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The Grand Duke of Baden has pub- is kept in excellent order. The Botanical lished an Edict for the regulation of the Gardens of Upsal and of the Dublin press, and preventing the piratical re- Society are described as greatly superior printing of buoks in bis dominions. To in value and arrangement to this of Leyevery author who publishes a work, den. Amongst the plants are the remains affixes his name to it, the copy-right is of vegetable antiquity, in the shape of Secure during his whole life, and during & palm, which stands in a tub in the upen one year afier inis death it is continued air, supported by a thin frame of iron to the person to whom the sale of the work; H is about fourteen feet high, and work is coromitted.

was raised fruin seed by the celebrated FRANCE.

Carolus ('lus.vs, who died professor at There is now living at Marseilles, a Leyden in 1609. This plant is said to girl called Rosalia-Zaccharia Ferriol, be the palu mentioned by Linnæus in his aged ten years, and born at that city, Prælectiones in Ordines Naturales Planof French parents, who possesses all the tarum, published by Giscke, in 1792, at characters of the Albinos. The colour Hamburgh, which Livæus suspected to of her skin is of a dull wbite; her hair is be a Chumærops, but which, as Dr. Smith, straight and somewhat harsh to the touch, observes bis editor, rightly refus to the and is of a shining white colour, as are Ruphis flabelliformis. It comes froin likewise her eye-lashes and eye-brows, Chia and Japau ; and there is a tree of Her eyes are large and rolling, the Iris this kind, and about as laige, in the Bobeing of a clear blue with red streaks, tanic Garden at Paris, and another at and the cornea of a bright and vivid red Pisa. In this garden is also the Ginkgo The sensibility of the visual organs is of the Chinese, a standard (wenty feet very great, the child not being able to high; Strelitzia Regina, which las nerer hear much light, that of the sun obliging yet flowered in any garden out of Eng her to close her eyes. This girl, though land; the Olea Lauritolia, a new species, much deformed in person, enjoys good according to Van Royen; Royena lucida, health, and has never been atticied with in flower, as large as a moderate has any disease except the small-pox. She thorn tree, and thought to be very bandis very fond of high seasoned food, is some; and a singular plant from the Lively and intelligent. The father bas Cape, supposed to be an Echites, with chesnut-coloured hair, and appears to a large tuberous root raised high above enjoy good health; the mother is a brue the surface of the ground, two or three nette, strong; and neither she nor her weak stems a foot high, and large darkhusband have ever been afflicted with brown flowers. In the University Lie any severe disorder; she has had five brary, is Rauwolt's Herbarium, which is children who are all living, but never very magnificent, and the plants well during pregnancy was indisposed more preserved; also Boccone's Herbarium of than women usually are. All her child the Plants described in his Fasciculus dren, except the girl above described, Plantarum, published by Morison at Oxe have chesnut-coloured hair, and are ford, in 1674. These specimens are very perfectly well formed.

poor. Herman's Collection of Ceylon The following is a list of all the cities Plants is also here, and a volume of in France which contain a population of West India Plants, belonging to Herman, thirty thousand people and upwards. which are very scarce in Lolland. Paris 547,756 | Strasburgh 49,056 Holland still possesses several artists, Marseilles 96,419 Cologne 42,700 who maintain the glory of ibe ancient Bourdeaus 90,992 | Orleans 41.937 Dutch Sct.vol. M. Bucu, director of the Lyons

88,919 | Amiens 41,279 academy of design at Ainsterdam, is ex Rouen :

87,000 Nismes 39,594 timated to be a good histou.cal painter. Turin 79,000 Bruges 33,632 The pictures of Powers and sen pieces, by Nantz 77,169 Angers 33,000 De Varos are spoken of with great Brussels 66,297 Montpellier32,723 praise. The landscapes of Hart, and Antwerp 56,318 Metz 32,099 the animals of SHOUWMAX, are much es Gbent 55,161 Caen 30,923 tecmed. kriper, lias exercised his priListe

