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Which from affection flow;
Thy Henry wits below.
Borne safe the foaming surge along,
High swel!'d his heart with glee ;
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF THE FINE ARTS. The Use of all New Prints, Conmunicarion of Articles of Intelligenct, &c. arise
requested under COVER lo the Cure of the Publister. Exhibition of an extensive View of Hyde Park “ the scale of" half as many miles.
on a Sunday, and a Collection of orbcr P.ccures, But to the works :-No. 1, is Venus and painted by A. DUBOST, at No. 65; Palto Diana; ill-drawn, unnaturally coloured, Mull.
and affected in the extreme. 2 Tlie faTTRACTED to this exhibition by mous View of Ihde Park, above mention. and which stated the principal picture of quackery as ever was impo-ed on ile (the View of Hyde Pirrk) to be “painted good-nature of John Bull. There are not on a scule of 200 feet, we were led to enly portraits and equipaurs, all named visit it; alilough the admission (half-ito and to be found in the catalogue, but as crown, and catalogue ô1.) appeared ra many more io be introduced as any sube ther out of the bounds of indesty. Yet, scriber to a print from it may wish. 3. judye of the surprise that affec ed every Beauty and the Beast. A vile caricature one who were witnesses to the egregious on a most amiable lady, whose firmily too and unblushing imposition that was prac. liberally encourayed the ungrateful carie tised on the public by this Gallic adven. catarist, and for which he deserved 110turer. The picture of Hyde Park, rea- thing so much as a kicking, der, was only 5 feet and a half in length; Really, to detail the rest of the miserand the whole length portraits of the able trash that bung round the room, principal pesonages and their equipages but which shines in description in bis little more than an inch in length. It is catalogue, would be trifiing with our painful to dwell on such circumstances readers' feelings and patience. Suftice it that serve to deter a generous public to say, that any one to view such drawe -froin patronizing arts and artists: but irry, such composition, (pardon the prose such an impudent shameless imposture titution of the term), and suchievery never was before practised, and deserves thing that was there seen, must draw tho to be placed on record. When the first conclusion that Dubost limself, in the burst of surprise was over at the impo. preface to his catalogue, says has been; sition, the rest of the “ other pictures that Damocles, and any thing here exhipainted by A. Dubost" were examined, bited, could not have been the produchopin, that their merit would compen- tion of the same band. And however sate for the deficiency in size of the other. moderate the abilities required in draw. But, oh! Shame, where is thy blush? The ing, to be admitted a candidate for a collection was the most imbecile, triding, student's ticket in our Royal Academy and impudent drivellings of the pencil, are, yet even this trilling honour would that ever were imposed on the public eye; be refused to any boy who drew no bet. and verily, if Dubost had been summoned ter than the works here shewn as the before a court of requests for obtaining production of Dubost by hiinseif. money under false pretences by any of In an introduction to his catalogue, those who were thus imposed upon by Mfr. Dubost has cast such aspersions on this ungrateful Frenchman, he must have British artists, and their patrons, that it been driven with contempt from the would be a reflection on the national eourt. A man in the room, who ex character to suffer them to go unanswer. hibited and explained the pictures, and ed. He says, that
many arts have who called himself the friend of Dubost, been used by envy and malignity to obe said in explanation, the base of the pic struct his progress, and depress luis chature represented 200 feet, and that if the racier as an atist." He again asserts, height of one of the figures were taken, as
that " when Mr. Dubost came first 10 a scale of 6 feet, and tried along, it would this country fron Paris, the praise which prove it !!! At this rate, many a mis his picture of Damoclés bad obtained for niature drawing at Spring Gardens was bin in that city, has travelled with him
across the Channel, and he met the most fuering reception, &c." and a luule NETTI,Vide last month. fariser on : “ This reception and those Louis Schiavonelii was born at Baspraises, excited however the envy of the
sano, in the Venetian territory, in April Ludon artists; and it would appear that
