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"I defy-you, Mr. Ranby, to produce one, tune, and I am persuaded that, as my friend,

My dear,' replied he, as you charged your. I could procure you a good reception. self with all, I thought it would be letting "We were shown into her dressing-room, you off cheaply by naming only into or three, where we found her with a book lying open such as —-' Here, fearing matters would before her from a glance which I caught go too far, I interposed; and softening things of the large black letter, I saw it was a Wack's as well as I could for the lady, said, I con- Preparation. This book, it seems, constantly ceived that Mr. Ranby meant, thai, though lay open before her from breakfast till dinner, she partook of the general corruption,'- here at this season. I was Passion week. Bata Ranby interrupting me with more spirit than this is the room in which she sees all her I thought he possessed, said, "General cor- morning visitors, to none of whom sbe is ruption, sir, must be the source of particular ever denied, even at this period of retreat, corruption. I did not mean that my wife she could only pick up momentary snatches was worse than other women.'-' Worse, of reading in the short intervals between one Mr. Ranby, worse!' cried she.. Ranby, for person going out and another coming in. Miss the first time in his life not minding her, Denham sat by, painting flowers. went on.--' As she is always insisting that " Sir John asked her, If sbe would go the whole species is corrupt, she cannot and dine in a family way with lady Belbeld. help allowing that she herself has not quite She drew up, looked grave, and said, with escaped the infection. Now to be a singer in much solemnity, That she should never think the gross, and a saint in the detail-that is of going abroad at this holy scason. Sir Joon to have all sins and no faults-is a thing I said, ' as we have neither cards nor company, do not quite comprehend.'

I thought you might as well have eaten your " After he had left the room, which he chicken in my house as in your own. But did, as the shortest way of allaying the storm, though she thought it a sin to dine with a she apologizing for him. said. He was a well sober family, she made herself amends for meanino man and acted up to the litte light the sacrifice, by letting us see that her heart he had but added. that he was unacquaint. was brimful of the world, pressed down and ed with religious feelings, and knew little running over. She indemnified herself for of the nature of convertion.'

her abstinence from its diversions, by in" Mrs. Ranby, I found, seems to think dulging in the only pleasure which she Christianity as a kind of freemasonry, and thought compatible with the sanctity of the therefore thinks it superfluous to speak on season--uncharitable gossip, and unbounded serious soojects to any but the initiated. If calumpy. She should not touch a card, bat they do not return the sign, she gives them up she played over to Sir John the whole game as blind and dead. She thinks she can only of the preceding Saturday night ; told him make herself intelligibie tu chose to whom by what a shameful inactentigd her partner certain peculiar pbrases are familiar; and had lost the odd tricks and that she should though her friends may be correct, devout,

may be correct, devout, not have been beaten after all, had not her and both doctrinally and practically pious, yet adversary, she verily believed, contrived to if they cannot catch a certain mystic mean- look over her hand, ing-if there is not a sympathy of intelli- ** Sir John seized the only minute in which gence between them and her, if they do not we were alone to ask her to add a guinea p fully conceive of impressions, and cannot re- ' a little sum he was collecting for a poor spond to mysterious communications, she tradesman with a large family, who had holds them unworthy of intercourse with her. been burnt out a few nights ago. His wit, She does not so much insist on high moral added he, was your favourite maid Düss, excellence as the criterion of their worth, as and both are deserving people. Ab, poor on their own account of their internal feel Dixon! She was always unlucky,' replied the ings."

lady. How could they be so arlast The following character is drawn with Surely they might have put the ire ont great discrimination and spirit, and for the suoner. They should not have let it get a head. mural it couveys, we are glad to give it a I wonder people are not more active place in our pages." Sir John carried me is too late to inquire about thal, aids: one morning to call on Lady Denham, a John, the question now is, mut how ateit dowager of fashion, who had grown old in loss might have been prevented, bat bo the trummels of the world. Though she may be repaired. I am really gain to Brems resolved to die in the harness, yet she said she, that I can give you a t piques herself on being very religious, and do have had so many calls lately, that ons one inveighs against infidelity or impiety with riry purse is completely exhaust more pointed censure. She has a grane abominable income tax multa daughter, said Sir John, who lives with beggar.

