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AMUSEMENTS.

THE KING'S THEATRE.

The play of Brian Boru, or Boroihme, is founded

upon an incident in the early history of Ireland, The début of Madame Albertazzi, in “La

the defeat of the Danish invaders by the barbarous Cenerentola,” has somewhat broken in upon the

hero, who has given his name to the drama. To languid current of affairs at this theatre, and it is fair to conclude that she is a singer of no ordinary

us the piece appears to deserve neither the praise talent by the stir that her appearance has made

nor the censure it has met with, being, as Beatrice

has it, too low for a high praise, and too high for a amongst the critics. It is true that she has pro

low praise. In the dialogue there is much of that voked to the full as much censure as praise at

masculine good sense which characterizes the their hands; but as mediocrity is never abused,

writings of Mr. Knowles, but this, though one of though it is often lauded, the question of her

the essentials of poetry, is yet not the only requimerit must rest upon one or other of the two ex

site, independent of melody, as to whicb our au. tremes. Her voice is of good quality and of great

thor is almost always woefully deficient; there is compass, but somewhat deficient in flexibility ; her

that peculiar tone of thought and expression which face and figure are pleasing ; her action wants ani.

pages would hardly suffice to define, but the premation, and seems rather the result of a well-studied

sence or absence of which is felt and understood by lesson than springing from the impulse of mind

all, and of these we see little or nothing in the or feeling. It would seem as if she had been

6 Maid of Erin.” In the management of the overtaught, and could not, or dared not, free herself

scenes there is the same perpetual conflict between from the trammels imposed by diligent teaching

the natural bent of the author's mind and his and long habit. It is, however, very possible that

determination to imitate the old dramatists, that under all this constraint the fire of genius may lie

occurs in some other of his productions, and more smouldering, and in due time may burst forth, if

and the applause bestowed on her first appearance is particularly in “ William Tell”

" The

Wrecker's Daughter." The result is a strange followed up by sufficient encouragement from the

compound, which has many points for admiration, public. Theatrical visitants are not aware how

but none for sympathy.

Never was there a more much they contribute towards forming their own

striking illustration of the truth and beauty of favourites.

Faust's advice to his pupil, as put into his mouth COVENT GARDEN THEATRE,

by the inspired GoetheThe most prominent novelty brought out at this

“Sitz ihr nur immer ! leimt zusammen theatre in the course of the past month, has been a Braut ein Ragout von andrer Schmsus, play of Mr. Sheridan Knowles, under the almost Und blas't die hummerlichen Flammen unpronounceable name of “ Brian Boroihme, or Aus eurem Aschenhaufchen 'raus,

Bewund'rung von Kindern und Affen, the Maid of Erin.” Report says that it was written

Wenn euch darnach der Gaumen steht, as far back as twenty-five years ago, from which it

Doih werdet ihr die Herz zer Herzen schaffen may be fairly inferred that this clever dramatist Wenn es euch nicht von Herzen geht." thinks the stage no longer worthy of his attention.

“ Oh yes, toil on! patch together ! mix a ragout If such be the case, he is quite right, for without

from others' banquets, and blow up a wretched exactly subscribing to the popular creed, which elevates him into the ranks of genius, we have no

flame from your little ash-heap, a wonder to fools

and children, if such be your longing, but never hesitation in saying he is a man of real talent, and

will you bring heart to heart, except by language writes in a style by no means calculated for the audiences that are now content to visit this ci.

welling from the heart.” devant temple of the Muses. But what will the critics now say is the cause of the drama's de

