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studies, by W. Payne, Nos. 96 and trust that this will not be the last, the liberty which a painter may possess of 104, are spirited and effective, though most extended, or the most finished making his subject picturesque, and in the latter, ' A View of the Thames, form in which we shall have the plea- that too upon a subject sufficiently so looking towards Richmond Hill,' an sure of admiring this masterly though of itself.- No. 155, *The young Hero inordinate and offensive degree of blue small production-No, 114, A Com- dismayed,' by Farmer; 169, The has been suffered to creep in, and chill position,' from the Electra of Sopho- meeting of Penelope and Ulysses,' by the whole of the colouring. --An •Even- cles, though possessing great merit as Hilton; and Haines's Sappho,' 167, ing Wood Scene,' by G. Barret, No. an heroic landscape, is, nevertheless, are all works of the highest merit, es91, is highly creditable to that artist, lamentably imperfect as an historical pecially the first, which proves the artboth with respect to the composition scene; the figures are badly drawn, ist to be a worthy competitor of W. and the execution, more particularly the composition slovenly, and the par- Kidd, whom he strongly resembles in as concerns the former. The waving rative void of pathos.
add to point of manner and subject. We character of the trees, agitated by the this a fault which we have already com- must defer our remarks on the south breeze, is remarkably well preserved ; mented upon as one of frequent occur room to our next and concluding paper we cannot, however, but confess, thut rence, namely, a crudity and a want on the British Gallery. the general defect of colouring in this of finish discernible in the clouds, and
W. H. PARRY. painting; 4 rawness, and disgusting the accidents of the picture.-No. crudity is but too observable among 143, Conway Castle,' is one of the
The Brama. the generality of our younger artists. most interesting and picturesque views No. 105, ' Preparing for a masked of this noble pile; it is by J. O. Tu- DRURY LANE.-Operas still conBall,' by J. Green, having been al- dor; the castle, seen as it is through a tinue their ' triumphant success; but ready exhibited at Somerset House, beautiful foreground, consisting of we are happy to find Mr. Haynes's we shall content ourselves with merely overarching trees, is, in a very great trugedy of Conscience announced for mentioning it, observing, at the same degree, superior in point of colouring Monday next, in consequence of putime, that in spite of the general ex- and effect; though the foliage, &c. is, merous inquiries. This does not surcellence of the picture, it might not perhaps, rather too much inclined to a prise us, for we should really almost be unjustly be said to verge rather too crude green, a colour to which the led to suspect the good taste of the pubmuch to the French school,
fashion of painting, a department cer-lic, if this tragedy was not much ad• Where broad cloth breathes, to speak where tainly upon which the variable god- mired, satins strive, dess has no right to intrude, seems, at
The Oratorio at this theatre, on And all, but Sir or Madam, are alive.'
present, rather too favourable, as that Wednesday night, was an admirable A blueish deadness pervades the flesh of the last age was a too great ad-selection, and attracted a crowded au. tints, which produces this effect, and mixture of glowing and rich brown dience. The first act consisted almost which is carried to a still more exces- tints. A warm and vivid conception entirely of pieces by Handel and Ho. sive degree in the shadows.-Two of Mr. Gandy's, being a landscape zart, and concluded with Bochsa's 'Views near Twickenham,' by C. Deane, composition from Collins' Alva, al- Quartetto, which was, as usual, enNos. 109 and 136, are extremely beau- most tempts us to encroach still fur-cored. Mr. Kieswetter played sonje tiful; they are well chosen, and the ther on the patience of our readers, as popular airs of Mozart's on the violin, former, an evening effect, is partícu- well as a View of Lyons,' by Eliza of which instrument he is a perfect larly correct in point of likeness, and Mastcall, No. 158; but our limits al- muster, as well in elegance as in bril. the gleaming of the western sun be ready admonish us to put the curb up- liancy. The second act was chiefly hind the trees, is represented with ex- on our inclinations, and we must pass from the Cosi fan tutti and. Figaro. traordinary force and elegance; the to the View of Naples,' in a thunder One of the eccentricities of the evening, katter, a moonlight scene, is, perhaps, storm, by T. Barker, No. 157, a piece was a duet between Brahum aud Pyne rather deficient in that silvery light equally remarkable for strength of -a duet between Othello and lago; which characterizes effects of this na. composition and beauty of execution; this is really too bad. Shakespeare is ture, as well as in that indistinctuess for sublimity of subjects and pathos of sadly treated at this house : his statue of hue, which does not give way to the description, in which the diligent ob- is turned out of doors, and placed in a borrowed beams of the pale arbitress server of nature and the powerful em- most lamentable position on the portiof night,' obedient only to the great bodier of her most striking phenome co; and his immortal productious are alchymist of colour, the beam of the na are equally discernible. We would metamorphosed on the stage.