NO her and whom she has trained to walk precisely while she was tali in her own steps, and which she thinks á ebe the open leaf a Chine way she should go. The girl, added he, is in this world that they 652 well-louking, and will have a handsomic for- and directing my eye for

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not deceived. God is not mocked.' These MOORE's defence of herself and the party to were the awful passages which formed a part whom she belongs. “I have sometimes amus. of her Preparatin, and this was the practical ed niyself (sy's Mr. Stanley) with making a use she made of them.

collection of certain things, wnich are now “A dozen persons of both sexes " had their considered and held up by a pretty large class exics and their entrances" during our stay; of men, as an intallible symptom of methodfor the scene was so strange, and the character ism. Those which at present occur to my so new to me, that I felt unwilling to stir, recollection are as follows. Going to church Among other visitors, was Signor Squallini, a in the afternoon, maintaining family-prayers, favourite opera singer, whom she patronized. not travelling nor giving great dianers or Her face was lighted up with joy, at the sight other entertainments on Sundays, rejoicing of hin. He brought her an admired new in the abolition of the slave trade, promoting air in which he was preparing hiniself, and religious instruccion of the poor at home, sung a few notes, that she mighe say she subscribing to the Bible Society, and contri. heard it the first. She felt all the dignity of buling to establi-b Christianity abroad. These, the privilege, and extolled ihe air with all the though the man attend no eccentric clergyphrases, cant, and rapture, of dilettanticism. man, hold no one enthusiastic doctrine, asso

" After this, she drew a paper from be. ciate with no fanatic, is sober in his owu con. tween the leaves of ber still open book, which versation, consistent in his practice, correct she she wed him. It contained a list of all in his whole deportment, will intallibly fix the company she had engaged to attend his on him the charge of methodism. Any one benefit. I will call on some others,' said of these will excite suspicion, but all united she, "to-morrow after prayers. I am sorry will not fail absolutely to stigmatize bild. this is a week in which I cannot see my The most de voted attachment to the estabfriends at their assemblies; but on Sunday, lishment will avail bim nothing, if not acyou know, it will be over, and I shall have companied with a fiery intolerance towards all my house full in the evening. Next Monday who difter. Without intolerance, his chawill be Easter, and I shall be at our dear rity is construed into unsoundness, and his Duchess's private masquerade, and then I hope candour iuto disaffection. He is accused witla to see and cngage the whole world. Here assimilating with the principles of every weak are ten guineas, said she, in a halt whisper to brother whom, though his judgment compels the grateful Signor, you may mention what him to biame, his candour forbids him to I gave for my ticket, and it may set the fa. calumniate. Saint and hypocrite are now, shion going.' Slie then pressed a ticket on in the scoffer's lexicon, become convertible Sir John, and another on me. He declined, terms; the last being always implied where saying, with a great sang froid, You know we the fist is sneeringly usedl.” are Handelians.' Whil excuse I made I do Miss MOORE's novel, as might have not well know; I only know that I saved my been expected, has given rise to some ten guineas with a very bat grace, but felt imitations, such as “ Celia in Search of a bound in conscience to add them to that I Husband," &c. &c. bot like the generality had before subscribed to poor Dixon.

of unitations, they are very much inferior * Hitherto I had never seen the gnat. to the original. strainer, and the camel-swallower, 80 strik

Miss Owen's ~ Woman, or Ida of ingly exemplified. And it is observable how

Albens," and Mr. CUMBERLAND's forcibly the truth of Scripture is often illus


de Lancaster," may be mentioned among trated by those who live in the boldest oppo. sition to it. If you have any douht while

the novels of note published in the last you are reading, go into the world, and your

six months; they are, however, so unebelief will be confirmed.

qual to some foriner productions of "As we took our leave she followed us to the same writers, that the sooner they the door. I hoped it was with the guinea for are forgotten the better. the fire ; but she only whispered Sir John, Some expectation was raised in the though he did not go himself, to prevail on public mind from the “ Batchelor of such and such ladies to go to Squallini's be- Mr. Moore, better known by the name nefit. Pray do,' said she, it will be cha- of Anacreon Moors; but it would be rity. Poor fellow! he is sadly out at elbows; difficult, even amid the mass of modera he has a liberal spirit, and can hardly make publications, to point out one so destitute his large income do." When we got into the street, we admired

ed of every qualification to render it worthy the splendid chariot and laced liveries of this

fe of notice. indigent professor, for whom our charity had

TINE ARTS. been just solicited, and whose liberal spirit, The last half year has been more than my friend assured me, consisted in sumptuous usually fruitful in publications connected living, and indulgence of every fashionable with the Fine Arts. Under this class. vice."