54,756 | Rheims 80,225 cil with success in allegorical pieces, and Toulouse 50,171 | Alexandria 30,000 Poni MAN bras given specimens of dessin Liege 50,000 ( Clermont S0,000 guished talents in engraviny Kuiper's two

pictures of Peace and War. ViXCID The Botanical Garden at Leyden, and Hopges have long enjoyed the repue occupies about four acres of land, and lation of skilful engravers, SCUITION AS

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has obtained a prize given by the Na- for the best piece of sculpture; a prize tional Economical Society, for a new in- of 2000 forins for the best engraving. vention of engraving in iinitation of chalk, Eleven pupils are to be sent to Rome and the Society of llaerlein bas bestowed and Paris, and are to reside two years in another on HORSTOCK, a painter of Alk- each of those cities. maer, who has found out a method of The Lectiones Attica, a MS work of rendering water-colours inore durable. M. Lussac, which was intended for the

The number of students in the univer- press, has been saved from the dreadful sity of Leyden does not at present ex- catastrophe of Leyden. M. Lussac himceed two hundred, and those of Utrecht self perished in the ruins. A great num, three hundred and sixty.

her of Arabic MSS. have been destroyed The library of the University of Ley- by the same unfortunate explosion. den is celebrated through Europe for the many valuable specimens of Oriental li- There had long been in the city of Geterature with which it abounds. Golius, noa, an hexagonal vase, known by the ou his return from the East, and who af name of Sacro Cutino (the sacred plate), terwards tilled with great reputation the which was supposed to be an emerald, Arabic professorship

of the university, eu- and, consequently of inestimable value. riched this valuable depository of learn- On plundering Italy during the Revolu. ing with inany Arabic, Turkish, Chaldean tion it was sent to Paris, and deposited and Persian manuscripts. ,Joseph Sca- in November last, by the Emperor's ore liger bequeathed his valuable collection ders, in the cabinet of antiquities in the of Hebrew books to it. The precious imperial library. This vase was consiinanuscripts contained here are said to dered as a precious relic; and Father exceed eight thousand. Since the last Gaetano, a learned Augustine monk, war commenced, no addition of English published in 1727, at Genoa, a Disserpublications has been made to this li- tation, in which be inserted all the aubrary, which contains the Transactions thorities that tended to prove that this of the Royal Society, and of the Society was the very vase in which the Paschal of Antiquaries of London, and the Histo- Lumb had been served up to Christ and ries of Gibbon, Robertson, and Hume. his Apostles, on the even of bis Passion. The king of Spain presented this library fle accounted for its falling into the with some magnificent folios, descriptive hands of the Genoese in the following of the Antiquities of Herculaneum. Most manner; these people distinguished themof the books are bound in fine white selves in the first Crusade, and particuvelluin, and decorated with consider- larly at the taking of Cæsarea in 1101. able taste and splendour. There is a An iinmense booty was found in this Museum of Natural History, principally place, which was divided into three collected by Professor Allemand, con- parts, one of which consisted of nothing taining some fine ores, corals, and peh- but the Sacro Catino. All the Crusaders bles, and also some rare quadrupeds and agreed, that the Genoese should be reainphibia; also a young ostrich in the compensed for their intrepidity in first egg; the nautilus with the animal in it, entering the town by having the first and some papilios. In the anatomical choice; and they chose the Sacro Catino. theatre are the valuable preparations of They kept it with the most sacred care, Albious, and amongst them some speci- in a receptable made in the wall of the meus of the progress of ossification in the cathedral at Genoa, the keys of which fætus.

were deposited with the most distinguishThe King of Holland has appointed a ed personages of the republic. No perdirectur-general of the Fine Arts, to son was permitted to touch it, and it was whom will be committed the care and shewn to the faithful only twice a year, superintendance of the Royal Museum, at a great festival. Thus it was not posa and of those in the departments. He sible to examine whether the vase was an is to be president of the Academy of emerald or not; but this examination Arts, and editor of a Journal, a number has just taken place by a committee of of which is to appear every month; and chemists frein the luistitute, Guyton, will endeavour by all means in his power Vauquelin and Haüy. They have deto attract celebrated artists to the Hague. clared that the Sacro Catino is nothing Every year the Academy will ádjudge a more than a piece of coloured glass, but prize of 3000 forins for the best picture, they think it worthy of preservation on the subject of winch is to be taken from the account of its having been such an object national history, and one of equal value of devotion, and because it is a curious MONTHLY MAG., No. 158.