1765. This faller usa stationer, whose a comparacy was formed to detaine and moderate circumy es endled his to depress hiu!! This is nothing but the give to bis eight choichreit (ilie eldest of Common Cant of fuileti imbecility, and
webm was Lu-) a limited but useful proves nurburg of either envy or malls education. From his intaney he always nuy, except in the writer;, which is far- nianifestes a laste for drawing, and some ther pro'ed by a series of illiberal abuses of his early productivas excited the of dir. Hope, who has been to this an, approbation of an able painter, Julius. as well as to every artist, a liberal and hot clini; s. that at the age of 15, he took norable patrunt
. His charges against Mr. hin under his care, anui laid that foun Hipe bowever assume a more tangible dation of all drawing that so much disshape, and can therefore be more accul tinguishes all his works. Giling dyng rately exainined. " Mr. Dubost puts it shortly after this, he was left in binseif; to the honest and impartial feeling of the but studying the works of Bricolozzi and public, whether Mr. Hipe ban a right, Volpato, his improvement was so rapid as Rfter getting the picture of Dumoules in
to gain iimeraplogineni froin Count Reto his possession, (soes Dubost mean to maudini, then the indust extensive pube jnply by this that he got it surrepti- lisher in Europe. Schiavonetti
practised ciously?) to eace the pain er's nanie, here with much credit, when his rising and afterwards, with the barbavity of a
talents procured bin an honorable invie Vandal, to destroy the piece itself by
tation to visit England, which he did in cating it in iwo parts. Although Ji. the face of a pension that was ofered Dusbust sold the picture, hie did not sell him by some Venetian voblemen if he it to be destroyed"--Very well. S Nr. would abandon his intended emigration. Hipe is not only alandal, bui also a food; Upon his first coming to England he confur, according in this account, he gives nected bimseif withi Bartolozzi, and a an immense sum (800 or 1001) guineas printselier of the name of Testolini, but we believe) for a picture, and destroys it. alterwards established himself on his own But mark, how a plain tale siiall put him foundation; and from this period to that ROND). The picture has certainly been of his death, he cultivated his genius cut in two parts; but how? A few inches with a success that answered the expece of sparatte canvas from the upper part tations which were first formed of it, of the picture is cut off to make it fit a
and conducted all his affairs with an eertain place intended for its reception, uprightness and integrity that will cause and the picture (except the circumstance his name to be equally !ronored as a of fitting the place better) is neither beto gentleman and as an artist. ter or worse for its cuting-destroyed it
Mr. Schiaconetti (says Mr. Cromek, is not, as its own existing evidence can from whose excellent account in the prove. As to the efficing bis name, Eraminer, this is principally taken) pose f it had been suffered to remain after sesied in very high perfection a freedom the evidence of every picture Dubost has and accuracy of delineation. This powproduced in England since, would have er, united with the grace and dignity heen lending to an imposture, and it which were tlie peculiar characteristics therefore is properly taken off; and there of his style, enabled him to treat every is no doubt the real painter or painters' subject with a truth and discinctness of same, can be atixed there in its stead. expression rarely to be found in the Dr. Dubost also complains of the direc- works of other artists. tors of the British Justitution refusing
To sum up this profe-sional merits in a to exhibit his picture of Diana and Ve- few words, Nir. Senavenetti classes with nus. So reply to this, all that is neces. Girard Gucran, Edelinck, Strange, and sary to be said is, that they would have woollet. He not only possessed the deserved censure batthey acted in a con.
powers of delineation-ile barmony of trary inander. One inore quotation, and lines the union in tones, and general we have done with Mr. Dubost. Ile effect, which characterise the works of asks, “ What can Mr. Dubost therefore these eminent nien; but he addesi a brila do, in defence of his reputation". He is liancy of execution, and playful undulaanswered from Shakspeare, "Toll truth, tive of effect, which approached more and shame the devil."
nearly to the free penciling of the painto
er, than any thing that can be found in who are members, has been established, thuse of any other engraver.