Bra. eye of day.-No. 92, Grapes, by J. observe, on No. 152, A bridge at ham, Madame Com porese, and Mrs. Platt, Jun., is a very beautiful specia Beckenham,' that it should rather have Salmon, sung frequently, and were men of art, possessing, in a high de been entitled a bridge;' --we do not much applauded ; and the Oratorio, gree, that brilliant transparency, in mean to insinuate by this, that we're on the whole, was the best of the seaWhich a similar subject, No. 116, by quired such a title to perceive that it son. J. Barney, Jun., is miserably defici- was intended for such a structure, as Covent GARDEN.-On Wednesday ent.-No 112, The Tournament of we have no particular fault to find with night, Miss Dance appeared in the Ashby de la Zouche and the Crowning it as a work of art, but merely that character of Belvidera, in Otway's of Il Disdichado,' by Stephanoff. Ju the dissimilarity between the copy tragedy of Venice Preserved, and did this animated and faithful, though spi- and the original scene might be less more than justify the expectations rited sketch, we instantly recognized the glaring to those who, like ourselves, which her performance of Mrs. Haller hand of the artist whose name it bears. are acquainted with the identical ob-had excited. In sceues of tenderness, It is a piece replete with energy and ject; indeed, we scarcely ever saw a as well as in several passages of strong descriptive genius; and we hope, and stronger specimen of the abuse of the l' sensibility, she produced a pleasing and
powerful impression. The well-known sons, we particularly recommend this Colour of the Skin.--- At a late meet. words to Jaffier, - I know thou'lt kill lecture, which, while it explains to ing of the Royal Society, Sir Everard' nie;' were spoken by her in the true them the wonders of the universe, will Home communicated some observatone of nature and feminine terror. teach them to look from mature- up to tions on the influence of the black súbo The adieu, in the third act, Remen- nature's God!'
stance in the skin of the Negro, in preber, twelve! was uttered by Miss Surrey THÉATRE. — This theatreventing the scorching operation of the Dance with a tenderness of tone and a closed a very successful season on sun's rays. As black surfaces become sweetness of inflexion, and even a no. Thursday night last, when the perform- much warmer by exposure to the sun's velty of manner, which left nothing to ances were for the benefit of Mrs. Dib- rays than those which are white; or of be wished for; and her whole perforin- din, who was deservedly honoured with paler tints, the cause of the black coance of thecharacter was such as to place a brilliant audience. A uew piece was lour in the Negro has long appeared her in the first rank in the tragic dra- produced, as a rehearsal for the holi- problematical to the physiologist. In mn. C. Kemble played the love-sick, days, under the title of Alonzo and this paper Sir Everard shows, that by whining conspirator, Jaffier, with ads Imogen. It is an interesting and mag- exposing the back of the hand, aod mirable truth and correctness. Mr. nificent spectacle. Mrs. Dibdin delio other parts of the body, covered with Macready was the Pierre of the even- vered an address in the character of thin white linen, to the direct influence ing, and we confess he disappointed us. Queen Elizabeth, in which she whiinsi- of the sun's rays, they become irritated It was a very uequal performance. cally announced the preparations for and inflamed; small specks or freckles The tragedy is to be repeated this even the ensuing campaign. The friends first appear: and these, on continued ing, (Thursday,) when, we are told, of the Surrey, (and, they are numerous, exposure, are followed by a vesicular all orders must be stopped at the even on our side of the water,) will be separation of the cuticle: the same doors;' this, we doubt not, will be the glad to hear that the house is undergo- happens when the bare surface is exo case, but, as Mr. Dibdin once said, in ing an entire splendid decoration, pre- posed, which, in common language, one of his humourous bills, the bearers vious to its opening on Easter Monday. becomes sun-burnt. When, however, will be permitted to walk up without Miss MACAULEY.