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Lælaps* Kes beneath, and shows by their pen and ink sketches, with the
tom, “ Julius Romanus, inventor," ever painted The Lament for Procris, and the chiffre of the engraver, G. Man
The print before me (by Giorgio tuano (Ghisi), about 1. lls. 6d. or Ghisi) is plainly made from a drawing, 21. 2s. Od. according to the brilliancy of or paper sketch ; a custom among the the impression. Retouched by Thomasold Italian engravers, easily proved
sinus, and bearing his name. 6s. or 6s. by M. Antonio's celebrated št. Cecilia Hylas, a Nymphis Raptus, a very singu
lar yet beautiful composition of twenty with the black Collar (a very fine im
figures (including dogs), very desirable, pression of it is worth from twenty to as characteristic of his genuine style. thirty guineas!) after a design of Raf
(Sante Bartoli.) 5s. or 6s. perhaps not fäello, differing much from the pic so much. ture engraved by Bonosone, Strange, The Hours lending out the Horses of the Massard, &c.; by his Parnassus, Sun; in a very high taste of poetry: faJudgment of Paris, The Virgin with mous by the criticism of Sir Joshua. the long Thigh, &c. &c. Also by this (Ditto.) 2s. 6d. or 3s. very Ghisi's Angles of the Sistine Jupiter suckled by the Goat Amalthea, Chapel, after M. Agnolo; by Carag
and fed with Honey by the Nymphs. lio's Loves of the Gods, The Labours
(Ditto.) 3s. or 48. If you can spare of Hercules, after Rosso (le maître
the cash, I advise you to buy Bonosone's
print, (without name,) taken, as I Roux), and The Marriage of the Vir.
should imagine, from a drawing : you gin; and not to multiply examples, will find it either at Woodburne's or from Parmegiano's Vulcan throwing Colnaghi's, to a certainty, for 11. 118.6d. the Net, by Gaspar Reverdinus, and or 21. 23. Od. N. B. It is not one of Ju. the same master's Mars and Venus, lio Bo's (as he signs himself sometimes) with Vulcan at the Forge (in its first best things, by any means; but it has state), by Æneas Vicus, in which ten times the feeling and ease of Bar. last EXTREMELY RARE plate this fact
toli's etching. is very apparent. I notice this, to L'Enfance de Jupiter ;_totally different account for the thick, coarse, careless
from the preceding. Prettily engraved outlines of many old prints, as well
by Patas, in the Palais Royalc. 58. as for the want of beauty in the fea- The Dance of Apollo and the Muses ; from
the small picture, a very highly finished tures ; which proceeded not from in
print, by Raphael Urbin Massard. competency, but from neglect: the 21. 25. 01. or Ills. 6d. old masters satisfying themselves, in The Triumph of Vespasian ; large folia
• Ovid says that he was transformed into a stone before the present event; but I don't chuse to believe him.
size, engraved, in the Crozat Collection, pression of this scarce plate, at Mr. Trip by L. Desplaces. 10s. or 7s. 6d. There hook's, the bookseller, three or four are likewise two other prints of this ; one years ago, and never met with its fellow in the Musèe Français, and the other, till the other day, at Mr. Colnaghi's. It in the little Galèrie de Fithol
now bides its diminished head. From Teodoro Ghisi.
Mr. Triphook has now the finest St. HuVenus withholding Adonis from the Chase; bert, by Albert Durer, I suppose, that
a very rich upright; most elaborately can be produced. It is a match for my finished by G. Mantuano. 11. Is. Od. or friend Weathercock's M. Antonio, the 21. 25. Od. I picked up a beautiful im far-famed St. Cecilia.
A FRAGMENT FROM AN UNPUBLISHED POEM.
THEN, spent with weary wandering, on the bank
All tissued with sweet flowers, I flung my side;
That sprouted cool beneath the willows wide:
So thought I, from the world of evil men;
Or listening to the murmurs of the glen,
To glide through life, from all it's troubles clear,
Then forth and walk, companion'd by the deer,
The friend of every innocent wild thing
All in those secret arbours worshipping,
Were they not richer than the gems of Inde?
What throne so glorious as that wild rock lined
What were the banquet of the proud saloon
That scoop'd the stream, when the pure feast was done?
To tell me that the hour of rest was come,
The hunter's mellow cornet winding home,
Like evening's anthem rising to the skies,
Where slumber never from the Hermit flies,
So mused I in a dim, delicious trance,
Till dreams upon my sinking eyelids clung.
That through the thicket o'er my forehead sung.
Beside his shrinking hoof a knight lay slain.