but that it has' no connection with a priAmong bus principal performances are vate exhibition in Pali-Mali, whichi: said the well known and admired plates of: to be for "6 the benefit of the Artists' -The Madre Dolorosa, from Vandyck; Fund." This praiseworthy institution is the Portrait of Vandyck, in the Charac- erected for the purpose of soliciting and ter of Paris; the Surprise of the Soldiers applying the bounty of a liberal and on the Banks of the Arno, from Michel wealthy people, to the benevolent purAngelu's celebrated Cartoon; a Series of pose of preventing the last moments of Etchings from Designs by Blake, illus a dying artist from being embittered by trative of Blair's Grave; Portrait of the reflection that he is leaving behind Mr. Blake, after Phillips, for the same hiin wile and children, without any Work;
the Landing of the British Troops provision whatever. To prevent the rein bgypt, from De Loutherbourg; the currence of such, it was resolved at a Etchings of the Canterbury Pilgrimage, meeting of a seiv artists, to appoint a from Stothard's esteemed Picture. This coinmitiee to draw up resolutions for the print was only advanced to the etched formation of this fund. After several state, but is a most suiking example of meetings of this cominittee, a general his powers as a draftsman, every line be one was held on the 22d of March last ing expressive of the object it aims to at the Freemason's Tavern, and a subserepresent.
sequent one a few days ago. The enAmong other works which Mr. Schi- lightened friend of the arts will be please avonetti had undertaken, was a portrait ed to hear that it is now completely orof the venerable president of the Royal ganized under the direction of the followSociety (sir Joseph Banks), from a pic. ing gentlemen as governors :- 1. W. ture by Phillips ; The Stag-hunt, in which Devis, G. Hawkins, B. Marshall, w. Alexander Ill. king of Scotland, was Mulready, J. Randall, J. Scott, P. Ture rescued from the fury of a stay, by Colin nerelli, W. Tallemach, C. Warren, A. Fitzgerald; painted by Mr. West. Davison, Esq. Treasurer, and J. Wile
kinson, Secretary: of whom further pare The second number of “the Fine Arts ticulars may be obtained. It is with of the English School” is published, and great pleasure the following liberal doshall be noticed in our next.
nations are selected from the printed That liberal and judicious patron of list which is circulated by the Society. the fine arts, Mr. Thomas Hope, bas-Alexander Davison, Esq. first dona-purchase, Dawe's picture of Andromache tion, 20 guineas.-Abraham Goldmid, imploring Ulysses to spare the Life of her Esq. 10 guineas. ~The Earl of BredalSon, from the last exbibition, for 2001. bane, 10 guineas.--John Soane, Esq. THE ARTISTS' FUND.
R. A. 50 guineas; and many others, It will be right to inform our readers, besides annual contributions for the supe that a joint stock and benevolent fund port of the fund. for the widows and orphans of artists
PROCEEDINGS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES,
Fourth Report of the Directors of the to followed the example set them by the
Afrieun Institution, read at the An- legislatures of Great Britain and the Unie nual General Meeting, on the 29th of ted States af America; the flags of Spain Murch, 1810.
and of Sweden (which, till within the T has appeared to the directors, last two years, had scarcely ever visited
that without security of person and the African coast) have of late been exproperty, no adequate stiinulus can tensively employed in covering and probe given to industry: and consequently tecting a trade in slaves, in which, it is no progress can fairly be expected in however believed, the subjects of those the great work of civilization in Afri- countries have little or no direct interest!
