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entire sheet of foolscap-the real “ Ladies' inimitable actor, when we received the following which Kemble was in high tragedy. The lines Magazine." But amidst all the beries of letter, which our readers will agree with us is of these great artists are, it must be admitted, angels they have drawn, how passing few of worth a whole volume of bald biographies. sufficiently distinct-but the same elements are them have been rational creatures; their

in both the same directness of purpose, the heroines have mainly become such personi

To the Editor of the Athenæum.

same singleness of aim, the same concentration fications of tears, love, death, poetry, and

Dear Sir,—Your communication to me of power, the same iron casing of inflexible helplessness, that an honest man, linked to of the death of Munden made me weep.

manner, the same statue-like precision of gessuch in real life, would surely be at his wits' Now, Sir, I am not of the melting mood.

ture, movement and attitude. The hero of ends before the end of the honey-moon. But, in these serious times

, the loss of half farce is as little affected with impulses from

without, as the retired Prince of Tragedians. They have mainly erected the standard of the world's fun is no trivial deprivation. It

There is something solid, sterling, almost ada. feminine excellence, and their motto has was my loss (or gain shall I call it?) in the

mantine in the building up of his most grotesque been, “ La vertu~c'est le dévoûment,-as early time of my play-going, to have missed characters. When he fixes his wonder-working false and fatal a one as may well be found. all Munden's acting. There was only he, and face in any of its most amazing varieties, it Yet in various applications of this sentiment Lewis at Covent Garden, while Drury Lane looks as if the picture were carved out from a consist the ethics of imagination. Therein,

was exuberant with Parsons, Dodd, &c., such rock, by Nature in a sportive vein, and might the two great duties of womanhood are, being a comic company as, I suppose, the stage

last for ever.

It is like what we can imagine a beautiful, and being devoted; the two great never showed. Thence, in the evening of

mask of the old Grecian Comedy to have been, occupations, loving and dying; and the ex- my life, I had Munden all to myself, more

only that it lives, and breathes, and changes.ceeding great reward consists in every self-mellowed, richer perhaps than ever.

His most fantastical gestures are the grand ideal

of farce. He seems as though he belonged to willed exhibition of impassioned feeling being not say what his change of faces produced in

the earliest and the stateliest age of Comedy, made a decoy for sympathy and admiration. It was not acting. He was not one of

when instead of superficial foibles and the airy Examine the whole range of imaginative my “old actors.” It might be better. His varieties of fashion, she had the grand asperiliterature, and, considering its matchless sway power was extravagant. I saw him one ties of man to work on, when her grotesque over human sensibility, and the matchless evening in three drunken characters. Three

images had something romantic about them, power and beauty of mind employed in its Farces were played. One part was Dosey-I and when humour and parody were themselves construction, has it done, or has it failed in, forget the rest :-but they were so discrimi- heroic. His expressions of feeling and bursts its duty ?-has it thrown its influence into nated, that a stranger might have seen them of enthusiasm are among the most genuine the scale of sacred right, or of pleasing all, and not have dreamed that he was see- which we have ever felt. They seem to come wrong?- has it seduced or strengthened ing the same actor. I am jealous for the ac

up from a depth of emotion in the heart, and --has it done justice to, has it benefited tors who pleased my youth. He was not a

burst through the sturdy casing of manner with Women? We trow not. They have received Parsons or a Dodd, but he was more won

a strength which seems increased ten-fold by from poetry and fiction lip homage and knee derful. He seemed as if he could do any

its real and hearty obstacle. The workings of reverence, adulation, incense, every conco- thing. He was not an actor, but something

his spirit seem to expand his frame, till we can

scarcely believe that by measure it is small; for mitant of idol-worship, with only the absence better, if you please. Shall I instance Old

the space which he fills in the imagination is so of fervent rational respect. The process of Foresight, in . Love for Love,' in which Par

real that we almost mistake it for that of corpodegradation has taken the semblance of ado- sons was at once the old man, the astrologer, ral dimensions. His Old Dosey, in the excelration ; compliments to their love has veiled &c. Munden dropped the old man, the lent farce of Past Ten o'Clock,' is his grandest contempt of their understanding-for one doater--which makes the character-but he effort of this kind-and we know of nothing female portrait that society would be benefited substituted for it a moon-struck character, a finer. He seems to have a “heart of oak” inby its having life, how many hundreds have perfect abstraction from this earth, that deed! His description of a sea-fight is the we who would only be less intensely, etheri- looked as if he had newly come down from most noble and triumphant piece of enthusiasm ally useless than the glost of a rose or the the planets. Now, that is not what I call

which we remember. It is as if the spirits of a phantasm of a lily. Earth is too gross for acting. It might be better. He was imagi

whole crew of nameless heroes “were swelling these essences of womanhood.

in his bosom.” We never felt so ardent and This is only native; he could impress upon an audience one point which poetry and fiction may an idea--the low one perhaps of a leg of

proud a sympathy with the valour of England be arraigned on behalf of the female cha- mutton and turnips ; but such was the gran

as when we heard it. May health long be his,

thus to do our hearts good--for we never saw racter: over against the land of sentiment deur and singleness of his expressions, that

any actor whose merits have the least resemlies the kingdom of heartlessness, and the that single expression would convey to all blance to his even in species: and when his topographers of this kingdom, otherwise his auditory a notion of all the pleasures genius is withdrawn from the stage, we shall fashionable novelists, have assuredly done they had all received from all the legs of not have left even a term by which we can fitly their best to erect a low standard of womanly mutton and turnips they had ever eaten in describe it.

