« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »
great artist, like a great poet, must he experiences, to dash into a thotbe born so; and it is his proud dis- sand 'fragments the inost classieal tinction from the votaries of pursuits and finished groupe that ever proless connected with the highest pow- ceeded from an English chissel. ers of the intellect and the imagina- At the present season that part of tion. But, although no man of trans- the plan of the British Institution, cendent genius may have been reared which opens the gallery as a school under the auspices of the British for painting, is in operation. In Institution, the country owes to that order to prevent the interruption Institution, in its character of an which the students would otherwise auxiliary to the Royal Academy,) a experience, no stranger is admitted number of artists, of respectable ta- to the gallery, unless accompanied lent in all those departments of the by a Director of the Institution. ärt, which, if not the most elevated, We had the pleasure of visiting it are among the most pleasing; and in the course of the last month, and which exercise on society an influ- were highly gratified. It seems to ence of very beneficial tendency. be admirably regulated. Above thirThose, however, (and we own out- ty of the pictures, which formed the selves to be among the number,) who, last exhibition, remain for the benealthough they esteem, are not satis- fit of the students. The greater part fied with this amiable mediocrity, are the property of his Majesty: and are solicitous that England shall Among them are the celebrated be rendered as immortal by the tri- “ Adoration of the Shepherds," by umph of her arts, as she has been by Old Palma, one of the best specithat of her arms, must consider it mens existing of the peculiar qualithe chief praise of the Directors of ties of the Venetian school; the the British Institution, and a high charming group of Prince Charles and legitimate praise it is, that they James, Duke of York, and the Prinhave diffused and are continuing to cess Mary, children of King Charles diffuse in the country, by their an- the First," by VandyKE; the fine nual exhibitions of fine old pictures, equestrian
“ Portrait of the Arch(notwithstanding the partial objec- duke Albert,” by Rubens ; " The tion to which, as we have already Cascades at Tivoli," by G. Poussin, hinted, those exhibitions are liable,) a landscape of singular richness and a general understanding and feeling harmony; and " A Female listenof the true objects and principles of ing," hy Maes, the contrasted depth art; so that, whenever that extra- and splendour of which render it ordinary union of the qualities, "rare difficult to believe that the sun is in their separate excellence, wonder- not absolutely shining on the canful in their combination," which con- vas. There are several other excel. stitute a great artist shall happily Dent pictures by Titian, Correggio, again occur, he may, perhaps, find Tintoretto, Domenichino, Proamong his countrymen a disposition caccini, CARLO Dolce, VONDEand a power to estimate his value velDE, TENIERS, &c. The students and second his efforts; and may not are numerous, many of them ladies ; like Wilson, one of the finest land- and we were much pleased at observsca pe painters, if not the finest land- ing the quiet enthusiasm, if we may scape painter who ever lived, be be allowed such an expression, with compelled to accept the post of a which they were pursuing their inlibrarian for the sake of eking out teresting fahours. Some admirable his scanty income, by the paltry sala- studies have already been completed, ry annexed to that office." Like Ho- and others are in progress; but it garth, the inventor of a style of would be extremely invidious and art entirely original, and as striking improper to enter at present into any as new, he driven, and driven in detailed notice of them. When the vain, tò endeavour to dispose of so period, allotted for the purpose of immortal a work as the Marriage-a. making these studies, expires, they la-Mode by raffle ; or like Proctor, will be exhibited for a few days toas promising a sculptor as any coun- gether, with the original pictures, try, ancient or modern, ever boasted, for the inspection and satisfaction of be induced, in a paroxysm of gene- the Directors of the Institution and rous indignation at the neglect which their friends; and we may then,
perhaps, be tempted to offer a few cians themselves. We lament, how. additional remarks on the subject. ever, that so unworthy a feeling
One word before we conclude. We should be cherished in a single breast. have heard with much pain, bat we It may be that the Directors of the have heard it from so many quarters
British Institution have not treated that we feel it impossible wholly to the Royal Academicians, as a body, discredit the statement, that conside- with the respect and deference that rable jealousy has been manifested are due to their necessarily superior by some of the members of the Roy- knowledge and judgment on the subal Academy, towards the British In- ject of the arts of which they are the stitution; and that it has been pretty professors. If so, it is by no means distinctly intimated to those artists, creditable to the good sense of those who study or exhibit in the gallery gentlemen. But, whatever may be of the Institution, that they must the unfortunate origin of the exnot expect to participate in the ho- isting dissension, we entreat both nours of the Academy. That this the Royal Academy and the British disposition is not universal among Institution to recollect that they are the Members of the Academy we are engaged in a common cause--a cause persuaded, for that body contains in which the real and permanent many individuals of the most liberal glory of the country is inaterially principles and character; and, in fact, involved ; and that they ought not the exhibitions at the British Insti- to allow any occurrence of a petty tution are occasionally enriched with and temporary nature to damp the some of the productions of Academe ardour of their mutual efforts.