we prefer arranging the “ Elenents of We shall conclude our extracts from this Art; u Poem, in Six Cantos, with Notes werk, with wbac may be considered as Miss and a Prefuse; including Strictures on

the the State of the Arts, Criticism, Patro- mends the student to visit the schools of nage, and Public Taste." By MARTIN Italy;-alludes to a few of the old masARCHER SHEE, R. A.' The beauty, ters who were most conspicuous for their polish, and energy, of Mr. Shee's muse, general knowledge, and to Sir Joshua already so well known to the pub- Reynolds, as a more modern illustration lic, by bis former poems, modestly called of the advantages of a highly-cultivated Rhymes on dit," is here exerted con mind in an artist;-and, a pathetic allu. amore in a heavenly cause. The notes sion to his loss of sight and deatb. The which accompany the verses, are rigo- fifth canto refers to the disesurses of rous, original, and, in some places, most Reynolds, and the lectures of Fuseli and piquantly seasoned with the true salt of Opie;--points out some of those defects satire, delicately tempered with good hu- in painting, which operate to countemour and gentleinanly language. Though nance the critic, in his contempt for mooccasionally severe, he never degenerates dern art ;-satirises the triflers in taste into vulgarity or abuse. We shall pre- affectation of travelled artists; the prosent our readers with the following ana- cess hunters of the palette; enumerates Jysis of his poem. After a preface of and cautions the student to avoid exconsiderable humour and vivacity, in tremes, and other faults. In the sixth which he has considered the present state and last canto, he acknowledges the difof the Fine Arts, Criticism, Patronage, ficulty of avoiding extremes in art;-adand Public Taste, which subjects, he has vantages resulting froin the candid opidiscussed more at large in his notes; he nion of friends, and even the severity of modestly acknowledges, that “though foes;-weakness of allowing ourselves to not a regular trader, he hopes he will not be irritated by the malevolence of criti. be found to have gone much out of his cism ;-apostrophises public judgment as course; and in taking leave of a service, the final and impartial tribunal of taste; in which lie is conscious he must appear the student counselled to beware of aimas


ing at premature reputation ; warned A lounging landsman, awkward at the oar," not to disgrace the character of an artist

by the low passions of envy: alludes to he shall think himself fortunate if his

the various glories of Britain, ber sages, goods be not condemned as contraband

heroes, and bards-expresses his hope of taste, and his owners should be no

that Britain will not allow herself to be losers by their speculation."-Tocontinge

surpassed in the pacific glories of the the simile, Mr. Shee has not only proved

arts, &c. &c. This analysis is not a himself to be a fair trader, but has furnished his customers with excellent goods,

tithe of the important subjects treated in

2: this poem, they are selected at random and bis lading corresponds honestly and intended to exhibit a sketch of some with his invoice and former samples.

of the principal features.

The following The first canto commences with an allu

extracts are given, as specimens of the sion to his former publication ;-an invocation to Taste, as the presiding power

style and powers of versification of that directs the operation of the poet

* This truant from the pencil to the pen." and the painter;-contrarieties of taste; of his didactic style, this is a faint specie -the student cautioned to beware of men, in wluich the poet recommends the the opinions of those who recommend pencil and the portcrayon as correctives extremes of art, and such like important of each other : didactics. The second canto enume u ply then, the bright porter you, fill do rates the subservient studies necessary to find to the formation of a painter the com- Correctness with facility combiny, prehensive character of painting, as in. Till the firm Outline Bows at your cluding and commanding all the depart m and, ments of taste :-origin of Grecian ele And forms become familiar to your hus gance in sculpture ;-description of their Nor jdly fear, should youthful orange is most beautiful statues ;-address to the To seize the palette, and in aitaine spirit of ancient Greece, &c. &c. The The pencil plunge in Naure's nchini third canto is appropriated to the student's And glowing bid the gay creation ! review of his progress ;=cautioned not to Design, the grammar of the be too sanguine, or to presurne too much claim on preinature talents; some excellent High rank amidst the name exhortations; the history of the different But still the pencil play that schools, and cbaructer of their greatest For painting is the language supporters. The fourth canto recom

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Thie study of Architecture, so much Simplicity prevails without pretence, neglected as a study accessary to paint- And Fancy sports within the bounds of Sense. ing, bere finds an able advocate in its By Nature's hand with liberal bounty grac'da application to paintig, and utility as a And proudly fashion'd for the throne of

Taste, source of dignified and appropriate orna. Before

Before his age he sprang to painting's prime, ment.