T. N. T.”
excellence. The bowl-and-dagger-and-wrap- their lives. Now, this is not acting, nor do I
ping-gown ladies were bad enough, but all set down Munden amongst my old actors. He
good angels keep us from the nether mill- was only a wonderful man, exerting his vivid This subject has of late years excited so much
stones of quality !-Eenough on this subject impressions through the agency of the stage. interest and curiosity, that scarcely a year has
until next week.

In one only thing did I see him actthat is, elapsed, without an attempt having been made,
support a character; it was in a wretched either by our own countrymen, or by some of our

farce, called Johnny Gilpin,' for Dowton's
MUNDEN, THE COMEDIAN.

scientific neighbours (the French), to explore

a country which has yet much left for the ardent A brief Memoir in a paper like the Atheneum, benefit

, in which he did a cockney; the thing is due to departed genius, and would certainly ran but one night; but when I say that Lis

spirit of enterprising discovery to adventure in; have been paid to Munden, whose fame is so ton's Lubin Log was nothing to it, I say little;

and before the travels of our gallant countryman interwoven with all our early and pleasant reit was transcendant. And here, let me say

Lander are yet even issued from the press, two

gentlemen, as we mentioned some time since, not collections, even though we had nothing to add of actors--envious actors—that of Munden,

sent out by government, but at their own exto the poor detail of dates and facts already Liston was used to speak, almost with the

pense, are upon the point of setting off from registered in the daily papers. The memory of enthusiasm due to the dead, in terms of such

this country, with the hopes of making further a player, it has been said, is limited to one allowed superiority to every actor on the important discoveries. We are now enabled to generation; he

stage, and this at a time when Munden wa state, that the projected plan of this expedition - struts and frets his hour upon the stage, gone by in the world's estimation, that it is to land at Benin on the Western Coast, and

convinced me that artists (in which term I prosecute from thence the route to Funda :But this cannot be true, seeing that many whose include poets, painters, &c.), are not so en

from that place to proceed in a north-easterly fame will soon be counted by centuries, yet live vious as the world think. I have little time,

direction, until they shall meet with the Bahr to delight us in Cibber; and that others, of our and therefore enclose a criticism on Mun

el Abiad, and to follow the course of that river latter days, have been embalmed, in all their

from its rise to its termination. From what we vital spirit, by Elia himself; in whose unrivalled den's Old Dosey and his general acting, hy a

can collect from Lord Prudhoe's statement, the volume Cockletop is preserved as in amber, and gentleman, who attends less to these things

Turks have already reached as far as 27° western where Munden will live for aye, making mouths than formerly, but whose criticism I think

longitude (from Greenwich); and Funda being at Time and Oblivion. We were thus apologizing masterly.

C. LAMB.

in So northern latitude and go western longitude, to ourselves for the unworthy epitaph we were "Mr. Munden appears to us to be the most

the adventurous travellers will have 1200 miles about to scratch on perishable paper to this classical of actors. He is that in high farce, of terra incognita, through which they must

AFRICAN DISCOVERY.

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make good their perilous way as best they can. efforts to obtain it. Between this Scylla and as bad, although not quite so speedy, as arsenic, Should they be successful in penetrating across Charybdis he was lost. He left College, aban- to a literary man; for it exasperates the disease this unknown tract of country, they will have ac- doned all his plans and pursuits in life, and came which sits preying like a vulture upon his life. complished what is wanting to complete the geo- to London, a friendless and almost aimless ad- The hero of this sad tale sunk at last into megraphical knowledge of this long-hidden quarter

lancholy and despair. One whole day, till late of the globe; for the late travels of the adven- It is probable, that in the whole of this pro- in the afternoon, he lay in bed without being turous Richard Lander, in the direction which ceeding, lie acted contrary to the advice of his able to muster energy enough to rise. He at he pursued, and also the interesting discoveries relations, and that, in consequence, they left the length took his place, mechanically, as it were, made by Mons. Douville in Southern Africa, young man to his fate; but, on so painful and at the dinner-table. He did not eat: he shrunk have left, we may venture to say, the proposed delicate a subject, it is only fair to say, that this from conversation ; but when the time of partobject of the present expedition, as the only is little more than a surmise. Shortly after his ing came, he bade farewell, with a strong pressure desideratum now required to satisfy the minds arrival in London, he was so fortunate as to of the hand. of the scientific upon this subject of geogra- obtain the situation of assistant in a respectable The next morning the unhappy young man phical inquiry. From such discovery, we are school, where he continued for two years, and was found dead upon the floor. He was surnaturally led to hope for results not only satis- up to last Christmas. During this interval of rounded with blood, and a pistol lay near the factory to the scientific and curious, but also two years, he published a poem, which dis-sacrilegious hand of the suicide. beneficial to the cause of commerce in general played at least the evidences of an elegant and moral improvement; for could those two mind, and contributed to some of the periodi

THE NEWLY-DISCOVERED MOSAIC AT POMPEII. mighty streams, the Niger and the Nile, which cals. But it was to the impression made upon have hitherto been but as sealed waters, be his imagination by the glorious struggles of the

" Atlast,” writes a correspondent from Naples, found serviceable for the purposes of intercourse Poles, that he owed any literary distinction, at

“I have been fortunate enough to obtain a sight and commerce, the benighted continent of tained by his name. He produced a ' History of the noble Mosaic at Pompeii. It surpasses Africa might then eventually hope to receive of Poland,' which met with almost universal ap

every expectation which even the encomiums

of others had led me to entertain of it. I was the blessings of civilization and christianity.' probation; and few persons, on reading its It might perhaps not be uninteresting or manly and impressive pages, could have sup

least satisfied with Alexander's head; and it is unacceptable to our readers, to be informed, posed that the author was a shy and retiring dying youth has been seriously injured. We

a subject of deep regret, that the head of the who are the individuals who have undertaken youth of one-and-twenty. this arduous and perilous enterprise ;--their

