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petitions Napoleon for permission to remove them. with which, on their mother's account, they are His petition is conveyed by the daughter of a met in society. There is a tone of religious feeling fellow-prisoner, and, after some difficulties, is in this novel, which enhances the obvious truth it successful. At last the count and his fellow- is calculated to enforce. It is not written with prisoner are released, and the former marries the much power, but it is naturally conceived, and daughter of the latter. This is the whole sub
executed agreeably, if not forcibly. stance of the tale. It is related with simplicity- 5. The subject of Manuella is drawn from the but it is French simplicity, by which trifles are war now raging in Spain. Some living characters magnified into importance, and sermons are literally are freely introduced into the fiction, which affects extracted from stones. The final moral is the to develope some of the secrets of the revolution. Count's return to Christianity, and his discovery of This assumption of a licence to deal with contemthe beauty and excellence of religious hope. porary history is highly reprehensible.
It con4. The Divorced details the difficulties which a founds truth and falsehood, and is not unlikely to lady who has once sacrificed her reputation finds have the effect of making erroneous impressions in regaining her place in society. Marriage has in respecting subjects that cannot be treated with too this instance atoned for the first fault, but the sins much circumspection. The author is evidently of the mother are visited upon her children, and well acqnainted with Spain ; but he possesses no the daughters of Lady Howard are obstructed in skill as a novelist. The story is a confused phantheir progress through life, by the moral repulsion tasmagoria.
Sunday. The beautiful painting under this name, by the has endeavoured to give the rich deep tints so celebrated Collins, must be well known to the peculiar to the foliage of this artist; but the fault, generality of our readers ; and we have now to con- like Othello's age, is “not much," and perhaps, gratulate them upon an engraving worthy of the after all, may have arisen not from the plate, original. With every disposition to be critical, there but from the manner in which it has been worked occurs to us only one blemish; we allude to a off, so that the blemish may be confined to a single slight smuttiness in those parts where the engraver impression.
THE SOCIETY OF BRITISH MUSICIANS.
It is generally understood that the object of this music is executed ; in this respect, though often society is to advance native talent by bringing its good, and never bad, they are yet far from reaching productions before the public; without some such that pitch of excellence which would command the encouragement it is quite plain that we can have no public attention. Our next censure applies to the musical school of our own ; for what inducement is choice of compositions; and in this we much fear there to long and patient labour, when every chance they are influenced by a system of favouritism, or, of fame or profit is denied ? We would not there- if not, they are in many instances directed by anyfore too minutely criticise the means where the thing but a sound judgment. It might seem inobject is so desirable, and if we find fault at all, it vidious to select any particular name or names to is merely with the view of stimulating the conduc- brand them with a stigma, and therefore having tors to adopt a more wholesome system.
thrown out the hint we leave the conductors to Our first objection is to the way in which their make the most of it.
SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS.
The exhibition of this year shows a greater variety allow of that minute and particular examination, of excellence than usual, though there may not be which alone could justify our entering into details ; any one picture that surpasses the chef-d'æuvres of
we must, therefore, reserve this topic for anotlier the preceding seasons. The rooms, however, were month, when we may find space and leisure to do too much crowded on the day of the private view to justice to the subject.
attend to these matters, it may be worth while for The King's Theatre has at length opened under
the speculating patentees to consider the propriety the auspices of Laporte, the Buffa company having
of introducing a Ballet in one of their establishbeen transferred to him by Mr. Mitchell. As far ments; Drury Lane and Covent Garden stages are as regards the operatic department, which ought to
admirably adapted for such exhibitions. be the principal consideration, the opening affords very little to satisfy the reasonable wishes of the subscribers, or to put the slightest faith in the pro- Fair Rosamond.—A better spirit, as regards the mises that are held out for the future. Instead of stage, seems to be arising amongst the public, and, saying that the “school-master is abroad,” we should in some measure, to have communicated itself even rather think it is Joseph Hume that is abroad, and to the managers, though this last class of people has inspired Laporte with the idea of this cheap has always been peculiarly slow to receive such imcompany, amongst whom there is not one first- pressions. There is a gradual disrelish showing rate singer Who, for instance, are his principals? itself for the school of French translators; the Cartone, Bellini, Mddle. Blazis, Deval, and Sig. Buckstones and the Planchés are visibly, though nora Rosina di Angioli. Cartone may, perhaps, slowly, sinking to their level; the exclusive mania have the advantage over Rubini in action and for foreign music is on the decline, and it appears appearance, but in every other respect he falls far that a native composer may enter the lists with the short of him. Blasis, as a prima donna, though German and Italian artists, and find no unwilling sufficiently studious to please, is yet more out of audience. The change is not less certain, because, place. Of Deval, we can only say that, though a as yet, it shows itself imperfectly; and right sure good musician, his voice is anything but agreeable ; are we, that if the press will but do its duty and science after all is but an indifferent substi. honestly and manfully, for the next twelvemonth, tute for the gifts of nature. The Italian Opera is we shall have an opera of our own, and a new form an exotic in this country, a hothouse plant that of drama in harmony with the mind and habits of must be nursed with care, and perfected at no little
But to bring about this desirable recost of money and attention. And have not the sult, every effort of original talent, with all its subscribers a right to expect all this from the manager faults and imperfections, must be encouraged ; the of the Opera House ? from the very nature of things, wretched drivellers who trade in the trash of the it is an aristocratic amusement; it is paid for as such, French minor theatres, and occupy the market to and the result should, in fairness, be commensurate the exclusion of real talent, must be put down with the outlay. The very circumstance of Laporte with a strong and steady hand; and even those promising all manner of additions to his company, spirits of a better order, that waste their t me and is a plain proof that himself is sensible of its talents in servile imitations of our old drama, must present inefficiency.
