« ForrigeFortsett »
one hand on a greyhound, the symbol tion is perfect
, and bespeaks diftin. of fidelity
guished talent. Underneath the picture What truth! what perfection in its is, Girodet to Bonaparte. This is like kind! what interest, what expression in saying, Apelles to Alexander. Such a the figure of Valentina! It is a mild dedication appears to proclaim the ma. and profound melancholy. Thus Mould turest era of the talent of Apelles, and the passions be expreffed ; without con the most perfect production of that vulsions, without grimace ; it is thus artist ; and yet Girodet's fuperb and that art transmits their expressions ; ingenious pictures of Endymion, the here the profeflion ceases, and magic portrait close by it, &c. &c. inspire a and sentiment succeed. It is before very different idea of his abilities. productions that exhibit all these illu. He mult undoubtedly be considered as lions that the spectator stops and forgets in the first rank of French painters; himself as at the light of nature. and it must be observed, that it is only
The exhibition was poor this year. the composition of this picture that is Large vacancies on the walls were an here found fault with. It is, however, unpleasant spectacle to the amateurs. enthusiastically admired by great numThe Minister apprised the principal "bers of those who go to see it. artists that the Firit Conlul intended to The portrait of lafond repeating the view it on the ist of Vendemiaire ; part of Tancred, by Mademoiselle
they immediately sent their new pro. Eugenie de la Porte, is harmonious and ductions, and even those which had well executed. But Lafond must be before gained them public approbation. mortified to appear in public studying
The exhibition of this yeu is superior his part before a looking glass. That to all those of preceding years. is certainly not the school of Melpo.
We thall not speak of the pictures mene. And however amiable Voltaire which have appeared in former exhibi. may have wished to delineate Tancred, tions, and on which the public opinion he never had any idea that the actor is determined ; we have, however, ob- fhould perform that part with ftudied served with pleasure, that the colour of motions and attitudes. The design of Gerard's Belisarius has greatly im. this picture might have been more corproved with time; which ought to be rect. all encouragement to young artists to The Grecian Callipiges, by Robert adopt a bold style of painting, fince Lefevre, not witlltanding the charms that method produces the good effect they disclose to the public eye, have of becoming more beautiful with age. not escaped censure. A young man is This picture by Gerard is without deciding on the beauty of the forms of doubt the most historical, in every two filters, with such an enthufiaftic respect, of any that has appeared at the admiration of her to whom he decrees exhibition for several years.
the prize, that he determines to erect a The portrait of General Murat, by temple to her, and to marry her. He the same artist, is an example of the ought not to have the expreflion that same grand and beautiful style. In- would be given to an old debauchee, deed it is almost a pity that Gerard is who, amidst the multiplicity of charms, such an excellent portrait-painter, as on which he is featting his eyes, endea. persons whom he cannot refuse apply vours to revive sensations long ago exto him for their portraits, and prevent tinguished. Has not Lefevre mistaken him from pursuing other subjects, the manner of creating such a fubject ? which would estabiith his reputation, or indeed can it be treated with de. if not his fortune.
cency? Painting is so perfectly the flave of The portrait of a young girl, and of Nacure, that whenever the atiempis to a young woman with a child, by MaMake off the authority of the latter, daine Benoist (Nos. i6 and 17), are the strays and loses herself : it may be excellent productions of an artist said, that as often as she is guilty of already known for her fuccefs. But infidelity towards her, the produces this is a very different talent from that nothing but monilers. This reflection, exbibited in her former works. The is somewhat applicable to Girodet's ableft painters of the French school picture reprefenting the reception of might boast of the picture of the girl ihe F:ench heroes by thole heroes whom holding a branch of lilac, or of having Offian lung. Yet although the subject composed the group of the mother of this piece is complicated, the execu. and child, If only the firit of these
portraits had been exhibited, it might same time those who were already adhave been imagined that the rather vanced in years, when the others were litid appearance of the flesh was natu- but beginning their career ; of deli. ral to the model ; but as the same de- neating their characters by the exfect is observable in the portrait which pression of their attitudes. Montiau is a Itriking likeness of Madame D -, has succeeded in producing the effect whose beauty is so celebrated, and he desired. La Fontaine is known by whole roses are as delicate as her figure; his fimplicity and his convulsive ger and as an infant exquisitely fair is like- tures ; the Marechal de Vivonne by wise painted without transparence, we
the boldness of his air, &c. The accumust advise Madame Benoitt, who has racy of the dress likewise deserves nevertheless so nearly approached per- praise, and renders the resemblance fection, to tudy Vandyke, and particu. Itill more perfect. larly Titian.