It is therefore obvious, that while It has also been discovered, that, in a considerable Slave Trade is suffer- defiance of all the penalties imposed by ed to exist, such security is unattain. Act of Parliament, vessels, under foreign able. But po foreign states have bither- fags, have been fitted out in the ports of
Liverpool and Londoy, for the purpose in which this bounty has been claimed of carrying slaves from the coast of and received. Airca to the Spanish and Portugueze The directors feel it incumbent on stijen ents in Austrica; and severat ad. them to state, that, in prosecuting ibeir TES!GTES of this description have actu inquiries into this case, they uniformly alir lieen completed!!!
experienced, on the part of his Majesty's The persons, however, who are the government, a prompt attention to their most dceply enyayed in this ne furious reprezentations, and a cordial disposition trafic, appear to be citizens of the Uni to aid their efforts in preventing the ine ted Staics of Amirica. These shelier fraction of the laws for the aboliuon of themselves from the penal consequences the slare trade. of their criminal conduct, by means of It is to be remembered, to the honour a normal sale bou of shup and cargo at of the government of the United States sme Spanish or Swedish port-(the lla- of America, that it seized an early oprannab, for exam; le, or ttie i-land of St. portunity of eticcung the abolition of Bartholomen). They are thus put in a This trade, as far as legislative enacto capacity to use the flags of these states; ments could cffect it. America, bore and so disguised, have carried on their ever, lias few or no means of enforcing slave-trading speculations, during the last her own commercial edicts. In riespite year, to an enormous extent!!! of those edicts, therefore, her ships are
The difierent communications received now the great carriers of slaves, without by the directors from the coast of Africa, any other defence avainst the penailies, Cincur in staring, that in the month of to which as Americans they are lialle, October last the coast was crowded with than is afforded by the ill; and Sessels, known to be Ainericali, trading lated clearances, of some foreign state. for slaves under Spanish and Swedish, The direciors will now procted to it feys. The slares thus procured, it is tice what has been further one in the urderstood, were afterwards to be car. prosecution of the objects of the instie ried for sale, either to South America, tutina. or to the Spanish West Indies. Some Tlie capture of Senegal, which was cargues (there is reason to believe) were effecied in the month of July last, by Larded at St. Bartholomew's, and smuu- captain Columbine, of the navy, and ged hence into English islands !!! major Maxnel, the commandant of Go.
The extent !o which this evil has unexo has consulerably abriged the facie pectedly and suddenly proceeded, and lities enjoyed by the cmirabana slave its obrious intluence on all the pians for traders on the part of the Slave Cvast. proinoring the civilization of Africa, have It has also furnisi.ed an important inlet inimuced the directors, since the last ge both for comliserce and civilization; the veral meeting, to turn a large share of river Senegal being wavigable for several their attention to the best incans of re hundred miles, and some of its branches straining or removing it. Besides inak. approaching witiun a sbort distance of ing the necessary represegations, froin the Niger. time to time, to bis Majesty's goserie Hlavny received information that the luent, they have taken measures for plants of the mulberry-tree, which they coinmunicating to the officers of the had transmitted to Africa, had taken Royal Navy distinct infurination respecte root, and were flourishing, not only at ing the provisions of the legislature on Sierra Leone, but at Goree and Senegal, this point, and the manner in which the directors procured a considerable those provisions have been eluded; as number of silk.nouins' eggs, which were well as to point out the pecuniary ad sent to those places, accoinpanied with sanages which would accrue to thein particular directions respecting the profrom a vigorous enforcement of the Abo- per mode of rearing and managing them. bition aus. Tie inducement to vigilance They have also transmitted to Africa on the part of the wavy is considerable; a farther supply of some useful seeds: the captors being entitled to the forieit- and likewise the inodel of a mill toe ure of both ship and cargo. And al. cleaning rice from its husk; an operation though ali slaves found on board are li- whichi, through the defect of proper maberaied, yet there is a bounty allowed chinery, is performed at present in a by government to the captors, amount. very laborious, rusle, and imperfect maning) 401. for each man, 301. for each The directors apprehend, that woman, and 101. fur e:ch chuld so libe- the present interiority of African rice is Taled. Justauces have already ucçurred chielly to be attributed to this defect :
they will therefore be obliged to any of representation to this effect having been che friends of the insisiutron who shall made to his Majesty's government, the point out the best means of remedying matter was taken into their consideras
tion, and a diodification of some of throse The directors having applied to Dr, duties has been olitained. The duties Roxburybie of Calcutta, tor bis assistance on toiton wool, ginger, and coffee, the in obtammg seeds and plants from Ilio produce of bis Majesty's dominions in dia, hare we satisfaction to stale, that Africa, are now the same as those paythey have received the most liberal as. able on the like articles when iinported sualices of his beat excitions in favour from the West Indies; and on palm of the institutiim. lle has already trans- oil, the duty has been reduced froin miled in this country, wil a view to about 125. 31. to 45. per hundredtheir propagation in Alica, several tize weight. On one article, Guinea grains, luable seeils, with the requisite instruc or Milagnetta popper, the duty has cions firleir manayanent. The direc- been doubled; not with a view of ine tors are tipy in this opportunity of ex- creasing the revenue, but of operating pressing their big di sense of the obliga.
