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very characteristic of the hearty old had they been more broken it might baronet; but Sir Thomas has length- have made an effective picture.ened his neck considerably,man un- No. 65, The Portrait of Her Grace comfortable operation when it takes the Duchess of Northumberland, by place in real life. The head is vigo- the same artist. From the lowness rous, the other parts are slight-this of its tone, the effect of this picture is reversed, we believe, in the ori. will not be fully understood till it is ginal.
taken out of the exhibition; this, No. 107.-Portrait of a Young Lady however, is not the fault of the pic. in the Florentine Costume of 1600. H. ture, but of the room, the walls of Howard, RA.-When we see want of which are so deep and distant from patronage compel a man of Mr. Ho- the windows, that all the pictures ward's genius to descend to portrait are thrown into half tint. Mr. Philpainting, we blush for our country. lips's portraits generally suffer from But there appears to be no help for this circumstance, because they are it. Remonstrance or Recommenda. all too much toned down for the tion would be alike thrown away on Exhibition : but it unfortunately those who have the means but want happens in the case before us, that the mind to give encouragement to the disadvantage arising from this the highest department of art. The peculiarity is increased by the pictruth, we fear, is, that as a nation ture being placed in close contact we have not the soul to admire his with the President's portrait of the torical pictures. Those which are Duchess of Gloucester. We cannot bought up are purchased from some say much in praise of No. 96, Porn less pure motive than the love of the traits of the Three younger Daughters art: ostentation, or cupidity, or the of C. Lyell
, Esq. by the same artiet; love of that fame which belongs to but his Portrait of a Gentleman, No. the possessor of what is generally 204, is very finely coloured, and his esteemed valuable, seem in general best picture. to be the main spring of that dubious No. 60.-Love taught by the Graces. zeal for the cause which is displayed W. Hilton, RA.- In these allegorical in the high prices given for old pic- pictures, Mr. Hilton displays
a fine tures. Quitting history, Mr. Howard poetic fancy, by means of which he has here presented us with a picture contrives to insinuate some pleasing having all the merit of one of the or useful truth into the mind, while highest class. Simple in the extreme, he gratifies the eye with the rich it is in admirable contrast with No. and luxuriant colour in which such 99, as to style; and not inferior to it subjects allow him to indulge. The in any respect. It pleases, from pos- moral of his “ Nature blowing Bubsessing the very opposite qualities; bles for her Children," who were resembling, both in expression and pursuing them, in every way, with colour, the works of the earliest paina as much eagerness as “ children of a ters, and particularly of Leonardo larger growth,” gave that picture a da Vinci :-we have leard that it is a deep and almost melancholy interest, portrait of Miss Howard, the artist's independent of its great merit as & daughter.
picture. The present has similar No. 56.-Lord Acheson in the Dress power of mind in its conception. The worn by the Pages at the Coronation. embodying of a thought in this manT. Phillips, RĂ.-We have here a ner resembles the method used by daring attempt of the artist to fill Pythagoras, to convey his prudential his canvass entirely with colour, but maxims; viz. Eat not the Heart, abe he has certainly not succeeded in stain from Beans, &c. which had a producing the effect he intended. literal sense interesting enough to The prodigious quantity of red gives those common minds which sought the picture a heavy appearance; and no farther knowledge, while the iniits extreme heat is not relieved, as it tiated were taught by them to shun ought to be, by pearly tints or cool unavailing regret, and to avoid popudraperies. The head wants round- lar elections. The figures in this ness, and the colour of the flesh is picture are beautiful, graceful, and sacrificed to the dress and the back vigorously painted—the colour is ground. The masses of drapery, deeper in tone than we remember to however, are grand in design, and have observed in any former producJUNE, 1824.
tion of this artist. And; except that thé' more we look at it, the more we one of the Graces is perhaps of too are surprised and pleased. It is Asiatic a cast, we know not what to wonderfully skilful in composition, object to. This picture, which is singularly chaste in colour, and beaucertainly one of the most striking of tifully executed. We have heard it the Exhibition, is purchased, we have objected to the Duchess that she heard, by Mr. Phillips, MP.