And forc'd his tardy fruits from ripening " Nor deems the Muse mispent the stu

Time. dious hour

'Twas his to choose the nobler end of Art, Devoted to her stately sister's power:

And charm the eye, subserviunt to the heart; Supplies of ornament and use she brings To strike the chords of sentimentato trace Proud fanes for gods, and palaces for kings: The form of dignity--the flow of zrace; To noblest acts a suited' scene provides,

The Passion's Protein empire to controul, And o'er the back ground's gorgeous stores And wield Expression's sceptre o'er the soul.' presides.

Whate'er ut life he touch'd, of youth or age, When Taste unfolds the landscape, by her The pious Saint, or philosophic Sage; aid,

Whether, impressive in the bolj design, The temple dignifies the rural shade; The rapt Apostle pour the word divine; Majestic ruins rise on canvas plains,

Or bright on Tabor's summit to the skies To prove lier splendours in their proud re. The God in full transfigured glory rise : mains;

Whate'er the cast of character, his hand Atheni new glories from her hand derives, Has all the moulds of Genius at command, And Rome in marble majesty revives. To Nacure true, can each strong truit imTheir heads in clouds memorial columns

part, hide,

And scamp with Taste the sterling ore of And heroes 'neath triumphant arches ride.

Canto 2, v. 89 10 102.

Cuneo 3, v. 169 60 196. The address to the Spirit of ancient In short, we know not which to comGrecce, with which the second canto

mend, the ease and flow of his versiti. finishes, expressive of the advantages cation, the satirical vein of pleasantry which the inodern world has derived from with which he has lashed some of the her genius. illustrative of the lessons most prevalent vices of art, or tlie depth, which we have drawn from her wisdom; learning

m; learning, and penetration, of the notes. the refinement we owe to her taste, and It is a book that no painter should be, the examples which she has left us in her and no man of taste would be, without. virtues, is one of the finest specimens of lo a " Treatise of the Properties of the sublime in modern poetry; the whole Arches, and their abutment Piers, conis too long for insertion; but the apos- taining Propositions for describing Geotrophe at the commencement contains metrically the Calenuria, and the Estrusuch a true picture of this majestic spirit dosscs of uit Curves, so that their several that it needs no apology for detaching it Parts and their lier's may enmilibrate: from its parent stock,

also concerning Brilges, and the Flying “ Hail, awful shade! that o'er the mould. Buttresses of Cathedrals," by SAMUEL 'ring urn

WANE, Architect, we find much juforOf thy departed greatness lov'st to mourn; mation. Mr. Ware has investigated the Deploring deep the waste, where once un- subject with considerable penetration, furled

and ably discussed this important branch Thy ensigns glitter'd o'er a wond'ring world;

of civil architecture. He bas very proSpirit of Ancient Greece! whose form sub

perly commenced with a table of introlime,

ductory definitions and remarks, illusGigantic striding, walks the waves of Time."

trated by plates, by which netbod he We are sorry that our Jinits oblige us has rendered his book self-interpreting, to close this interesting book: we shall and prevents any misunderstanding of however make one more extract, of the technical terms. He has added, as illuscharacter of Raphael, from the list of the trations of the positions he has taker, worthies of the Roman school.

and which he ably supports, sections « Swift as the comet cleaves the etherial of Trinity Church, Ely; King's College way,

Chapel, Cambridge; Westminster AbAs bright his lustre, and as brief his day, bey; Salisbury, Ely, Lincoln, York, and Urbino rising to the raptured eye,

