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distinguished living. A citation in the pearance and estimation. The mere schonotice of Grose* tells us that

lar, the mere mathematician, and the mere “society droops for the loss of his jest :" antiquary, easily obtain reputations for that antiquary's facetiousness enlivened eccentricity; but there are numerous inthe dullest company, and with the con

dividuals of profound abstraction, and vivial he was the most jovial. Pennant's erudite inquiry, who cultivate the undernumerous works bear internal evidence of standing, or the imagination, or the heart, his pleasant mindedness. Jacob Bryant, others, that they are scarcely suspected by.

who are, in manner, so little different from « famous for his extensive learning, the unknown and the self-sufficient of erudition," and profound investigations concerning “ Heathen Mythology," and being better or wiser than themselves

. the situation and siege of “ Troy," was

Hence,“ in company," the individual one of the mildest and most amiable whom all the world agrees to look on as beings: his society was coveted by youth thought of, as “The Antiquary”-the

“ The Great Unknown,” may be scarcely and age, until the termination of his life, “ President of the Royal Society” pass for in his eighty-ninth year. Among the illustrious lovers of classic or black letter

“quite a lady's man"-and Elia be only lore, were the witty and humorous George

regarded as a gentleman that loves a Steevens, the editor of Shakspeare; Dr. joke !" Richard Farmer, the learned author of the masterly “ Essay on the Genius and

NATURE AND ART. Learning of Shakspeare,” is renowned

Buy my images !" by the few who remember him for the

« Art improves nature,” is an old proease and variety of his conversation; verb which our forefathers adopted withSamuel Paterson, the celebrated biblio- out reflection, and obstinately adhered to polist, was full of anecdote and drollery; as lovers of consistency. The capacity and the placid and intelligent Isaac Reed, and meshes of their brain were too small the discriminating editor of “the immortal to hold many great truths, but they caught bard of Avon," graced every circle wherein

a great number of little errors, and this he moved. It might seem to assume an

was one. They bequeathed it to “ their intimacy which the editor of this work children and their children's children," does not pretend to, were he to mention who inherited it till they threw away the instances of social excellence among the wisdom of their ancestors with their wigs; prying investigators of antiquity yet alive: left off hair powder ; and are now leaving one, however, he cannot forbear to name

off the sitting in hot club rooms, for the the venerable octogenarian John Nichols, sake of sleep, and exercise in the fresh esq. F.S.A. of whom he only knows, in air. There seems to be a general insurcommon with all who have read or heard rection against the unnatural improveof him, as an example of cheerfulness ment of nature. We let ourselves and and amenity during a life of unwearied our trees grow out of artificial forms, and perseverance in antiquarian researches, no longer sit in artificial arbours, with and the formation of multiform collections, entrances like that of the cavern at Blackwhich have added more to general infor- heath hill, or, as we may even still see mation, and created a greater number of them, if we pay a last visit to the dying inquirers on such subjects, than the united beds of a few old tea-gardens.

We labours of his early contemporaries.

know more than those who lived before Still it is not to be denied, that seclu- us, and if we are not happier, we are on sion, wholly employed on the founda- the way to be so. Wisdom is happiness: tions of the dead, and the manners of but “ he that increaseth knowledge, inother times, has a tendency to unfit such creaseth sorrow." Knowledge is not wisdevotees for easy converse, when they dom; it is only the rough material of seek to recreate by adventuring into the wisdom. It must be shaped by reflection world. Early-acquired and long-con- and judgment, before it can be constructed tinued severity of study, whether of the into an edifice fitting for the mind to learned languages, or antiquities, or sci- dwell in, and take up its rest. This, as ence, or nature, if it exclude other inti- our old discoursers used to say, “ brings macies, is unfavourable to personal ap

us to our subject.”