-This lady is at the part of the body thus exposed is any other check than that given them tracting the fashionables at the west covered with a piece of black crape, by the door keeper.' Miss Dance end of the town, to her little theatre, in though the temperature of such part, needs not the meretricious aid of puffing. King Street, which, notwithstanding when exposed to the bright sunshine,
The Duenna has been produced at its inconvenience for want of ventila- exceeds that produced upon the bare this theatre with great success, Miss tion, is generally crowded with an ele- skin, the scorching and blistering inflaHallande, in Carlos, and Miss Ste- gant audience. 'It is honourable to the ence of the rays is entirely prevented ; phens, in Clara, were admirable. feelings of the public thus to patronize heoce it appears, that the deleterious
MR. MATHEWS AT HOME. We are a lady of talents, who has thrown her- effects of the sun's rays are prevented happy to find that this gentleman, who self on their support.
by an artificial blackening of the surhas contributed more to the amuse- M. ALEXANDRE.— Last, not least, face of the skin; that perspiration bements of the metropolis than any other in our dear love' of amusement, comes comes more copious, as is especially individual, continues to attract crowded M. Alexandre, who filled_the great renjarked in the Negro; and, in short, houses—a very satisfactory and conclu-room at the Freemason's Tavern, on that the conversion of the radiant sive evidence of the merits of the enter- Saturday night, with elegant company, matter of the sun into sensible heat, tainments.
and delighted them by his vocal illu- which conversion is effected by the OURANOLOGIA.-The proprietor of sions. This gentleman's wonderful ta- black surface, tends to prevent the the English Opera House is indefatiga lents are calculated equally to interest scorching effects, and to promote the ble in providing for the amusementand and amuse the professor of natural phi- cuticular secretion. instruction of the public. Mr. Ma-losophy and the votary of pleasure. American Academy of Language thews goes through his adventnres in MR. KEAN IN AMERICA. The and Belles Lettres. It is with pleathe air, earth, and water, and the re- highest compliment ever offered to sure (says a United States paper of the inaining three nights are most delight- dramatic genius and talents, has been 11th of March) that we are enabled to fully employed by Mr. Bartley, who paid to Mr. Kean, in Boston. Inde- announce the complete organization of has soared higher than Mr. Mathews, pendent of paying the regular admis- this National Institution. The followand exhibits the phenomena of the sion, the premiums for the sale of boxes, ing is a list of the officers for the preheavens. Of all the astronoinical lec- which umounted to a considerable sum, sent year, and that of the private memtures which have been given in town, have been appropriated to charitable bers 'is composed of names hardly less with orreries and eidouranions, that of objects. The poor will long remember distinguished: Mr. Bartley is decidedly the best. Mr. Kean.—New York Paper.
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those which ninke their first appearance few words; namely, that.genius is
before the public in the present volume. nothing more than good sense intent Table Talk; or, Original Essays. By Future," Mr. Hazlitt sets out with de- presses' it, some strong quality in the
In the. • Essay on the Past and the upon new ideas;' or, us be himself exWilliam Hazlitt.