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AMERICA. Lower Empire, at such an early period. Dr. Nevin, who was exiled to AmeIt'is supposed to have been made about rica for the part he took in the rebellion the time when Constantine established in Ireland, and who at present resides at the seat of his empire at Byzantium. New York, is employed in writing the

An old national diversion has lately History of Ireland for the last Twenty been revived at Pisa, by order of the Years, in which it is said be has made queen of Etruria. It is called Giuoco great progress. del Ponte. As the River Amo divides A traveller has presented to the Muthe town into north and south; one hun- seum of Baltimore, an enormous tooth dred and eighty inhabitants of the north of a Mammoth, brought by him from the quarter contend with an equal number banks of the Missouri. He says, that, of the south quarter, for the possession of while engaged with other persons in reirs marble bridge. They attack by divi- searches relative to the existence of sions of thirty, and the struggle lasts mines in the neighbourhood of the river, three quarters of an hour, consisting in they found a space of about a quarter of the parties pushing against and driving a mile of extent wholly covered to the back each other. Those who penetrate depth of six feet, with bones of an enorbeyond the middle of the bridge are pro- mous size. He offers to procure for any claimed victors. The contest concludes person, who will pay him for the expence with a splendid repast, and a ball

. Pisa and trouble, a complete skeleton of the having been founded by a Greek colony, Mammoth, fifty-four feet in length, and this festival is thought to be a remnant twenty-two feet in height. Each of the of the ancient Greek games. It had jaw bones has eight enormous grinders, ceased to be celebrated for the last twen- It is hoped further researches will be ty-two years.

made on the spot by some intelligent naPORTUGAL

turalists. The University of Coimbra has been Through the spirit of enterprize that enriched by the acquisition of the distinguishes the emigrants, the arts and Jarge library of M. Hasse, who died sciences begin to be introduced in Louilately at Lisbon. The scarce books siana. Schools have already been esta and MSS. in that library amount to blished in several villages. The inhabi about 12,000 volumes.

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tants of New Orleans bave petitioned Latin and Spanish works of the fifteenth Congress to found a college, to be si century, the student will there find the toated two miles from that city, where best works on Spanish and Portuguese there will be less danger from the bilious literature, and almost every thing that fever, which prevails during the autumna! exists either in print or MS. relative months. A journal has been begun ar to the Portuguese Laws and Legisla- St. Louis, entitled the Missouri Corre tion.

spondent and Illinois Gazette.

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MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF THE FINE ARTS. The Use of all New Prints, and Communications of Articles of Intelligence, are requested.

9 19 6 VHE finished and unfinished portraits Hobnelia TH of the late John Opie, Esq. R.A. Spartan Boy

18 18 0 which remained in his possession at the A Girl at breakfast and a Dog. 2980 time of his death, were last month sold by Head of an Assassin. auction by Mr. Peter Coxe, Some of Portrait of Mr Bowles, the Che

rokee Chief his slight and unfinished sketches sold at a low rate, but such as were in a more

A Child studying the Horn-book 17 6 6

Portraits of Mrs. Robinson and finished state, generally speaking, pro- Mr. Boswick, from Sir J. Rey

6 6 duced a liberal price. l'he subjoined nolds account comprehends several that come The Grecian Daughter, after ko. under both these descriptions :

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A subject from a ballad of Mrs. 1 a 30 Sketch of a Head, being a study for

John Hunter's, &c. the Samuel in the possession 7 7 0 A Village Girl in a Landscape.... 4:0 of Sir J. Leicester, Bart.....

