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MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF THE FINE ARTS
(Communications and the Loan of all new Prints are requested.)
THE ROYAL ACADEMY.
Majesty then expressed his full approba*HE questions upon questions, resolu- tion of the fufpended Members of Council, upon contentions, and above all, the debates from the Books of the Royal Academy all upon debates, which for so many months oc
the resolutions of the General Asimbly cupied the Royal Academicians, when cor
on the itt of November, 1803. In conlidered both individually and collectively, fequence of this, as we are told in the reminded us of an old Parisian anecdite Sunday Review for November 26,'1803, and Epigram.
the ROYAL ACADEMICIANS vored their When the famous M. de la Condamine molt grateful thanks to bis Majesty, for grew old, and became incurably deat, and bringing them to a sense of their duty, by ibis insupportably ga rulous, he was elected a
marked, but well-merited, admonition.” Member of the French Académie Royale
. reader of Hudibras, of the nobles in the
This is modest, and must remind every A Parisian wit, who had long solicited the fame honour, without success, wiote a
court of a mighty Sovereign of Echiopa,-a little Jeu d'esprit on the occasion, which
or, as he tty led, Negus Æthiopiæ Rex: may be thus translated;
(see Le Blanc's Travels, part 2d. p. 203.)
whose practice is thus vertified by Butler. “ So Condamine, that child of endless whim, Royal Academician is become:
“ The Negus, when some mighty lord
Or Bat Condamine is deaf,-'tis well for him,
potentate's to be restor'd, It would be well for them, if he were dumb!"
And pardon'd for some great offence,
With which he's willing to difpence; The disputes at Somerset House had First has him laid upon his belly, their origin in a proposal made by the Then beaten back and fide t'a jelly; President and many of the Council to vote That done,--he rises, humbly bows, five hundred pounds from their fund to the' And gives thanks for the princely blows; Patriotic Subscription at Lloyd's Coffee- Departs not meanly, proud and boasting house. This the Treasurer and four other Of his magnificent rib-roasting.” Members of the Council opposed, on the Artaxerxes's method was much better; ground of there being no right vested in for when any of his nobility misbehaved, the Society thus to appropriate money be caused them to be stripped, and their collected for other purposes; though they clothes to be whipped by the common at the same time declared, they were each hangman, without so much as touching of them willing to subscribe out of their their bodies,-cut of respect to the dignity own private property. This gave rise to of the order. many warm debates, in which several other Crazy Kate. Barker pinxit, T. Burke fcrups. Royal Academicians used the fame arguments; and it was concluded by the President This design has an air of simple nature and Council striking out of their books It represents a poor unprotected female, the names of the Treasurer and four other biding the felting of the pitilefs storm,-but Members of the Council, and laying be- though she looks extremely wretched, the fore his Majetty a narrative of the whole does not appear crazy. It is engraved in transaction. The King laid the case be- chalk in Mr. Burke's usual manner, and a
better manner in that branch of the art fore the Attorney General, who gave it as his opinion, that appropriacing the fund to there cannot be. such purposes was illegal : in consequence Vortigern and Rowena, Angelica Kauffmann pinx. of which, when a subsequent General Ar
T. Ryder jculpt. sembly was held at Somerset House for the The late Mr. Mortimer, whose talents purpose of chufing officers for the ensuing were an honour to his country year, and receiving his Majesty's com. in which he lived, painted this subject as mands on the subject of the late conten a companion to his picture of the Battions in the Society; the King, after tle of Agincourt. That Mrs. Angelica disapproving of the conduct of the Gene. Kauffmann fhould take a story which had ral Affembly, directed the Secretary to been treated in so superior a lyle by to re-enter the resolution of the Council of superior an artist, excited some surprize at May last, which had been expunged by the time,--for however distinguished her the order of the General Assembly. His tate, the was in the itrieteit ienfe of the
and the age