At this time the bookselling trade appeared are, however, greatly compensated for this loss names, as we have stated before, are Coulthurst

to be on the brink of ruin. À panic, whether by the head of the warrior who is preparing to and Tyrwhitt--the former a gentleman educated connected with real or imaginary danger, had

mount his horse, as well by the animal itself, at Eton and Oxford, (at which University he been spread abroad in the literary world and its

which is bending its neck, and is represented took a very honourable degree,) and was after-dependent professions. Booksellers were afraid

in a fore-shortened attitude. The heads of Dawards called to the bar, but had from his boy- to sell their commodity to one another, and

rius and his charioteer also; nor less those of the hood imbibed a love of enterprise and geogra- afraid, therefore, to buy the materials of which

two Persian commanders, who are conjuring the phical discovery; particularly for that part of it is manufactured. In the department of ima- king to fly instantly from the spot, with an elothe world which he has now selected as the field ginative writing, more especially, a depression quence of expression which is perfectly wonof his exertions. The latter is a gentleman also prevailed which threatened to recall the days derful, are beyond all praise. It is greatly to be brought up to the legal profession, and whose

when garrets and hunger were the portion of lamented, that, with the exception of Alexander turn of mind had led him to the same object. the Muses' sons. One extensive house, cele

and the section of the head, which is supposed Through an introduction to the Geographical brated both for its good and bad novels, declared

to be Parmenio's, scarcely any of the Greek Society, and by its representation to govern- that it had utterly ceased to purchase manu

figures are to be recognized. This is the part

of the mosaic which has suffered most." ment, these gentlemen have met with every scripts on speculation, and, either terrified or encouragement their intrepidity and zeal have cramped in means by its losses, refused to enterentitled them to, by having received from His

tain any offer proposed with other views than Majesty's government some valuable scientific prospective and eventual remuneration. If

AND ART. instruments, and by being furnished with open

any payments were made at all, they were in letters to all the Governors on the coast, with bills, which the holder, if unprovided with

Our gossip on literature and art for this recommendations and letters also to many of the

week must needs be brief, unless we indulge monied friends, could no more get discounted native Chiefs of the interior, and to the Pasha of than he could live upon the paper.

a little in the universal lamentation which Egypt, through which country they must neces- At this period, Mr. Fletcher, with character; by mental labour. Though we have no ap

we hear from the lips of all men who live sarily return, should they succeed in accom

istic imprudence, gave up his situation, and
plishing the object of their wishes.
attached himself to the precarious, and now

prehensions that the time is at hand when, desperate trade of authorship! This was only

for want of literary light, gross darkness will MEMOIR OF A SUICIDE. last Christmas-and we hurry to the result.

cover the people, yet we confess that we hear It is only a short time since Henry Neele, He was employed to write a work on India of little that is new being undertaken ; and, the author of the English series of the 'Romance for the 'Entertaining Knowledge,'—a portion further, we are told, that some of those specuof History,' closed his career by self-nurder, of which is completed ; and he also contributed, lations in hand are anything but prosperous. at a time when the vista liad just opened suffi- we believe, to several of the Magazines. He Constable's Miscellany is either sold, or to be ciently to present a fair prospect of success. became involved in difficulties notwithstanding; sold. Lardner, giving way to these economiWe are now appalled by another suicid, in the but to so trifling an amount, that it is said his cal times, has clipped the wings of his Cyclosame profession and rank of life, the perpetrator last days were embittered chiefly by the dread pædia advertisements; and Murray hesitates of which was a still younger man--ndeed, a of an approaching demand upon him for twenty- to issue more of his Family Library till he sees mere youth-whose introduction to the public five pounds, the amount of a bill accepted by the result of the new reform measure. Galt, seemed, like Neele's, to be full of good omen. his publisher, which he feared would remain

it is true, has written a new novel; Leitch Mr. Fletcher--the circumstances of whose unpaid, and consequently fall back upon him ;

Ritchie and Roscoe are about to describe all death our readers have been made æquainted but the gentleman in question asserts, that the with by the newspapers-was educated at Cam- bill had been given as a friendly accommoda

the old Castles of England; and the Society

of Friends have announced a new Annual bridge, and passed through his sudies, the tion to Mr. Fletcher. proximate object of which was a wringlership, Another enemy, still more fatal, was the dis- under the flashy name of The Aurora Bowith credit. When just about to receive the order which appears to be “the badge of all our realis’; yet what are these compared to the reward of his labours, he was guilt of one of tribe”-indigestion. The sedentary habits of works which lately kept the printing presses those imprudences so frequent in Ollege life, authors are generally supposed to be the pre- groaning?-Sir Walter Scott, we observe, is and so seldom attended with any pemanent or disposing cause of the disease: but this we welcomed cordially by the people of Naples : disastrous effect. He was absent at the meet- deny. Exercise, without amusement, is nothing. he is invited to a grand spectacle, in which ing of the council, and it was discvered that the state of the mind, more than that of the

the chief personages in his unrivalled rohe had not been in his apartmen the whole body, we hold to be the predisposing cause. mances will be the actors. night. He had gone on a pleasu e party the The disease again re-acts upon the mind; and day before, and was accidentally detained be.

