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attractions, as any of those which have pre- || There is, however, a want of colouring in the
There are several historical pictures admirably executed; but particularly we noticed, Mr. COOPER's battle of Strigonium, Mr. BRIGG's Lear and Gonneril, from Shakspeare, and the Caledonian hunt of Mr. HILTON.
Mr. SHARPE's picture of a cockney waterparty, is very humourous and natural, and perhaps as attractive as any in the exhibition. Mr. WILKIE has but one picture in the exhibition; Chelsea Pensioners reading the London Gazette, announcing the Battle of Waterloo. We are sorry our limits will not allow us to enlarge on this beautiful painting. It has a great variety of characters, is strong in its interest and effect, and excites general attention.
The landscapes are, with a few exceptions, masterly and true to nature. There are some excellent pictures in coast scenery; in particular we noticed the one by Mr. CALLCOTT. It represents a party of smugglers, who are alarmed at the hazy weather clearing off, while landing their cargo.
Every year manifests an advancement in portrait painting, from the great encouragement it so richly enjoys; and we cannot help expressing our regret that this department of the art is so amply encouraged, while the nobler walk of history is comparatively neglected.
The portraits of His Majesty, the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Bedford, Count Michael Worowzow, and the Countess of Blessington, are by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and perhaps equal to any the president of the academy has hitherto produced.
Sir William Beechy, and Mr. Shee, have several well-finished portraits; upon which we regret that our limits so confine our observations. Mr. Raeburn, Mr. W. Ward, Mr. Jackson, Mr. A. E. Chalon, with several other experienced artists, have been eminently successful in this department.
The architectural drawings evince that our artists in that department have lost nothing of their reputation. The same may be observed of the model academy. Satan overcome by St. Michael, and a sleeping child by Mr. Flaxman sustain his already acquired fame. J. SLOTHARD's sleeping Bacchante, No. 17,
It would be unpardonable not to notice the painting of The Burial of Christ, No. 26; the work of Mr. Northcote, so long and justly estimated for the expression of his figures. That of our Redeemer, by a judicious throwing over of the light on the dead body, is rendered peculiarly striking; the colouring is exquisite, and its relaxed and lifeless appearance is truly solemn and affecting. NORTHCOTE has another fine painting, No. 6. The Princess Bridget Plantagenet, fourth daughter of Edward IV. Her countenance is sweet and infantine; and an anxious and careful expression on the face of the Lady Abbess, to whose care she is depicted as being consigned, from a fine contrast.
WESTALL has a very beautiful picture of Cupid and Psyche, No. 18. This is, decidedly, one of his best productions. (To be continued.)
CONVERSATIONS ON MINERALOGY.
BY MRS. LOWRY. 2 vols. London.
It is with no small degree of pride that we peruse any work which gives additional lustre to the character of our fair country women. "Conversations on Mineralogy," must hold a distinguished place in the scientific productions with which this age is so replete. Superficial knowledge will sometimes give birth to an abstruse attempt at explanation; but it requires a perfect acquaintance with a subject to present an illustration at once clear and comprehensive. Simplicity is one of the greatest characteristics of nature, and nature is best understood when simplicity unfolds her mysteries. Such appears to be the aim in the work before us, and if we consider the difficulty of the subject, it has been in a high degree attained. The language is elegant and familiar; and the questions such as a person unacquainted with the science would naturally ask: we have no hesitation to declare that "Conversations on Mineralogy" are admirably adapted to open to the young mineralogist the beauties of that delightful study.
THE FINE ARTS.
Gems and Cameos have always been con
has ease, simplicity, and beautiful disposal.sidered the depositaries of the taste and
genius of ancient art. Every method there- || opportunity of personally inspecting them.
fore by which those exquisite proofs of the skill of "the olden time" can be rendered more generally accessible, deserves liberal encouragement. It is in this view that we are led to regard a very ingenious invention, which had for its original object merely the sealing of notes and letters; bnt which, in consequence of the great improvement made in it offers the means of multiplying ad infinitum, the most beautiful specimens of that branch of the fine arts. We allude to what are called "Thompson's Medallion Wafers," the variety and beauty of which can scarcely be conceived by any one who has not had the
At Walcot Church, Bath, Major General Sir William Inglis, K. C. B. to Margaret Marianne, eldest daughter of Major-General Raymond.
May 2, at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, by the Rev. Mr. Barneby, Mr. George Brown, of the East India chambers, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of
At Paris, M. de Chevigny, sub-lieutenant in the French guards, to Miss Seymour, grand daugh.
ter to the Earl of Yarmouth.
Mr. W. M. Catterton, of Ratcliff.
At St. George's Bloombury, Charles, only son of C. Lawrence, Esq. of Keppel street, Russellsquare, to Jane, fourth daughter of W. Flower, Esq. of Upper Bedford-place, Russell-square.
The Earl of Denbigh to the Hon. Miss Moreton, eldest daughter of Lord Ducie.
C. W. Ethelston, jun. Esq. to Anne, eldest daughter of R. Peel, Esq. of Tor Abbey, Devon
On the 8th instant, Lady Burdon, wife of Sir T. Burdon, of Jesmond, near Newcastle, and sis ter to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Stowell.
At Belle Isle, near Ambleside, on his way to Cheltenham, the Rev. W. Curwen, of Harrington, second son of J. C. Curwen, Esq. M. P.
At Thurby Hall, near Lincoln, Sir Gonville Bromhead, Bart. He is succeeded in his title by Mr- (now Sir) F. B. Bromhead, barrister.
At Wellington, Shropshire, the Right Hon. Lady Eleanor Elizabeth King, daughter of Edward Earl of Kingston. Her Ladyship was in the 68th year of her age
At the Herald's College, Sir Isaac Heard, Garter Principal King of Arms. He was in the 92d year of his age, and filled the office of Garter since April 1784, a space of 38 years.
On Tuesday the 23d instant, John Minshull, Esq. of Highgate, many years a respectable inhabitant of the United States of America, aged 77.
At the advanced age of 126 years and 3 days, Mr. T. Doorley, farmer, residing near the Hill of Allen, county of Kildare. He retained his faculties to the last moment, and was able to take the pleasure of any sort of field amusement within the last six months of his life.
Errata in our Last Volume.
In the piece called "Home," line 7, for pale, read pall.
In the Sea Boy's Dream," ver. 2, line 7, for one's, read one-and in ver. 3, for hiss'd read pip'd.
COURT AND FASHIONABLE
FOR JULY 1822.
A New and Improved Series.
1. A correct Likeness of Miss P. F. A. GLOVER, of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Engraved from an Original Painting, by Miss Rose Emma Drummond.
2. A beautiful Whole Length Portrait Figure in a COURT DRESS, worn at his MAJESTY'S LATE DRAWING ROOM.
3. A beautiful Engraving of FASHIONABLE BONNETS, for the Carriage, Public Pro. menades, &c.
4. An outline Engraving by MATTHEW WYATT, Esq. of the MONUMENTAL GROUP, to be erected to the Memory of his late MAJESTY GEORGE THE THIRD. 5. The FAREWELL, a new Duett for two Voices, composed for La Belle Assemblée