountains of Scotland,” “ Leith Harentertain the slightest doubt; nay, we are dis- terously: but the stage is too crowded, and bour by Moonlight,” and “ the Landscape and posed to think, that in all probability panto. some of the posture-masters excite more appre- Corn Fields” of the “ elder Grieve," and the mime in the long lapse of years and change of bension than pleasure in the minds of the spec- Forty Fountains,” and the “ Ruins of St. customs, has undergone fewer alterations in tators. The whole was favourably received; Magnus' Chapel," by the brothers “ T. and its nature and its influence than are to be found and we have little doubt that the Man in the w. Grieve." The whole of the scenes are, in. in any other department of our national drama. Moon will repay the manager, with interest, deed, painted by these artists, and the way in Tragedy has degenerated into melo-drama, the large sums which have evidently been laid which they are executed reflect the greatest and comedy has been turned into opera or out upon him.
credit upon their abilities. Of the transforma. farce. The city has grown too enlightened to On Wednesday, after the Lottery Ticket, a tions, we prefer the change of the enchanted submit to the satire of the London Cuckolds” | new serious drama was performed for the first wood into the magic kitchen; the piano-forte or the “ Lord Mayor's Day," and the appren time, called The Murdered Guest. It is one of into the tailor's concert-(the violoncello. tices too pure to need any longer the examples those sort of pieces that we sometimes get from player is admirable); the well of water into of Milwood and George Barnwell—but Harle. the foreign stages, consisting of vapid dialogue, the cask of whiskey; and speculation with quin and Columbine, and the Clown and the Pan. inconsistent characters, disgusting incidents, the last of the lotteries into industry, with taloon, are still the same; and the pantomime, and a horrid catastrophe. In this case, an old the bee-hive and its accompaniments. "of the although its essence be perpetual change, conti- gentleman arrives at an inn, with a bag of jokes, the clown washing the shirt into rags at nues, like "the Rock of Ages," alone unchanged. money” in his portmanteau ; his servant, who Drs. Sudds's; the cutting off the pantaloon's To account for this singularity is not so difficult is represented as a miracle of honesty and hu- head, which the dog runs away with, and the as may at first appear to us. The oration of manity, falls in love with the landlord's sister, fall into the pig-sty, are by no means bad ; and Brutus, or the epicedium of Antony, may fail and not only robs but murders his master. their effect upon the audience was exceeded in their effect from want of power in the actor, The landlord, who is also spoken of as the best only by the stag, and the ox, and the pig, that —“a knavish speech may sleep in a foolish and most respectable of Bonifaces, is seized were roasted whole, the fall of the countess ear," and a witty sally in a dull one,—but a with the same fancy, and proceeds to the bed into the dripping-pan, and the turning out of slap upon the face, or a kick upon the breech, room of his guest for the like purpose ; but the the plum-pudding as large, almost, as the great comes home to all bosoms, and never fails, and deed has been already done; and the inmates, globe itself. The performers paid as little never will fail, to excite the largest measure alarmed by the groans of the dying man, find regard to their limbs and lives as the most both of laughter and applause. In fact, we him standing near the body. A magistrate ardent lovers of the sport could desire; whilst would as soon part with our holiday as our is now sent for the several depositions made the shifters of the scenes and the pullers of the Harlequin, our company as our Columbine,+ and George (for that is his name) is about strings were as perfect as if they had played and our plum-pudding as our Pantaloon; and, to be committed, when the footman confesses their parts for twenty nights. In fact, Mr. in the spirit of the Spanish benediction, we the perpetration of the crime, and the end Farley, in all his arrangements, has, if possible,
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surpassed himself; and did his reward depend Signing for the King.–Charles IX. of France 107-Agriculture, 100_Gergraphy, Terasa on us, we would vote him a " statue with his was the first French king who ordered a se. Arts and Manufactures, 57– Politeal um
95—Natural History, Jurisprudar, ancestors," not placed in an obscure niche, but cretary to sign for him. One day, as he was taphysics, 37–Mythology and Autius, upon the chief pedestal in his own “ pavilion going to play at tennis, the secretary of state, Daine Rebecca Berry, or Court Sassa
sign. “Sign, father,” said he, “ sign for me." A publication which, if properly comes
to be of great use to the lower orders and
paration. It is entitled Library of the you command me to do it, I will sign.' VARIETIES.
or, a Series of Elementary Treats per Religious Music. - A new institution has
branches of Philosophy, History, and 117.2
sist of a Series of Treatises; cornments been established at Paris, or rather a new di.