A very clever drawing of the Ettrick Shepthis action and re-action, if long continued, yond the moment when his appearance would produces a nervous excitement, which sometimes

herd has just been completed by Mr. Fox, have passed unquestioned. Expusion stared ends in madness.

well known for his fine engraving of the head him in the face on one hand; and, in the other, Mr. Fletcher, like many others who are afraid

of Burnet: it bears the true stamp and imthe as dreadful fate of being throw back from of the excitement of wine, or unable to afford press of the poet, and will form a characthe object of his ambition for a şace of time the means of indulgence in it, had recourse to teristic frontispiece to the forthcoming edition equal to that which he had already spent in opium in his fits of despondence. This drug is of his works. Jones, we hear, has made

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BRITISH INSTITUTION.

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much progress in his picture of the Opening | not concluded.-John Edward Gray, Esq., was ( handling without receiving injury; so that it of London Bridge, for Sir John Soane : there admitted a Fellow, and Lord Henry John not merely forms a curious cabinet specimen, will be many portraits.

Spencer Churchill, and the Hon. George Charles but is capable of being advantageously used in Our musical friends will hear with delight, Agar, were proposed,

anatomical lectures. and not perhaps without surprise, that the

Sir Henry Halford submitted to the connew conductor of the Ancient Concerts has

sideration of his Majesty, the practical utility of overcome the long-existing prejudices of the

Feb. 7.—A paper on the cultivation and sub- such models, as accessory means of instruction noble directors, and prevailed on them to

sequent preparation of the tobacco of Shiraz, in our schools of medicine; and the King has permit the works of the immortal Haydn to Shiraz, a medical officer in the service of the prepared by Dr. Auzoux, as a gift to King's

was read. It was drawn up by Dr. Riach, of munificently commanded that one should be be performed at those Concerts. And we Honourable East India Company, and com- College. have great pleasure in announcing that the municated to the Society through Sir Henry Some points that are less exact in the model Philharmonic Society have made the amende Willock, whose long residence at the Court of now exhibiting, are to be altered under the dihonorable to Moschelles, by unanimously Persia eminently qualifies bim to judge of the rection of Mr. Mayo, the Professor of Anatomy electing him a member, after he had been, facts detailed. It excited some interest among in King's College. The model commanded by to the disgrace of the Society and the pro- the Members present, not only from the account his Majesty will be completed by June ensuing, fession, twice black-balled.

being furnished by a gentleman who had in- when it will be placed in the Museum of King's

spected the various processes described, but College. In the meantime, Dr. Auzoux's preOur present number threatens to be a

also from the knowledge of the advantages sent model will be deposited there. sombre paper, for, in addition to the melan- which may result from the successful cultivation choly memoirs already written, we have at of the variety in our own colonies, whose

FINE ARTS this last moment to announce the death of periment. With this view, the Society (through

climates are sufficiently favourable for the exthe Rev. George Crabbe. Few men of his the liberaliiy of Sir H. Willock) has lost no fame were so little known personally in time in despatching a quantity of the seed to

Exhibition nf Paintings for 1832.

Six hundred works of art, executed by three the literary world—of simple and studious the government garden in Van Dieman's Land, hundred artists! When Reynolds founded the habits, he contined himself to the retire- and will now be enabled, by transmitting a copy Royal Academy, he predicted that a golden time ment of his rectory, to the unambitious of the above paper, to put additional power of British art would come, when compared with fulfilment of his duties, and the education within the reach of those to whose care the seeds his own day-there would be thrice the number of his family. Mr. Crabbe was born in 1754, I have been consigned.

of painters, and six times the amount of excelat Aldborough, in Suffolk, where his father We observed flowers of the Eukianthus reticu- lence. The first part of the prediction is more than held some appointment in the Customs. It is latus, and E. quinqueflorus, from the garden of fulfilled; but the accomplishment of the latter said, that he was originally intended for William Wells, Esq., of Redleaf, among the

The number of the medical profession, and that he served articles exhibited ; together with a flower of the

living artists surpasses the sum total of living an apprenticeship to a provincial apothecary. beautiful camellias were also on the table, from legs and arms, and do a bit of history or landAstropæa Wallichii, from Mrs. Marryatt. Some

poets ;-in truth, it is as easy to learn to draw He, however, was early won

over to the

Mr. Chandler's collection, at Vauxhall; and Muses. He came to London at the age of

scape, as it is to measure out quantities of words two fine pine-apples, the Euville and the Queen, in the order of verse; nor is it more difficult to twenty-four, gained the friendship of Burke, grown by a Mr. Fielder. The exhibition was a acquire a certain portion of skill, and even dash, at whose recommendation he published, in good one for the time of year, and the attendance in the mystery of light and shade, than it is to 1781, his poem of · The Library.' This was of Members numerous. Cuttings of the Elion learn the language of the muse, and utter quickly followed by “The Village,' which and Belle de Choisy cherries were distributed; brave words as a man would wish to hear on a gained for his genius the high and enviable | both varieties remarkable for their rich and summer's day." The living spirit of the poet approbation of Dr. Johnson. In the mean- sweet qualities.

or the painter is another thing: it is, in truth, time Crabbe had entered himself at Ca

an extremely rare gift, and cannot be claimed bridge, had taken orders, and now accom

by a tithe of the swarms who infest the patripanied the Duke of Rutland, as chaplain, Three members, previously balloted for, were

Feb. 7.-A. B. Lambert, Esq. in the chair.

mony of the muses. Of the justice of these reupon his appointment to the Vice-regal admitted Fellows of the Society, and three new sufficient evidence-three hundred of the six

marks, the walls of the British Institution bear government of Ireland. Through the same candidates were nominated. The Secretary read

hundred works are such as a speedy forgetfulpatronage he afterwards obtained some a portion of Mr. Ogilby's paper, in continuation.