In painting of the Funeral of Atala, The picture of an infant in his cra Gautherot was deeply impresled with dle, carried away by the torrent of an the melancholy of his subject. The inunilation in the month of Nivole, Ipectator recognizes the actors in the year 1o, by Madame Villers (No. 310), novel, and the artist has given them is conceived with the most perfect deli: tlie dignity of history: The pious for. cacy. The Sleep in the midit of danger, row of Father Aubry is that of resignathe alarm of affection watching over tion, and of a familiarity with misfortranquil innocence ; what a happy tune; the figure of Atala still wears contrast ! what a beautiful subject for the expression of devotion and celestial the delicate sensibility of a female pen. sweetness. Perhaps there is too much cil. This is the department of the art composure in the grief of Chactas; the of historical painting reserved for wo darkness of his colour corresponds man, and is not this sufficient ? Happy closely with the sombre tint of the rest they who possess this patrimony, which of the picture : the painter appears to cannot be contested with them. have been afraid of disturbing the fanc
Somewhat more agitation in the wa- tity of his subject, Although Chactas ter would have denoted the force of is on the point of becoming a Christian, the current which is carrying away the it must itill be observed that he is cradle, and a distance that would have young, amorous and overwhelmed with. separated the inundation from the sky, grief. For the rest, the artist cannot would have perfected this delightful be too highly commended for having picture.
introduced into his piéture all the corThe picture of Monfiau is a very refponding characteristics which cause respectable production, in which Mo. tlie spectator to imagine himself on the liere is seen reading his Tartuffe at very spot. He obterves a pure and the house of Ninon (No. 210), where accurate delineation of the situation, tlie great Corneille, Racine, La Fon. the costume, the plants, and every suita taine, &c. are assembled. We cannot able accompaniment: a merit of no too highly applaud the artist's idea of small importance, which particularly collecting in the fame point of view characterises the French school, and so many interesting persons ; of paint. which thines in an eminent degree ira ing a whole epoch; of lhewing at the the picture of Gautherot,
CONTINENTAL LITERATURE AND LEARNED MEN.
Journal of London and Paris, answers Councillor of the Upper Confiliory, and his numerous correspondents, &c. and Director of the School at Weimar.
yet in the evening appears at the thes
tre and in the circle of his friends with This celebrated literary charmer pof- a cheerfulness and vivacity of mind
eftes the rare talent of performing which, like his external appearance, a multiplicity of businels in a short seems not depresled by his intense and time. On one and the same day he almoit excessive application to study, executes his fchol:stic lahours, super- but exhibits the union of the great intends the German Mercury, of which talent of facility with the still greater , he is now the fole Editor, and the one of profoundness. And if any lite.
rary ftianger arrives at Weimar with Spain, and pit.coal in Germany. From letters of recommendation to him, be all this every one justly concludes, that till can find time to shew him, before this great merchant's affairs are in a fun-fet, all the greater and smaller Rate of the highest prosperity. Several curiosities of the city.
years ago a report was current in Wei. Bottiger's favourite study is archæo. mar, that M. Bertuch intended to set, logy, or the application of ancient tle in Würzburg; the Prince-Bishop works of art to the illustration of the having promised bim some considerclaslics and of the monuments of anti able and very advantageous privileges ; quity. His principal work is “Ex but these promises were rendered planations of Tischbein's Engravings abortive by the unexpected opposition of Hamilton's new Collection of Greek of the Chapter of Würzburg. Vafes," in which he has exhibited Bertuch acquired his firit thousand many parts of ancient mythology in a dollars by his translation of Don quite new point of view; and on this Quixote, then generally read throughSubject he will hortly publish a large out Germany, and likewise the reputawork in Latin, entitled “ Pantheon.” tion of being perfectly matter of the His numerous contributions to Spanish language, of which, however, rious periodical publications treat, for he potlefied only a superficial knowthe moit part, on antiquarian subjects, jedge. He afterwards published a especially on the ancients, relative to Spanish Magazine, in three volumes, which he has likewise written a sepa- the fables of Yuarte, &c. but soon difrate work, not yet publihed. He has covered that that was not the road by likewise prepared for the press new which one foon arrives at the Temple editions of Terence and Martial, to. of Wealth. He therefore obtained from wards which he had been collecting the Duke of Weimar a privilege for a materials for many years.
