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where in the dark much better than wall that we judge them so to do, those who could see. After he was when we merely see them exhibiting enabled to see he did not soon Jose the same appearances they had when this faculty, nor desire a light to go we felt them before.
The boy upon about the house in darkness. He whom Mr. Cheselden operated, said every new object was a new de- thought, it seems, “ that all objects light, and the pleasure was so great whatever touched his eyes," i. e. all that he wanted words to express it; objects and parts of objects appeared but his gratitude to the operator was equally distant from him, the foreextreme, never seeing him for some legs of a chair as distant as the hind, time without shedding tears, and if in short he could not see direct disa he did not happen to come at the tance at all. It was only by habit, time he was expected, the boy could by feeling a table, for instance, by not forbear crying at the disappoint- then observing the lights and shades ment. A year after his first seeing, its different surfaces presented to his being carried to Epsom Downs, he eye (for of colour the eye is a judge), was exceedingly delighted with the it was only by this process that he largeness of the prospect, and called was at length enabled to know a table it a new kind of seeing. He was af- when he merely saw it. And it is the terwards couched of the other eye, same process which gradually teaches and found that objects appeared large us in our infancy to correct the errors to this eye, but not so large as they of our sight by the testimony of our did at first to the other : looking feeling, and to know that that is proupon the same object with both eyes, tuberant which appears flat, as every he thought it appeared about twice object does to the eye of a new-born as large as to the first couehed eye child. This habit which the mind only, — but it did not appear douc gets of deciding upon the massive ble.
form of objects immediately upon Mr. Cheselden performed the open seeing them, is that from which the ration of couching on several other whole effect of painting results: when persons, who all gave nearly the we see a landscape or a group of same account of their learning to see figures on canvas, the parts assume as the preceding. They all had this to our eyes a depth or protuberance; curious defect after couching in com- though really flat, because, exhibitmon, that never having had occasion ing the same light and shade which to move their eyes, they knew not the objects represented by them do how to do it, and at first could not themselves in rerum naturâ present, direct them to any particular object, we judge them to be similar in all but had to move the whole head, till their dimensions, and to recede or by slow degrees they acquired the fa- come forward from the canvas in the culty of shifting the eye-balls in their same manner as the real objects sockets.
would do if placed against a wall. Several philosophical inferences In conformity with this reasoning it may be deduced from the above-cited appears that the boy who was couchexperiment. First it is evident that ed had no perception of the effect of the eye is not a judge of direct, painting : not having yet obtained though it may be of transverse disa experience of the lights and shades tance, i. e. that it cannot estimate reflected by real bodies, when he saw the distance between two trees, for these lights and shades imitated on example, nearly in a line with itself, canvas they could not deceive him, though it may, if they are at equal as they do a person of sound sight, lengths from it, but not in the same into the supposition that they were line with it. Hence when we look reflected by massive bodies, he only at a chair standing against the wall saw flat canvas diversified with a vaof our chamber we really do not see riety of paint. that the fore legs stand out upon the Secondly, as it appears that the carpet, we see both them and all boy could not tell a cat from a dog parts of the chair painted as it were until he had felt them, it is plain (projected is the philosophical word) that neither could he tell a cube from on the wall. It is only by having a globe. It is to be observed, howfelt that they do stand out from the ever, that although at first all dis
tinctions of shape were unperceived, information is true ; whilst judgment
to observe a new object, turn the
My dear Editor.-I perambulate and shepherdesses are kicking up their the streets every morning, as you heels to the edification and amusewell know, for the exercise of 'my ment of several bullfinches, who are body and eye-sight, with my hands piping open mouthed within arm's in my breeches pockets, and my legs length amidst the chintz evergreens in a pair of inexpressibles, popping of the pattern. Many a time I gazed my poll into every curiosity-shop at these mute“ tuneful warblers," and that hangs out a good bill of fare for the figurantes before them, when I a hungry inquisitor. These places, was a little chubby snubby fellow, you know likewise, are at present (being always a mischievous ill-congenerally dignified with heathen- ditioned whelp, I was idolized by my Greek compound names, which puzzle grandmother, and indeed by all the a plain Englishman to pronounce,- pious old people in the parish),--and jaw-breakers, as we term them, -all now that I am a man I gazed at the ending in the same word, orama, and group in the Panorama with equal all meaning as much as this-Here astonishment if not admiration. The is a great sight, good people ! tell scenery however may be put into the out and ye shall see it. Shillings other scale ; there is something (as are not half so plentiful with me as we Reviewers say)-redeeming in it. shop-keepers' bills, but I have never- One likes also to see the relative aptheless spent some in this way lately, pearance of the volcanic and ante-voland you shall have the benefit of my canic places: a forest of modern trees experience. Though too mad a fel- growing on the top of an ancient city! low to mind any thing past or im- The hanging gardens of Babylon were pendent, I am the more inclined to nothing to this. In that part of Pomdo this as you sent me a letter-full of peii now at the Strand there is not compliments, and five guineas, (by no much excavation to be seen, and what means the least agreeable part of your is to be seen is not much worth seecorrespondence) for my Peep into ing. A Temple of Venus and Bacthe Piccadilly Museum.” So much chus appears in comparative shape by way of preamble.
