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is consistent with the plan of this Regis- be averted, and the country saved. No.
We shall return to it when more at thing remains but to diffuse them by wagleisure.
gon-loads, at a cheap rate.
TREATISES ON ARCHITECTURE AND Whig GOVERNMENT ; or, A Two Years' BUILDING.* By William Hoskins, Retrospect. This is a pamphlet of 39 Esq.- This is the history of architecture pages of special pleading, preparatory to written for the Encyclopædia Britannica, the approaching election. In sum and combined with that of building, from the substance, it appeared in the last Edinsame work; taken together, they form a burgh Review. It is, from beginning to valuable manual, whether for the practical end, eulogistic or vindicatory of Ministers. professional man, the amateur in build. Their domestic policy is only surpassed ing, or the student in architecture. The by their foreign policy; taken together, work is of the size of the Encyclopædia, their conduct is divine in wisdom, and anand is illustrated with 20 architectural gelic in purity; and, therefore, every elecplates, some of them of great beauty. tor, avoiding Tories and also Radicals, i.e. These are, St. Paul's, St. Peter's, the Par- independent candidates, ought to vote only thenon, York Cathedral, the Farnese Pa- for such men as will support this beau lace, in different elevations, and specimens ideal of a Government. We are far from of all the orders and styles of building. saying that there is not truth in many of This publication of valuable treatises, in the statements of this pamphlet, though, a separate form, is an excellent idea. taken as a whole, it is overdone. There
is “ too much cry for the little wool," esMEMORIALS OF OXFORD; Historical pecially when we remember who took the and Descriptive Accounts of the Colleges, old ram by the horns, while Ministers Halls, Churches, and other Public Build- made their first small clipping. The great ings. Edited by Dr. Ingram, with En. boast of reduction of expenditure ends gravings, &c. No. I.+-If the succeeding with “a clear saving, in one year, of numbers be at all equal to the present, L.234,000 ! !” We think one note of ad. this work will be one of the cheapest and miration might have signalized this amount most creditable that has issued froin even very sufficiently. When we hear of a the modern press. This first number con. million saved out of the most profuse ex. tains two line engravings-Christchurch penditure the world ever dreamed of, even Cathedral, and the interior of the Chap. above fifty millions, we shall award one ter-house ; besides three vignette wood mark of admiration, (!) and proceed in cuts; all of which are executed with great the same ratio. The writer of the pamskill. The two former are by Le Keux, phlet has avoided the dangerous ground of after the drawings of Mr. MACKENZIE, the Reviewer : we hear little of “ the and we know not which of these gentlemen plunderers and spoilers.” Even as a party most to compliment. The letterpress of affair, the Retrospect is not the most skil. Dr. Ingram may become matter for fu. ful. It is only calculated to influence ture observations as the work grows. those who are already partisans, or the
From the excessive cheapness of this men who instinctively chop round with the publication—two shillings for a quarto wind, and cling to all existing govern. edition, proof plates, and sixteen pages of ments. letterpress !---we almost fear that the charge can never remunerate the pub. How WILL IT WORK? Address of lishers; but that their affair; be it ours Lord Teynham to the Electors of Great to offer our warm commendation.
Britain.--This, also, is a pamphlet for
the crisis; and now in its second edition. KEY TO POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE, It is written in a very different spirit Nos. I. AND II.-As a monthly Supple- from the Two Years' Retrospect, and is, ment to the Spectator Newspaper, pam- in fact, as generous a piece of true Radiphlets, of much present interest, are ap- calism as it has ever fallen to our lot to pearing under the above title. The first peruse. By Radicalism we mean the reis devoted to the working of the House of cognition of the rights of the many, in Commons ; the second to the Public Er preference to the usurped privileges of the penditure. Great pains and research few, and the distinct admission that all gohave been bestowed upon both; and they verument is for the people, and the creaare full of the kind of knowledge which ture of the people. This pamphlet conit is most desirable for every man to pos- tains an able retrospect of English society sess, who would thoroughly understand and government, from the reign of the Tu. the only way in which convulsion is to dors; and advice to electors, which they
would do well to ponder. We wish that
our limits admitted the repetition of this • Black, Edinburgh. + Tilt, London,
TRE PRACTICE OF THE COURT OF TIST'S ANNUAL." It is to consist of SESSION.-By JAMES JOHNSTON DAR an original epigram for every day of next LING, Writer to the Siguet. 2 VOLS. year, with some extra merriment, in the 8vo.* _ The increase in the number of ap- shape of a few comic tales, for Christmas peals to the House of Lords, from the week, and to be illustrated by eight huCourt of Session, led to the appointment morous sketches; while the bulk of the of a Parliamentary Commission, in 1824, whole book, it is promised, is not to exto investigate the state of the forms of pro ceed that of a modish snuff-box. ceeding in the Scottish courts. The result of this commission was, that a great Mr. Mayne is preparing, for the press, many alterations were recommended, prin- a third edition of the “ Siller Gun," concipally with the view of preventing the siderably enlarged, and accompanied with intermingling of law and fact, in judicial notes and illustrations. We are suffipleadings, as has been too long the prac- ciently acquainted with the merits of this tice of our courts. In the year 1825, admired of Sir Walter Scott to assure the new system came into operation ; but readers of Scottish poesy, that, by its fire we have not hitherto had any book to feeling, and correct deliveations of chaexplain the new forms, as modified by racter, it will furnish them with a source numerous regulations of court; and, by of gratification. upwards of 1000 adjudged cases. The present volumes, therefore, can hardly The Cabinet Annual Register, and His. fail to be useful to the law practitioner. torical, Biographical, Political, and Mis. The compilation has evidently been the cellaneous Chronicle of 1832, is announced result of much personal labour; and there
for publication on the 1st of February is hardly a proposition contained in it,
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An original poem, by SHELLEY ; with a book to the legal profession, as the work
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THE FINE ARTS.