be taught, that poetry should not be a faint and The Ballet—we speak only of the dancers—is soulless echo of other times, but a faithful and upon a better scale, and so much better, that it vivid reflex of the age in which they live. In the would appear that the manager considers it the meantime, we think the good cause will be more principal feature in his establishment. Duvernay, effectually served by pointing out the errors of Montessin, Ellsler, and Mabille, form in them. those who are working in its behalf, than by overselves a phalanx of talent, that has not often been loading them with false and injudicious praises. surpassed in any English theatre.
Of the panto
The production of Fair Rosamond is a bold mimes themselves, little new can be said, seeing effort on the part of Mr. Barnett, to naturalize that, though they may bear novel names, they are, opera upon the English stage. But has he shown in point of fact, as old as our earliest recollections. judgment in this effort ? We think not, and his Thus, a Ballet, said to be new, was brought out partial failure—for a partial failure it is, in spite about a fortnight since, founded on Fra Diavolo ; of his beautiful music—is attributable to simple but, in what did it differ from the thousand and and obvious causes, that need only to be pointed one ballets that have gone before it? What is worse, out, to be immediately admitted and understood. we much fear that it is as little like to differ from the He bas set out with the idea, that an opera to be thousand and one ballets that may be expected to perfect must be strictly modelled upon the sofollow in its train; they roll on, like the waves of called book, or libretto of the Germans and Italians. the sea ; each the counterpart of the other, and Now this we hold to be an egregious fallacy. It all ending alike, in froth and foam. But, setting is a fact, of which Mr. Barnett can hardly be ignoaside the question of novelty, we should like to rant, that with the Italians particular portions know why the King's Theatre is so far behind the only of every opera are the subjects of attention ; French opera in scenery, machinery, and decora- while, for the rest of the evening, the audience tions of every kind. Surely, we have the same, are as much at home in their own boxes, as an and perhaps better, means, if applied with the same English party in their own drawing-rooms. To skill and liberality. If Laporte does not choose to them, therefore, the insipidity of the book itself is
a matter of no consequence, while our patient the pieces most likely to please the general taste, neighbours, the Germans, come to the same result and to lie upon every piano-forte, is an air song, from the very opposite extreme in their disposi- and admirably sung by Phillips, in the first act ; tions;
his powers of endurance are beyond any- it is full of melody, and we should think not so thing to be met with in this country, as every one
difficult of execution as some airs in the piece, to must know, who is at all familiar with the German which, otherwise, we should be inclined to give the dramatists; he listens to music, as he would to a preference. problem in Euclid ; it delights not his ear, but his Miss Romer, both as an actress and a singer, head; with him, it is the science of beautiful sounds, shone out pre-eminently in the part of Fair Rosaand with his usual extravagance of fancy, he will and so splendid did the music appear from find in unideal notes a language and expression. her brilliant execution, that we could not but wonder It would be going, perhaps, too far to say that the what demon of caprice had instigated Miss Shirriff English are better or wiser than their neighbours; to reject the character. The plaudits, so literally but we may safely aver, that they differ from them
bestowed on her fair rival, and so richly deserved, in their thoughts, habits, and feelings, and no where will, we hope, teach this lady a lesson of moderais this difference more visible than in their theatres.
tion, for, with all our admiration of her talents, it As regards music in particular, they do not love it
is scarcely possible to tolerate this undue assumpfor itself alone ; it is with them only a secondary tion of authority. No class of the community is consideration ; indeed, almost as much subordinate
paid so well, or works so little for that pay, as the in the drama as the efforts of the painter. After
singers; and the least they can do in return is, like. all, it may be a question whether he is not right; Ariel, to be obedient to command, and do their but, right or wrong, such is the fact, and it behoves spriting gently. But the managers,-poor devils ! every composer to be aware of it in the outset.