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The Refindet del tercules, after Sir} 12 0 0

His Royal Higbness William Frederic, Duke of

Gloucester and Edinburgb, painted by Sir Musidora, from Thomson's Seasons 25 00 William Beecby, R.A. and engraved and Juliet in the Garden Scene

publisbod by W. Say, Norton-street, Mary-isA Female, with a Parrot, &c 58 0 0 bone. Gil Blas, wresting the Keys from }45 0 0

From what cause it has arisen we do A Lady clothing a Cottager's Family125 0 0

not presume to determine, but certain it Sleeping Nymph, Cupiu and Satyr 65 0 0

is that the portraits of the Royal fainily The last picture in the sale was,

have been rarely so delineated and enthe Laughing Girl, by Sir J.

o graved, as to merit being placed in any Reynolds, and it sold for

very high class as prints. This portrait The history of this admirable painting is, however, an exception to the general is somewhat curious. It was originally rule, for it is painted in a manner worthy purchased by the conductors of the Pă of Sir W. Beechey, and extremely well lygraphic Society for fifty pounds, and engraved in mezzo tinto. from it they took innumerable copies. Earl Camden, K.G.I.Hoppner, Esq. R. A. pinxit. When the scheme was abandoned, and

W. Wara sculpt. the pictures in their possession sold, it This is a very respectable portrait, was purchased by Mr. Opie. The price and engraved in mezzotinto, in a very now given for it, evinces the high esti- good style. mation in which the admirers of the fine arts hold the works of the late President The Rev. Walter Blake Kirwan, Dean of

Killala. M. A. Shee, R. A. pinxit. Engraved of the Royal Academy; and it does credit to the present times, by proving that we

and published by G. Clint. have men of discernment sufficient to see

This portrait was exhibited a year or the beauties of a capital performance, two ago at the Royal Academy, and we though the painter was neither an ancient remember being struck with it, and inaster nor a foreigner, but a modern, thinking it an exceedingly well painted and an Englishman.

picture of a popular divine. The painter Large as the sum it sold for may seem,

bas given him a singularly spruce appeare it sinks to a mere milk-score when com

ance: how far that may be cunsonant to pared with the five thousand guineas, for the original, we do not know; the same which a picture by Rembrandt was character is, however, transterred to the last month struck down at Christie's print, which is engraved with great spirit Auction-room, Pall-mall. We have and fidelity in mezzotinto. been told, that it was bought in by the Alexander the First, Emperor of all tbe Russias. proprietor, and afterwards sold by private

Publisbed for Ackermann. contract to a wealthy connoisseur for five

The emperor is delineated in his mithousand pounds. This picture was litary dress, with hat and feather, star painted for a pensionary of Holland, and and garter, &c. and in colours has a most remained in his fainily until the subjuga- splendid appearance. The character of tion of that country by the French, when the face is extremely spirited. The porit was with all possible secrecy and disa trait froin which it was copied, was patch conveyed along the shores of the brought to England by Mr. Peterson, Baltic to a port, from whence it was

and is said by all who have seen the orishipped for England. It is unquestion- ginal, to be a very accurate resemblance. ably a capital, a inost capital, picture; most of the figures are extremely fine, and James, Earl of Malmesbury, K.B. of bis Mathe light diffused over the whole is in

jesty's most Honourable Privy Council. T.

Lawrence, R. A. pinxit. Engraved and pube imitable, and perhaps, as consonant to

lisbed by W. Ward. truth and nature, as the art of painting can possibly represent. It is not only in

This is a good print; but the lights and Rembrandt's best manner, but it is the shades are rather violently opposed, Gnest picture we ever saw from his

which renders it in some degree spotty.

pencil. Still, the sum said to be paid for it Daniel Lambert. H. Singleton, pinxit. C. Turis immense.

ner sculpt. published by Daniel Lambert. Mrs. Opie has presented an elegant Among all the portraits which the print from a design by Smirko, to all collectors of heads have got together, the gentlemen who attended the funeral (and the late Mr. Gulston had upwards of her deceased husband. A similar of twenty thousand,) it will not be easy print was presented to all the friends of to find one who may more traly_be de Sir Joshua Reynolds, who attended the nominated a very great man. The picreinains of that artist to the grave. ture was well painted; and as to resemblance it is not likely that a man of Mr. dates for national celebrity. They have Lambert's capacity, will be mistaken for recently announced to those who studied any other person. The print is engraved in the Gallery last summer, their interin mezzotinto, and a good copy of the tion of giving a premium of one hurdred original.