Landes- Industrie. Comtoir, which foon
becaine one of the first establishments BERTUCH,
of the kind in Germany, and now car.
ries on so extensive a trade in books, Secretary of Legation to tbe Duke of and especially in copper, plates, maps, Weimar,
and picture books on subjects of natuwhose service, however, he lately has ral bittory, that Bertuch may be con. Jeft. His great fpeculative genius in fidered worth at least a hundred thou. almost all the branches of human in. fand rix dollars. dustry, and his literary merit, are well Bertuch's wife is of as speculative a known in Germany. He is the founder turn as her husband : the establilhed at of some of the most celebrated and Weimar a manufactory of artificial oldett journals in that country, viz. flowers, and instructed the young the Allgemeine Literatur. Zeitung, the maidens of that city in the art of mak, German Mercury, the Journal of Fashions, ing them. the Geographical Ephemerides and others. Bertuch is likewise the founder, With an unwearied spirit of specula roul, and chief director of the Chal. tion, he directs his attention to every cographic Society, established under quarter of the globe to find out new the patronage of the Prince of Deliau, branches of commerce. He is con who advanced the neceffary funds, nected with societies of discovery in which in the course of four years has the molt remote countries, erects new produced a considerable number of the and tarms old falt-works, digs gold in most beautiful copper-plates.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE EUROPEAN MAGAZINE,
As you admitted, in your Magazine the more interesting, as it relates to
for Auguit last, the communi what has rarely employed the Mule, caiion I fent from
a very rare the History of the Isle of Mann, and book, entitled “ Strange Hiflories, or what has not, it is believed, appeared in Songes, Souets, &c. 1607 ;" I am in any other publication. duced to otter another extract from the Yours, &c. fame work; an extract, I may add,
A CONSTANT READER.
The WINNING OF THE ILE of Some, with many a bloody wound,
MANNE, BY THE NOBLE EARLE Lay gasping on the clayie ground : OF SALISBURIE.
Drummes triking, &c. . To the tune of the Kings going to the Par. Thus after many a brave exployt, [liament.]
That day performd and done, The noble Earle of Salisburie,
The noble Earle of Salsburie With many a hardy knight,
The Ile of Man had wonne. Most valiantly prepard himtelfe
Returning then most gallantly Against the Scois to fight :
With honour, fame, and victorie, With his speare and his Theeld
Like a conquerour of fame, Making his proud foes to yeeld :
To Court this warlike champion came : Fiercely on them all he ran
Drummes striking, &c.
For his moit valiant deed ; There Alken enlignes in the field
And foorth with did caute him than, Moit glorioudy were ipred:
For to be crowned King of Man, The horlemen,on their prauncing steeds, Earle of famous Sallburie, Strucke many a Scotchman dead.
And King of Man, by dignitie. The browne-bils on their corflets ring,
Drummes itriking, &c. The bow.men with their gray.goose Thus was the firit King of Man, wing,
That ever bore that name, The lustie launce, the piercing speare, Knight of the princely Garter blew, The loft flesh of their foes do ceare :
An order of great fame ; Drummes Atriking, &c.
Which brave king Edward did devise, The battell was so fierce and hot, And with his perion royalize : The Scots for feare did flie:
Knights of the Garter are they cald, And many a famous Knight,and Squire, And eke at Windsor so initalá : In'gorie blood did lie.
With princely royaltie,
SIR ISAAC NEWTON'S EPITAPH.
At the time the monument of this
diftinguithed character was put up in Westmintter Abbey, the following Epitaph by Dr. Bentley was handed about, but we believe not printed.