-have evidently a hard time of it; they hold in However beautiful may be his composition, it will
their hands a worse than barren sceptre, for it not never obtain a permanent place upon the stage,
only does not command respect, but it invites inunless it be married to a drama, if not of talent, at
sult, and they who carry it, seem to be in the preleast of interest. This is the rock on which Fair Rosamond has been shipwrecked; the story is
dicament of the refractory urchin, who carries the
rod intended for his own chastisement; every inwithout interest, ; -we might almost have said
vidual of the least pretension appears to think without a single incident, -making it evident that the drama was written for the music, and not the
himself, or herself, fully entitled to wrest the said music for the drama; song follows song, scena
sceptre from the royal grasp, and try with it the
thickness of the managerial skull, at the least profollows scena, in apparently endless succession, all beautiful as to the music, but all without any aim
vocation from vanity or avarice. Not but that the
managers have from other causes deserved all the or object. That the author could have written much better, is not only possible, but highly pro
cudgellings they may happen to receive ; their
offences are no doubt manifold,-as plentiful as bable, for the dialogue is occasionally neat and pleasing ;
Falstaff's blackberries, but thenthey do not quietly and the whole, we are more in
upon clined to attribute his failure to this one fatal error
come under the cognisance of their liege subjects. of judgment, rather than to any want of dramatic
For our own parts, we always find too much occatalent. He has chosen to write an Italian opera
sion to flagellate these tinsel monarchs; and, in in English ; and this, of all things, was least calcu
the present case, Master Bunn has especially delated to please the taste-or want of taste, as he
served the rod. His impudent puffs had led us to may think it-of a British audience.
expect that Fair Rosamond would be brought out Of the music, we can only speak in terms of
with at least as much cost as that wretched aborunqualified admiration ; it is throughout beautiful
tion, the Jewess, which, of all the translations and scientific in the highest degree; and as far as foisted on the public, was decidedly the worst. regards both the band and the singers, ample jus- The reality, however, limped as usual far behind tice was done to the composition. Phillips exerted the promise ; nothing could be more miserably got himself to the utmost, and when has he ever done up from beginning to end—the parsimony being so without producing a corresponding effect on the exactly on a par with the taste that directed the audience? Giubelei, Seguin, and Wilson, though scanty outlay; at no time was the stage full, the with less opportunity, were, each in his own more coronation was a mere mockery, a farthing rushlimited sphere, equally earnest in their efforts. light piece of business, and the morris-dance was Thus, notwithstanding the enormous length of the infinitely inferior to such exhibitions at the Adelphi opera, -and it was not over till half-past eleven and the Cobourg. It should seem that the whole o'clock,—the applause was unceasing, a plain of Mr. Bunn's idea of arrangement consists in proof that the music is not only scientific, but throwing open the side of the stage, and erecting contains in itself the elements of popularity. a few trumpery booths, such as are seen at any Like all good music, it requires to be heard a fair. Such are the blessed effects of monopoly, second, or even a third time, before it can be truly which has placed Bunn and Osbaldistone at the relished, and then it fixes itself upon the ear and head of two national establishments. memory,
so as not to be easily forgotten. Amongst
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
Esq., British Vice Consul at Petras, to Anne,
widow of the late John Kettlewell, Esq. On the On the 20th ult., Lady Elizabeth Thackeray, of
6th of December, 1836, at Malta, Lieut. George a son. On the 28th ult., at East Sheen, Lady. N. Bingman, Royal Engineers, to Miss Jane Charlotte Penrhyn, of a daughter, still born. On the 27th ult., Lady Cottenham, of a daughter.
Godfrey, only daughter of the late Captain John
Godfrey, late of the Royal Artillery. On the 1st, On the 25th ult., at Plymouth, the Lady of Sir
at Ardbrunan Church, Captain H. Philpotts, 29th H. Blackwood, of a daughter. On the 23rd ult., Reg., son of the Lord Bishop of Exeter, to Anne at Thornham, Suffolk, the Hon. Lady A ugusta
E. Waller, daughter of J. Young, Esq., of PhilHenniker, of a son. On the 24th ult., in South
potstown House, Meath.