« Zounds, this knife has no edge," said his master to Jack. dle of February, and continued at jeux " Sir; make use of your eyes,"
each Scientific Treatise containing is ir rection has recently been given to an existing Jack as sharply replies,
Fundamental Principles of some Brut institution, for instruction in singing, which is “ For the edge is as visible quite as the back."
their proofs and illustrations,-their sirds henceforward to be called the Royal Institution
tical uses, and to the explanation of facta: for Religious Music.
Letter to a Political Economist. a. Mrs. Siddons.-The Worcester Journal, MERELY a drop this week!
of Theobald Wolfe Tone, 2 vol. Svo .!. quoting our review of the Life of Mrs. Siddons, An ingenious person has discovered a new Naval Gazetteer, 12mo. 146. bdsm last week, adds the following piquant anecdote : plan of doing the sparkling, which will undo the Costumes, &c. of all Nations, laman
coloured, 108. od. half-bound. The Eagasta
37 They were ultimately married ; and after the made into unequalled Champagne, at one shil. Wind variable, N. and W. prevailing loca nuptials, old Kemble said to a friend, I can't ling and nine pence per bottle, puffing (the gas) since the 22d.
Rain fallen, .175 of an inch. say that my daughter has disobeyed me, for in included!!!
Cun. marrying Siddons, it can't be said that she has This wine is quite innocent, and would well Latitude...... 51° 37 92" N. married an actor.'
repay any manufacturer who might make it Longitude .... 03 51 W. of Green Zuchelli.—The French papers say that Zu- known by selling it, as limonadiers do their
O The “General Account" for the
appear in the next bumber of the List chelli, who has obtained a furlough of three mixtures in Paris, out of tin reservoirs on months from the Italian Opera at Paris, in their backs, at so much per glass. By the by, order to enable him to appear at the King's this would be an excellent Character for a
TO CORRESPONDENTS Theatre in London, notwithstanding the Italian masquerade, and profitable. He might be at- with, and not till then, we will stina
When we can find nothing bette teme termination of his name, is an Englishman. tended by a poet with good wages, some news- writers who (we are told, and, in s >I
Milanese Opera.-A new opera by Paccini, men with horns, the whole a clever and seen) find a constant exercise for the recor called the Gelosia corretta, has been received at effective group: We wish we had thought of ceed in attracting any public attention by the
attacking the Literary Gazette. Milan with great applause. Like all this com- it in time for the honourable and moral enter- entertaining malignity, we shall begra tots poser's works, it belongs to the school of Rossini. tainments at the Argyle Rooms. One bit of change our plan, and contribute our share It has no overture; an exhibition of laziness real fun would have shone amidst the mass of devoting our columns to interesting po
fund of Intelligence, instruction, so which we regret to say is becoming fashionable dull stupidity.
and abuse of distinguished contemporana in Italy. An opera without a symphony is like
dull subjects of literature, science, and the
Verita may be right, but the matter is u." a temple without a porch.-Italian Journal.
A. M. (No. II.) has been printed these
Thanks to Narrator—we will use his aut 19th of last month, called Niobe ; the music by Practice of Human Duly, on the Grounds of Natural Re
Systematic Morality; or, a Treatise on the Theory and
nication, if permitted to retain it for that pe
way most eligible to us. Paccini. Madame Pasta greatly distinguished ligion, by W. Jevons, jun., is announced.
Dear Poets. Our poetical correspondents de
almost unanimously determined to have spoon herself on the occasion, and the opera itself was
To the Editor of the Literary Gazette.
from us, the insertion of their favour or completely successful.