ness awaits : a moiety of the remainder have small church preferment. Notwithstanding a collection of dried plants, presented by the the success which had attended his earlier Hon. East India Company, and various other something here and there in the conception or

the handling, which detains the eye for a moworks, it was more than twenty years be- donations of books and birds, were on the table.

ment': space or so; while out of the bundred fore he again ventured on publication, and The meeting was numerously attended.

and fifty in reserve, some score or two are of we remember the no small surprise with

that ciaracter that deserve notice; nay, not a which, in 1807, we read a collection of Poems,

few of them will live in our memories, and be

Royal Geographical Society ..Nine, P.M. then wet from the press, by one who, in his Monday, {

Medical Society

. Eight, P.M.

ornamats, we have no doubt, to public and associations with Burke and Johnson, seemed

Medico-Botanical Society ..... Eight, P.m.

private galleries. This Exhibition is worthy of to belong to a past age. This work also was

Medico-Chirurgical Society.... p. 8, P.M.

a visit: the distribution of the works is very TUESDAY, Institution of Civil Engineers Eight, P.M. eminently successful, and · The Borough' fol

creditate to the Committee; and though some

Society of Arts ( Evening Illowed in 1810-—“Tales' in 1815—and · Tales

lustrations)

Eight, P.M.

good pantings have indifferent places, and of the Hall' in 1819. The catalogue might

middling pictures good ones, let those who ima(Geological Society

.} p. 8, P.M. have been enlarged had public encourageWEDNES. {Royal Society of Literature .. Three, P.M.

gine they could do justice to all claims, and at Society of Arts ...

. p. 7, P.M. the same time preserve the true harmony of arment tempted the publishers, for, we believe,

Royal Society

. p. 8, P.M. rangement, make the experiment--they would a MS. poem has been for many years in the

Society of Antiquaries.. . Eight, P.M. find that iquaring the circle is but a proverb hands of Mr. Murray. We nave neither time Friday, Royal Institution

.. p. 8, P. M. comparedto it. Of these pictures we shall but nor space to offer a critical opinion on

....... Two, P.M. notice sucı as remained on our minds after we

SaturD. {Royal Asiatic Society
Crabbe's merits as a writer, but trust to do
Westminster Medical Society.. Eight, P.M. left the roms, an

set them down, too, in the him justice next week.

order of he catalogue, accompanied by the GIFT OF HIS MAJESTY TO KING'S COLLEGE, painter's mme.

STANFILD. "Portsmouth from the King's SCIENTIFIC AND LITERARY

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very admirable model of the human frame, Bastion,' is it seems, painted by command of of the size of life, has been lately exhibited in his Majesty; and without question there is con

London, by Dr. Auzoux. It admits of being siderable tent visible in it, particularly in the Feb. 9.—His Royal Highness the President, taken to pieces, each portion representing a agitation o the water; it is not, however, the in the chair.— The following papers were read: muscle, with its attachments exactly figured, happiest of the artist's works: we wish kings

On the Volcanic Island, in the Mediterranean,' and with the vessels and nerves in relief upon and prince would desist from commanding by Captain English, R.N., F.R.S. ; Re- it in their natural order. In this manner the works of geius to be executed : it would be searches in Physical Astronomy,' by John Wil- exact superposition and relative situation of the better were hey to leave the matter wholly with liam Lubbock, Esq., Vice President and Trea- different parts of the frame is displayed. The the painter. Had our friend Stanfield wrought surer of the Royal Society; Sir Charles Bell's material of which the model is constructed, re- at a scene ofhis own fancy, he would have made paper. On the Human Voice,' was resumed, but sembles papier maché. It will admit of very rude a sea worthy of Neptune or of Nelson, and a

LINNAAN SOCIETY.

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shore to match: as it is, he has made a good, / sits contemplating by turns his claymore, where The truth is, we believe, many clever artists, and but not a great picture.

it hangs on the cabin wall, and a well-thumbed Kidd is undoubtedly one, are mere Thebans in Erry. Sabrina, from Milton's Masque of household Bible, laid before her on the table. learning. The other day, in turning over this Comus,' is too lengthy a lady for our taste, and She seems the connecting link between time same artist's Illustrations of Burns, we found, in also too extravagant. The painter should study and eternity, and all around her wears the same the ' Address to the De'il,' a douse motherly old more attentively the dignified sobriety of style staid, stern bue as herself. « The Interior of a

woman praying very comfortably in her chamwhich characterizes Milton: the old Puritan Highlander's House,' has cost the artist much ber, instead of beside the bower-tree hedge of bard has none of those startling, unsober pos- more labour than its humbler companion; and her kale-yard as a pious woman would-on tures in all his works. There is, nevertheless, certainly the exact truth and fine grouping of the other side of which she heard old Satan great talent in the group: there is much ease the whole, together with the very natural co- humming past on errand of evil. The Dougal amid the extravagance, and a subdued tone of louring, merit high praise; yet it pleases us creature of this picture is truly capital; the colouring, which contrasts strongly with the less, because there is more of animal life and raised look, too, of the Bailie is happy, and, on more glaring hues in which this artist once in- less of sentiment.

