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had observed, that th: present Exbibition || Mr. Heath, accoriling to his engagement contains many work of art which may contend | with the public, has finished his engraving from with the Roman school in point of compo. this subject, and is now, we understand, about sition, art ith the Venetian in point of to publish it. A proof print is placed in the colour.
Exhibition. We have only to say, that the According to our usual practice we shall eugraver has shewn himself worthy of the cominence with the bistorical subjects: painter. The print is engraven in a manner
· The Death of Lord Nelson, or the Naval l'ic which unites great boldness and vigour, with tory of Trafulgar.--By B. WEST, P. R. A. clearbess, simplicity, and sofiness. It ought,
The subject of this picture being heroic, the and we trust it will be, the most popular print artist has considered it under the head of the ever published in this country. epic.--He has kept his attention constantly The Flight of Lot and his Daughter.-By B. fixed upon the bero, aud made every thing West, P. R. A.-This subject, from divine subsidiary to liis tumph. The dying Nelson history, is one of thosc in which its venerable is exhibited lying upon the quarter deck of his composer has most approved bis great powers. ship, surrounded by his officers. By this It is the lieroic landscape, and is fully equal to groupe the painter first appeals to the feelings 11 any thing which was ever produced by the of the spectator. Here is the hero, and, in the learned pencil of Poussin - The figures con
language of poetry, here is his story.---The sist of Lot, his daughters, and two angels, w lio suunded and the dead forin the episodes of are hurrying there away from tbe devoted ibe p ece, and the whole raises a noble climax city.–The wife of Lot, who is in the centre of up to tl. dying Admiral.
the picture, is seen twning back to look upon The point of time is the death of the vero || the Aaming ruins of Sodom --Her figure, and and the viel de united.
her attitude, are very grand-In the back The comitenance of Nelson expresses a ground the city is scen in a blaze, and the sky most poblare resignation, a steadfast piety-a i illuminated with lightening and fire.- Na. dignified for consciousness of having done his tyre herself seeins suffering, and the earth is duty his great trust. In the countenance parched beneath the feet of the fugitives. of relson Mr. West has shewn his power of This subject which has been often painted exbibiting the most difficult and composite before, has never been treated with so much * passions with the most natural and moving || true dignity and feeling as in the present comcorrectness. In Nelson there is no affcctation; position -The landscape is truly grand, and every thing is as simple as was the character | the colouring appropriate, of the man: there is a serene and suntly Onuia Vincit Amor.-By the same Artist. heroism in bis comtenance-the courage and This is a very pleasing poetical subject. The composure of a dying martyr. This head can idea seems taken from Lucretius. Love is never be too much admired- it is inestimable shewn subduing every thing under the domi. considered. merely as a portrait of the man; | nation of Sense..Cupids are exhibited in the for we do not hesitate to pronounce it the best air, bestridiog vultures and cagles, and riding we erer saw.
lions and sea-horses with silken reins- Venus In the retiring parts of the picture, and in and Ilymen are likewise preparing the yoke the perspective, are seen all the rage and fury for the human race. of a sea fubt.--Here every thing is terrible ll In this picture the figure of Venus is exand awful: here is sublimity in the fullness of tremely beautiful--the air of the head, and horror.The groupes in the picture are com style of the countenance, are equal to any thing posed of nearly eighty figures, and more than which the Greeks have produced. The colourfifty are portraits of officers actually engaged | ing is very happy. in the battle.
Nos. 12-27-204.-These three works by Such is this picture, of wbich, independently | Mr. Fuseli are not all of the same merit. It is -of its mcrits as a work of art, we may truly the ambition of Ibis artist, who is certainly say, the circumstances which produced its a man of great genius and imagination, to perfection cannot occur again. It will be im- || strike the spectator, rather by a peculiar and possible again to collect into the painting. l characteristic singularity, than to please upon room of the artist those various groupes of men the sober and admitted principles of truth and whose portraits are here given, and whose in. nature. dividual likeness was necessary for the fidelity o mind of vigorous, we may even term it of a composition which aspires to be consider- 1 gigantic, extravagance, is carried throughout ed as a work of historical record, a work of all his works,--a sort of heroical and splendid truth, and not of fancy.
