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BY SAMUEL PROUT, ESQ., F. S. A.

PAINTER IN WATER COLOURS IN ORDINARY TO HIS MAJESTY.

EDITED BY

WILLIAM KENNEDY, ESQ.

“A ring, dear friends, around the gladsome hearth,

And while hoarse Winter sweeps his gusty harp,
We'll off on Fancy's plumes to other lands."

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY SMITH, ELDER, AND CO.,

65, CORNHILL.

LONDON:

BRADBURY AND EVANS, PRINTERS,

ROU VERIR STRERT.

TO

THE MOST NOBLE

THE MARCHIONESS OF STAFFORD,

THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONESS OF ART,

This Volume

OF

THE CONTINENTAL ANNUAL,

IS,

BY PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

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PREFACE.

It has been frequently remarked concerning the class of periodicals of which the volume now submitted to the public is the youngest, that they present too uniform a resemblance to each other, and that, while increasing in number, their object and plan make no corresponding advances toward novelty and originality. We do not quote these observations invidiously, but for the purpose of showing that in assigning to the CONTINENTAL ANNUAL a specific character, different from its predecessors, the suggestions of our own humble judgment have had the fortune to coincide with the sentiments of others, to many of whom we readily defer, as more deeply conversant with the mysteries of criticism.

Impressed with the belief that the taste for the wild and wonderful will endure as long as man retains the faculty of imagination, we have selected

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