FINDEN'S LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRA. Turner is a man, too, of placid waters TIONS OF THE WORKS OF LORD By- and troubled skies, and hence his "lights RON, Part vill. Of seven engravings and shadows” are pleasant to look upon. three are from the drawings of Mr. J. In viewing his cloud scenery, if you be M. W. R. A. Turner ;--the Temple of at all addicted to the synthetical processes Minerva, Cape Colonna ;-Bacharach on of mind, you shall be assured that storms the Rhine; and the Castle of St. Angelo. are brooding as confidently as though you The works of this gentleman are as po. heard their moans and felt their gusty pular as, if not the most popular of, any precursors; but if you carry your vision living artist.
He has contrived to attain below, to the still and gentle waters una reputation, the right to which it is, at der the earth, mirroring the objects this time, something hazardous to ques- planted upon its surface in all their mul. tion; and, what to him is of equal, per- ti.generous variety, straightway you shall haps more sterling value, acquired plenty loathe your logic as spurious and un. of that metal which the brilliant tints of sound. It is by this huddled but happy his pallet invariably symbolize. Impal- confusion of gradatory tints, it would pable glory is a very fine thi no doubt, seem, that he manages to charm; and that but genius, unluckily, is enshrined in car he does charm, appeal to the first picture. nal chambers, and vulgar flesh must be gazer you meet.—But we have become fed to repair the trnement so prone to stupified by our own magniloquence and daily dilapidation ; true worldly philoso the glare of his remembered pictures, phy points to the mode by which man's while we should have talked in sober wasting lump of clay, dried in the sun, criticism of Finden's Illustrations; and may be still kept fitted for the abiding now we have brief space left. place of the immortal spirit; and Mr. The Bacharach, already named, is a Turner has so far followed the guidance delightful little vignette, Turner every of the finger of philosophy. The measure inch of it ; and notwithstanding its closeof his mind's ambition is full; his name ly packed contents, every item is clearly is mighty among the sons of earth ; and made out, and every line tells. St. Anof bread and butter the choicest, he lack. gelo, we like less ; the contrast of shade eth no supply : this is true glory.
with the lights is too harsh and in harmo. Skilful of head, and expert of hand is nious. There is a solemn grandeur about Mr. Turner; nature—whom no man has the scenery and sacred ruins of the Temmore libelled or falsified in the extrava. ple of Minerva which we are much pleased gance of his iinagination-nature pos- with ; the moon, peering through the sesses nothing too great or too gorgeous black obecurity beyond, is a fine confor the pencil of this fascinating colorist. ception. Mount Etna, by Purser, is pret. He will not only robe his mountains, his ty, but too thin, and faulty also in its seas, and his cities, with the golden mag- aerial perspective. St. Sophia, by Roberts, nificence of a summer sunset, but, in the is capital, and gives, in a small space, an calmness of his imperturbable confidence, excellent notion of the vastness of that will fling you into his kit-cat mighty Sol magnificent structure. Gastineau's Simhimself, in all the rich and yellow lux. plon, and Callcott's Verona, are both uriance of his unbonneted rotundity! clever productions. The moon he, of course, plays with as a Had we not exhausted all our stock of cat is wont to amuse the mice; and upon hard words and expletives, we should our honour and our conscience, we believe have spoken, as becomes us, in praise of that if he had to depict a snow scene, no the engravings; they are worthy the name pigment, from vermilion to Zedoary-root, subscribed to them—whether rightfully would he deem too warm to be therein or wrongfully, is no business of ours. introduced. He sees as through a glass, Upon the whole, this number is among but not darkly, and that glass must be a the very best of those which have been multiplier, each separate plane of which yet published. is different in tint. It were monstrous, therefore, to suppose that the burin of the LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE engraver could ever impart any thing of PROSE AND POETICAL Works or Sir the sparkle and glitter of his splendid WALTER Scort; with Portraits of the pencil ; yet the graphic copies of these lu. Principal Female Characters. No.7.*minous originals, humbled as they are the present number contains a view of down (to mere gradations of black and white, are eminently beautiful. Mr.