the whole, it is nearly worthy of the page of dulged. We suspect the painter has twisted the BURNET. 'The Salmon Weir on the Leem, Scott, were it not for the poker, which is far from common white lily of the field among the amber Devon,' and ' The Halt of a Waggon,' are both classic, whatever learned men may say. The locks of the lady, instead of the lily which grows from the pencil of our eminent engraver, and Gipsies' Encampment,' is likewise natural, and " on the cool translucent wave.” The rank odour not unworthy of taking place with productions recalls many scenes which we have witnessed -to speak gently—of the former flower would by names of academic note. The sunshine wherein those vagrants were actors-sheep dissuffocate ten such nymphs. The same artist has trembling through among the shafts of the trees, appeared from the fold, linen from the hedge, a picture of a scene in Robinson Crusoe, in which and touching the foaming surface of the water

and hens from their roosts. a tempestuous sea has ejected bim upon the in the former, and the clownish activity of the WEBSTER. The Love Letter,' by this artist, beach ; it is a very gloomy, but a very touching carrier boy transferring a coop of chickens from attracts much notice. A young woman has work, and recalls to our memory the Mun's a cottage to his waggon, are both different, and opened her chamber window, and, by the liglit Footstep in the Sand,' by Stothard."

both natural, and so unlike in the handling, which bursts in upon her, is reading a loveRoberts. We wish we could purchase the that they seem the work of two men. The letter, with a kind of quiet rapture worthy of "Cathedral of St. Lawrence, in Rotterdam,' by Salmon Weir' itself is a fine scene : the river is deep and modest love. This is an honest labourer Roberts. It measures but one foot ten by one swollen a little with rain, and there is a tawny in the field of sentiment and nature, foot seven ; but in that small space the artist foam on its surface such as Scott compared to

DANIELL, R.A. The Indian Fruit-seller,' has wrought wonders. It is a real scene, and the mane of a chesnut steed.

and other pictures of an Eastern character, by intensely architectural ; yet the very pinnacles CLATER. The Return from a Maskedl Ball," the same painter, are quiet and beautiful bits of and gateways speak: cannot he do as much for deserves notice, were it only for the back view art. They bring strange scenes, strange faces, some of our own noble old abbeys?

of a tall, fair girl, who is about to transfer her and strange hues before us, and these are ever Mrs. CARPENTER, A study from Nature,' masking attire to her waiting-maid. She has

welcome, is a child's head, free, natural, and lovely. This an ensnaring shape, and, if her face at all corre

ROTHWELL. The Villuge Morning,' is a lady has a fine poetic feeling, and no little sponds with the elegant dropping of the shoul- beautiful girl, with looks like Aurora-we have skill

, and usually unites them in her produc- ders and the symmetry of her limbs, woe to seldom seen Rothwell happier either in his tions. No painter of the present day seizes the the sons of men when she turns round. The

colours or in his character. character of a scene or a subject with greater picture has other merits—we have noticed the

Linton. One of the best landscapes in the beauty or truth. attraction.

collection is the well known • Civita Castellana, Corley FIELDING. Eneas meeting Venus Boxall. 'Cordelia receiving the account of her by Linton; the perspective is capital, and the disguised as a Huntress,'ought not to have been Father's sufferings,' is, in our opinion, the most

whole scene is clear and distinct: all is made the name of this picture. In fact, it has nothing poetical work in these rooms. It won, it seems,

out with the accuracy of nature; yet all is eleat all to do with the wandering Prince of Troy. the premium at the Liverpool Exhibition, yet gant and harmonious. We might say that some It is a charming landscape, in which the eye did not find a purchaser; we hope it will be of the lines are too hard, and that the picture is looks over fifty miles of the fairest fields. We more fortunate here. The pathetic expression made up from the fac-simile style of Canaletti, have seldom seen any scene in art so beautiful, and finely-sustained dignity of the head, is

and the dash and freedom of later painters; or more true to nature in its unities or in its equal to any work of the present day; and if

these are other men's remarks, not ours. The hues; the sky resembles the real heavens, and the artist would condescend to colour a little performance is a fine one, no matter how prothe earth wears the fresh tender green of nature. more clearly, and make his outlines more de

duced.

CLINT.
It is true that figures may be observed in the fined, he would add materially to the attractions

Falstaff, Pistol, and Mrs. Quickly, foreground--they are, however, only figures: of his works.-We hear that he is about to paint

at the Garter Inn,' is certainly not the happiest they go for nothing—the landscape swallows a Mary Queen of Scots; it is a perilous sub

of Clint's dramatic paintings. The fault is in them up. The same artist has more pictures ject: the world has already made an image of

the excellence of the subject, for who can paint worthy of notice in the Institution; but we must its own, which, though shaped out of air, will

a Falstaff, who was not only witty himself, but move on, for other names that merit much praise cost the painter no little study to surpass.

the cause of it in others; or limn a Pistol, with are on our list, There are works in these rooms which seem

his swaggering gait and ten pound weight HOWARD, R.A. The Dream of Queen Ka. | hung up as a warning to shun all attempts at

words?
therine' is from the page of Shakspeare. limning traditional beauties. We wish Boxall

We must, however, have done, at least for the
Saw you not even now a blessed troop great success in his undertaking-certainly present, although conscious of having left many
Invite me to a banquet; whose bright faces
Cordelia' entitles us to expect much, and not

clever pictures unnoticed.
Cast thousand beams upon me like the sun ?

to be very fearful.
They promised me eternal happiness.
In embodying these lines the artist has given Destiny directing the charge of his cuirassiers,
Morton. 'Austerlit:,' shows the Child of | The Fall of Babylon. Painted and engraved by