VELUTI IN SPECULUM."
HAY-MARKET THEATRE. While the King's Theatre, Drury- to another with something like the Lane, and Covent Garden remain clos- velocity of a pantomime. His faults ed,many novelties cannot reasonably are for the most part the faults of be expected, though the summer thea- haste, for we should scarcely be justres in general supply their fair pro- tified in crying out against his inportion both of new pieces and new cessant propensity to punning, when performers, considering their means it is considered that he never enters and opportunities. The Hay-mar- the province of the regular drama, ket, in particular, has been remark- and consequently never provokes the able for its activity since its first application of strict criticism to the foundation, and though the excel- style of his whimsical ebullitions. lent company, with which it con- There is, howeyer, one defect in his trived to meet the present season, new piece which cannot be excused interfered necessarily with the intro- upon any ground of privilege, while duction of provincial talent, except prespicuity in speaking and writing in one or two instances, the prolific continues to form one of the indispen of Mr. Dibdin has kept up its pensible conditions of human interreputation for industry in the de- course and enjoyment. The plot is partment of composition. His last so confused as to be quite uninteleffort was the opera of Morning, ligible. It is true that some even Noon, and Night, which still con- of our best tramatists have occasiontinues its run, though by no means ally deviated into a sort of ingenious entitled to rank among his best per- intricacy, as if from a desire to exformances. The principal merit of ercise the understandings of their this writer consists in grouping to auditors, and to show how near they gether a variety of incidents and cha- could touch upon obscurity without racters, so as to keep the mind in absolutely falling into the pit; but a continual state of expectation, and the author of Morning, Noon, and hurry the spirits from one scene Night, seems rather to have missed his
· way, than invoived it, so that there fathers, one the master, the other the is no hope of discovering a glimpse servant, whose sons have married of light by any effort to follow his unknown to them, and who mistake track in the labyrinth. For the respectively their daughters-in-law, reason already stated, namely, the each supposing the other to be his unpretending nature of dramas of own. Hence arise a number of this description, we refrain from diverting blunders and many opentering into any particular exami- portunities for equivoque, in which nation of the style. There are some the dialogue abounds. Old Porlaughable hits interspersed through celain, the master, was performed the dialogue, and some passages that by Mr. Terry, in that style of must rank under the head of clap dry humour for which he is retraps ; and it is to these circumstances markable.—Delph, the servant, was combined with such talents as Messrs. Mr. Liston's character, and he gave Liston, Terry, Jones, &c. are known it all the force of the broadest to possess, that we must ascribe the comedy; nor was Mr. Oxberry besuccess which has hitherto attended hind hand, in exhibiting the ridiculits representations. The music, too, ous peculiarities of his love-smitten inust come in for some share of the
son. Upon the whole, it was adcredit, though it did not strike us mirably got up. In this, as in the as containing many original pas- former instance, the author was consages. It was agreeable, however, siderably indebted to the performers, and sometimes even impressive. It who exerted themselves with the most therefore, deserves to be commended, anxious perseverance. It still con. especially when we consider that mu- tinues to reward their labours, by sic furnishes a greater number of attracting the applause and laughter instances in which plagiarism, and of successive audiences. We may clumsy, plagiarism too, can be esta- notice the favourable reception of blished, tha'n either of the sister arts, this little Piece, as a strong instance where the charge, though more fre- of the importance of situation. Noquent, is less tenable.