• Chapman and Hall.
- Durham,” by our friend Robson, that dam, withered age, youth, elegance, penwholesale dealer in indigo and orpiment, ury, divinities, or devils, you may testify than whom no painter, this side immor to their parentage before any police office tality, knows better how to make a pic. magistrate in London, without chance of ture, and a pleasing one: of “ Newark perjury. That fine creature, in a brown Castle," by De Wint, a sombre structure study on a rock, which he has christened enough, rearing its dreary crest into a fine
“contemplation,” is evidently the sister of fresh morning sky: of “ St. Anthony's his arch-angel Michael, mother of the Chapel,” a moonlight scene, by G. Barret, Lady of the Lake, own-aunt to Musidora, but nevertheless in all the blackness of and surely, though distantly, a-kin to Dirk desolation : and of the “ Tolbooth,” by Hatteraick. T'he truth is, and it is a secret Nasmyth, a correct representation, and a which every painter will be indignant at pretty picture to boot. The portrait of the telling, each and all of them to a man, “Amy Robsart,” to which we have made designs his images as he best can ; he allusion in another notice, and the may groupe, drape, and attitudinize his autograph of Sir Walter, precede the figures, variformly enough; but in their whole; and these together, compose a fancy faces there reigns the one idea ; and number which fastidious, hypercritical, he may as well attempt to change the and penurious enough must they be who identity of his own by the contortions of begrudge half-a-crown for its contents. smiling, frowning, or grinning, as try to Rumour reports an extensive sale for this rid his mind of the master image that little work; we hope, and cannot doubt, it dwells in his eye, and is traced by his will continue.
educated but unconscious hand. Cannot
any one, at all conversant with works of PORTRAITS OF THE PRINCIPAL FE- arts, at once, and without difficulty, name MALE CHARACTERS IN THE WAVER the artist, upon the first glance at his proLEY NOVELS. PART II.* _Surely, no duction, having no more for his guidance title could have been more luckily, if not than the general acquaintance with the appositely, given to portraits such as these. peculiar something that is invariably To foist a heap of beautiful faces, name stamped upon them all? lessly, upon the rude gaze of an unman We are not sure what we are driving nered world, would have been a violation at in all this, except it be that it is idle of all decent dues ; but to give to each the
to expect any facial semblance between protection of name and identity, and of these fancy portraits, and the originals such exultation, too, was at once a wise whose names they bear, as conceived by and cunningly devised precaution.
the minds of others; and that it is foolish We have not yet seen, and never ex to quarrel with the names so applied to pect to see, any one sketch, portrait, or them, when that of “Betsy Fusby” would design, intended as a representation of not have taken one charm away from that Scott's ideal characters, male or female, which is here called “Rowena." The that has at all approached our own indithought was a capital one; for this gal. vidual conceptions. Revert to that lovely lery of sweet countenances has gladdened face which CHALON has called Flora the eyes of many whose hearts are warm, M'Ivor ; we can fancy her haughty step but whose heads are too dull to create the and noble presence at such a place as Al. like. macks, the shaft of contempt ready to The present Number contains the usual leap forth from the bow of her beautiful quantity of four portraits ; to one of lips, and her proud eye to look into the which, a “sweet pretty” face, the name very earth any presumptuous miserable, of “ Amy Robsart”-the fond, confiding, who dared the wound of the one or the loving, lovely Amy-has been appended encounter of the other ; but that face no by Mrs. Carpenter. We never read a more belongs to our Flora than it does to
temper rightly by such an index, how. the Flora of Chalon himself. Artists, in- ever, if sharp wit and a stinging tongue deed, are by no means expert in portray- lurk not beneath those downcast eyes and ing the actual visions of even their own compressed lips. Depend upon it, all the mind, be they self-created, or raised by Leicesters on earth would never have other powers; a one idea is ever predo- made an Amy of the owner. She is a minant, and haunts their eye, and guides charming creature, but not Amy Robsart. their hand, in spite of their better judg. The outlined bust is very graceful. ments. The academician WESTÀLL is a The beauty of Mr. Boxall's “ Diana notable instance of this : in every one of Vernon” is marred by the profusion of his pictures, and he has consumed much coal-black hair by which the face is surcanvass, may be seen this one, enduring, rounded. The eyes are bright and fullunvarying idea. Whether he paints a full to a fault; but there is little of the hero, an angel, a murderer, a babe, a bela mind in them which must have lurked
half seen in those of the original Di. Chapman and Hall, London.