and preservation (Love and Wine we The Panorama of Pompeii, in the know will stand as long as men are Strand, is not worth climbing up Bow mortal). The twin Panorama in the Steeple to see, but that in Leicester Fields is better worth money and Fields is. They belong to the same seeing. Here are the remains of pair of proprietors, were drawn by the more old Roman houses than would same draughtsman, I believe, and may build a city with cock-tail mice (cochave been painted by the same pain- tilibus muris) for all the Lazzaroni in ter, provided he was not the same Naples. There is the groundwork of man at the two different perform- a huge Theatre remaining in fine
This might have been ily form and dimensions : Covent Garmanaged. For instance, I am the den and Old Drury might serve as same man that I was when I wrote vomitoria, or entrances to it. What
Peep,” but I am not the same a barbarous, luxurious, ferocious, reman that I was when I wrote my fined, brutal, omnipotent people were
Fugitive Poems,” which were pub- those descendants of the shepherdlished by the present Sheriff Whit- robbers ! Who would think that taker, of Avemary, and had vast cir- Cicero could write, and a gladiator culation through all the pastry cooks fight within a brick wall of each in the city, to the great emolument other? The Fives-Court is a place of no one.
The first of the afore- of elegant amusement compared to a said Oramas is, as I hinted, pretty Roman arena.
Some of the mounenough: there is, indeed, a group of tain-scenery in this orama reminds dancers on the foreground, designed me of another orama which I will I suppose to enliven the dead imagery treat of presently—the Diorama: it is around them, which put me in mind of beautiful. the figures on my grandmother's bed- The next curiosity-shop I popped hangings, where a flock of shepherds into was a Glass Exhibition within Sept. 1824.
a handful of doors of the Strand the gape-seed and glass-blowing, the Pompeiiorama. I saw a glass-case full value of his or her admittancefull of poodle-dogs, seventy-fours, money in the manufacture * itself. landaus, handbaskets, and several The proprietor, at my departure, other gimcracks, nailed to a door- blew me a dog',-wrapping him up in post with “only a shilling,” on a cotton, and enclosing him in a shavboard beside it. Walked in, up, on, ing-box, all of which I conveyed round, out. By the bye, this is not into my waistcoat-pocket. A young a fair account of my peregrinations friend of mine, to whom I presented through the glassery. I staid there my new-found-glass dog, in teaching poring over the britile machinery till him to “give the paw," broke off I was almost cracked myself, and one of his legs, but the gentleman like Locke's lunatic was afraid to sit aforesaid very politely blew it on down lest I might break myself in aguin. He added, that he should be pieces. Along with a parcel of very happy to blow on a leg for me whenwell-behaved gentlemanly old ladies ever I wished it. Upon the whole, I beheld the whole operation of glass- the only thing wanting to this exhiblowing; and I assure you, Editor, bition is an impudent name; modest, in that brief space of time I learned merit never did at any time, and its more of this noble art than I shall ever scarcity in the present age has not in attempt to practise. Seriously; it is any degree enhanced its reputation. an exhibition very well worth a wise Instead of calling his curiosity-shop man's fooling away a few hours in merely what it is,-a Glass Exhibiseeing. The proprietor, who pre- tion, I should advise the proprietor sides at the furnace, blew us up se- to call it a Hyalorama (or a Hyalour. veral times—minikin decanters, wine geiorama, which looks uglier and betglasses, goblets, and tin cans, in a ter): he would by this means infallimuch shorter time than any one could bly seduce more people from the empty them, besides several flower straight road of the Strand into his baskets and false curls for the ladies. museum, than if he were to blow up There was also a glass-wig in a glass- a house for every customer that asked case there (and a balloon in a bottle), him. which I contemplated with much sa- But the Peristrephic Panorama is tisfaction ; every hair of it is as fine that which pleased me best,-as well and elastic as hair itself. Baldness by the terrors of its name as of its will no doubt in a few ages be uni- subject. Peristrephic Panorama ! versally propagated, it being for the What a world of mysterious magni. most part an hereditary disease; and ficence is contained in those two trethere is some consolation in knowing mendous titles! how sublime and unthat, in such a deficiency of hair, we intelligible ! how agreeably cacophocan have glass-wigs and frontlets for nous to the common ear, and how the price of them. The curls are super-syllabically sonorous to the drawn off from the vitreous fluid, lugs of learning ! -As I strolled one on a wheel, --seven hundred yards (1 evening through the mazes of Spring think) of glass hair being wound off Gardens, I heard the Peristrephic in a minute. One great advantage in music shaking the tiles off the neigha wig of this material would be that bouring houses; (there is a trumpeter it could be melted up into a fresh wig in the band, by the bye, who would whenever one chose it, and moreover blow the cupola off St. Paul's if he could not be easily blown off the head, exerted himself beneath it,-he alexcept when it was actually blowe most blew the roof off my skull with ing. A word from the The LONDON a single blast of his buccina.) The is, I know, enough to set all London uproar proceeding from this curioafire; so I beg leave to recommend sity-shop induced me toenter;—when this Orama to all those who have I was young and innocent I rememeyes in their heads and shillings in ber that I always broke my drum or their pockets. One powerful induce humming-top to see what was inside ment to sight-seeing people to visit of it that made such a noise. The the Glass Exhibition is this,--every same philosophical spirit attends me one gets at his or her final exit, besides to this day. I went into the Peris
+ I beg pardon : this should be ventrifacture, or more accurately pulmonifacture.
