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es to all the visible departments of businesses Drama, as brought to issue in the prohi

idand toile The Roman Church, which has hition of Mr. Shee's Alasco; bnt circumSe contributed so largely to human happiness, stances have conspired against us here 119 by the institution of sacred days, which is 100, for the Editor has placed this subject 138 csenators and school-boys are bound toit in abler hands, and directed us to contine 878 respect in their heresies, nerer

permitted ourselves to a brief account of the piece." zatlabour when it interdicted pleasure, We have nothing left us but to obey, -Bit often held the contrary sWe have given

Whatever may be the injustice of the upp most ofilier,

glorious seasons of joy, suppression of Alasco—and we regard it as ysilwhich were so many grateful pauses, and a signal. We do not think it has produced szeresting-places in life and retain little

Sisany material damage. Although the play womore than the fast from recreation which is highly creditable to its author's talents yll she enjoined, without the repose she gave, and feelings, and seems to us any thing 28 The work-a-day world goes on; the Tem- but disloyal, it is- not calculated for bril

49 ples of Mammon and of Pride are wideliant success. It wants passion, a want smoper; and only the places which sweeten, which is enough to neutralize a thousand yacand elevate the general feeling of the me syirtues. The story is merely the devetropolis are forsaken. One wonld think lopement of an unsuccessful attempt to

that the true reasou why men have lost deliver Poland, by a young nobleman who en to work have grown less, and they must daughter of the most inveterate devotee usfdrawl on throughout the year in an un to existing oppressions. This stern solbroken

round of exertions. In the hearty dier is unnaturally (at least we hope so) 29 times of old, a lawyer was not quite a represented as an Englishman, whose atdi mill-horsea, eternally exercised, nor did tachments to absolute power have no cirzrocthe Nisi Prius Sittings last the whole of cumstances of native faith and custom .vdyacations, rendering them more tiresome to justify them;

but who seems to take Xothan. Town, A Chief Justice was not desperate part with the great robbers of s quite a slave: he did not then sit till national rights, from an insane hatred and an Good Friday, and resume lis seat on fear of reformers. Such is the counter19. Easter Tuesday, as in these bard-working hero who is introduced to divide the in2x cprofitless times to cadrnumque sedebit

terest of a play which has been stigmatized fiziqar Sedet; eternumque ziy as of too popular tendencies for i British gool Infelix ABBOTT!

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public !—But we are overstepping our dup Why, then, are the poor players" to province, which is purely critical. As 297 he starved in body, and their admirers in miglit be expected from this antithesis of yd spirit? Surely we cought either to rest opinion in the principal characters, the

from making money, or be allowed the interest is rather oratorical than dramagit.consolation of honestly, and rationally tic; reason meets reason, prejudice is 1 spending ito, ba, 1970

opposed by prejudice not feeling by What are we, then, to do in this emer- feeling, or love by destiny. In the style, agency? We might, indeed, give most en- too, there is a strange intermixture of the o tertaining accounts of new pieces which stately and familiar; not qualifying, but di never were contemplated, of revived plays opposing and setting off each other : so 973

which remain in unbroken slumber; or that the very language, unless altered, 1o we might shew the manager all he ought would produce considerable danger. -suto do, and discuss the principles of his There is little of the truth of nature, little

our character for veracity, and in the se- and the blood tingle, though there are cond, we should be duly repressed as en- some striking situations, and many noble

croaching on the province of higher au- sentiments. On the whole, therefore, stathorities. We may not anticipate what the injury of the sub-licenser's caprice was

the Easter enchantments will be, for fearless than the insult ; but the precedent is Ils of the reader, who will, of course, witness only the more alarming in proportion as his them before the Magazine is publish- the piece was less likely to stir men's seed; nor may we wait for them, for fear of bloods, or engage their affections.

the Printer's devil, who insists on re At Drury Lane there has been absolutely Luceiving our humble contributions by the no novelty this montli, except the intro

19th at the latest, on account of the im- duction of a pretty dance, called "Spanish is mense number of copies now required for Gallants," and the appearance of Mr.

the publisher," a bad effect, but from a Kean as the Stranger, which he has twice

noble cause." Foreseeing, in some de- performed for benefits. His outline of sagree,

these difficulties, we announced our this fantastic part was not so striking intention last month to discuss the point as that of Kemble or Young : but some between the Licenser and the English little touches of feeling, where the author

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has condescended to avail himself of the view. His entertainment has nearly as language of nature, redeemed it from utter choice bits as any of his preceding exhidulness. Mrs. West was an inadequate bitions : the negro tragedy--the scene at representative of Mrs. Haller, and the the Boston Post-office-the dinner given other parts were poorly supported. Much to General Jackson—and the German ceasure has been lavished on the managers Judge's charge to the Grand Jury, are for the style in which this piece was de- among the chief. There is surely nothing corated and dressed; but it is not usual in the while performance to awaken unor just to exercise this severity on occa- pleasant feelings among those who fursional performances for benefits : and nished its matter, and whose hospitality besides, there was this propriety in the its author acknowledges, for they are incongruous dresses, that they were not a both justly and gently treated. To know whit more absurd or inconsistent than the the peculiarities of a people is generally sentiments and conduct attributed to their to like them better; and as America has wearers.