Peterborough Cathedrals. The princiAppeared, and blazed, and vanished from

pal novelty in this work is a discovery of the sky, Monarch of art! in whose august domains,

some importance; a simple mode of deColleagued with Genius, soundest Judgment

scribing the catenaria geometrically; reigns; which difficulty Mr, Ware bas surinuunted,



after much thought and labour, and at a land, who ridicules the fondness for dirty considerable expense of time. The pro- antiques, arinless trunks, emperors with position cannot be described without an out noses, and gladiators without legs engraving; we therefore refer our readers those amateurs and virtuosi who adinie to the work, which receives much ad. antiques only for their antiquity. “I ditional value from the reference to wonder” says Mr. C. " that they do not existing buildings, which is a plain and run couuter to the canons, and marry effectual mode of establishing the truth their grand-mothers. Happy is the of what he has advanced. It forins a painter, who has a smoaky chimney; for considerable addition to our stock of by how much bacon is better than fresh mathematical knowledge, and forms an pork, by so much is a dirty canvas suexcellent practical work for the architect perior to a clean one." The tbird numand civil engineer.

ber begins with the Editor's considerWe gladly perceive the “ ARTIS" re- ation, analysis, and somewhat of a reniewing lis labours; the 1st part of the view of a letter from Mr. Elmes, on Monew series has just inade its appearance, numental Records, who in it forcibly consisting of seven numbers. In which condemns the apathy of the present age form (3 parts) it will be this year pub- to the memory of our illustrious countrylished, instead of its former, 21 numbers. wan Sir Christopher Wren. A paper on Its design and tendency is best explained the three principal methods of mental imby its title, The Artist, a Series of provement, Analysis, Analogy, and ArEssuys on Science and Art. Written by rangement, from an unacknowledged conMen of eminent professional Abilities, on tributor, whose highly sensitive mind, Topics relative to their respective Studies, (the Editor delicately hints,) is since and by other Persons peculiariy conversant unhappily estranged from that order of with those Subjects." Edited by PRINCE which it so strongly felt the beauty." Mr. HOARE. In the introductory nuinbers, West's excellent letter, with some slight! he infirins his reader that of the little alterations and additions by himself, to circle which originally composed his the Committee of the Northern Society for corps," (himself, Messrs. Northcote, the Encouragement of the Fine Arts, Hoppner, Cumberland, Cavallo, West, and which should be in the hands of every Shee, Boaden, Hope, Flaxman, Carlisle, lover of British art; with some reflecPye, Soane, Holcroft, Opie, Mrs. Inch- tions on the value of the possession of bald, and Dr. Jenner ;) "and in the short Lord Elgin's exquisite collection of Grecs space of time that has been passed since marbles, by the Editor; occupy the fifth he first appeared before you, two of those number: and a paper on Uniformity of (the ingenious and much lamented Opie, Character of Nature, by Mr. Cavalle, and the no less regretted Holcroft,) who the sixth. The seventh contains an exwere either most immediately active, or traordinary paper by Mr. Northcote, most deeply interested in his progress, called the bistory of a « Slighted Beathave been taken away by the dispensa- ty," in which, in a kind of romantic alle tion of Providence." The contributors gory, he personifies and describes Paintto this part are, first, the Editor on the ing. At the beginning of the life of this various offices of painting, which he de. "Slighted Beauty", we are informed fines as follows:

"she is not yet quite dead, and there1st. The Representation of Nature, or fore may be recovered and restored to of obvious visible Forms.

her friends." The fictitious narrator says 2d. The Expression of the IIabits and I have therefore related her case in the Affections of the Mind.

manner of a narrative, from the time 3d. The Exhibition of Historical Events of her birth, to the moment I was sitting by the Representation of Facts. by her bed-side, where she was confined

4th, A mixed Representation of His- by a sad cold, caught, I believe, by tory, either by circumstances or fiction. wearing wet shoes" The narrative is di

5th. The Expression of Poetic Imagery. vided into a sort of chapters, or para

The four first of these he has discussed graphs, headed as follows: with inuch ability in the present part. 1st. Or the Education and persona and promises the fifth office of painting Perfections of our leroine: and the lice in the expression of poetical imagery,shall came the adopted Daughter of a Save be considered in a future number. reign Prince.

The second number is filled with a 2d. How our Heroine grew tired of bet pleasantly bumourdus account of the Father's Court, and how she set out of origin of the Fine Arts, by mr. Cumbers her Travels to see the w

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