On the 1st, at Boath, Audley Street, the Lady Georgiana Milford, of a
D. Milne, 24th Reg., Bombay, N. I., son of the On the 5th, in Welbeck Street, Cavendish
late Colonel Milne, 19th Foot, to Helen Paticia, Square, the Lady of Archdeacon Robinson, of a daughter
. On the 6th, at Hackney, the Lady of daughter of the late Sir J. Dunbar, of Boath, the Rev. T. England, of a daughter. On the 6th, Cornwall, the Hon. J. A. Lysaght, son of the
Bart., Capt. R.N. On the 6th, at Authony, in Dover Street, the Lady of the Rev. E. Lance, Right Hon. Lord Lisle, to Henrietta Anne, of a son. On the 3rd, at Farmington Lodge, the
daughter of the late J. Church, Esq., of Bedford Lady of H. E. Waller, Esq., of a son. On the
Place. On the 13th, at Christ Church, St. Mary4th, at Wanlip Hall, the Lady of Sir G. Palmer, lebone, H. Barrett, Esq., A. M. Inner Temple, to Bart., of a daughter, still born. On the 6th, in Saville Row, the Lady of Dr. Bright, of a daughter. Elizabeth, daughter of the late W. Wallis, Esq.,
of Isham, Northamptonshire. On the 7th, in Arlington Street, Mrs. E, Moore, of a son.
On the 4th, in Chester Street, Grosvenor Place, Mrs. E. Perry, of a daughter. On the
DEATHS. 2nd, in Park Lane, the Lady of W. Y. Stuart, Esq. M. P., of a son. On the 6th, the Wife of
On the 18th of January, ‘at St. Petersburgh, the Rev. R. L. Brown, of a son.
On the 11th,
His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Candler, at Kensington, the Lady de l'Isle and Dudley, of
of the Russian Imperial Navy, in his 71st year. a daughter. On the 5th, at Duddingstone House,
On the 3rd inst., at Flower Place, Surrey, the N. B., Lady Harriet Baillie Hamilton, of a son.
Rev. H. W. Neville, aged 33. On the 16th ult., On the 16th, the Lady of H. F. Talbot, of Lacock
at Edinburgh, Mrs. Reed Cunninghame, of Auchen
Larvie. On the 5th, at Branches Park, Suffolk, Abbey, Wilts, of a daughter. On the 17th, at Brighton, the Lady of Sir R. D. King, Bart., of a
Elizabeth Anne, daughter of H. Usborne, Esq., daughter. On the 9th, at Florence, the Hon. aged 19. On the 2nd, at Brompton, Kent, Sarah, Mrs. Irby, of a son. On the 19th, in Hereford
the wife of Captain W. M. Burton, Royal Marines, Street, the Lady of John Ellis, Esq., of a
aged 71. On the 5th, at Brighton, Lydia, relict daughter.
of Colonel J. Cameron, and daughter of the late G. F. Kinloch, Esq. On the 5th, in Park
Crescent, R. Carr, Esq., aged 68. On the 6th, at MARRIAGES.
Clifton, Mrs. Dorothea Whitmore, aged 76. On On the 23rd ult., at St. Mary's, Bryanstone the 8th, in Bryanstone Square, W. Miller, late of Square, by the Rev. Mr. Charlton, Jackson the Island of Jamaica. On the 10th, at Deane Villiers Tuthill, Esq., 17th Regiment, only son of Hill, General Sir H. T. Montressor, K. C.B., and Thomas Edward Villiers Tuthill, Esq., of Bal
G. C. H., Colonel of the 11th Foot. On the linastone, county Limerick, and of Rathmines, 10th, at his house, York Terrace, Regent's Park, county Dublin, to Jane Anne, second daughter of H. T. Colebrooke, Esq. On the 10th, at Harfield Robert Porter, Esq., of Upper Seymour Street, Park, Major General Sir H. F. Cooke, K.C.H. Portman Square. On the 27th ult., at Barwell, On the 13th, at Tonnarton, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, George William Key, Esq., 15th Charlotte Cecilia Anne Elizabeth, daughter of Hussars, to Jane Frances Matilda, second daughter Lord and Lady William Somerset. On the 15th, of John Pearson, Esq. On the 28th ult., at at Chapel Street, Grosvenor Place, H. A. Douglas, Marylebone Church, the Rev. Richard Mason, of Esq., brother of the Marquis of Queensberry. At Petersfield, to Miss Higginson, of the Isle of Brighton, on the 20th inst., three days after her Wight. On the 25th ult., Henry Robinson, confinement, the wife of Sir Richard King, Bart.