thing can be more meagre than the Another novelty, produced on the composition. Not one of the chasame boards, was a farce entitled racters has a single witty or humorFamily Jars. One would expect ous expression to deliver ; but the from the title, that it abounded in awkward predicament in which every those smart duets between some mar- one is placed, prepares the audience ried pair, which the wits of all coun- to laugh at the most vapid peculiaritries, whether in candour or in ma- ties which bear the slightest referlevolence, concur in enumerating ence to their condition. There is among the indulgences of the happy one injury, and, perhaps, only one, state. But the author, under con- resulting from the success of such sideration, presents us not with Pieces. It has a tendency to conquarrels and bickerings, but with firm the Managers in a notion, to adventures and mistakes. The plot, which they seem more than sufficiwhich is simple and perspicuous, has ently inclined already, the notion also the advantage of possessing that stage effect is a matter not only some good comic situations, and in distinct from, but in many instances those two points consists the whole opposed to, the graces of literary merit of this amusing trifle. With- composition. There needs but a out entering into particulars we small addition to this barbarous premay describe the story as growing judice, to banish elegance of thought out of the embarrassment of two and diction altogether from the stage.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. Nothing worthy of remark has produced as an Opera, in five acts, taken place at this Theatre during is, at length, metamorphosed into the last month, but the contrivances an Opera of two acts. This is "cutadopted to render the Opera of Gil ting and slashing” with a vengeance. Blas attractive. We gave, in our -It must be confessed, at the same last Number, an account of the Piece time, that the general effect has been itself, but our readers will learn with much improved by this extensive surprise, that what was originally curtailment.
Mr. Colman's Opera of Incle and enthusiasm which belong to the part. Yarico has been performed, and cast Miss Povey in Wowski exerted her in a manner which reflected much delightful voice and playful manner credit on the strength of the Com- to the manifest satisfaction of the pany. Mr. Bartley sustained the audience; and Mr. Wilkinson's grave part of Governor of Barbadoes with humour enabled him to moralize, as considerable talent. His spirited re- the servant of Incle, with appropriate proach of the sordid Incle was, if not simplicity. The house seems to inthe very best, one of the best efforts crease in popularity, and is likely to we remember to have witnessed from advance in public estimation, as the this gentleman. Miss Kelly's Yarico talents of the Company become betwas full of that mild tenderness and ter known.
FOREIGN POLITICAL DIGEST.
M. Faucillon, the Editor of the Jour. The Sieur Maillard, condemned to nal du Commerce, to one year's imprideath by a Council of War, has been sonment, and a fine of 5,000 francs ; executed at Bayonne, according to M. Legracieux, the Editor of the his sentence. As he marched to the
Courier Français, to six months' place of execution, he sang, Mourir imprisonment, and a fine of 3,000 pour sa patrie est le sort le plus beau, francs; M. Cassano, the Editor of le plus digne d'envie. He died with the Pilote, to one month's imprisongreat firmness.
General Berton, ment, and a fine of 1,000 francs. The Caffé, Sangé, H. Fradin, and Sene- four journals are also forbidden to chault, have been sentenced to death publish any reports of judicial proand executed: all the others were ceedings—the two former for the found guilty of not revealing the space year;
the third for six plot, and sentenced to various terms months ; and the last for three of imprisonment. Berton was a man months : and they are condemned of strong nerves and coarse mind, in costs. This proceeding was inand always remarked for a cynical stituted under the new law against turn. He was distinguished as a the Press, passed in March last. most active partizan in the peninsular war ; a kind of European Buccaneer,-a man of brute courage, General Quiroga has been apimpenetrable sang-froid, and had a pointed to the command of Galicia ; total disregard of consequences. General Vives to Old Castile; and
On the 12th instant, the Assize other tried patriots to two other Court of Paris was occupied with provinces. General Morillo has rethe case of four newspapers--the signed the command of the First Constitutionnel, Courici Français, District, and has been succeeded by Pilote, and Journal du Commerce, General Copons. M. Casa - Irujo, charged
by the Advocate - General the Spanish Minister at the Court of with infidelity and bad faith in their France, has been recalled, and the reports of the proceedings on the Duke de San Lorenzo is to be his trial of the Rochelle Conspiracy.