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real and substantial a part of our being, some new and striking quality in paLet the world say what it will of Mr; that it is as much a bona fide undeni- ture.' In this essay, Mr. Hazlitt gives Hazlitt,--and it has almost said as seable, consideration in the estimate of a singular character of Mr. Wordsvere things of him as he has done of it, human life, as the future can possibly worth, whom he declares to be the
-he is a clever writer. Notwithstando be;' and that, neither in itself, nor as greatest, that is the most original, poet ing his strong prejudices, his eccentri- a subject of general contemplation, has of the present day, only because he is city, his egotism, and his pedantry, the future any advantage over the past.' the greatest egotist. This conclusion there is a great deal of originality with respect, however, to our grosser does not by wpy means satisfy us, and about bim, and he has an honest blunt- passions and pursuits, he admits that it we can never consider egotism as a test ness, which calls things hy their right has. He
or even a mark of genius or originality. names. This is observable in all his
• As far as regards the appeal to the Were this the case, our author's friend, writings, whether they are on plays or understanding or the imagination, the past Mr. Leigh Hunt, would be at once politics, poetry or painting; and all is just as good, as real, of as much intrin- deemed the most original prose writer these are favourite subjects with him, sic and ostensible value as the future; of the present day, Mr. Hazlitt him, which he has often treated with great inan mind, the principle of action or will;
but there is another principle in the hus self not even excepted. In the disability. Although we deem Table Talk' u ture engrosses it entirely to itself. It is tween capacity and genius, we per
and of this the past has no hold, the fu? | tinction which our author draws berery incorrect title for Original Es. this strong lever of the affections that fectly agree with him. He says, says, yet we will not quarrel with the gives so powerful a bias to our sentiments Capacity is not the same thing as geauthor on this account, conscious that on this subject, and violently transposes nius. Capacity may be described to retable talk is seldom half so interesting the natural order of our associations. We late to the quantity of knowledge, how, or instructive as a page or two of this regret the pleasures we have lost, and ever acquired'; genius to its quality and volume. To us it appears, that if this eagerly anticipate those which are to the mode of acquiring it. Capacity is a work is not one of Mr. Hazlitt's best come; we dwell with satisfaction on the power over given ideas or combinations productions, it is one of the least ex- hæc meministe iuvabit,) and ciread future which are not given, and for which no obceptionable. There is less of politics pain. The good that is passed is in vious or precise rule can be laid down. in it, and even his prejudices and per- this sense like money that is spent, which Our capacity is power of any sort; gesonalities are not so acrimonious as is of no further use, and about which we nius is power of a different sort froin formerly. In acuteness of remark, and give ourselves little concern. The good what has yet been shown. A retentive terseness of expression, these essay's are we expect is like a store yet untouched, memory, a clear understanding is capaegnal to any of the author's former and in the enjoyment of which we pro- city, but it is not genius ; the admirable works.
mise' ourselves infinite gratification. Crichton was a person of prodigionis caThe volume contains sixteen essays consequuce ; what is to happen to us, know) that he had an aton of genius:
What has happened to us we think of no pacity; but there is no proof (that I on the following subjects :-On the of the greatest. Why so ? 'Simply be- His verses that remain are dell and ste: . Pleasure of Painting on the Past cause the one is still in our power, and rile. He could learn all that was known and Future-On Genius aud Common the other not--because the efforts of the of any subject; he could do any thing if Sense-Character of Cobbett-on will to bring' any object to pass, or to others could show him the way to do it. People with one Idea-On the igno- prevent it, strengthen our attachinent or This was very wonderful, but this is all sance of the Learved - The Indian aversion to that object-because the pains you can say of it. It requires a good caJugglers-On Living to One's self- and attention bestowed upon any thing, pacity to play well at chess; but, after all
, On Thought aud Action-Will-mak- Irabitual and earnest pursuit of any end Know what you will of it, the understand
add to our interest in it, and because the it is a game of skill, and not of genius, my-On certain Inconsistencies in Sir redoubles the ardour of our expectations, ing still moves in certain tracts in which Joshua Reynolds's DiscoursesOn and converts the speculative and indolent others have trod before it, quicker or Paradox and Common Place,-and on satisfaction we might otherwise feel in it, slower, with more or less comprehension l'ulgarity and Affectation. into real passion,
and presence of mind. The greatest skill • On the Pleasure of In the essay on 'Genius and Com.