John Martin.
natural form and visible expression to the words

on that victorious field. The battle was fought This is one of the earlier works of the disof the muse; there is, to be sure, a certain air

on the 2nd of December; and there stands tinguished painter, and its merits are of a high of constraint or stiffness in the figures; but the Napoleon, his grey surtout powdered with new- order. There is all the supernatural light and fine harmony of the scene, the natural elegance, fallen snow, his glass in one hand and the superhuman architecture-the terror and the and the poetic dignity of the whole, triumph other extended towards the point of attack-we dismay of his latter pictures ; yet it is scarcely over minor blemishes. The Morning,' too, by have seldom seen any work of fancy on which so sublime as the 'Handwriting on the Wall, the same eminent artist, from · Paradise Regained,' is a meet companion for the other

reality was more sternly stamped. We could nor so magnificent as the · Fall of Nineveh.' We

find fault with one or two minor matters, but have heard even artists argue that there is a these are the words on which he has reared the

they belong more to the handling than to the want of making out of limb and lineament in the superstructure of this fine work: sentiment.

historic actors in these solemn scenes, and that Thus passed the night so foul, till morning fair

Kipp. 'A Scene from Rob Roy,'-it is no such a nicely resembling miniature portrait-painting
Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray:
Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar

thing; it is a scene from the Rob Roy of the was required. We hold no such opinion ; in
Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds stage, but not from the living page of the great truth, the rush and the tumult of the besiegers
And grisly spectres wbich the fiend had raised. novelist. Has the painter ever read the ro- and the besieged enter but little into our thoughts
E. LANDSEER. The Interior of a High- mance ? he would there see it written down

-the grandeur of the lightning-illumined landlander's House, – The Auld Guid Wife,'—and that Bailie Jarvie, instead of fighting with a scape is the chief attraction; and we feel sure "The Lassie herding Sheep,' are all capital copies handsome poker, as he is doing here, fought that were the forms of the agitated masses more of nature-fresh, vivid, and original. The Auld with the red-hot coulter of a plough, like a wild distinctly drawn, not a little of the interest would Guid Wife' is most to our taste ; this is a hardy, Indian, as his antagonist Allan Iverach averred. decrease'; for many men can paint human beings smoke-dried, upland dame, who has survived Why should an artist dispense with a weapon as well as Martin, but who besides can give an her husband, evidently a Sherrifsmuir man, and so picturesque, and, withal, the proper pon? | interest, not of this world, to cities and palaces

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and clouds, and make us look with terror on ing with its character; and further pained our exclusive of leaders! We are also glad to obtowns doomed to destruction ? The engraving feeling by failing to reach the upper note. serve that Dragonetti, Mori, and others of is from his own hand, and this, we conceive,

The primo tenore, Signor Winter, is about their rank, remain to play in the ballets.enhances materially the value of it.

thirty-five years of age, and a native of Italy. We have heard, that out of friendship for his

He sang his part in an unostentatious and irre- friend Spagnoletti, Mr. Mason has denied to
MUSIC
proachable manner; but he will not, we fear,

himself the honour of introducing the system
obtain enthusiastic admiration from our fashion- of leading with the Baton_here is one reason
KING'S THEATRE.

able musical amateurs, whose favour is won, why the German and French bands surpass ours; After the usual delays incident to a new more or less, by the disguise of simple melodies, the sight of this magic little wand, in efficient and inexperienced management, this theatre with an excess of fiorimenti, even though at the hands, controls a band more quietly and effecopened on Saturday last, with "L'Esule di sacrifice of time and tune-(the success of Signor tively than all the beating, stamping, and ejacuRoma,'— performed for the first time in this David, to wit!) The voice of Signor Winter, lations of “ My Got, go vit de singer," which we country. As we have before stated, this opera | although not very flexible, is equal, and reaches are doomed occasionally to hear at the King's is one of the early productions of Donizetti, to a, in its natural compass—the upper notes

Theatre; and we must observe, that in the whose compositions, of an inferior kind, are rather nasal. His intonation is usually correct,

general execution of the music on Saturday, numerous enough, and have been principally and his ad libitum passages rarely intrusive there were inaccuracies, and a want of “chiaro. admired by the musical cognoscenti at Naples, qualities certain of a musician's applause. where he has always resided. Having, some Signor Mariani has a powerful bass voice

The ballet, called 'Une Heure à Naples,' is a short time since, like most of our contempo- he sings correctly, but his style is rather coarse. bagatelle concocted as a "pis aller." Madame raries, built up our expectation to Mozart's The trio in the finale to the first act was a vulgar

Le Compte danced a pas deux with Monsieur • Idomeneo,' we heard, with more regret than exhibition of noise--a little chiaroscuro might | Albert- they are both reputed great artists, and astonishment, that the dernière d'un petit geure have rendered it, what it usually has been, the

were well received. A pas quatre was also was substituted for the première d'un grand genre. most successful composition in the opera.

danced by some second rates, and there was a Mr. Mason, however, is not the first manager Signor Calveri is a second-rate tenor, and an prettily-grouped quadrille, and the whole perwho has been compelled to bow to circum- excellent substitute for the long worn-out Signor formances passed off satisfactorily. The music stances. Deville, of ancient memory.

of the baliet is by Costa ; the introductory moveThe whole of the music of this opera is quite The choruses are rather more numerous than ment, and some of the dances are inferior; but à la Rossini ;-here we have a snatch of an before ; yet we do not find them vastly improved the pantomime was characteristic and good. agitato from 'Otello'-there a phrase of a -in fact, there wants, in each class of voices, chorus in “Semiramide'; indeed, except that it one thoroughly good musician, who will attack