DIORAMA, REGENT'S PARK. gradation, and of the absence of the more educated classes from the theatre ? Here is their favourite If we are to speak of this exhibition as a work author, the supporter of the legitimate drama, and of art, we shall be far from awarding it the same yet, charm he never so wisely, the fashionable degree of praise that it has obtained from many of our world has no ears for him. If the elect go to any cotemporaries ; in this respect the diorama has theatre, it is to the Olympic, where they are re- from its commencement up to the present hour galed with translations from the minor French been lauded much beyond what a sound and sober stages, admirably performed indeed, but still neither taste would justify; but if, laying aside these more nor less than vaudevilles, the very lowest higher considerations, we are to judge of it only as species of dramatic composition, melo-drama not it is an ingenious contrivance, by which certain excepted. In this fact lies the key to the whole optical illusions are to be produced, then indeed mystery, and we should think it requires no very the case is widely different, and we shall feel no high degree of skill to apply it.

hesitation in allowing it to be well worth seeing,

though not perhaps at the exorbitant price demanded decorated the altars, were of porphyry. The for admission.

pavement of the church was formed of fragments The present novelty is the Basilica of St. Paul, with ancient inscriptions. a description of church, which is thus named from Such is the appearance of the church as it is being generally formed out of Roman basilicæ, first presented to the spectator, and, though as or Halls of Justice. The tribune, at the upper regards the drawing some fault might be found, part of the building, the seat of the judge, received yet by the help of light and shade judiciously the altar, and throughout Italy it retains the name, disposed, the effect of the whole is sufficiently and indeed the form, of a tribune. The building imposing. After a time, by a clever optical illuin question is one of the noblest temples erected sion, the cedar roof of the building appears on fire, by Constantine the Great, being inferior in size to the flames spread, and at last the interior is seen no church except St. Peter's. The nave and side partial ruins, exhibiting the Basilica, as it was aisles were supported by four ranges of Corinthian after the conflagration of July, 1823, which is columns, to the number of eighty. Of the forty supposed to have originated in the carelessness of in the nave, twenty were of the beautiful marble the workmen employed in its repairs. This change called pavonazzo, and of the most exquisite propor- is cleverly, though not perfectly, managed, for the tions, being thirty-nine feet high, and eleven feet whole columns had not quite disappeared even eight inches in circumference. The forty in the when their ruins were distinctly visible, thus two side aisles were of Grecian marble, and the letting the spectator a little into the mystery of two immense columns, which sustained the great the contrivance, and showing that it was somewhat arch of the tribune, were of Sabine marble, forty- akin to the Dissolving Scenes, as they are called, five feet high, and sixteen in circumference. Of that have of late formed so prominent a part in the the eight in the crossway, seven were of Egyptian Lenten entertainments. marble, and one of Cippolino. The thirty, which

FINE ARTS.

The Edinburgh New General Atlas. The Churches of London. By George This first number consists of the World, Eastern Godwin, assisted by John Britton. Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, and Europe, at This elegant little work comes out in numbers; the the very moderate rate of two shillings for each price is moderate, the type and paper good, and the map, which is a double folio. By a novel, and illustrations excellent. The title, indeed, promises very useful arrangement, each map is so coloured but little amusement for the general reader; it as to represent the territorial connections of the sounds too much like the rattling of the dry bones of various countries, though in our copy this excellent antiquity; but, in this respect, the reader will find rule has not been so strictly attended to, as it himself most agreeably disappointed. Every page might have been ; thus, for example, not only are teems with anecdotes and gleanings of tradition, and Britain and its dependencies pink, but the same he who is unskilled in our ancient history, will colour marks Bohemia and part of Spain. The find, to his great surprise, that he is living in a city engraver, too, has shadowed the borders of the to the full as romantic as the metropolis of the different lands too strongly, so as occasionally to ancient world. A thousand recollections, someleave the names of the countries exceedingly indis- times chivalrous, at others, wild or terrible, cling tinct. This fault is the more to be regretted, as about walls, and hover over spots, that we pass in from the immense quantity of matter crowded into all the indifference of ignorance. The very name these folio pages, the writing is, for the most part, of London is associated in most minds with the as small as it would be in a map of much inferior bustle of business and the hurry of sordid occupadimensions. Notwithstanding these trifling draw

us, it is essentially a city of to-day, so baeks, it is a very cheap and useful publication, nor strictly identified with ourselves, that we cannot could we point out any maps equally good, and at think of it in connexion with other times and other the same rate.