Through proud helms crash'd their way; blood gush'd like rain,
No. XXI. A FRIEND of ours once intended 5. The red Demon of the Hartz Forest, to favour the world with an essay on
or the three Charcoal Burners !! the subject of the title-pages of 6. The Jew, the Gamester, the Seducer, books. We think that the titles the Murderer, and the Thief!!!which dramatic authors adopt, for NB. This last, in the play-bills, is the purpose of irritating their produc- also distinguished by the title of a tions into notoriety, would afford “ domestic tale!” even a more fertile theme. The va We are almost ashamed of descendriety which is to be seen in and about ing from such a magnificent enumeLondon is (as Mr., Sampson would ration to common every-day matters: say). “prodigious !” There are some but we must not omit to mention of all sorts
that the Cobourg dramatists have From grave to gay, from lively to severe,
ventured upon another subject of from Sebastian the Fourth, to Loy- some interest; which, inasmuch as alty, or the King in Dublin, as
it may challenge a comparison with may be learned from a careful one of their predecessors who has
perusal of those flags of invitation attained a certain portion of cewhich are daily issued from the Co- lebrity, is not entirely destitute of bourg or Astley's printing presses :- peril. The play, or “piece," to which We have also “ the Cure for Cox
we allude, is called * The Lear of combs,” a light and “ lively” affair at private Life ;” and truly, it is better the Lyceum; and the Geraldi Duval adapted for private representation of Drury Lane may, by the help of a
than for public. The person who little imagination, pass for something answers to the Cordelia of Shakthat is even “ severe.” We hope that speare was played by a Miss these satirical authors of Old Drury
whom we never saw before (nor thrive in the sunshine of the
manager's since), and Mr. Henry Kemble, the favour.
youngest and last of an illustrious Hâc arte Pollux, et vagus Hercules
brood, it was, we believe, who enact
ed the mad and deserted father in a Innixus, arces attigit igneas ; Quos inter Augustus recumbens
style of the most determined placiPurpureo bibit ore neetar.
dity. A child might touch him (as It is not unlikely that the remem
the keepers say of the lions), he is so brance of boyish impressions per- tear a passion to tatters, or to over
gentle. In truth, he is not a man to suades our manufacturers of melodrame into the adoption of cer- step the limits of the strictest ceretain titles for their pieces. Other- mony. We could indulge our spleen wise, how can we possibly account
a little on this subject; but as Greece for the extraordinary names which
was “magni memor Herculis," so the Beaumonts and Fletchers of the Mrs. Siddons, and the greater Kem
we do not forget that the laurels of Cobourg theatre hold out to allure the simple of both sexes within their bles, should be permitted to overdoors. · We will venture to tran
shadow and shelter this weaker scion scribe a few of their alarming titles: of the family tree.
COVENT-GARDEN. first begging our fair readers and
This theatre is now (21st Septemnervous friends (if we have any) to pass over the terrible array, and meet ber) about to open. We are informus again at the next paragraph. Obced that some changes have taken serve how the catalogue swells, from place in the list of performers; but a poor common assault into an abso
we hope that none of the bright cluslute agglomeration of horrors !
ter of comedians are gone, and also 1. Sebastian the Fourth, in the course of Kemble will remain, notwithstanding
that Mr. Macready and Mr. Charles which a desperate combat between Messrs. the addition of Mr. Young This Bradley and Blanchard ! 2. Trial by Battle, with a desperate com
gentleman is the most important acbat, &c!
cession that we are aware of to the 3. One o'clock, or The bleeding Nun!
winter corps. Mr. Young is a popu4. The Cry of Blood, or the Juror lar actor and an elegant man. He Murderer!!
is, perhaps, the finest declaimer on
the stage: surpassing Mr. Kemble, seem to us fair play for Mr. Elliston Mr. Macready, and Mr. Kean, in to break in upon old established custhat respect; though he is less ori- tom, where the infraction tends to ginal than those gentlemen in his benefit himself and to do injury to style of acting, and rather follows the other people. There is “ something line of the elder Kemble than strikes rotten in the state of Denmark.” out one for himself. His excellence With regard to the Coronation, lies more particularly in such cha we beg to observe, that Mr. Ellis racters as Pierre, Chamont, and on's red-letter intimation is not true: Colonna (in Mr. Shiel's play of overflowing audiences do not attend Evadne), where there is a dash of to recognise either one thing or anobluntness mixed with the passion of ther; but, on the contrary, audiences the parts ; and in some of the mu- of a very moderate, and sometimes sical or high-sounding lines of meagre amount, meet at Drury Lane Shakspeare his voice has frequently to witness the “fantastic tricks” great power. We do not like his co which are there played off, and to see medy so well as his tragedy, though Mr. Elliston himself in a crown and his manners are really those of a gen- royal robes, and bowing and aweing tleman. His style of speaking has the candle-snuffers and call-boys, well been called “ oriental;' it is who gaze in dumb and profound adgorgeous, sweeping, sonorous, and miration at every movement and exmusical, with less attention than pression which their master thinks many others bestow on minute points, proper to commit. Mr. Charles Kembut exceedingly imposing in its ge- ble (whose grace on ordinary occan neral effect. As we shall frequently sions few people will dispute) makes have occasion to notice Mr. Young, the king somewhat too lofty; and Mr. we forbear troubling our readers with Elliston is not lofty enough, nor has more on the subject at present. he that evenness of manner which DRURY LANE.