word a mannerist. Almost all her men and to those who collect the heads of illustrious women, her loves and graces her cupids, persons; in every other point of view it is -genii, &c. were repetitions upon repe unworthy of Hogarth. We do not by titions of the same figures in different at this mean to say, that it is a bad pi&ture; titudes,--and the contequence is that the but when a man so eminently qualified to prints from her early designs, which were delineate the mind, employs his magic penonce so popular, are now considered as ge- cil in giving mere maps of the faces of pernerally deriving their principal value from fons of honour,we cannot help thinking the burin of the late W. W. Ryland, or his time might have been better employed. Mr. Burke, who copied these flimsy deli Hogarth's own opinion of this branch neations in a manner that would have of the art, extracted from his own mundgiven value to fan-mounts. Mr. Ryder Jcripts, is given in several parts of the has however engraved this ftory, and his third volume of Hogarth, illustrated by John print last year obtained the first prize from Ireland, In p. 76 of that work, this great the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, artist remarks that " In Holland selfínness Manufactures, and Commerce in the Adelis the ruling passion ; in England vanity is phi. So far is very well: but with all this united with it. Portrait-painting therefore it is tame and insipid, and does not dif- ever has, and ever will better succeed play either taste or feeling ; and the less in this country than in any other ; the deis laid of the drawing or claro scuro the mand will be as constant as new faces better. It is laboriously and carefully en- arise, and with this we must be contented, graven in the line manier.
for it will be vain to attempt to force what Crofling the Brook. H. W. Thomson delt. A.W. can never be accomplished, or at least can
Say Sculpt. Dedicated to Sir John Flemming, never be accomplished by such institutions Leicester, Bart.
as Royal Academies on the system now in Of the original picture, which was ex- agitation. Upon the whole, it must be achibited at the Royal Academy. (No. 166.) knowledged that the artists and the age last year, we spoke in a former Retrospect, are fitted for each other. ' If hereafter the in such terms as we thought it deserved; times alter, the arts, like water, will find and it was not casy to speak of it in terms their level. that would give too high an idea of its me Sir Godfrey Kneller was wont to say sit. It was a fimple and unaffected ape in defence of portrait-painting, when oppeal to the mind without either adventi. posed to historical painting, that the latter tious orname , or trick to deceive the only revived the memory of the dead, who eye, and did great honour to the artist
. could give no testimony of their gratitude; Mr. Say has given from it a very correct but that when he painted the living, bé and pleasing mezzotinto.
gained what enabled him to live in a 1plenThe Weary Sportsman -and Shepherds repofing; did ftyle, from the rewards they paid him
a pair of prints; G. Morlana delt. W. Bond for his labours,” sculpt.
The miraculous Conversion of Saul. Edward These prints derive their principal me Dayes delt. Thomas Hollyer sculpt. Dedicated rit from the dos, which are uncommonly
to the Right Reverend and Reverend the Bifine. The other parts of the designs are
shops aud Clergy of the United Kingdoms of in Morlands usual manner : they are very
Great Britain and Ireland. well engraved in chalks.
This is the largest chalk print that has Many distinguished chara&ters, Members of the ever been published, and is extremely well
House of Commons during Sir Robert Walpoole's engraved ; and we hope, when the Right administration. Engraved from an original Reverends and Reverends to whom it is picture painted by Hogarıb and Sir James inscribed, consider the subject, they will Thornbill; by 7 Fogg, and Dedicated to the purchale it, and patronize the sale. With Right Hon. Earl Onflow, by E. Harding. respect to the conception and execution of Among the portraits are Sir Robert the picture, --Saul's glaring eye-balls, dila Walpole, Right Hon. Arthur Onslow, tended noftrils, and mouth stretched open, Speaker of the House of Commons; Sir are decided proofs, that he is as much Joseph Jekyll ; Sidney Godolphin, father terrified as a man can be; and the fury of the House of Commons; Colonel On- and fire with which one of the soldier's Now; Edward Stables, Esq. Clerk of the horses has fastened his teeth the nose House of Commons ; Mr. Ayrkew, Al of the beast next hiin, leads us to think. fiftant Clerk of the House of Commons, that this houynhym is of the same race. &c. &c. &c.
as those, Considering this picture as containing Who fed on men's feth ! as fame goes; the portraits of so many diftinguished cha Strange food for horses ! yet alas, racters, it must be curious and interesting It may be true, for ficth is grass.”