people. But this useful little manual will do much The Ports and Harbours of Great Britain. to extend the sphere of observation, should it only The strength of our artists should seem to lie in

become as popular as it deserves to be. landscape and marine views ; for while there is, for

The Shakspeare Gallery. the most part, sure to be some blemish in their This is a series of engravings published in numfigures, we seldom find any thing for material bers, illustrative of the principal female characters censure when they betake themselves to inanimate in the plays of our great dramatist. The drawings nature, In every number of this admirable work

are of very different degrees of merit, sometimes are some single specimens that are more than worth presenting happy likenesses to the fancy; and at the money charged for the whole, yet the price of others, by no means realising the shadows that the each engraving amounts to sixpence only, without poet has conjured up to the imagination. The allowing any thing for the letter-press. Nothing engravings, themselves, have been executed under short of an immense sale can return even the outlay the superintendence of Charles Heath, and fully of the enterprising publisher.

justify us in recommending them to our readers.

tions ;

to

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.

BIRTHS.

D.D., to Caroline Sophia, relict of the late E. On the 27th ult., at Beckenham-place, Kent, Bryaut, Esq., of Lansdown House, Southampton. the Lady of W. Peters, Esq., of a daughter. On

On the 3rd, at Stokely Nayland, Suffolk, the the 25th ult., at Plasket, the Lady of H. B. Swa- Rev. R. Morley, of Trinity Church, Ipswich, to bey, Esq., of a son. On the 28th, in Hanover Susannah Eden, daughter of the late J. E. Leeds, Square, the Lady of Dr. Locock, of a son. On the Esq., of Chelsea College. On the 4th, at St. 29th ult., in U. Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, George's, Hanover Square, P. Barlow, Esq., to Lady Burgoyne, of a daughter. On the 28th Mary Ann, daughter of J. Du Pre Alexander, ult., at Honfleur, the Lady of Captain H. A. Esq., of Grosvenor Square. On the 4th, Edward, Drummond, of twin sons, who survived but a

son of Deputy Commissary General de St. Remy, short time. On the 30th ult., at Wilton Crescent,

to Caroline, daughter of Lieut.-Colonel C. C. Lady Charlotte Egerton, of a daughter.

On the Dixon, Military Superintendant, Fort Pitt, 30th, at York Place, Portman Square, the Lady

Chatham. On the 6th, at St. Mary's, Bryanston of the Rev. E. Thompson, of a daughter. On the Square, the Rev. H. Vincent L. Nammick, Vicar 2nd inst., in Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, the Lady of Milton Abbot, Devon, to Mary, daughter of R. of Dr. C. J. B. Williams, of a son. On the 2nd, Alexander, Esq., of Gloucester Place, Portman at Lovel Hill, Berks, the Lady of G. D. Scott, Square. On the 3rd, at Milan, Charlotte LeoEsq., King's Dragoon Guards, of a son.

On the poldina, daughter of the late Admiral Sir R. 4th, the Wife of the Rev. G. Evezard, of a son.

Strachan, Bart., G. C. B., to Count Emanuel On the 22nd ult., at Stockholm, the Hon. Mrs.

de Lichy, Chamberlain to the Emperor, and Bligh, of a daughter. On the 5th, the Lady of Major of the Hungarian Gaard, (brother-in-law to Lt.-Col. Codrington, Coldstream Guards, of a

Prince Metternich). The bride was given away by daughter. On the 5th, in Chester Street, Gros

her brother, the Marquis of Nutford, K.G. On venor Place, the Lady Jane Swinburne, of a

the 12th, at St. George's, Hanover Square, the daughter. On the 6th, the Lady of W. T.

