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With a Portrait of HENRY BONE, ESQ. R. A. Enamel Painter to His Majesty.
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Eur. Mag. Vol. 81. April 1822.
THE EDITOR'S CONVERSAZIONÉ.
THIS being the first number of the European Magazine published by the new Proprietors, they are extremely sorry to be obliged to state, that they find, great offence has been taken at a passage reflecting on private character in the last number. They beg to assure their readers, that no such circumstance will again occur, as the Editorial department is now conducted by one of the New Proprietors, whose highest ambition will be, to render the European Magazine not only instructive and amusing, but free from every allusion that can in the remotest degree injure the morals, the heart, or the mind of any individual. Part of a letter, from a Gentleman, signing himself R.S.P. is inserted page 337, which will prove to him, that we do not fear to publish his letter, being convinced that all our readers will acquit the present Proprietors and present Editor from any blame on this occasion, when they are assured, that the present number is the first, in which they have written a single word, and over which they have exercised the slightest controul.
Blanche and other Correspondents are respectfully informed, that none of the Contributions they allude to have been received.-Arietta is requested to send for a letter as soon as convenient.-A Specimen of the Reviews alluded to by F.C.N. is requested.— Favors from Cantabrigiensis, D.F. and W.T.W. have been received.-Essays on Pulpit Eloquence and the Victim of Superstition are under consideration.-A Royal Arch-Mason is inadmissible.-The Little Manual is taken notice of in the proper place. There can be only one opinion on this subject, yet the pages of the European Magazine will not henceforth be open to party spirit.-Atalba's notice cannot be inserted unless he give the Editor an opportunity of judging for himself.—Achilles ought to be aware of the impropriety of requiring the Editor to commit a breach of confidence.
Hexameters Classicus have but one line free from false quantity and bad grammar; and that line is borrowed from Ovid.
Rosa Maria's "Epitaph on a favourite Youth" is not to our taste. Raven lockscurling eye-lashes-vermicelli teeth-vermillion lips-roseate hue-soft embracestrembling glances and amorous sighs are, in our opinion, very improper epithets for a tomb-stone.
C. P. is informed we dont understand Irish.
The Lines of Vietas are replete with blasphemy and sedition.
Candidus, before he becomes a biographer, should at least avoid mistaking Charles James Fox for John Fox, the writer of the Book of Martyrs. His attempt to derive the present Ettric Poet, Mr. Hogg, from the great Lord Bacon amounts to burlesque.
Bon Ton's communication, made to us with such a parade of honour and secrecy, appeared a few months ago in the Morning Post, from which it was copied into the Times and Chronicle.
Balaam's attempted refutation of the miracle of the ass is very weak. We know by experience that an ass can at least write-we advise him not to abuse his relation. Humbogius's admirable essay upon black beetles is postponed on account of its great length.
Vitellius is an intolerable gourmand-his communication is only a recipe for cooking a-la-mode beef. We wish he had prudence enough to attend to a calf's head.
Verbum sapienti, &c.
The present Editor feeling that a Conversazioné forms no necessary part of a monthly publication, that the term is at variance with the subject to which it refers, and that it has already entailed considerable ridicule on the European Magazine, has determined to relinquish that vehicle of wit and humour after the present number, and coufine himself to the usual Notices to Correspondents.
HENRY BONE, Esq. R. A.
WITH A PORTRAIT, ENGRAVED BY THOMPSON, FROM A BUST BY CHANTREY.
Trait ornaments the present Num-
ber, is one of those rare characters who
HENRY BONE, Esq. Royal Academician, whose portrait we give from a bust by that admirable artist, Chantrey, was born at Truro, in Cornwall, on the 6th Feb. 1755. Shewing an early inclination for the Arts, he was engaged in
January, 1771, by Mr. Cookworthy, in the China manufactory, which he had established at Plymouth; about the latter end of the same year, on that establishment being removed to Bristol, under the direction of Messrs. Champion and Co. at the request of those gentlemen he accompanied it, and was there apprenticed. He came to London in August, 1778, and originally painted devices for lockets and other small ornaments after the falling off of that employment, he painted miniatures in water colours, occasionally directing his attention to painting in Enamel. The first Enamel picture, which gained considerable attention, was the Sleeping Girl, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, which was painted in Aug. 1794. In 1797, he exhibited, at the Royal Academy, a portrait of Lord Eglintowne, which was purchased by, and gained the patronage of His Majesty, (then Prince of Wales) under whose continued encouragement and liberality, he has been enabled by his industry and undaunted perseverance to advance Enamel Painting to great perfection.
His present appointments are Enamel Painter in ordinary to His Majesty, and Enamel Painter to His R. H. the Duke of York.
Great exertions have been made by the gentleman, who is the subject of the present Memoir, to render the present age an era in the art. That he is living must be our apology for not entering into a full discussion of his merits; but, it must be said, that to his talents and