Buy my images !or, “Pye m’imaitches," was, and is, a “ London cry,” by Italian lads carrying boards on their heads,

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with plaster figures for sale. “In my A lengthened mass became by colourable timc," one of these “ images” (it usually show, “ a dog ”—like ingenuity might occupied a corner of the board) was a have tortured it into a devil. The feline “Polly"

race were of two shapes and in three sizes ; the middle one-like physic in a bottle, “ when taken, to be well shaken," moved its chalk head, to the wonder and delight of all urchins, until they informed themselves of its “ springs of action," at the price of “ only a penny," and, by breaking it, discovered that the nodding knob achieved its un-cat-like motion, by being hung with a piece of wire to the interior of its hollow body. The lesser cat was not so very small, considering its price" a farthing :"-I speak of when battered button tops represented that plentiful “ coin of the realm.” Then there was the largest


A Parrot. This representative of the inost“ popular" of "all the winged inhabitants of air," might have been taken for the likeness of some species between an owl and the booby-bird; but then the wings and back were coloured with a lively green, and the under part had yellow streaks, and the beak was of a red colour, and any colour did for the eyes, if they were larger than they ought to have been. “In my time” too, there was an “image" of a “ fine bow pot,” consisting of half a dozen green shapes like halbert tops for

Cat. “ make believe" leaves, spreading like a half opened fan, from a knot “ that was The present representation favours the not,” inasmuch as it was delicately con- image too much. Neither this engraving, cealed by a tawny coloured balt called an nor that of the “ parrot,” is sufficiently orange, which pretended to rest on like—the artist says he “could not draw it clumsy clump of yellowed plaster as on bad enough :" what an abominable defithe mouth of a jar—the whole looking as ciency is the want of “ an eye"-heigho! unlike a nosegay in water as possible. Then there were so many things, that were Then, too, there was a sort of obelisk not likenesses of any thing of which they with irregular projections and curves ; images," and so many years and the top, being smaller than the bottom, cares have rolled over my head and heart, was marked out with paint into a sort of that I have not recollection or time enough face, and, by the device of divers colours, it for their description. They are all gone, was bonnetted, armed, waisted, and pet- or going—“ going out” or “ gone out ticoated - this was called a “fine lady," for ever! Personal remembrance is the




frail and only memorial of the existence through the operation of time. of some of these “ ornaments" of the

“ Such were the forms that o'er th' incrusted humble abodes of former times.

souls The masterpieces on the board of the Of our forefathers scatter'd fond delight.“ image-man, “a pair,"--at that Price, and Alison, and Knight, have time " matchless.” They linger yet, at generalized "taste" for high-life; while the extreme corners of a few mantle- those of the larger circle have acquired pieces, with probably a “sampler” be- “ taste” from manifold representations tween, and, over that, a couple of feathers and vehicles of instruction, and comprefrom Juno's bird, gracefully adjusted hend the outlines, if they do not take in into a St. Andrew's cross—their two gor- the details of natural objects. This is geous eyes giving out“ beautiful colours, manifested by the almost universal disuse to the beautiful eyes of innocent children. of the “images” described. With the The “ images," spoken of as still in being, inhabitants of every district in the meare of the colossal height of eighteen tropolis, agreeable forms are now absoinches, more or less : they personate the lute requisites, and the demand has in“human form divine," and were designed, duced their supply. There are, perhaps, perhaps, by Hayman, but their moulds as many casts from the Medicean Venus, are so worn that the casts are unfeatured, Apollo Belvidere, Antinous, the Gladiaand they barely retain their bodily sem- tor, and other beauties of ancient sculpture, blance. They are always painted black, within the parish of St. George, in the save that a scroll on each, which depends East, as in the parish of St. George, Hanfrom a kind of altar, is left white. One over-square. They are reposited over the of the inscriptions says,

fire-places, or on the tables, of neighbour“ Into the heaven of heavens I have pre- barbarous parrot were, even“ in my time,”.

hoods, wherein the uncouth cat, and the sumed, &c."

desirable «« images.The moulds of and all, except the owners, admire the the greater number of these deformities, presumption. The “ effigy” looks as if the are probably destroyed. It was with man had been up the chimney, and, in- difficulty that the “cat could be obstead of having® drawn empyrean air," tained for the preceding column, and an had taken a glass too much of Hodges's “image" of the parrot” was not proImperial,”

,” and wrapped himself in the curable from an image-man.” Invensoot-bag to conceal his indulgence and his tion has been resorted to for the gratifica. person—this is “Milton.” The other, in tion of popular desire: two plaster casts like sables, points to his inscription, be- of children, published in the autumn of ginning,

1825, have met with unparalleled sale. “The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous

To record the period of their origin they palaces, &c."

are represented in the annexed engraving,

and, perhaps, they may be so perpetuated “insubstantial pageant” of “the when the casts themselves shall have disimmortal Shakspeare,"

appeared, in favour of others more ele“cheated of feature by dissembling nature," gant.

is an

The common people” have become uncommon;

A few remain, just here and there, the rest
Are polish'd and refined : child, man, and woman,

Ali, imitate the manners of the best;
Picking up, sometimes, good things from their betters,

As they have done from them. Then they have books ;
As 'twas design'd they should, when taught their letters;

And nature's self befriends their very looks :
And all this must, and all this ought to be

The only use of eyes, I know of, is to see.