Rt. Hon. Lord Marcus Cecil Hill, brother to Copeland, M.P. and Alderman, of a son. On

the Marquis of Downshire, to Louisa, daughter the 5th, at Richmond, Lady Muncaster, of a

of J. Black, Esq., of Gloucester Place, Portman daughter. On the 5th, in Chapel Street, Gros

Square.

DEATHS. venor Place, Mrs. R. Grenfell, of son. On the

On the 28th ult., at Ixworth Abbey, Suffolk, 5th, in Harley Street, Mrs. M. Bullock, of a son. On the 8th, the Lady of the Rev. R. Kidd, of the Rev. N. Colville. On the 27th ult., in

aged 10, Augusta Letitia Sophia Colville, daughter of the Precincts, Norwich, of a son. On the 10th, Lower Grosvenor Street, the Marquis of Bath, at Burghley, the Marchioness of Exeter, of a

aged 73. On the 26th ult., at Portland Place, daughter. On the 10th, in Belgrave Square, the Lady of C. T. Leish, Esq., of a son.

C. J. Vynn, Esq. On the 28th ult., aged 23,

On the 8th, at Carshalton Park, the Lady of J. Taylor, Esq., of Charlotte Elizabeth, daughter of Sir C. Price

, Bart. On the 12th, in Grosvenor Square, the

On the 15th ult., at Dresden, MajorRight Hon. Lady Poltimore, of a son and heir. On

General Sir L. Moore, K.C.H., and C.B. On the 18th, at the Duke of Bedford's, Belgrave Kempster, late of the Royal Marines. At Dagles

the 28th ult., at Blackheath, Kent, Captain G. Square, Lady C. Russell, of a daughter. On the 19th, in Hamilton Street, the Lady of H. Robin

ford House, Mrs. Hastings, aged 91, relict of the son, Esq., of a daughter. On the 21st, at the

late Right Hon. Warren Hastings. On the 2nd, Dowager Lady Arundell's, 17, Dover Street, the

in Wyndham Place, Elizabeth, wife of W. Abbot, Hon. Mrs. Neave, of a daughter.

Esq., aged 71. On the 2nd, the Rev. J, W.

Chambers, M.A., of St. John's College, Oxford, MARRIAGES.

On the 1st, in Charlotte Street, Fitzroy On the 22nd ult., the Rev. C. Cheyne, M.A., Square, J. Constable, Esq., R.A. On the 3rd, of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Christ's Hospital, F. Hugh, the infant son of the Rev. G. Evezard, London, to Sarah Anne, daughter of the Rev. T. of Christ Church, Newgate Street. On the 30th, H. Horne, B.D. On the 28th ult., at St. James's at Hanley, near Edinburgh, Augusta, wife of Church, E. Strutt, Esq., M.P., to Emily, daughter J. M. Melville, and sister of the Right Hon. Lady of the Right Rev. W. Otter, D.D., Bishop of Chi- de Saumarez, aged 27. On the 1st, at Hastings, chester. On the 28th ult., J. Collyer, Esq., Bar- Anne, eldest daughter of Sir Robert and Lady rister-at-Law, to Georgiana Frances Amy, daughter Bromley. On the 5th, J. Entwistle, Esq., M.P. of Sir W. Johnston, Bart. On the 28th ult., the for Rochdale, of Foxholes, Lancashire, aged 53. Rev. W. Harrison, M.A., to Juliet Janetta, daugh- On the 10th, in South Audley Street, the Hon. ter of the Rev. J. Brackenbury, M,A. On the Mrs. Anne Vernon, aged 84. On the 10th, at 31st ult., John, son of J. Russell, Esq., of the Fenton House, Hampstead Heath, aged 78, the Woodlands, Kenilworth, to Elizabeth, daughter of Right Hon. Lady Elizabeth Eleanor Dundas, W. Collins, Esq., M.P. of Warwick. On the 30th relict of Major-General F. Dundas, of Fingask, ult., at Kew Church, the Rev. T. T, Haverfield, and daughter of Alexander, Earl of Home.

a son.

aged 32.

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