« AnteriorContinuar »
We earnestly recommend the whole “ British GALLERIES OF ART." We of these remarks to the attention of wished, however, to have the opporevery artist who wishes to produce, tunity of saying, in a couple of senand the concluding part of them to tences, that a whole litter of catchpenevery collector who possesses, fine nies of this description, are at present paintings—and we take our leave for infesting the shop-windows, and that the present of Mr Buchanan, with re these Cockney under-scrubs, who are peating our wish that he may proceed doing everything in their power to disdiligently in the larger Treatise, which gust people with the very name of Art, he has promised in the concluding must be put down effectually. They sentence of our last quotation. From have long been creeping about in the the contents of his present book, we shape of Catalogues Raisonnees, news. certainly think that the New National paper paragraphs, Magazine articles, Gallery, (late Mr Angerstein's,) which and the like; but are becoming a little as yet consists, in a great measure, of too impudent in this new affair of books. pictures imported by Mr Buchanan, The puppy who has perpetrated the would gain much, if his personal ser thing before us, surprised us exceedvices could be secured to it in a per ingly by saying in his preface, that he manent way, and should be most hap- is in the habit of contributing essays py to hear of his being in that method on pictorial matters to Messrs Colburn rewarded for the benefits which he un and Campbell's periodical. If this be questionably has conferred on the art of true, what a pleasant occupation the England. We are mistaken if there be author of Hohenlinden and O'Connor's any great choice of equally accomplish Child, must have of it, in keeping a ed superintendants for such an institu sharp eye after the commas and semition-an institution which, from vari- colons of this worthy! The creature is ous but obvious enough circumstances, evidently a Cockney of the very lowest can scarcely fail to swallow up, ere class. His ignorance is truly a thing very many years pass away, a prodi by itself. Conceive only of a connoisgious proportion of the masterpieces seur who writes whole books on Art, of art already in England ; and which, informing the world, as this hero does we also hope and trust, will compete in the 53d page of his work, that the successfully against all competitors, pictures in the Titian Gallery at Blenwhether royal or imperial, wherever heim " are almost as little known and works of real importance come into visited as if they were of no value at the market on the Continent. An in- all"!!! Sixty miles is no doubt a terstitution, we may be permitted to add, rible journey from the Monument ; yet which many centuries hence will con- we really did not expect to find the tinue to be associated in the grateful achievement set forth with quite so minds of Britons with the name and many airs. “Little known,” indeed! memory of the most accomplished, as It would, of course, be absurd to well as liberal and munificent patron think of criticising a creature of this of the Fine Arts that has sat upon order ; but we shall make our printer the throne of these realms since the transfer to our pages a few little mordays of Charles I.*
çeuus of his composition, enough to We certainly owe an apology to Mr give our readers a laugh, and to exBuchanan for having named at the tinguish the abortion. What, then, head of one article his respectable oc- can be more perfectly intolerable than tavos, and a little duodecimo, entitled, such stuff as
Shall we be allowed to say, en passant, that the want of a fit royal residence in the rretropolis of this great empire, is, in the opinion of the whole world, a disgrace to the nation ? Make a palace such as England ought to place her King in- there is plenty of room and plenty of magnificent situations in the Park and let the National Gallery of Pictures, and the library which the King has lately presented to the nation, form part of the same structure. The expense of a thing so absolutely necessary to a great nation, is not worth talking about. "No more taxes should be reduced until this is provided for. Is there any one who reflects with pleasure that many private noblemen are at this moment in possession of town-palaces in every possible respect superior to Carlton. House ? And, by all means, give Joseph Hume a part of the contract, for this is the age of conciliation.
the Juno , which, ik a piece of painting of " The food of voluptuous erpression that human flesh, kindling with all the internal seems to pour from the back of Venus, and gloro of health, and the external bloom of the essence of the same expression that is youth and beauty, surpasses anything I concentrated in her eager look, are very ever saw. No Nature itself was ever finer ; fine."
and, what is more, it is no finer than Naa Or,
ture is. In fact, it is to all intents and pur
poses the same as Nature, as far as regards 66 There is a bit of sky-blue drapery
the faculty of sight." about the neck (I think) of the Cupid, which produces a singular effect. It looks like a little fragment of the heaven from which he There is great profundity in the may be supposed to have just descended ; as two foilowing: if the very clement itself had clung to him “ Titian was the least in the world of an in fondness, and would not be shaken off.” egotist-in his works, I mean. He sought But what follows?
