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ARTS, LITERATURE, FASHIONS,
THE THIRD SER I E S.
APRIL 1, 1824.
VIEWS OF COUNTRY-SEATS.
ST. MARGARET'S, THE SEAT OF THE EARL OF CASSILLIS. This beautiful villa, the South, and neighbouring glades his study, Front of which is represented in the far from the scenes of bustle and amannexed Engraving, is situated on bition that surrounded him in matuthe banks of the Thames, in the pa- rer life. Here he had the honour rish of Twickenham. It bore at one of entertaining Queen Elizabeth; and time the name of Isleworth Park, | it was here that he had hopes of and at another the New Park of forming a mineralogical society, as Richmond. The old house belong- appears from a paper in the British ed successively to the Countess of Museum, wherein he observes:Charleville, Lord Muncaster, and “ Let Twitnam Park, which I sold the Duchess of Manchester. The in my younger days, be purchaswhole property, with what was called ed, if possible, for a residence for Twickenham Park, was purchased such deserving persons to study in, by Francis Gosling, Esq. who added since I experimentally found the sia portion of the park to the grounds tuation of that place much conveniof St. Margaret's. This has been ent for the trial of my philosophical rendered classic ground by the resi- conclusions, expressed in a paper dence of Sir Francis Bacon, who sealed to the trust, which I myself here passed many of his happiest had put in practice, and settled the days: here he pursued his first stu- same by act of Parliament, if the dies in the great book of Nature. vicissitudes of fortune had not interHere imagination may picture to it- vened and prevented me." self the great man making the meads This society he intended to be for Vol. III. No. XVI.
the express purpose of exploring charming anti-room which connects abandoned mineral works.
the suite of apartments. The DrawAfter Sir Francis sold the estate ing-Room also contains some fine of Twickenham, we find that it pass- paintings; and connected with it is a ed through various hands, and at last boudoir of singular beauty. became the property of Lucy, the ac- The Drawing-Room occupies the mired but extravagant wife of Ed-west wing, commanding views over ward Earl of Bedford. She gave it, the Thames to the south; while the in 1618, to Sir William Harrington, windows to the west reach down to who sold it to John Lord Berkeley of the ground, laying the apartment Stratton. It was purchased, in the open to the verandah and pleasureyear 1743, by Algernon Earl of grounds, which form a fine foreMountrath, from whom it passed to ground to the sweetest view. The Sir Wm. Abdy. The estate being silvery Thames in all its beauty is divided into lots, and put up to sale, seen issuing from beneath Richmondthe greater part was purchased by bridge, which is surmounted by the Francis Gosling, Esq. who pulled far-famed Richmond-Hill, gemmed down the old mansion in Twicken- with villas rising from luxuriant woods ham Park, and attached a consider- up to the very top. The middle disable portion of the grounds to St. tance is composed of delightful meaMargaret's, as has been before stat- dows of the richest verdure, embeled: but this beautiful villa, as it now lished with some fine trees; while stands, owes its present splendour the other side of the river is ornaand delightful arrangement, both in mented with villas. These, combined the house and grounds, to the noble with the pleasure-boats and craft that proprietor, who has displayed great are continually gliding along the pojudgment in forming out of old build- lished surface of the Thames, form ings, by combining them, the very de- a scene seldom rivalled, . lightful villa that now constitutes the A terrace-walk extends along the chief ornament of Twickenham Park, water to a pleasing octagon pavilion, and of the view down the river from at the extremity of the grounds, Richmond, from which it is seen to from which the views are equally degreat advantage.
lightful. Isleworth, with its ivied In the interior arrangement, fitting-church, backed by the rich woods of up, and combination of furniture, it Sion, appears to great advantage vies in elegance with any thing of from this spot. From this walk the the kind in the kingdom. In fact, it home scene is full of interest, comis so exquisite and chaste, that in manding a sweet lawn, embellished. admiring the suite of apartments, we with an elegant green-house to the forget the splendour that pervades it. right, while to the left the out-houses, The Dining-Room occupies the east are formed into the semblance of a wing, extending along the south front: chapel, surmounted with a pictuit is a fine room, lofty, and finished resque tower. with a dome, from which is suspend- The lawn is divided by a bridge ed a beautiful chandelier. Several ofconsiderablemagnitude, overgrown fine pictures, by the old masters, or with ivy, which has all the appearnament this apartment, as well as the ance of bold Gothic ruins; while
through the arches is seen a fine conected with a very delightful avenue of limes of considerable green-house as to form a pleasing length. The whole has a sequestered and dry walk, when the weather preand monastic appearance, that well vents out-door exercises. This greenaccords with its name of St. Marga- house is most judiciously arranged, ret, which seems to imply that the not only affording a perpetual spring spot has been dedicated to religion. walk, but being an elegant screen to
The walks and drives over the | the offices. bridge extend to the Entrance Front, The kitchen-gardens are extenwhich furnishes our Second View for sive, well walled, and abounding in this month. It is equally pleasing fruit-trees, possessing also a handwith the South Front. A colonnade some range of hot-houses and lineextends from side to side, and is so l pits.
No. VII. I was acquainted some years ago, low, is remarkable for drinking more with a Frenchman who used grave- wine and saying fewer words over it ly to insist that the English in ge- than any man in England. He is neral, however well informed they now about forty-five, and in the might pretend to be, were very im- whole course of his life has never perfectly acquainted with their native been distinguished by any other cirlanguage. I remember we used to cumstance than the two I have mencontest this point very obstinately; tioned. He has a very good estate, but one only of the arguments that from which nobody but his wine-merhe employed is present to my recollec- chant derives any benefit; and a numtion, and that is, the frequent mis- ber of poor relations, none of whom application of the term honest fel- have any reason to complain of his low. I had forgotten my acquaint- partiality, since he treats them all ance and his singular opinion alto- with equal neglect. No one would gether, till they were recalled to my think of asking his opinion on any mind by an invitation I lately receiv- other subject than the quality of wine, ed to dine with a party of honest fel and nobody would ever dream of lows. Three of these gentlemen requesting any favour from him, unwere successively announced to me less it was to assist their judgment by my host as an honest fellow, a in purchasing it; and yet this animal, very honest fellow, and the honestest such as he is, is very generally confellow in the world; and certainly plimented with the title of an honest when I came to make inquiries into fellow. their respective claims to these ti. It is now some years since Bob tles, I could not help acknowledging, Ranter exhausted both his fortune that those people who bestowed it and credit; but he is, as he himself upon them might be fairly said to says, a man of ways and means, which fall under the Frenchman's censure he proves by keeping up a very stylof not understanding English. ish appearance without a sixpence Mr. Guzzlemore, the honest fel. of revenue. He has a very numer