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When these agreeable figures first ap- the human voice can scarcely trust peared, the price obtained for them was itself to relate; which art never can four shillings. As the sale slackened they represent, and the pen can only feebly dewere sold for three shillings; now, in scribe. Such a scene occurred at Lyons, March, 1826, the pair may be bought in the year 1794. for two shillings, or eighteen pence. The place of confinement to which those The consequence of this cheapness is, were hurried,who had been condemned to that there is scarcely a house without suffer by the revolutionary tribunal, was them.

called "the Cave of Death.” A boy not fifThere can be no doubt that society teen years of age was sent thither. He had is improving in every direction. As I been one of the foremost in a sortie made hinted before, we have a great deal to during the siege, and for this was doomed learn, and something to unlearn. It is in to perish. His little brother, scarcely six many respects untrue, that “ art improves years old, who had been accustomed to nature;" while in many important respects visit him at his former prison, no longer it is certain, that“ nature improves art.” finding him there, came and called at the

iron grate of the vault. His brother heard The Brothers.

him, and came to the grate: the poor

infant passed his little hands between There are things in nature which the vast bars to embrace him, while the elder raising himself on the points of his heart seemed ready to burst :-“Goodfeet could just reach to kiss them. “My by, brother," he repeated again and dear brother," said the child, “ art thou again; “but I'm afraid you didn't say going to die, and shall I see thee no that you are not yet fifteen."-He was at more? why didn't you tell them that you length so suffocated with sobs that he are not yet fifteen?”—“I did, brother, I could speak no more, and went away. said all that I could say, but they would Every one who passed by, seeing his dishear nothing. Carry a kiss to my tress, asked him what was the matter. mother, and try to comfort her; nothing 6 Tis the wicked men that make me grieves me but that I leave her ill; but cry," said he ; " they are going to kill don't tell her yet, that I am going to die.” my brother who is so good, and who is The child was drowned in tears, his little not yet fifteen.”

With any being of a human form,
Who, reading such a narrative as this
Could be unshaken to the inmost soul,
I would not share a roof, nor sit, nor stand,
Nor converse hold, by word, or look, or pen.
Well, Reader! thou hast read—hast thou no tears ?
If thou wert stranger to the tale till now,
And weep'st not-go! I dare not, will not, know thee
Thy manner may be gentle, but thy heart

Is ripe for cruelty-Go hence, I say!
March 7.

the season pours in its abundance. They

who are admirers of natural beauties, may The Season.

daily discover objects of delightful regard The earth has now several productions in the little peeping plants which escape for our gratification, if we stoop to gather the eye, unless their first appearance is and examine them. Young botanists narrowly looked for. should mence their inquiries before

The Primrose.
Welcome, pale Primrose! starting up between

Dead matted leaves of ash and oak, that strew
The every lawn, the wood, and spinney through,
'Mid creeping moss and ivy's darker green;

How much thy presence beautifies the ground:
How sweet thy modest, unaffected pride
Glows on the sunny bank, and wood's warm side.

And when thy fairy flowers, in groups, are found,
The schoolboy roams enchantedly along,

Plucking the fairest with a rude delight:
While the meek shepherd stops his simple song,

To gaze a moment on the pleasing sight;
O'erjoy'd to see the flowers that truly bring
The welcome news of sweet returning spring!


It is remarked by the lady of the rose, so called, (the polyanthus and auri“ Flora Domestica,” that " this little cular, though bearing other names, are Alower, in itself so fair, shows yet fairer likewise varieties,) but the most common from the early season of its appearance; are the sulphur-coloured and the lilac. peeping forth even from the retreating The lilac primrose does not equal the snows of winter: it forms a happy shade other in beauty: we do not often find it of union between the delicate snowdrop wild; it is chiefly known to us as a garand the flaming crocus, which also ven- den-flower. It is indeed the sulphurture forth in the very dawn of spring.” coloured primrose which we particularly The elegant authoress observes further: understand by that name: it is the prim. “There are many varieties of the prim-' rose : it is this which we associate with

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