to exhibit and impress the merits of his “ The old man who shows the pictures subject, not of himself; and his subject, in told me that this bit of drapery was added
the present instance, was the influence of by the artist who was employed many
female beauty-not the beauty of the hu. years ago to clean and put them in order. man form, but of the female form : and I can scarcely believe this."
those who can visit these pictures, in how. ever cursory a manner, and not carry away
the sting of that beauty in their minds, “ The Dejanira is magnificent. She sits
there to remain for ever, are not made of across his knees, with one arm passed
* penetrable stuff.' Probably there are er. round his neck ; and from every point of isting at present, and have been at any her form there seems to exude, as it were,
given time, forms and faces that are more an atmosphere of desire, rwhich sprcads it.
beautiful than any pencil or chisel ever proself on all the objects present, steeping them
duced.” all in the pervading sentiment of the scene. The lovers are seated on the lion's skin which Hercules has thrown off'; and the
“ In those pictures the expression goes extremity of this is made to curl up above
for almost nothing. They are appeals to their heads, as if supporting an imaginary the senses alone. You can actually, as it canopy over them. Such, AT LEAST, is
were, taste the flavour of them on the pa
late." ITS EFFECT TO ME!! At the same time it seems self-supported, and instinct with life ; and thus calls up an image of the
The modesty of the following is lordly beast that once wore it in this fa. equally distinguished. The humble shion, as he sought his mate in their native scribe hopes only to rival one of the woods."
most exquisite poems in Wordsworth,
or indeed in the English language. « The elaborate, and at the same time “ To those who have not already seen perfectly natural and graceful involution the princely domain of the Earl of Egreof the limbs, produces an admirable effect; mont at Petworth, I would fain convey and it seems also to have some mysterious such a notion of it, that till they set out and connexion with, or reference to, the mingled visit it for themselves, it may ihus dwell in and involved feelings of the beautiful but the distance before them, like a bright spot betrayed Ariadne, as these are represented in the land of promise ; secure that, when in her face and action. She seems per. they do visit it, I shall not, in so doing, plexed and hampered," &c.
have anticipated the impressions they will receive from it, but only have prepared the
way for those impressions, and thus render. There is another back-of which he ed their effect more certain and more lastscems to be particularly enamoured. ing. And yet it is presumptuous in me
“ The next, and last picture but one, is to reckon on being able to accomplish this. Jupiter, Juno, and Io. Neither my notes The utmost I can hope to do is to furnish made at the time of seeing these works, another • YARROW UNVISITED' to those nor my memory, enable me to give a de- who will never see Petworth but in hope scription of the composition of this picture,
and intention." or the attitudes of the figures. Perhaps(for now-a-days one is expected to be able to account for everything)-perhaps this The next is a grand burst indeed. has arisen from the absorbing effect of one "On now entering the gate nearest to particular point in the picture, which fas- the back of the Swan Inn, I need not call cinated my senses at the time, and has dwelt upon him to dismiss from his mind all meupon my memory ever since, to the exclu- mory of that which has just been occupying sion of all the rest. This is THE BACK of it ; for the scene of enchantment and beauty
that will burst upon his delighted senses is kimbo-his hat on one side--all in crim. not of a nature to permit anything else to son,--doublet, trunkhose, and all. No. interfere with it ;-like a lovely and beloved thing was ever done in its way more spirit. bride on her bridal day, it must and toill. ed than this portrait. It looks us little of hold and fir, not only his feelings and affec- the fine gentleman as can be, and as much tions, but his fancy-his imagination_his of the lord. There is an air about it mixed whole soul undividedly. Oh! there is a up of the court and the camp, but without set of chords in the human mind which a touch of the club-house. I should ad. cannot choose but vibrate and respond to mire to see such a peer of the realm' as the impressions which come to them from this walk into White's Subscription-room, external nature-which cannot choose but without taking his hat off, and plant him. do this independently of all previous know. self pleasantly before the fire ! How my ledge, of all habit, of all association ! Take Lord
A w ould quiz his queer dress, a savage from his native spot-who has and Sir B. C. turn pale at his plebeian gait, never seen anything but his own cabin, the and the Hon. Mr D- decamp at once glen in which it stands, the mountain without waiting to inquire who he was !" stream where he slakes his thirst, and the eternal woods through which he pursues his prey ; and place him in the presence of Tom Campbell, who has been the such a scene as that which will greet the King's pensioner for twenty years or spectator when he has entered a few paces more, to the extent of L.200 per anwithin the walls of Petworth Park; and num, must have corrected the proof if he be not moved, rapt, and inspired with
of the following bit with a particularfeelings of delight, almost equivalent to in
Jy high and noble feeling of satisfacdegree, and rescmbling in kind, those in.