strikes out nothing for itself, from its own the Learned,' have already appeared in acute reasoning, and smartness of ob- there is no royal or poetical road to checkPainting' and on the Ignorance of mon Sense, there is a great deal of peculiar resources; the nature of the periodical publications; we shall, there- servation, tending to establish what mate your adversary. There is no place fore, pass ihem over, to notice some of Madame de Stael hus said in a very for genius but in the indefinite and un:
known. The discovery of the binomial novelty with all the familiarity of old ac- stand his ground. He throws his head theorem was an effort of genius ; butthere quaintance; his knowledge grows out of into his adversary's stomach, and takes was none shown in Jedediah Buxton's the subject, and his style is that of a man away from him all inclination for the being able to multiply nine figures by who has an absolute intuition of what he fight, hits fair or foul, strikes at every nine in his head. If he could have multi- is talking about, and never thinks of any thing, and as you come up to his aid or p!ied ninety figures by ninety, instead of thing else. He deals in premises and stand ready to pursue his advantage, trips nine, it would have been equally useless speaks to evidence-the coming to a con- up your heels or lays you sprawling, and toil and trouble. He is a man of capacity clusion and summing up, (which was pummels you when down as much to his who possesses considerable intellectual Paine's forte) lies in a smaller compass. heart's content as ever the Yanguesian riches; he is a man of genius who finds the one could not compose an elementa-carriers belaboured Rosinante with their out a vein of new ore. Originality is the ry treatise on politics, to become a man- pack.staves., “ He has the back-trick secing nature differently from others, and wal for the popular reader; nor could the simply the best of any man in Illyria.” yet as it is in itself. It is not singularity other, in all probability, have kept up a He pays off both scores of old friendship or affectation, but the discovery of new weekly journal for the same number of and new-acquired enmity in a breath, in ·and valuable truth.'
years, with the same spirit, interest, and one perpetual volley, one raking fire of The sixth Essay is on the character untired perseverance.
Paine's writings arrowy sleet" shot from his pen. Howof Cobbett, in which that versatile and are a sort of introduction to political ever his own reputation or the cause may - unprincipled, but powerful writer, is arithmetic on a new plan ; Cobbett keeps suffer in consequence, he cares not one painted to the life.
In inuch too long for insertion, and we questions that start up throughout the fact, he cannot bear success of any kind,
all the occurrences and troublesome oppose, or who pretend to help him. must, therefore, content ourselves with year. Cobbett, with vast industry, vast not even of his own views or party; and a few extracts. Speaking of Cobbett, information, and the utmost power of if any principle were likely to become our author says,
making what he says intelligible, never popular, would turn round against it to He has been compared to Paine ; and seems to get at the beginning or come to shew his power in shouldering it on one so far it is true there are no two writers the end of any question ; Paine, in a few side. In short, wherever power is, there who come more into juxta-position from short sentences, seems, by his pereinp- is he against it: he naturally butts at all the nature of their subjects, from the in- tory manner, " to clear it from all contro- obstacles, as unicorns are attracted to oakternal resources on which they draw, and versy, past, present, and to come.” Paine trees, and feels his own strength only by 'from the popular effect of tlieir writings takes a bird's-eye view of things. Cob- resistance to the opinions and wishes of and their adaptation, (though that is a bad bett sticks close to them, inspects the com. the rest of the world. To sail with the word in the present case,) to the capacity ponent parts, and keeps fast hold of the stream, to agree with the company, is not of every reader. But still, if we turn to a smallest advantages they afford him. Or, his humour. If he could bring about a "volume of Paine's, (his Common Sense if I might here be indulged in a pastoral reformn in parliament, the odds are, that oc Rights of Man,) we are struck, (not to allusion, Paine trys to enclose his ideas he would instantly fall foul of and try to -say somewhat refreshed,) by the differ- in a fold for security anrl repose ; Cob. mar his own handy-work; and he quar