wants animation, and does not suffiNo. 74..-Portrait of the Bishop of ciently enter into the mirth of the Durham. By W. Owen, RA.-This scene; but; in our opinion, there is a is an old picture--we remember it decorüm in this which evinces great many years ago. The drapery and discernment and delicacy of mind in the sleeves have been newly put in, the painter. Her countenance is very the necessity for which we are not beautiful, and though placid is full of surprised at, considering the length enjoyment, but it is intellectual joy. of time they have been in wear. Her sunny smile does not dwell on. Some of the clergy began to think the mouth alone, but diffuses a light the lawn was everlasting, and re- over all her features, and shows that garded the renewal, we thought, with kind of pleasure, which an intelligent woful faces. It is deeply to be re- mind feels when it is gratified, and gretted, that a man of Mr. Owen's which is well contrasted with the exe great talents should be unable to cessive risibility, which the same practise his art. He was in great re- story excites in the uneducated negro quest, and high repute, and had just girl, whose laughing mouth is indeed taken a large house, when the cala- most admirably painted. Mr. Leslie mity befel him three or four years has shown equal judgment also in his ago, which deprived him of the use portraiture of Sancho, making him of his hands, and reduced him to the not so mirthful himself, as the cause of necessity of lying constantly on his it in others. There is a sly hit at a back, in which situation he contrives part of poor Sancho's character in to amuse himself with drawing: The the half-picked bone sticking out of Joss is a great one to the artist; but his pocket. We were much struck it is also severely felt by the Aca- with the remarkable elegance of the demy.
female figures, particularly of the one No. 83.- Portrait of Sir Anthony who leans over Sancho :--but we Carlisle. M. A. Shee, 'RA.- This is must find some fault, and will thereMr. Shee's best picture: it is an ex- fore add, that the Duenna is perhaps cellent likeness ;-the distribution of a little too rigid. As a picture of light and shade is very judicious; familiar life, it is no inconsiderable and there is very little of this artist's praise to say, that it is far removed peculiar manner in the execution. from all vulgarity; and that the are
No.84.-Portraitof Madame Riego. tist has the rare merit of being highJ. Hayes. This is truly the por- ly humourous without bordering on trait of a widow, evidently of a caricature. noble mind, entirely abstracted from No. 110.--Smugglers offering run the world and dwelling intensely on Goods for Sale or Concealment. D. the memory of her husband. Though Wilkie, RA.-This great favourite of merely a head, and the countenance all who visit the Exhibition, has not not particularly beautiful, it forms a much exerted himself this year. We deeply pathetic picture, and would have only this small picture, and be useful as a study in the cabinet another intitled The Cottage Toilette, of any despotic prince. Mr. Hayes neither of them prominent subjects. is an artist of considerable ability and Mr. Wilkie has lately fallen into the much promise we have noticed his imitation of Rembrandt,- he has deworks for some time, and are glad to serted the freshness of nature to take see him coming forward. He had a up with depth of tone; but we proclever picture in the Exhibition last phesy that he will quit this style ere year; and this is still better. long, for he has certainly not yet ac
No. 95.- Sancho Panza in the complished all that he wishes to do. Apartment of the Duchess. C. R. No. 113.-The Widow. W. Mul. Leslie, RA. - They must have dull ready, RA.—The artist has shewn feelings who are not delighted with very bad taste in the choice of the the contemplation of this picture: subject of this picture. A man of
Mr. Mulready's acknowledged pow- 'successful performances. The aters should be more careful how he mospheric tints are true, beautiful, employs them. There is great merit highly wrought, and perfect in efin the painting, but it cannot redeem fect. The boats are elegantly groupthe faults of caricature and a disgust- ed, but we think they want breadth: ing subject.
the effect is, perhaps, too much scatNo. 116.-King William the Third, tered. Had they been all dark, and Lord Coningsby, and the First Earl of more in masses, it would have been Portland. A. Cooper, RA. -- This better. picture is not placed in so conspicu- No. 161.- Amorett delivered by ous a situation as it deserves; in- Britomart from the Spell of Busyrane. leed, we have remarked that all Mr. H. Fuseli,"RA.–This old picture afCooper's pictures this year are unfa- fords a very admirable specimen of vourably hug; they are so much Mr. Fuseli's extraordinary powers. below the eye, that they cannot be It has less extravagance than is usual understood.' Works of this class are with him. The tone of colouring is entitled, we shoukl think, to better particularly grand, and more historic treatment.
than is usually seen in the Academy. No. 126.The Oriental Love Let. No 180.- Boat passing a Lock. ter. H. W. Pickersgill, A.A very J. Constable, A.-The character of pretty thought has been wrought up Mr. Constable's style is peculiarly here into a most pleasing picture. English. This Landscape is very It is bekatifully arranged, but rather fresh, clear, and pure in colour, vapid in colour ; so many pale reds and deep in tone ; and the distance and pale blues rendering it weak. is very clever; but it wants breadth. Mr. Pickersgill is a rapidly improving We lament to see that Mr. Constaartist, and this is one of his best ble has not reformed that spotty pieces.