Little minds may object to the heavens ftatue covered with drapery, so beautiful being so dark, as to give the idea of a as the one in question. It is thirteen Thunder form rather than of the great English feet in height, poffefses a character light which is described in the text-but of lublimity and grandeur, and is particu. little things must be facrificed to the larly admired on account of its drapery,
which appears to be not of marble, but of Ms. Samuel Daniel has published pro- coth. It was open for the first time to posals for a feries of prints, representing public inspection, on Christmas day last. 1 Views near the Cape of Good Hope, and The Spanish Ambassador having prethe interior of the country; the appear- fented to the Firit Conful a bust of Alex. ance and costume of several tribes of the ander, found at Tivoli, in the Palace of natives, and also various examples of the Piso, the latter has bestowed it on the animals found in that part of the world Museum. It is of very fine workmanship, engraved by himself, from drawings taken of a grand character, and represents the from nature, coloured to imitate the oric hero in repose. On the breast is the folginals.
lowing Greek in seription : This publication promises to be pecu.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ liarly interesting, as Mr. Daniel, during
DIALO a residence of three years at the Cape, had
MAKE AON occasion to explore the interior of Southern It may not be uninteresting to our Africa, and penetrated further into that readers to be furnished with forne particountry than any other traveller of whom culars relatively to the piece of tapestry any account has been hitherto published. which has excited so much of public at.
The last convoy from Italy reached tention in Paris. It has already been an. Paris on the 10th of the preceding month, nounced that it was wrought by Matilda, January. It contains a great number of the wife of William the Conqueror, the curiofities, among which are to be parti. hiltory of whose landing it represents. It cularly cited the valuable objects sent by contains no less than two hundred and the Pope as a present to the First Consul. forty square feet English. The explana. It will luface to state that there are in this tions are embroidered in the Latin lancollection a very considerable number of gua, e. At least a thousand figures are engraved Itones, both cameos and inta- introduced into this fingular and very exglios, together with bronzes, mozaics, traordinary production, which required antique paintings in fresco, chimney pieces an application of ten years to complete, with incrusted mosaic work, vases, urns, Although executed in wool, it is in a good medals, &c. &c.
state of preservation. The colours are The Venus of Medicis still continues to fine : it displays a great spirit in its com. excite the admiration of the amateurs and position, with a force of expression, and connoiffeurs of the French capital. Their a correctness of drawing, which were attention is likewise drawn to two very scarcely to be expected from the imperfect fine ftatues, the Great Melpomene, four- state of the arts when it was undertaken. teen Englith feet in height, and the Ceres, The costumes and weapons are particue in height thirteen feet. In addition to Jarly interesting to the lover of antiquity. these recent acquisitions, is to be seen one This historical piece of tapestry was for. of the most admirable productions of an- merly at Bayeux, where it was exhibited tiquity, namely; the Pallas of Velletri, on holidays, in the choir of the cathedral. discovered in that place about four or five See our Supplement. years ago There is not any known
REVIEW OF NEW MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS.
Tbe Wife with Two Hufbands, a Musical Drama, " Wife with Two Husbands," is not
as performed at the Theatre, Royal Drury only excellent in itself, but poffefies the Lane. Composed and selected by Joseph Maz- merit of so far assimilating its style to zinghi, Ejg. 105. 6d.
that of the selected matter, that the whole R. MAZZINGHI, whose compofi- seems the production of the fame hand. much of our admiration, has furnished, I Fly," sung by Mrs. Mountain. The in this, his last work, an additional claim Duett, " How can you thus Cruel,” to our praise. The new music in the sung by Mrs. Mountain, and Miss De MONTHLY MAG, No. 111.