trephic, where however I found some. the superiority of the Copernican syswhat more internal furniture than tem above the other is somewhat less ever I heard of in a humming-top:- problematical than that of the dioraunless this huge round world turning matic principle above the perioramaon its invisible spindle may be consi- tic. The earth revolving on its own dered one. I saw the Battle of Wa- axis saves the sun, moon, and stars, a terloo: all the great men, Buona- great deal of unnecessary trouble in parte, Wellington, Blucher, Brums- performing their several diurnal cirwick, General Picton, and Corporal cles according to the old system; but Shaw, painted to the life or death as except the giddy delight of particiit happened: cuirassiers, voltigeurs, pating in the vertiginous motion of Scotch sans-culottes, Blues, Greys, the dioramatic platform, a spectator Body-guards, all in fine coats and posted there is not immediately aware confusion: charges of cavalry and that he reaps any peculiar advandischarges of infantry, great guns, tage. Whether the scene perambuthunder-bombs, flying artillery, lying lates about the spectator, or the spectroops, and dying soldiers: the Mar- tator about the scene; whether the quis of Anglesea up to his belt in object moves past the eye, or the eye blood-red trowsers, and the Duke past the object, is, philosophically down to his heels in a blue wrap-ras- considered, quite insignificant. Excal. O 'twas a glorious sight ! Like cept, indeed, the spectator have a Don Quixote and the puppets I fancy for orbicular progression,-if longed to attack the peristrephic he have any inclination for a circular people sword in hand, and kill a few jaunt, I would strenuously recomdozen Frenchmen on canvas. What mend him a turn or so on the horiwould I now give to be the old zontal wheel of the Diorama. Indeed woman who remained the whole time I have heard many people express in the farm-house which stood in the their entire approbation of this new very midst of the field of battle! kind of merry-go-round and its unWhat a sublime situation for an old accompanying scenery. The effect of woman to be in! How I should this ingenious but hasty piece of mehave felt had I been there! When chanism however was--that throughheaven and eart were coming toge- out the whole « little world of man” ther, to sit smoking (as she did per- there was propagated a species of haps) amidst the war of elements, or awkward sensation which might be to" stand secure amidst a falling denominated by help of a solecisma world” with my hands in my pockets, terrestrial sea-sickness. This, though as the drowned Dutchman was found amounting to but a trifling quantity, after shipwreck! Only conceive her detracted somewhat from the pleasure (blind of one eye possibly) looking of my excursion round the inner wall out through a cranny with the other, of the Dioramatic establishment. and beholding two hundred thousand The wheel I speak of is the only men engaged in mutual massacre, thing about that curiosity-shop which and two hundred pieces of cannon has the hue of a humbug. I advise bellowing, bursting, and ball-playing the proprietor of the Diorama (which around her! blood streaming, smoke appears to intend itself for a perma. wreathing, dust flying, the scream of nent exhibition) to divert the enthuagony, the cry of fear, the groan of siasm of his steam-engine, or whatdeath, and the shout of victory !-0, ever “old mole” it is that works beif poeta nascitur non fit be not a true neath his platform, from disarranging maxim, that old woman ought to write the stomach of his visiters, to the less a far better epic poem than blind ambitious purpose of moving his Homer, blind Milton, or Bob Southey scenery around them. Unless there himself !—But I am becoming too be some better reason than the mere eloquent.
novelty of the thing, for operating The last of the Oramas which I upon the spectators instead of the swallowed was the Diorama.--The scenes, the innovation had better be difference between the Ptolemaic and reformed back again to its ancient the Copernican system of the world model—the Periorama. may serve to illustrate that between Trinity Chapel and the Valley of the Periorama (thus let us abridge the Sarnen have been carried about the Peristrephic) and the Diorama. But town these two months by the billa