manner of laying on his colour, which No. 158.- Portrait of Lady Caros makes it seem as if it had been dredgin line Macdonald. J. Jackson, RA. ed upon the canvass. The friends of this lady, who is un- No. 192.-A Modern Picture Gal. fortunately dead since the portrait lery, by W.F. Witherington, is a very was sent to the Exhibition, endea pleasing and amusing picture. It is voured to get it withdrawn, but filled with beautiful copies of many without success : as the portrait of a of the leading pictures of the English young and beautiful woman, it ex school, and is a perfect gallery in ithibits therefore a sad memorial of the self.- The yellow of the frames of uncertainty of life, and is the more the imaginary pictures is too violent, affecting from being strongly in con- and the supposed real objects are too trast with those feelings which it little distinguished from those in the was intended to gratify. The pic pictures ; but perhaps the desire to ture is broad and of a good colour ; give greater distinctness to the copies but we are almost tired of Mr. Jack has been the cause of this: they are son's eternal hat and feathers. He very finely executed. has outvied the Chapeau de Paille. NO. 197.-Monsieur de Pourteau.
No. 160.-Rochester, from the River gnac, or the Patient in Spite of Himbelow the Bridge. A. W. Callcott, self. G. 5. Newton-There is much RA.-Mr. Callcott painted this river merit in this piece, but it borders too scene for Mr. Phillips, the purchaser closely on caricature: on the whole, of Mr: Hilton's picture. We wish it is not equal to this artist's former that some one would give Mr. Callcott productions. a commission for a genuine land- No. 213.-Pandora, by W. Etty, scape: these river and sea pieces all is a very extraordinary picture, so much resemble each other. A remarkable for its fine execution landscape from his pencil, now that and colour,--some bits of which are Turner" has relinquished the high exquisite, though the flesh is too ground on which he formerly stood, brown. Its fault is a want of comwould fill up a vacuum which is felt mon sense,-the figures are doing in the present Exhibition, and would nothing; there is no purpose in them. redound, we are sure, to the very The cloud on which they rest like great credit of the artist. The present white marble. The shadows are picture is one of Mr. Callcott's most hard and dense that fall ufyon it, and
the finger of Pandora touching it, is We need not detain our readers turned back as if pressed upon a long with the architectural drawings table.-After Mr. Etty's return from and miniatures. Mr. Cockerell's Italy, it was indiscreet in him to send Athens is interesting, as giving a out a picture so hastily got up ;-it good idea of an ancient city-and Mr. may prejudice his interest.
Gandy's (Jun.) cork model of No. 251.–Stage Coach Travellers. church is very clever.-Messrs. Ross, -Mr. Rippingille has shown great Robertson, Denning, Rochard, and discrimination of character in this Engleheart, Mrs. Green, Miss Anne picture, but the execution is inferior Sharpe, and Miss Jones, excel, as to the conception. It is deficient in usual, in miniatures. The Drawings mechanism, hard in manner, and of Family Groupes, by A. E. Chalons, opaque. He will do well to study are particularly good, and some of the the masters of the Dutch school. Enamels also deserve praise. But The story is admirably told. the gem of the room is Mr. Wilkie's
No. 285.-Lord Patrick Lindesay Sketch of Commodore Trunnion, and Lord Wm. Ruthven compelling which is admirably characteristic, and Mary Queen of Scots to sign her Abdi- a drawing of great spirit. cation, by W. Allan, has been painted with great care, but is not effec- No. 983.-A Bacchante asleep, by lire. The colours are cold, and the R. W. Sievier, is a well designed heads are some of them transferred figure.--No. 987, Pysche, by R. G. from other characters to which they Freebairn, is good, but rather affected seem more properly to belong. in attitude.-No. 995, Bust of Mr.
No. 288.-Persuasion, and No. 296. Liston, by S. Joseph, is very like, -The Morning Lecture, by T. Cla- and, we must add, not particularly ter, are cleverly painted pictures, fa- handsome : it is Liston, divested of miliar and yet not gross. He is an im- all his comicality.--No. 1005, Bust proving young artist.