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pounds for the best original picture, A portrait of Master Betty, engraved which shall be sent to the Gallery in the by Mr. Heath, from the late Mr. Opie's ensuing summer; fifty pounds for the picture, is recently published. The pain- second in merit; and forty pounds for ting bove a very striking resemblance to the third. the original : we do not think the print We have ever since the commence is quite so happy in the likeness. In ment of this Magazine, endeavoured to what class will future collectors place this poiut out any productions of art or young gentleman; among the players or science which were either ancient or the parsons! He is said to be preparing modern, if deemed wortly or public athimself for the church, and he will not tention; and are sorry that we have be the first theatrical divine. Many, why hitherto in a degree overlooked stained may be so denominated, have made glass, an article now in very bigh request much noise in the pulpit and the world ainong persons of the first taste, and too.

again becoming the favourite decoration

of our churches. Bobtail, the Property of Lord Egremont; and Parasol, belonging to the Duke of Grafton;

" Where storied windows, richly dight, being the tbird and fourth Plates of Horses,

Cast a dim religious liglit." painted, engraved, and publisbed, by J.Wbas- A very large collection of specimens, soll, Winchester.row, Puddington.

painted in the year 1500, &c. &c. from These are very good prints in their one guinea to one hundred guineas each, way, and to gentleinen of the turf must are now selling at the gallery at No. 97, be highly interesting.

Pall-mall. The rooms which contain this Messrs. Boydell & Co. bave published collection are open to the public from Number One and Two of“ Finished Etch- ten till tive o'clock; we shall not thereings," by Letitia Byrne; and they do great fore attempt to describe what it is imhonour to the very ingenious artist, being, possible to convey an idea of by words; generally speaking, eminently pictu- nor will the limits of this publication perresque and beautiful.

mit us to specify the subjects. Suffice it Proposals are issued for a print of the to say, that they consist of whole length Battle of Maida, to be engraved and figures, Scripture History, &c. &c. &c. published by A. Cardon, from a picture We have lately seen a medallion of painted by P. I. de Loutherbourg, which General Washington, published by Mr. is to be taken froin drawings made on the Eccleston, of Lancaster, price one gwnca. spot by Captain Pierpoint,

On the obverse is the General's portrait, Mr. Ackermann has published a fourth taken from an original painting. On Number of Bryan's Drawing-Book; and the reverse, an American Indian, with the opinion we gave of it in last month's his bow and arrow, and an appropriate Retrospect, is amply confirmed by a very legend. The dies are engraved by one rapid sale, and universal approbation.

of the first artists in that line, at BirTo the very picturesque and beautiful mingham, and the reliero is remarkably portrait of Mrs. Duff, (which be published high and bold. a few weeks since) there is now added the The portrait is said to be a very strifollowing lines :

king likeness; and the reseinblance of a • Stranger or friend, in this faint sketch the western world will naturally excite

man who eftected so great a change in behold An Angel's figure in a mortal mould ;

curiosity. How devoutly is it to be In human beauty though the form excellid,

wished, that gratifying this curiosity, and Each feature yielded to the mind it held.

transmitting an idea of his person to Heav'n claim'd the spark of it's ethereal posterity, may induce his successors in flame,

ihat extensive republic, or men in the And eartb return'd it spotless as it came most elevated situations in Europe, to So die the good, the beauteous, and the kind, ernulate luis virtues. And dying leave a lesson to mankind The portraits of Doctor Santpel

C. I." Jobnson, wbich have been hitherto pub It is highly to the honour of the British lished, were taken at an advanced period Institution, that they so generously en- of his life, when his sight was very mach couraye young artists to become candic impaired. A picture of this great man,

painted

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