Camp; and the air, “What Pleasure past positions, we should, perhaps, have been expressing," sung by Mr. Kelly, ale still better pleafed with them ; but the elegant and florid, while several other merit we find well compensates the little attractive objects present themselves to the we miss, and enables us to recommend tasteful and cultivated car. We are glad this publication to the notice of all lovers to see fiich talents as Mr. Mazzinghi's of good vocal music. re-assume their diamatic occupation, and
* We Hail Thee, Mirth,” A Chearful Glee for hope those men of science and original genius, who really merit the name of
Three Voices, as sung at the Glee Club, by composers, will not withdraw their pow
Melis. Knyvetts and Sale. Written and
composed by M. P. King. Is. 6d. erful aid from the mimic scene.
This Glee, which is published with an A Favourile March and Quick Step, for a Military Bard and the Piano-forte. Composed conceived with spirit; and the parts are
accompaniment for the Pianoforte, is and dedicated to Thomas Burne, Esq. Major, constructed with ingenuity and science. and the Officers and Members of the Dizision The holding-note in the bass on the fifth of St. Mary, Newington, Surrey, by Julian of the key produces an excellent effect, Busby, Son of Doctor Busby.' Is. 62. Op. I. This March, the score of which includes credit to the contrivance of the com
and its response in the allo part does parts for two flutes, two trumpets, a drum, two borns, two clarinets, iwo
poser. balloons and a serpent, forms a produc- Eighteen Waltzes, one Quadrille, and one Alletion so much above the years of the mande, for the Piano-forte. Composed for composer, who we underland is not quite
Her Imperial Majesly, the Empress of Russia, thirteen, that we could not peruse it
by Henry Baron de Bode, and dedicated to without the highest admiration of such
7. L. Parker, Esq. by L. Lavenu. 35. juvenile talent and science. The com
The Baron de Bode has evinced confibinations is' every where correct; and the derable taste in these little compositions. subject matter is so ealy and attractive in We do not know that they have to boast its Atyle, that the young piano-forte ftu. any Atriking marks of originality; they dent, will, we are confident, be as much are, however, easy and natural in their delighted as improved by iis practice. style, and, generally contidered, too far Three Sonetas for the Piano forte, with an Ac
above mediocrity, not to please that class companiment for the German Flute, ad Libitum, of Piano-forte practitioners for whose use in which are introduced an Original Pafioral they are chiefly designed. and Fandango, Composed and dedicated to his A Grand Sonata for the Piano forte, with or Friend Mr. L. Von Ejcb, by 7. Maguie. without the additional Keys. Composed and Ios. 60.
dedicated to Miss Head, by William Fish. These Sonatás are composed with con. 35. Op. 1. siderable taste : fome of the movements
Mr. Fish has produced in this Sonata are marked with originality, especially a composition of much sprightliness and the Paliorale and Fandango, and the spirit. As a first publication is does cregeneral effect bespeaks a degree of narive dit both to the talents and judgment of genius which further experience will toon its author, and promises great future exrender ornamental to the profeffion in cellence. Some little awkwardnesses of which it is displayed. We cannot dif- contruction occur in the first movement, miss this article without noticing the and we were sorry to find in the last elegant style in which it is presented to the public. The Frontispiece is charm- the opening of 'Nicolai's popular so
moveme:t so palpable a resemblance of ingly conceived and delicately executed; nata. and every page of the music exhibits specimens of the neatest and most beautiful Number 1, of Familier Airs for the Piano-forte. engravings we have ever seen.