of J. G. Lumbton, Esg. by W. No. 350.-Sunset at Sea after a Behnes, is a good portrait, and well Storm. F. Danby.--We remember- executed.-No. 1007, Statue in Marindeed it would be difficult to forget, ble of the Infant Son of Thomas Hope, a very affecting picture by this artist, Esq. by the same artist, is meagre in about three years ago, of a Girl form. tearing a Love Letter, and throwing The Model Academy is rich this the fragments into a dark stream: year in grand subjects.- 1006, The the subject before us is one, if pos- Statue of the late Dr. Cyril Jackson, is sible, of still deeper pathos. Through very dignified, and a most majestic the gloom which hangs over the figure. This is Mr. Chantrey's chief ocean, a raft is seen, with some ex- work, but it is placed in a wretched hausted mariners faintly attempting situation. What a disgrace it is to to guide it with the oars; some of the Academy that this branch of the their companions are dying around art, in other respects so highly pathem, and a shark is waiting for his tronized, is not provided with a betprey. The setting sun is of a blood ter room for its exhibition! One of the red, and glares upon the waters with finest heads that Chantrey ever proa tremendously grand effect. There duced is here lost for want of proper is evidently no hope. The concep- light and shade. 1010. Statue of the late tion of this scene displays astonish. James Watt, by the same artist, though ing imagination. We are not so well essentially different from the former, satisfied with the upper part of the being represented in ordinary cospicture, the sky is too stringy. tume, and having no masses of dra
Four of the principal places in the pery to give it dignity, possesses a Great Room are occupied with very high degree of merit. "The figure is uninteresting common-place land- very simple and interesting, and the scapes, by the two Messrs. Daniells. head is deeply marked with a fine This we mention for the sake of thoughtful character. 1008. Statue condemning the principle wnich of the late Countess of Liverpool, by would appear to govern the conduct the same, is perhaps not equal to the of the arranging committee. We preceding; but it displays, neverthecannot suppose that it proceeds from less, the usual ability of the artist. want of judgment.
1009. A Nymph, Statue in Murble,
by R. Westmacott, RA.,-though an class.-1028, The Pastoral Apollo, ideal figure, is deficient in grace, and a Durble Statue, by J. Flaxman, RA. true simplicity: it is beautifully finish- is beautifully conceived, but impered.-1019. Bust in Marble of H. Fu- fect in outline. This statue we beseli, Esq. KRA. by E. H. Baily, RA. lieve is unfinished.-1032. Adam conas a likeness is singularly characteris- soling Eve, by J. Sconlar, is clever in tic, but we regret that Mr. Baily has composition, but the forms are not nothing in the Exhibition of a higher good.
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.
tenderly) with forced difficulty and The First Part of King Henry the vigorous imbecility. You see that Fourth.
he is not really helpless. His voice, We very well remember seeing too, maintains not its disguise of (for the memories of critics are longer hoarseness throughout the play,than the Swiss giantess) the name of but lean sounds mingle with the fat John Kemble underlined in the bills ones, and Falstaff therefore speaks of Covent Garden Theatre, for the but at intervals. On the whole we part of Falstaff: this memorable could wish that Mr. C. Kemble had promise was given a short time pre- left the Knight of the Buck-basket vious to the great tragedian's retire- to other men. His humour is not ment from the stage, and much cu- fat enough. riosity was excited on the occasion. The play has been got up at a vast But whether from a self-misgiving, expense, and with great labour and or from the judicious persuasion of care-as the hills very profusely infriends, John Kemble and John Fal- form us. Medals, tombstones, and staff never swelled together under illuminated MSS. have been ransackthe same waistcoat. It was well ed for absolute helmets and caps, that he never played the part: com- and indisputable breeches. Those plete success in such a character who wish to see the real men of the would have injured him as a trage- time, as far as looks go, should not dian, and partial success or failure omit this exhibition. It is a far betwould have clouded the lustre of his ter picture than any at Sir Thomas setting sun! Mr. Charles Kemble, Lawrence's theatre. the brother (and a brother worthy of Cooper makes a melancholy Prince the name) of the gone Coriolanus, Hal! has had the same Falstaff fever, and,
DRURY-LANE THEATRE. indeed, with greater virulence, for in This house has been putting Munthe latter it has come to its height, den to the concern as a wheel horse; and the lamps have seen him in his and as it is the last season of his apwhite hairs. His performance of pearing in harness, the red and flamFalstaff will not, in our opinion, ing appeals in the play-bills, with his add much to his popularity quite own inimitable acting, have had their the reverse.”—In the first place, an due effect. The last day of this audience goes not to see Falstaff- month is the last of Munden's probut Charles Kemble; and then he is fessional existence,-unless he is flatsurrounded by a host of his friends— tered into “more last words of Mr. Falconbridge — Edgar-Charles Sur- Baxter.” We shall see him, and face - Don Felix Macduff, --- and speak of him as he has been when Romeo; and, let Falstaff strive as next we write. he will, the cluster will not be put The Spirit of the Star still hovers aside or forgotten. Mr. Kemble has over deserted benches. Kean has a fine conception of the part, but he been ill-used, and Braham abused, by is unable to fill up his own outline. the Manager, if report whisper cor. He “ walks under his huge legs rectly. Mr. Elliston really should (the Irish must please to look on this not speak so to his company.