Sir-The passage of " tant plus longe que les mors sunt, wherefore not, -we have, at the close of this Cure for Wens.-Mr. Abernethy, on being tant plus elonie est le soleil," mentioned in the Literary hours from the refreshment of blessed som asked lately what was a cure for wens, an- Flanders Mare," as Henry Brutally called Anne Boleyn, month or six weeks will be received a co
Gazette of the 16th, evidently contains an error which the that the following note upon the accumoltin swered, “Upon my life I don't know; I believe might very easily make. Instead of Mr. Gunn's emenda- Many pieces destroyed as immature and it
cation. No names : Quicant in 20. you may as well whistle to them as any thing tion, I would read onert for longe. The word mors in several old French authors was a metaphorical expression
Many compositions refused on account of time else."
for night, from Maurus, the Moor, who is back of this being confined to localities and indis itu. Living Pictures. The manager of one of the opinion is Menage, in verbo, More? moreover, I believe it poetical department is for general rendier theatres at Berlin has carried into effect the is derived from maurus in the signification of a Moor, speaking, personal hopes, fears, pleasures. singular idea of imitating various well-known noir (black). I am the rather inclined to this reading, as cared for by others,
maurus, maurellus, morello. Mauris afterwards signified however important to parties concerned, and pictures, by groups of living persons, and ac- the author, from posting the word marenied the uplurad cient beauty to command a place in any part companying the representation by music ana. word.— Menage originally fancied It derived froin morus,
(that really to use the
acknowledge the subjoined 'signature, ki logous to the subject. “The Crowning of mulberry, on account of its black colour, which had passed enumeration will shew that it is impossible for
more than preserve them for the day A pollo,” after Schinkel, is accompanied by a into a proverb even in the time of Martial :
Sic quæ nigrior est cadente moro,
when room may be found.--Zillah : #: 1:19 duet of Weber's, from his opera of Epimenides;
Cerussata sibi placet Lycoris.
lark; M. M.; Segna; M.; Rosa ; Socorselen bay “ Joseph before Pharoah,' after Raphael, by The Rev. Mr. Fry, Rector of Desford, announces a Anglo-Hanoverian;' s. s. H.; Fidetta; !
W.G. A.; F.D.; A.; The Diver, frown Schüle, han the celebrated romance of Joseph in Egypt, by New Translation and Exposition of the Book of Job, of an old English Poet: A. K.; 6. R. Dlacan Mehul ;“ The finding of Moses," after Raphael, with Notes explanatory and philological.
Patriot; Agnes R. ; Arracan, &c.; C. Uyrus
German Literature.-A fortnight ago we inserted a com- ences; W. J.; Oscar: C. B.: Abdallah: by a chorus by Naumann; “A Sale of Cupids,
parative statement respecting the continental book-trade, R. M.; R. H. s.; W. H. J.;.; Lilla: Auths' after a Herculaneum bas-relief, by the grand from 1814 to 1926; and the number of books published Leaves; H. J. P.: we do not hesitate to " trio in Rossini's Armida ; " Mars, Victory, and in any
country may be considered as a criterion of its pro- poems would make a sweet little volume, Bacchantes," another remains of Herculaneum, science. A Catalogue, since published by Messrs. Treuttel feel to their authors) must be without
gress in literature and knowlerige, or as the barometer of tions sent for the Literary Gazette, 100***** by a chorus in Mehul's Uthal; “A Procession and Co., of the orks which have appeared in Germany cannot undertake
either to preserve MSX *** of the Muses,” by one of Naumann's choruses; during the first six months of the present year, presents with replies or explanations concerning the
matter for very curious comparison in this respect. The “The Prince of Geldern condemning his Father vlogy is the most prolific branch. Next - and here is to prison," after Rembrandt, by one of Catel's ample field for the labours of our ingenious translators- LONDON: Printed for the Priprister. choruses; “ The Violin Player,” after Jan them are some very voluminous works-amounts to 1695 are Novels and Romances. The whole number-and among Saturday, by W. A. SCRIPPS, Or LITELE
OFFICË, 7, Welliny ton Street, Water
7, Swath Monitor Syedt, Orford Street: Steen, by a chorus of peasants, by Weber, &c We subjoin a list, according to the relative
amount of each
98, Royal Rschange : 2. Hallerines, tu" &c. This new kind of spectacle appears to de.slask
Theology. 219 -- Novels and Romances, 17
gato Hill: A. black. EdinstgdDie Philology, 109--History and Biography, 151-Works on und J. Coroming, Dublin, light the public of Berlin exceedingly. Education, 145- Medicine, Surgery, 141-Mathematics, J. MOYES, Tenagale Printing Ofis, Base