Composed by John and Wm. Crotcle. 25. 6d. Tbree Canzonetts with an Accompaniment for the
These airs are profefedly composed in Piano-forte. Composed ana dedicated io Wm. various styles, but their prevailing caff Shield, Esq. by W. Lirg. 55.
is, neverthelefs, that of eale and finooth. Mr. Ling has evidently bestowed much ness. Most of them are diftinguished by labour on these Canzonetts; they are
their novelty, and some by a prettiness throughout scientifically correct, and the and aptitude of fancy, which speak the expression is just and forcible. Had fitness of the Author's genius for compofomewhat more of Air pervaded the com
fitions of the lighter kind.
Six Canzonetts with an Accompaniment for the The Battle of the Nile, or Britannia Rules ibe Piano-forte. Composed and dedicated to Miss Waves, a Patriotic Song. The Words by Warner, by F. H. Jones. 75. 6d.
J. W. Fielding. Is. The words of these canzonets are select. The Battle of the Nile" is set with ed from the poetry of Mr. Moore. Mrs. much judgment and ability. The ideas, Opie and Mrs. Robinson, to the elegance though somewhat common place, are so of whose compofitions Mr. Jones's melo- arranged and connected as to form a regu. dies bear a respectable affinity. Those lar and characteristic melody, which, if airs in the present collection of which we well lung, cannot fail to inspire loyal may speak in the handsomest terms, are ardour and enthusiasm. the “ Dream of Love," “ Love Wandering,” and “ Go Youth beloved.”
Lady Maria North's Reel, arranged as a Ronda
for the Pianoforte, and inscribed to ber LadyNumber 3. A Favorite Overture for the Piano fhip by George Saffery. is. 6.d. forte, with an Accompaniment for a Violin, ad Libitum. Composed by F. Kotzwara, Au
This Reel is pleasingly fancied, and ibor of the Battle of Prague. 25.
forms one of those light and easy exercises This overture consists of four move- please as well as improve the juvenile
for the piano-forte which are qualified to ments which are contrasted with judgment, and calculated to produce much of
practitioner. that various and busy effect common to
The sixth number of Sale and Page's the best modern pieces of this kind. The “ Festive Harmony” has just appeared. Of opening of the first movement is remark. the particular merits of this work we ably bold and striking, and the closing shall speak in our next, as also of the pemovement is gay and animating.
pular Opera of the “ English Fleet.”
STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
In January, 1804.
THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
Ncurrey important changes have oca
Mould not suppose it likely to lead to any
discussions by which the vigorous comcurred, in the public affairs of bination of the volunteer system may be the British Government, during last loosened, or their patriot ardour extin. month.
guithed in indifference and discontent. The attention of the Executive Go It is understood, that Government vernment has been fixed, as before, on leaves no suitable means untried, to exthe best means for strengthening our ge- cite the independent Powers in the North neral defence, and for annoying the of Europe, to that firm opposition to ebemy wherever they could be attacked, the insidious policy, and the lawless enwith the probability of success.
croachments of France, which the interests Endeavours begin to be used, to render of this country, and of surrounding the volunteer force more perfectly mili- nations, so plainly and imperiuully detary in its discipline, and more certainly mand. subfervient to the wisnes of Government; Ireland continues tranquil. Sir Evan by reserving to the commanders of the Nepean has succeeded Mr. Wickham, corps, the power, exclusively, to present in the office of Secretary to the Lord to the Commander-in Chiet, persons who Lieutenant. may fill the vacant appointments among In India, the Peishwa of the Mahratthe officers. But, this attempt is viewed las, has ceded to the British, a territory, by some of the volunteers, as an infras- of which the yearly revenue is not less tion of the first conditions on which their than 775,000l. Iterling. services were offered. They infilt, that the committees of the different corps Still remains in internal tranquillity. ought still to fill up all vacancies. An Its vast military force is still kept up; eminent lawyer has given his opinion partly distributed in the Departinents, formally, that the law is in favour of in part, quartered in those frontier detheir claim.
pendencies, such as Holland, which forin • The question is of high importance, the out polts of the French Republic; and most extensively interelling: bit, we and in part, allembled along the coast