as a probibition of tie use of it, as it is £100conferred on the institution by Dr. sopposed to have been extensively em. Ruxburgli.
ployed in the brewing (if bait liquor. The vectors bare drawn the atten- The directos, however, have great reation of their correspondents in Africa to son to doubt the existence of ibe dele. a discovery (Communicated to them by tcrious qualities absciibed in this drag; R. ti. Marten, est. and said to have as they find it to be universally esteemed been titlely made in the West Indies) in Africa one of ihe most adolesome of of the practicability of producing excel- spices, and generally used by the natives lent rope from the fibres of the plantane to seası n their food, They have as yet received 110
The directors have not as yet engaged report on this subjert from Alla. in
direct atiempl to explore the colle Ritening the meeting to what was tinent of Africa, principally becau-e no communicated in the last annual repori, proper means have offered themselves to on the subjectif a species of hemp, ma their notice. I bas, lowever, been nutactured from the cits of a particule communicated to them, that it is the lar kund of pralen ihried abounds in Sja il!ention of the African Association to eria Lcone and jis neighbourhood, the send, at an early opportunity, one or directors have more to arid, ibat one of more persons from this country, charged their board, Mr. Ailenin fars lately stib with the important object of farther disjected a small quaistity of cond, mang covery. Tlie directors have signified factured from this substance, tu experi- their readiness to concus in any eligible meuis calculated to ascertain its streng h, measure of this description. as corrispared with ihe same length and Before the directors quit this subject, weight of common lempen curd. The they think it right to advert to a con resule has been very satisfactory. In five munication which has been made to trials, the hicmpen coid broke with the then by lieut.-col. Maxwell, the comfollowing weights, viz. in the 1st, with mandant of Senegal, respecting the ce. 4411s. avoirdupois; in the second, with lebrated traveller Mungo Pak, in a let, 4111s.; in the third, with 51/b..; in ter dated on the 28th of January last, the fourti, with 41lbs.; and in the which contains the following pa-saye : fifth, with 41.bs. ; while African cord, " I'avail myself of an opportunity, of the same length and weight, required by way of Guernsey, to communicate to to break it, in the first irial, 541bs.; you the intelligence of the arrival in this in the second, 55lbs.; in the third, colony of the black man named Isaacs, 52lbs.; in the fourthi, 59 lbs.; and in who was the guide who conducted Mr. the filih, 47lbs. The average is as fol- Mungn Park to Sansanding, and whose lous:. liempen cord, 431hs, 3 fifths; schoolmaster, who resides there, furnishAliican cord, 53lbs. 2 sitths; being a ed Mr. Park with a guide to take him to ditiercice in favour of the African cord, Kassina. This person appear's convinced of 10 bs. in 43lbs.
that Mr. Mungo Park is not dead: he The directors noticed in their last says, if it was the case, he certainly report, the disadvantages omer which should have heard of it: not having heard the lade of Africa laboured, in conse of him, he supposed he had returned to quence of the high duties imposed on England. the different articles of its produce. A
" To ascertain the certainty of the