Grata mente venerare.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE SEASONS IN 1802,
THOUGH the last
may fairly be classed month, by an inhabitant of the county among what we commonly call good of Lincoln, who for some years tas years, it was marked, however, by three taken pleasure in oblerving those deviasingular periods in the weather, which lions of the times which operate fo do not always occur, even in seasons the powerfully on the produce of the poft genial or austere ; as will appear earth. from the following general reinarks, January. - Three first weeks, frost which were regularly committed to and Inow, but not extreme. On the paper at the close of each separate 20th, about nine at night, it began and
rained VOL. XLIII. JAN. 1803.
rained violently from the South, till day the 12th was noted for a degree of succeeded by a storm of wind from the cold which very rarely occurs between West, which raged with unabated fury the vernal and autumnal equinox.-At to the evening of the 21st. Several seven A M. Farenheit was depressed to tempefts within these twenty-five years 2 deg. below freezing, in the very fame have risen much higher, and been place where not a week before it bad more tremendous for a time, particu- been up at 95. The efle&is of this unlarly one on New Year's Day 1795, paralleled leverity at so early a period and on the 8th of November 1766 ; but was vilible on all vegetable life, more the oldest person existing probably ne- particularly on the standing oats, on ver witnessed any instance of a storm the cole, on the tusnips, and even in continuing at such a pitch so many immured gardens on esculents of all hours in succession. As the rudel and forts. severelt blasts in winter are for the most OEtober.-Instead of heavy rains and part succeeded by mild and gentle high winds, the usual forerunners of weather, so at this crisis, the last week winter at this season, we had moderate of the month in temperature and dry. Ahowers, gentle gales, and light froits. ness was scarcely inferior to April. November.-After such a series of
February.--More dry than uiual. dry and fine weather, every one seemed
March.-Bright days, cutting winds, now more than commonly impresled cold nights; no rain, no hail, no snow. with an idea that this month, generally
April.Tepid showers. On the 27th the most gloomy in the year, muft of it rained moderately throughout the course now come forth clad in its fable whole day.
mantle, and loaded with all the pre. May:-So excessively dry, that the vious terrors of winter. Contrary to uplands began to be considerably dilo common expectation, it proved what is tressed, and all men began to cry out too recent in the niinds of observing for rain. Several nights' frosts, un men to repeat, and for which we canusually severe at fo advanced a period, not be too thankful to that all-power. conduced to check all sorts of artificial ful and good Being who, in his own vegetation.
due seaton, covers the earth with Snow, June.-Fine moderate rain at the be- and scattereth the hoar frost like ashes. ginning of the month. Last part dry December - Though this lait divifion and warm.
of the year has not passed without some July.--Cold, comfortless, and wet greater variety in the weather, fill it throughout, which fell more in the has certainly been much milder, and shape of mild and set rains than of enlivened by a greater number of clear rapid and heavy torrents. Six days days, than usually occur in such a lea. only in 30, Farenheit attained to 10 fon, of which Thursday 30th was a very deg. a circumstance almost unexampled cheerful initance. at this season. Neither corn nor fruit, 11t Of the periods alluded to above, nor any kind of vegetation, made the commenced on the zift of January, least p:ogress. All things, aggregately and extended to July: This in a geconsidered, seemed to forebode the re. neral view, with little exception, may petition of the evils of 1800.
fairly be considered as one series of Augal?-Set in with a prospect no dry and fine weather of five months better than that which had closed the duration. preceding month. - It ftill rained. On ed, Includes the entire cold and Wednetday the 4th, however, it cleared cheerless month of July. about the break of day, when a new 3d, Began on Wednesday, 4th of and cheerful scene suddenly expanded Auguft, and extended to the early to our view, which immediately dil morning of the 28th of December, perfed a ray of gladness over the whole when was a greater quantity of downSurface of our inland. Dry, fiue, and fall in a given space than had hap. liot days, without any variation, came pened from the 20th of the preceding in one after another quite through the January. montb. The heat, however, was not Wbát effe&t these striking peculiariexcessive, for Farenheit on a western ties in the year may have hal already, wall never exceeded 95 deg. where not or what they are calculated, in the two years before it was cqual 113 course of God's providence, itill fur. deg.
ther to produce, every considerate September. No rain, no wind, Sune person in the different divisions of