#caricatura, which, with the clearest design and
intention on the part of the artist of being || by the present exbibition,--His Orpheus and solemn and grave, produces an almost contrary his Damocles are two beautiful compositions, impression upon the judicious mind.
and contain more strength and energy than The pictures of Fuseli, like the heroes and we commonly find in the works of this artist. dwarfs in the old romances, stir up and agitate || In lis Orpheus, the beasts are very finely the mind without impressing the feelings; drawn and beautifully coloured ; tbe cothey have, in all and each of them, such a louring is chaste, without being cold and uncompound of true and false sublimity, that the natural, there is a peculiar softness and pathetic and the ridiculous are in a constant Aeeciness in the tone of colour which we struggle for a mastery over the feeling? ; they | rarely see excelled. The whole is harmonious, bave such a compeuud of greatuess and little poetical, and pleasing. ness, that it is a sort of fatigue and difficulty In the character of Orpheus, however, Mr. to determine what is the particular emotion | Westall has not been so happy. Orpheus they express.
is not distinguished mercly by his harp; he is Mr. Fuseli deserves much credit for the dar not a dancing Apollo-His harp is meant to be ing character of his genius; but, after all, it is emblematic of the harmony which lie intromuch easier to be singular than to be original duced into the world by framing Savages into
to be striking and effective, than natural social communities, and assuaging the ferocity and just.
of a wild and barbarous nature by the concord Mr. Fuseli's picture of Macbeth and the l of justice and equal laws. Orpheus, therefore, Witches is certainly the best in the present Ex as the first (perhaps a fabulcus) legislator of hibition. It has a sobriety about it which can mankind, should maintain the high ground of scarcely be called his own; it has a just ex. | an Epic character, and should have been expression, and conveys just so much horror as is pressed (as Mr. Westall's pencil could have pecessary to grandeur, without verging upon expressed him) with more sobriety and gran. extravagance. The composition is very im- | deur. He falis rather into the class of a Minos pressive; the action of Macbeth is natural, and a Solon, than into that of a fiddling coxand the figure is exquisitely drawn. The
comb. colouring of this picture is better than most Iu Mr. Westall's picture of Damocles there of the compnsitions of Mr. Fuseli; the light
is a great vigour and most happy expression. and shade are justly combined, and skilfully We never saw any thing finer, or convey a more distributed. There is not that gloom and expressive sentiment, than that of the two blackness which we often find in his pictures. soldiers looking through the doors. The coIt has a good and suitable tone, which is very louring is rather overcharged. appropriate to the cbaracter of the subject. | The Reading of the Will concluded.-E. Bird.
Sarpedon slain in Battle, carried home by Sleep -The attention paid to this picture by all and Death H. FUSELI, R. A.-In this pic persons who visit the Exhibition, proves it to ture of Mr. Fuseli's there is a beautiful part be a favourite, and as such, entitled to parin the back ground it is the Vision shooting ticmlar notice. The subject is one of those into the skies. This is extremely poetical, dramatic occurrences in private life, which and produces a very pleasing effect (without calls forth the expression of various passions owing any thing to juggle) upon the eye of and traits of character, and is therefore pare the spectator. As to the figures in the fore ticularly suited to the talents of Mr. Bird, ground, there is no understanding their action whose former productions, in commun with or character.
those of Mr. Wilkie, have fully established the No. 204.-Richard the Third starting from superiority of English Artists over those of the the Apparitions of these whim he had assassinated. Flemish School, in that great requisite of By the same Artist -This is another of Mr. painting, the union of morality with the acFuseli's pictures; but there is no point in it. curate snd lively representation of domestic He has gaived nothing in character, and very scenes. little in art. The anatomy and drawing of With regard to the execution of this attracthe figures are bold and just, but there is no tive picture, any detail of criticism would be intelligible action, or marked discrimination. superfluous. In addition to the inventive The character of this picture is the same genius displayed in the story, Mr. Bird ex. witb the great majority of those in which hibits the usual characteristics of his pencil, Mr. Fuseli bas failed. It is genius without the with a still higher degree of improvement in impression of truth, or direction of judg- the colouring, light and shade, and genera!' ment.