THEATRICALS wants a scena for the entrée of the prima donna, the points, and give confidence to all: they la coupe" as our neighbours have it, is like most ought also to be made to participate, by acting modern Italian operas. The most striking melo- with some degree of intelligence, in sentiments On Thursday, a new burletta made its first dies are the last movements of two scenas for so- in unison with the hero or heroine; whereas they appearance at this house. It is called . Chalk prano in the second act, — one of which Donizetti are still, what they have ever been at this the- Farm,' and the idea is from a one-act French afterwards converted to a larghetto, in his sub- atre, mere walking-sticks, clustering without trifle, entitled “Le Tire au Pistolet.' How sequent 'Anna Bolena'; and into which Pasta grouping, and singing without motion. Mr. much more than the idea is borrowed, we know threw all her thrilling pathos with so much effect Monck Mason could here effect improvement not-neither do we care, as our business, as well during the glorious days of last season-it is There is nothing which more astonishes the as our pleasure, lies with that which is put before the . Ah dolce guidami,' so well known and de- English traveller when he visits the German us, and not with that which has been put before servedly popular. In the second act there is and French theatres, than the vigour, intelli- other people-or, as we may say, in seemingly now introduced a long, half-military, demi- gence, and power of the chorus singers.

bad English, an other people. We always feel choral scena, by Costa, tolerably well written, A direct comparison has been hazarded by some diffidence in speaking of a new production and suitably adapted for the powers of Winter, the friends of the new manager, between the at this theatre, because those who are naturally to whose singing its success ought to be attri- organization and discipline of the band of the modest, (and modest we pledge our anonymous buted. We disapprove of this system of Pas- King's Theatre and that of the Académie de honour that we are, though, to our readers, who ticcio. Critics are generally severe on our native Musique at Paris. Now, in the orchestra of the cannot see us, we may not look so,) are sure to composers when they venture to take such latter theatre, there are upwards of eighty per- | hesitate at giving an opinion, where it is not liberties with an author; and, indeed, it is only formers, and all efficient;-at the King's Theatre asked. It is the custom here, to announce a to be tolerated when a composition by the same there are, perhaps, fifty! In Berlin, the band new piece for such a night, "and during the author can be introduced of a character corre- is equally numerous as at Paris; and those week.” In doing this, "the management can sponding to the scene for which it is required. | best acquainted with the subject have often have no other object than that of saving audiBefore we quit the subject of the music, we must assured us, that it will take two or three years ences the trouble of thinking for themselves : do justice to Mr. Monck Mason's Overture. for a band to attain perfect discipline! Now and, seeing how many subjects of more imporThe critics, generally, have spoken slightingly this is the first week of the first season of tance the public constantly have to think of, of it; the subject of the allegro is evidently our Opera band, --for there are many entirely perhaps a more considerate arrangement for a Mozart's fugue in the overture to . Zauber- new members in it;-so that, according to the thinking people could not be made. If, after flote'; still it is extremely well put together- judgment of others, it will be about the time that so many years of successful catering, the mais well relieved by some happy melodies-and Mr. Mason retires from the management that | nagement does not know what is good for its we do not hesitate to say that it is a composition the Opera band will have attained to perfect audiences, who should? There can be but little not unworthy the reputation of a good musician. discipline, and it may then, probably, be again doubt, that the doctor knows better than the Now for a word or two on the new singers. disorganized by bis successor :--such has been patient; and we therefore recommend the ma

Mad. de Meric is a middle-aged French lady, the case. As a proof of the advantage of keep-nagement to persevere in the system, and the who has, from late experience, acquired the ing the same band together, we may instance public to be patient, under a conviction, that Italian style of singing. We rather think that the superiority of the Philharmonic orchestra. although that which is prescribed for them, we heard her, as Mdlle. Demeri, at the Italian Yet there is another obstacle which will always may sometimes be a little unpalatable at first, it Opera in Paris, in 1824-5. She has a thin voce prevent our bands attaining the discipline of will ultimately, if duly swallowed, do them good. di testa, of an agreeable quality, extending to those on the Continent. We have too many These observations apply in some degree to the c and p in alt. : her intonation is beautifully chefs d'orchestra, so that the repieni, instead of new piece of Thursday. There were parts of just; and, in the absence of much flexibility, she obeying only one, are distracted by so many it, at which certain portions of the audience successfully indulges in staccato passages of authorities, that they have recourse to their own expressed impatience and disapprobation, but intervals in thirds, sixths, and octaves, at the intelligence, and follow their own imagination, the majority approved, and if those who did not, close of an aria, which, from their novelty and to the utter destruction of all general effect. will follow the usual prescription, “Repetatur perfect execution, elicited much applause. The A distinguished composer, who visited us haustus novissime prescriptus," and take themscene of detached recitativo, in which she made

some few seasons ago, being asked what he selves there again in a few nights, they will her début on Saturday, was rather unfavourable thought of the aristocracy of the opera, replied, doubtless find such trifling alterations made, as to the developement of her powers; but a grand" in the orchestra it was monstrously fiere." their constitutions may have been found to rescena, in the second act of the opera, gave her Praise, however, is due to Mr. Mason for quire, and their sides "when taken," will, we an opportunity of display, of which she availed some improvements; — for having a greater venture to predict, be "well shaken.” The herself, and met with success. But we must ob- number of basses in the centre of the orchestra, plot may be told in even less space than we ususerve that this lady's taste is not purely classical: which contribute much to steady the band-ally assign to such matters. Two lawyer's clerks at the close of a pathetic movement, other- also, for increasing the number of violas to (Messrs. Buckstone and Reeve,) leave their wise sufficiently well executed, she darted a six-but the violins ought, we think, to be lawful employment and their lawful wives, and rapid screaming cadenza, by no means in keep- more numerous, for we only counted sixteen, arrive at the Chalk Farm tea-gardens, to spend

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