tion:stinctive ones which would come upon him
“ Through the Queen's Dressing-room, at the first sight of a beautiful female of his own species, then there is no truth in the
which follows, the visitor may pass as knowledge which comes to us by impulse,
quickly as he pleases ; for it is filled with and nothing but experience can be trusted
PORTRAITS OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE's and believed."
FAMILY, EXECUTED AS BADLY AS
Of a portrait of retine at Windsor · " It rises in this way for a considerable we are informed, that distance, in a rich femicircular sweep of * It seems to flicker before the eye with lawn, with only one clump of tirs and lar.
apparent motion, -80 instinct is it with the ches placed at about the middle of it, sur.
very life of mind." . rounded by a regular rehite fence, and
And farther, we are informed, thatlooking like a single jewelled brooch placed
" It is a full front face, very thin and on the forehead or the breast of a rural
shrunken, but lightly touched all over with beanty."
the carnations of bodily as well as mental XI.
health. It is remarkable, too, that Sir Here is a touch of modesty again- Joshua Reynolds seems to have chosen it • “These ladies whose presence (for it is as the model from which he has made out like their actual presence !!!) beautifies his strange head of l'golino in his picture this room, must allow their names to grace of that naine, from Dante. At least my my page also, in order that the eristi'nce memory greatly deceives me if there is not they one to l'andyck-or rather, which he a remarkable reseinblance between the two repaid them in return for the immortality heads both in shape, position, and gene. which they bestowed on him-may not be ral character. 1j I am right, this may acentirely confined to the frames which coil
count for that trork being so complete a tain their pictures !!!"
fuilure as it is !"
XII. We are now at Windsor Castle We are afflictrd by hearing from and of course sneer as we please at such authority (at p. 127,) that it has both nobles and princes. Conceive of not the following from some Grub-street “ Hitherto been the fashion to examine grub:
and criticise the productions of painting in “ Here is Holbein's capital portrait of the same manner as it has those of the sis. Lord Surrey. There lic stands, over the ter art, poetry ; though both evidently door, with his legs boldly planted wide proceed upon the same principles, and aim apart, not crossed mincingly-his aris a. at the samic end."
in default of a wearer, could stand alone, The following is simply and unaf. and go to court by themselves, --80 stiff, fectedly good.
stately, ruffling, and alive, does the very .“ There is no denying that these old imagination of them seem." masters' had a something in them which we, of the present time, may in vain hope
XXI. to imitate. "But we can, if we please, do T he visitors of Dulwich College are what is perhaps almost as good a thing: thus admonished: we can duly admire and appreciate their “Let them, as they pursue the grace. exquisite works.'
fully winding and picturesque road that
leads to the village, watch (through the un. XVII.
clothed hedge-rows) the various changes in He is always great in describing the prospect on either hand-which they gentlemen's places. Take the follow cannot do in summer, and which would ing about Knowle Park
scarcely look more lovely if they could ;“ Immediately you pass the lodges, there let them listen to the low call of the robinrises before you, at a distance of about a redbreast, as he flits pertly from the road. hundred yards, a noble mass of foliage, side at their approach, or sings wildly sweel consisting of oaks, beeches, and chesnut as he perches himself on the topmost twig trees, finely blended and contrasted toge. Of YONDER THORN, that has been suffered ther in point of shade and colour, but wear. to outgrow the rest of the close-cut hedge ; ing the appearance of a solid impenetrable -FINALLY, let them, as they arrive at and body, rising like a green wall, to shut out are about to enter the Gallery, turn to the all intruders from the imaginary scene be little upland that faces it at a short distance, yond. The bright gravel road, which in heaving its green bosom into a gentle sweep, tersects the rich turf between this mass of and looking as bright and happy beneath trecs and the spot where you enter the park, the winter sun as it does beneath the sum. -branches into two, just as it reaches the mer: trees, and pierces into the thick of them in “ The reader must not think that I am opposite directions."