Il effect. Mr. Westall bas done bimself great credit II
(To be continued.)
LORD NELSON'S MONUMENT IN GUILDHALL.
This monument was opened for public | onsly endowed him with the transcendent talents inspection on Friday the 26th ult.
necessary to the great purposes he was destined The Pyramid in the back ground is supposed
to accomplish. At an early period of life he ento be the tomb of the immortal Nelson, decu
tered into the naval service of liis country; and rated with vaval trophies, the fruit of his vic
early were the instances which marked the feartories; while the female figure in the centre
less nature and enterprize of his character; unit
ing to the loftiest spirit and justest title to self(personating the City of London), in grateful
confidence a strict and humble obedience to the remembrance of the signal services he rendered
sovereign rule of discipline and subordination. to his country, perpetuates the memory of his
Rising by due gradation to command, he infused great actions to posterity, and finishes with
into the bosoms of those he led the valorous ardour admiration the record of his last glorious and enthusiastic zeal for the service of his King achievement, off' Trafalgar. Britannia on the and Country which animated his own; and while left, supported by a Lion (the symbol of un lie acquired the love of all by the sweetness and shaken courage), is pensively muling over a moderation of his temper, he inspired a universal portrait of the Conqueror, and in silent grief
confidence in the nerer-failing resources of his deplores her loss. The recumbent figure
capacious mind. It will be for history to relate in the fore-ground, representing the Ocean,
the many great exploits through which, solicitous
of peril, and regardless of wounds, be became the roused by the fame of bis heroic actions, par.
glory of his profession! But it belongs to this ticipates in Britannia's sorrow and regret for
brief record of liis illustrious career to say that he the hero's fate. The naval action in front of
commanded and conquered at the battles of the the pedestal exhibits the situation of the fleet NILE and COPENHAGEN, victories never betowards the conclusion of the battle, when fore equalled, yet afterwards surpassed by his own ibe hero was mortally wounded by a shot I last achievement, the battle of TRAFALGAR! from the main top of a 74, with wbich the fought on the 21st of October, in the year 1905. Victory appears to be closely engaged. lutbe
On that day, before the conclusion of the action, picbes two British seainen, with implements of
he fell mortally wounded ; but the sources of life war and navigation, bear with deep concern
and sense failed not until it was known to him the fate of their beloved hero.
that the destruction of the enemy being completThe following inscription is from the pen of
ed, the glory of his country and his own had at
tained their summit. Then luying his hand on the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan :
his brave heart, with a look of exalted resignation TO HORATIO VISCOUNT AND BARON to the will of the Supreme Disposer of the fate of NELSON,
man and nations, he expired. Vice Admiral of the W bite, and Knight of the il The Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council Most Honourable Order of the Bath.
Of the City of London
Have caused this Monument to be erected,
Not in the presumptuous hope of sustaining To promote the grandeur and add to the security
Their departed Hero's memory, of Nations ;
But to manifest their estimation of the Man, Inciting by their high example their fellow
And their admiration of his deeds. mortals
This testiinony of their Gratitude, they trust, Through all succeeding times, to pursue the course || Will remain as long as their own renowned City That leads to the exaltation of our imperfect
shall exist. nature.
The period to NELSON'S FAME PROVIDENCE, that implanted in Nelson's
Can only be breast an ardent passion for renown, as bounte- ||
THE END OF TIME!
Illustrations of the Graphic Art ; EXEMPLIFIED BY SKETCHES FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AT PARIS.
It seems in many instances to have been || trast; and if so, that principle may often be the pride of the Flemish painters to render | carried to its furthest verge of propriety. even the most disgusting subjects inatter of These observations naturally arise from cou. admiration, as samples of their art: this in- templating deed they have carried to an excess which
THE DROPSICAL WOMAN makes us often wish that their genius, or at least their talent, had been exerted for other of Gerard Dow, a production which has ob. purposes; yet perhaps much of their peculiar tained the unqualified approbation of all the excellence depends upon the principle of con- Il connoisseurs on the Continent. Here, say