Since the unsuccessful On the part of the Advocate-General, insurrection of the Royal Guards, no proofs were adduced of the in- on the 7th July, the Archbishop of correctness of the reports. His De- Saragossa, the Bishops of Malagar puty contended, that as the Attorney, and of Ceuta, have been sentenced General was part of the Court, his to banishment. The Duke del Inmere declaration that the passage fantado has been banished to the was incorrect and malicious, was Canaries ; the Marquis de las Amasufficient. The Counsel for the jour. rillas to Ibiza ; and the Count nals offered to bring witnesses to d'Espiletta to Seville. The King, prove that the reports were correct. by the express desire of his MinisThe Court refused to hear any wit- ters, has ordered the Convocation of nesses, and sentenced M. Guise, the the Extraordinary Cortes for the Editor of the Constitutionnel, and 25th instant (Sept.) General Elio,
well known for his bloody persecu- he is attached to one of the ministers tions of the Patriots of Valencia, has or in his office; or, if he cannot do suffered death by the yarote. Several that, he must prove that he is under of the provinces are still in a dis. the special protection of one of the turbed 'state, although the issue of great powers, the insurrection of the King's Guard bas depressed the hopes of the Servile
GERMANY. party, and left the friends of the Con. The Emperor set out from Vienna stitution without any fears for the on the 7th inst. (Sept.) at eight future. This confidence has been o'clock in the morning, for Wakersstill further increased by various dorf to receive his august guest the successes, gained by the Constitu- emperor of Russia. At noon the tional troops, under the commands two monarchs entered the city. The of the Empecinado, General Don Emperor Alexander had requested Zarco de Valle, and Col. Tabuenea, that he might not be received with over the Army of the Faith, under ceremony. It appears that the two Quesada, the band of Urango, the emperors will not set out for Italy Insurgents commanded by the Trap- before the middle of September: pist, &c. It is said that Quesada, sus- thus the Congress will not open bepected of treachery, was conducted by fore the beginning of October. his own troops, bound hand and foot, to the fort of Iraty, in order to be tried. More than 1000 of the Army Since our last number the news of the Faith, after their defeat, de froin this interesting country has serted to the Constitutional forces. been very contradictory, and we have
very little to state that can be relied PORTUGAL.
upon. After the misfortunes of the On the 26th of August, two letters Turkish fleet in the canal of Chio, from the Prince Regent in Brazil to it sailed for Tevedos, pursued by the the King his father were communi- Greeks; and, being found unfit for cated to the Cortes, by order of his longer service, took refuge in the Majesty. In these letters the Prince Dardanelles. The Greeks cut off declared, that he had adhered to what three small vessels in the chace. the inhabitants of Brazil wished, the However victorious the Greeks bave greater part of the provinces having been by sea, it appears there is too already recognized him as their per- much reason to believe that they hare petual defender, and having made experienced reverses by land, and manifest their desire to proclaim his that Corinth, the key to the Pelopon. Majesty Emperor of the United King- nesus, has fallen into the hands of dom, and himself King of Brazil. the Turks through treachery. These
The Cortes have issued an Address reverses are confirmed by the fact of to the people of Brazil, in which are the Greeks having raised a levy er set forth the advantages which the masst, since the capture of Corinth. latter will derive from being united A proclamation of the Provisional to Portugal. The Cortes declare, Government, dated Machata, July 19, that the Brazilians will enjoy all the and signed by Prince Maurocordato, blessings of freedom in common with calls upon all the male Greeks, from the Portugueze; that an authority 16 to 60 years of age, to assemble delegated from the king always re- in arms, and repair to the post of side in Brazil, to prevent the incon- danger in the present crisis of affairs, veniences which might arise from under penalty of the loss of their the distance between the countries; rights of citizenship, and the sale of and that the power and glory of both their property for the public benefit
. can be consulted only by their re- All Greeks, who have taken refuge maining united under one monarchy. in the lonian Islands, are summoned
to return to the defence of their
country, under the penalties of exGreat preparations of all kinds patriation and confiscation. If, how. are making at Verona for the ap- ever, we may believe the latest acproaching Congress. Every stran- counts, these reverses have been sucger,
who desires to remain there dur- ceeded by a signal victory gained by ing the Congress, must prove that the Greeks over the Turks, headed