heedlessly calling upon him to attend to
• these objects of external nature, instead of XVIII.
leading him at once to those of which we “ The face of Silenus I will compare, for are more immediately in search. I have the quantity of expression it includes, to purposely asked him to fix the former on that of the child in Wilkie's Cut Finger. his memory, and to yield himself for a mo. With the exception of that, I have seen no ment to their influence exclusively, in or. expression which so o'er-informs its tene. der that, by a pleasing and not abrupt con. ment of clay.' The flesh seems literally trast, he may be the better prepared to apmelting away with the meaning that is preciate the blush, the bloom, the burning flowing in upon it, and is ready to burst glow of beauty that will fall upon his senses with overmuch excitement."
from the rich summer of Art that greets
hiin on his entrance to this exquisite Gal ΧΙΧ.
lery: for whatever season may obtain withThe following is clear and philoso out, within these walls & perpetual sum. phical:
mer reigns, and diffuses its sweet influence ." should say, of the Apollo Belvidere through all that come, in virtue of those and the Venus de' Medici, that the former
exquisite works of the Fleunish landscapeis the finest work in the world, as it re painters which form the staple of this col. spects the art and the spectator, and the lat. lection." ter the finest as it respects the artist-that
XXII. the former is calculated to do most good in Apropos to a picture of Peg Wof. the world now it is produced, and is therefore the most valuable; but that the lat.
fington, we have the following very fine ter required, not only greater natural genius
burst of wisdom :in the artist who produced it, but greater
" If the lady before us(for a lady she knowledge, taste, and practical skill.”
was—one of Nature's own making)—if she chose to fling away the gem of her beauty,
did that destroy its value ?-or was it the XX. “ The next room is Lady Betty Ger.
less a gem ? - Diamonds have been lost in main's Bed-room.' The very names of these
the dirt of London streets ; and they have places, even without the sight of them,
been found there again, diamonds as they carry one back half a dozen generations.
were lost !" This room, and The Spangled Bed-room,
XXIII. which follows, contain nothing worthy of The volume concludes with this remark, except some curious old faded piece of idiocy and impertinence:pestry, and a noble ebony wardrobe, that " In Garrick's face, fine as it is, there is
to tell of fine old silk dresses that no characteristic expression whatever
nothing but that mobility, (or, as I have brows,) there is that general want of indi. ventured to call it, volubility,) which ena. vidualized character which may be suppobled it to become all things to all men.' sed to have resulted from a constant as. A similar want may, I think, be observed sumption of that of some other person. in the faces of Sir Walter Scott and of Mr There is, however, in the face of the repu. Mathews himself, as represented in the ted author of the Scotch novels, a look of busts in this collection. Indeed I will ven. worldly wisdom, (I had almost said cun. ture to point out (what has, I believe, not ning) which is entirely absent in the been before remarked) a very striking ge. other." neral resemblance between the busts of these two celebrated, and each in his way,
This kind of vermin must really be unrivalled persons. In both, too, (with the put an end to.We hope we have done exception of an intensely penetrative and the job. scrutinising look about the eyes and eye
Which fond maids call Forget-me-not ;
When we braided its stems in a true-love-knot?
As, arm in arm, in our wild-wood walk,
Where the gor-cock haunts the forest-springs,
We gather'd the lovely scatterlings:
That peeps with a shy maid's bashful grace,
Askance on young April's beamy face;
With hopes and memories richly fraught ;
The passionate bosom’s tenderest thought ;
Her head on her gentle breast reclining;
High hopes and promises combining.
With blushful meanings, and shy caress-
Though the wise call it Love-in-idleness. I
We gather'd, of brighter things unheeding-
Which the desolate heart names Love-lies-bleeding.
Nor the communings deep of the ballowed spot,
And around them wove Forget-me-not.
• “ Pansies..that's for thoughts." _HAMLET.
# This is another variety of the wild pansy violet_" the little western flower, made purple by Love's wound,"