great qualities, which will command esAt Covent Garden there has been no- teem, it is well that we should become thing new, not even the revival of a play familiar with her foibles, which may in the costume of its age. Mr. Croly's conciliate affection while they provoke å Comedy bas continued to run, assisted smile. partly, we expect, by the felicitous coin Mr. Thelwall has delivered his course cidence of some of its principal hits with of Lectures on Shakspeare and the Drama the characteristics of a fashionable regi- to elegant audiences on wbich he has often ment recently exposed to the astonish- produced a great impression. His manner ment of the public. But Easter is coming is so entirely new, that at first it ex-even while we write, the stage groans cited apprehensions inconsistent with with glorious melo-drama ready for deli- pleasurable listening, but these were soon verance--and the play-bills bend bericath succeeded by admiration and sympathy. the weight of names long as a procession Instead of reading from a written book, or a suit in Chancery. Soon may the cur. he poured out the treasures of his metain rise and shew what Mr. Farley has mory and thought in rich and spontaneous done for us!

succession; marking out the channel While the theatres have exhibited only only where his thoughts should flow, but the dull uniformity of success, Mr. Ma- leaving them to burst forth as the spirit thews has attracted much observation and of moment called them. The long more money by his rich exhibition of familiarity of the lecturer with the subtransatlantic

We scarcely jects of wbich he treated, and the stores thought he could have gathered so fair a of observation which were upturned by barvest from the extensive field which he the excitement of the time, secured him visited; for folly rarely grows romantic against failure, while his enthusiastic in a new country, and peculiarities of manner gave a real and palpable interest character have scarcely had time to spring to his topics rarely attached to mere liup and to be rendered agreeable by asso- terary criticism. His remarks were inciation with amiable feelings and pleasant terspersed with recitations appropriate to babits of life. He has, however, lightly his subjects, which were delivered with skimmed the whole surface of the society, great vigour and discrimination, and were bas caught all the finer shades which relieved by many agreeable anecdotes of trembled over it, and has presented them the actors of other times, and happy illusfreely, yet good-naturedly, to the public trations

their style.

manners.

FINE ARTS. Society of British Arlists.—This new 80- public. We exceedingly regret that the late ciety seems to have already established it- period of the month at which this exhiself on a firm basis, so far as patronage bition has been placed before us, as well and public attention are concerned. Po as the press of other matters connected secure its ultimate and permanent success, with the Arts at this busy season of the it need do nothing more than deserve it. year, prevent us from devoting (as we On Tuesday the 13th inst, a grand dinner should at any other season have readily was given at the Rooms of the Society, in done) the whole space that we can allot to Suffolk-st. Pall Mall East; which was at this department of our work, to a general tended by the members and friends of the notice of the views of this Society, as well institution-several acknowledged patrons as a detailed account of the many very inof Art and other distinguished characters teresting works which it has now offered being also present; and on Monday the 21st, to public attention. With respect, howthe exhibition for the season opened to the ever, to the first part of this intention, VOL. XII. NO. XLI.

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the less regret not being able to fulfil sequently the fame, which ever should acit; since the general public press has al- company that faculty Hitherto, his ready disseminated the views in question friends (and his enemies too) have been

in pretiy extensively, and they must by this the habit of exclaiming-What a painter time be fully known to all who interest Haydon night le? Let him now entitle themselves in the prospects and the pro- the one, and compel the other, to saygress of modern art. We have also What a painter Haydon is ! ourselves' alluded to them once or twice * The principal work which this artist has before. Suffice it to say, therefore, at pre- contributed to the present exhibition, is sent, that the objects of the new “ Society one, to the progress of which we alluded of British Artists" are exactly similar, a short time ago, and from the subject of both generally and in detail, to those of which we anticipated much-129, “ Sithe Royal Academy itself--or, at all events, "lenus, intoxicated and moral, reproving to what those ought to be: and the means (lecturing, it should have been) Bacchus by which those objects are to be pursued, and Ariadne on their lazy and irregular are, so far as they at present extend, the lives.” There is infinite matter in this same, We, therefore, proceed at once to subject; and matter, to the treatment of offer a slight account of the first Exhibition which, if we are not greatly mistaken, of this Society: for on that, and on the Mr. Haydon's natural powers, both of public attention which it excites, will main- mind and of hand, are better adapted than 2 ly depend (as it in a great degrec ought) the those to which he has hitherto alinost exultimate success of the new undertaking. clusively applied them. In the work be