Paine is a much more sententious bett lets his pour out upon the plain like rels with his own creatures as soon as ho writer than Cobbett. You cannot open a a flock of sheep, to feed and batten. has written them into a little rogue--and page in any of his best and earlier works, Cobbett is a pleasanter writer for those a prison. I do not think this is vanity or without meeting with some maxim, some to read who do not agree with him; for fickleness so much as a pugnacious dispoantithetical and memorable saying, which he is less dogmatical, goes more into the sition, that must have an antagonist power is a sort of starting place for the argument, common grounds of fact and argument to to contend with, and only finds itself at and the goal to which it returns. There is which all appeal, is more desultory and ease in systematic opposition. If it were not a single bon mot, a single sentence in various, and appears less to be driving at a not for this, the high towers and rotten Cobbett, that has ever been quoted again. previous conclusion than urged on by the places of the world would fall before the If any thing is ever quoted from himn, it is force of present conviction. He is
, battering•ram of his hard-headed reasonan epithet of abuse, or a nickname. He therefore, tolerated by all parties, though ing: but if he once found them tottering, is an excellent hand at invention in that he has made himself by turns obnoxious he would apply his strength to prop them way, and has “ damnable iteration in to all; and even those he abuses read up, and disappoint the expectations of his him." What could be better than his him. The reformers read him when he followers. He cannot agree to any thing pestering Erskine
after year with his was a tory, and the tories read him now established, nor to set up any thing else second title of Baron Clacknannan? He that he is a reformer. He must, I think, in its stead. While it is established, he is rather too fond of the sons, and however, be caviare to the whigs.' presses hard against it, because it presses daughters of Corruption., Paine affected • As a political partisan, no one can upon him, at least in imagination. Let it to reduce things to first principles, to an- stand against hiin. With his brandished crumble under his grasp, and tlfe motive nounce self-evident truths, Cobbett club, like Giant Despair, in the Pilgrim's to resistance is gone. He then requires troubles himself about little but the de- Progress, he knocks out their brains ; some other grievance to set his face tails and local circumstances. The first and not only no individual, but no cor- against. His principle is repulsion, his appeared to have made up his mind be. rupt system could hold out against his nature contradiction : he is inade up of forehand to certain opinions, and to try to powerful and repeated attacks; but with mere antipathies, an Ishmaelite, indeed, find the most compendious and pointed the same weapon, swung round like a without a fellow. He is always playing expressions for them; his successor apo fail, that he levels his antagonists, he lays at. hunt-the-slipper in politics. He turns pears to have no clue, no fixed or leading his friends low, and puts his own pariy round upon whoever is next him. . The principles, nor ever to have thought on a hors de combat. This is a bad propen- way to wean hin from any opinion, and question till he sits down to write about sity, and a worse principle in political tac- make him conceive an intolerable hatred ii ; bot then there seems no end of his tics, though a common one. If his blows against it, would be to place somebody inatters of fact and raw materials, which were straight forward and steadily di- near him who was perpetually dinning it are brought out in all their strength and rected to the same object, no unpopular in his ears. When he is in England, he sharpness, from not having been squared minister could live before him; instead does nothing but abuse the boroughmon. or frittered down, or vamped up, to suit of which he lays about right and left, im- gers, and laugh at the whole system : a theory-he goes on with his descrip- partially and remorselessly, makes a clear when he is in America, he grows impacions and illustrations as if he would never stage, has all the ring to himself, and tient of freedom and a republic. If he come to a stop ; they have all the force of then runs out of it, just when he should I had staid there a little longer, he would