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pictures hanging close together, in his three different manners : his middle manner is by much the best; the first and last have not that liquid softness which characterises his best works. Beside his great skill in colouring, his horses are correctly drawn, very spirited, of a beautiful form, and always in unison with their ground. Upon the whole, he is one of the few painters, whose excellence in his way is such as leaves nothing to be wished for.

A study of a Susanna, for the picture by Rembrandt, which is in my possession : it is nearly the same action, except that she is here sitting. This is the third study I have seen for this figure. I have one myself, and the third was in the possession of the late Mr. Blackwood. In the drawing which he made for this picture, which I have, she is likewise sitting; in the picture she is on her legs, but leaning forward. It appears very extraordinary that Rembrandt should have taken so much pains, and have made at last so very ugly and ill-favoured a figure ; but his attention was principally directed to the colouring and effect, in which it must be acknowledged he has attained the highest degree of excellence.

A picture of Dutch gallantry, by Mieris ; a man pinching the ear of a dog which lies on his mistress's lap.

A boy blowing bubbles. Mieris.
Two Vandeveldes.

Two portraits, kitcat size, by Rubens, of his two wives; both fine portraits, but Eleanor Forman is by far the most beautiful, and the best coloured.

A portrait, by Vandyck, of Simon the painter. This is one of the very few pictures that can be seen of Vandyck, wbich is in perfect preservation; and on examining it closely, it appeared to me a perfect pattern of portrait painting : every part is distinctly marked, but with the lightest hand, and without destroying the breadth of light : the colouring is perfectly true to nature, though it has not the brilliant effect of sun-shine, such as is seen in Rubens' wife : it is nature seen by common day-light.

A portrait of a young man, by Rembrandt, dressed in a black cap and feathers, the upper part of the face overshadowed: for colouring and force nothing can exceed it.

A portrait by Holbein ; admirable for its truth and precision, and extremely well coloured. The blue flat ground which is bebind the head, gives a general effect of dryness to the picture : had the ground been varied, and made to harmonise more with the figure, this portrait might have stood in competition with the works of the best portraitpainters. On it is written—" Henry Chessman, 1533.”

A whole length portrait of Charles the First, about a foot long, dressed in black, the crown and globe lying on the table, tolerably well painted, by Henry Pott, a name I am unacquainted with : -the date on it 1632.*

The Flight into Egypt, by Vanderwerf; one of his best: the back-ground is much cracked, an accident not unfrequent in his pictures.

A Conversation, by Terberg, a woman sitting on the ground, leaning her elbow on a man's knee, and resting her head on her hand.

A Kitchen by Teniers.
Two Ostades.

A landscape, by Rubens ; light and airy. It is engraved amongst the set of prints of Rubens' landscapes; it is that where two men are sawing the trunk of a tree.

The Virgin and Christ, by Vandyck, coloured in the manner of Rubens'; so much so, as to appear at first sight to be of his hand; but the character of the child shows it to be Vandyck's.

Venus asleep on the bank of a canal, her reflection seen in the water; a Satyr drawing off the drapery ; two Cupids: she is lying with her back upwards.

Cattle, finely painted by Potter, remarkable for

* Henry Pott, according to Descamps, was of Haarlen, and drew portraits of the King and Queen of England, and of the principal nobility; but at what time is not specified. Lord Orford (ANECD. OF Paint. iii. 293. 8vo.) suggests, that he probably drew Charles II. in his exile; but the date bere given shows that he was in England in the early part of his father's reign.

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the strong reflection of one of them in the water: dated 1648.

Two pictures of Flowers and Fruits, with animals, by Brueghel ; one serves for a border to a bad portrait ; the other to a picture of Rothenamer: the frames are much better than the pictures.

The inside of Delft church, by Hoogest, in which is represented the tomb of William, Prince of Orange; it is painted in the manner of De Wit, but I think better: dated 1651. · Fruit, by De Heem ; done with the utmost perfection.

A portrait of a lady, with a feather in her hand, by Vandyck; of which there is a print.

A woman with a candle, by Gerard Douw; engraved by Captain Baillie.

A woman writing, looking up, and speaking to another person; by Metzu.

Here are many of Jan Steen, excellently well painted, but I think they have less character and expression than is usual in his pictures.

There are some large pictures which take up too much room in this small gallery, more than their merit gives them any claim to ; among which is a very large picture of Adam and Eve, said to be of Andrea Sacchi, which has been so much repaired, that no judgment can be formed who is the author.

A large hunting by Snyders, well painted, but it occupies too much space. His works, from

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the subjects, their size, and we may add, from their being so common, seem to be better suited to a hall or ante-room, than any other place.

THE HOUSE IN THE WOOD.

In the House in the Wood, about a mile out of town, we saw no pictures except those in the hall, which is painted on every side ; and every recess and corner has some allegorical story, by Jordaens, Van Tulden, Lievens, or Honthorst. The different hands that have been here employed, make variety it is true ; but it is variety of wretch. edness. A triumphal entry, by Jordaens, is the best, and this is but a confused business; the only part which deserves any commendation is, the four horses of the chariot, which are well painted : is remarkable that the fore-leg of each of the horses is raised, which gives them the formality of trained soldiers.

GREFFIER FAGEL.

Charles the First, the same as that in the gallery of the Prince: to this is added the Queen, and a child sitting on the table; the child is admirable.-H. Pott.

A man driving cattle.—Berghem.

A girl receiving a letter from an old woman. Terburg.

A woman asleep, a man putting aside her handkerchief; another laughing --Gerard Douw.

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