becomes a monarch. . . In other re“ Overflowing and delighted au. spects his Coronation is worth seediences nightly recognise and ac, ing: his trumpeters are important, knowledge the Coronation as the and his bishops are awful: the lords most correct and splendid exhibition and ladies are-so so, but the chamever produced on the British stage," pion is a host in himself. His plumes are the words of Mr. Elliston, who are as high as those in the Castle of invades the old privilege of the sum- Otranto, and look altogether as full mer theatres by keeping open his of peril. We wonder how Messrs. “ huge playhouse, when it would have Carberry and Co. the plumassiers been much more liberal to close (for Mr. Elliston gives us the names the doors. We hate all the puffing of his tradesmen and artists,” down and red-letter ostentation of this to the makers of the brass-wire) contheatre; but we dislike much more trived to fix together upon one simple that Mr. Elliston (who, when he was head such a towering forest of ostrich lessee of the Circus, talked stoutly plumes - but so it is : Mr. Collett about the great theatres and their (for he has declared himself to our illiberality) should be allowed to Lion's Head) rides over the pit, in « lord it o'er his betters:”—for so, at steel and feathers, with an air that present, the Lyceum and the Hay, would have been thought imposing market are-and to show a grasp- even in the fields of Cressy. ing disposition, to the detriment of his Before we dismiss this subject we rivals. It has always heen custom- may remark, that the play-bills inary for Covent Garden and Drury form us that “every person engaged Lane to close their doors during a in the preparations for the 19th of certain period of the year; and with July,” has given his advice on the in that period other smaller theatres subject of the “ splendid exhibition exercised their art. Last year, Mr. at Drury Lane. This means, we Elliston, under some pretence or presume, that Lord Gwydir and Mr. other, kept Drury Lane open during Fellowes, and the rest of the noble a great part of the recess; and now exhibitors, have given their opinions he keeps it open during the whole re on the Brydges-street pageant; and cess without any excuse at all. We hence it is, of course, that its exconfess that we do not like this. We ceeding correctness has arisen. admire “ fair play;" and it does not Geraldi Duval, the Bandit of Bo
hemia. After what we have felt tains some exceedingly pretty songs
Ever merry, ever young,
a good-natured and (instead of being hanged as he man, and fills all his parts respectdeserves) he is sentenced to prison ably; but the gay, the gallant, is not for a long period of time. From this for him; he is nearer Horatio than imprisonment he escapes; and though Lothario. He is fitter to give a turn years have elapsed, he pursues his to a precept than to instruct us by victim again and again, with all the his example. Yet we have seen him “old original” vengeance that first play a waiter, or a bustling landlord, stimulated him to murder. After se- much to our satisfaction; and on veral other attempts in vain, he is the whole, with the exception, peragain seized, and
suffers death. The haps, of Cooper, he is the brightest original Geraldi Duval is still, we star of the company which Mr. Ellisbelieve, in prison, spinning out his ton has enlisted for our summer's impunishment. When he was appre- provement and delight. hended, he is reported to have said, Five Hundred Pounds is a slight Je te retrouverai un jour, and Mrs. farce, in which Nonplus, a spends Opie, and the Drury Lane dramatist, thrift, gets into debt and difficulty, acting upon this hint, have imagined and, in order to extricate himself, dea variety of new atrocities, which, if termines to alarm his uncle, Subtle, ever the culprit survives his incar- out of the money which he wants. ceration, he may be perhaps tempted In the prosecution of this laudable to justify or exceed. The author of scheme he disembodies himself, and the play is said to be a Westminster takes upon him the functions of a scholar; this is enough to bespeak ghost. Subtle, who is averse to spiour iifdulgence; though we would rits (at least of the impalpable kind), rather that his taste should have led makes a precipitate retreat on the him, like his school-fellow Mr. Wal- appearance of his ghostly nephew, ker, to take the higher ground of the and in his hurry drops his pocket drama.
book, which contains the sum that Rosina is, as our readers know, a Nonplus has occasion for ! There is pleasant simple afterpiece, and co!i a lady, and some love, superadded to