The range of apartments devoted to the fore us, if we are in some respects disapdimual exhibition of this Society, consists pointed at the result of this application, of five rooms, leading out of each other, our expectations are more than answered and comprising a grcat room and a second- in others. The figure of Silenus, propped ary one for the display of paintings in up against the trunk of a great tree, and oil'; one for the reception of sculpture dealing out his “ wise saws” to the halfand models; one for water-colour and laughing, half-listening Ariadne, who is other drawings, miniatures, &c.; and a crouching in conscious beauty at his feet, fifth devoted to specimens of English en is full of a rich, and at the same time a graving. It is in the principal apartment refined and recondite humour; and the fiof this suite, that we find what strikes us gure of Ariadne herself, almost in the atas being chiefly worthy of notice and ap- titude of the crouching Venus, is admiprobation; and we do not hesitate for a rably conceived, and brilliantly executed : moment in directing our first attention to the rest of the figures are quite secondary the productious of Mr. Haydon's pencil. to these two-and that of Bacchus is unTo glance our eye over a catalogue of a doubtedly too much so,as well in regard to general exhibition of the works of British its execution, as its place and part in the Artists, and find it rest no less than eight composition, But it is impossible, with times on the name of Mr. Haydon, is no justice to the rest of the works claiming less novel to us than it is agreeable-to our attention here, to enter into that deus in particular, who bave so often binted tailed criticism of Mr. Haydon's picture that this is what was expected of the artist which its merits, as well as its defects, in question, and that in the absence of this, seem to call for ; we will therefore add, nothing else could procure for him, be- generally, that, as a whole, it is by no cause nothing else could prove that he de means unworthy of his hand, and will uaserves, that high rank in public estimation questionably extend his reputation, by exwhich he need only seek, to obtain. A bibiting his powers in a new and popular great painter can do more prove himself light. We can only say, that the colourto be such by a single work, than a great ing of this picture combines not a little poet can by a siugle stanza, or an orator of that richness, brilliancy, and solidity, by a single speech. It is by continuous which, in their united state, we have and often repeated efforts, that high talent hitherto seen confined almost exclusively not only evinces, but (so to speak) creates to the productions of the old masters. itself—for the faculty to produce a thing The only other work of Mr. Haydon's, is very different indeed from the power ; that we can at present notice, (and indeed, and the fornier may exist without the the other six are chiefly studies,) is a latter, though the latter cannot exist Portrait, 204. About this, too, in addition without the former. Mr. Haydon always to a fine verisimilitude of character, there possessed the faculty of being a great is a tone of colouring, in portraits especipainter: let him employ that faculty as ally, of which the moderns, with the exhe may and ought-and as he now seems ception of Sir Joshua, seem to have had to have made up his mind to domand he no conception, as a matter of practice. will speedily possess the power, and cou. You shall hear them all admiring, to ec

**!!!!, ';) :) stasy, the deep richness of Titian, and the cer, peeping out of the half-open reticule « illustrious obscurity of Rembrandt, on the ibor-are very eloquent. The look and then paint their pictures as if such of the milliner, however, is too piercing people had never been heard of.—The next and intent, and it neither accords nor picture we must notice, is one from the contrasts with the object of her attention, pencil of Mr. Martin, and combining much -We are reluctantly compelled to defer, of that super-natural, and a little of that uns, the rest of our notices of this exhibition natural character, which are usually su con- till next month. . But we regret this the spicuous in this extraordinary artist's less, because part of the novelty of plan works. It represents “ The Seventh belonging to the new Society, is that of Plague of Egypt," from the 9th chapter of keeping its rooms open during a longer, Exodus; and the point of time is that at period than has hitherto been done by which Moses is stretching forth his hand other societies of a similar nature, We to heaven, and calling down the “hail, perhaps give a more expressive proof of and fire mingled with bail," upon that de our regard for the merits of various other voted land. Undoubtedly the general ef- works in this exhibition, by determining fect of this work is painful, without com- to take a deliberate view of them, than bining, at the same time, that sentiment of if we paid them a more prompt and preawe which should accompany and recon- cipitate homage. cile that effect ; but the various details of Mr. W. B. Cooke's Exhibition of Ancient it are executed with a power of pencil no and Modern Drawings, &c.—Mr. Cooke's less conspicuous than original. The archi-, annual display of objects in the above, tectural effect of the Egyptian buildings classes of Fine Art has just opened; and in this picture is exceedingly good; and we are disposed to think it the best he has the various figures introduced into it, are hitherto presented to the public, chiefly. much less faulty than this artist's usually on account of its great riches in drawings are. "It may be well, for the saķe of con and sketches by the old painters. This is trast, to turn from this singular work, to a class of work which must always be reone which strikes us as possessing a very garded as one of extreme interest, on acremarkable degree of merit indeed; and count of its permitting us to approach, we point it out the rather as it bears a more nearly to the first conceptions of the name not at present conspicuously known artist, than in any of his finished and elato the public. We allude tu 109, “ Cat. borate productions we can. As a matter tle and Figures," by J. Burnet. There of mere study, we conceive (in opposition can be no doubt that the style of this to the proverb) that a great artist's first picture is modelled on that of Cuyp, and thoughts are best ; and an off-hand drawindeed it bears a striking general resem- , ing from his pen or pencil are sure to sup.. blance to some of his works; but there is ply us with these: for a drawing cannot as little doubt that it includes features of be materially altered ; and in fact, the much originality, and is á production drawings of tlic old masters (unlike the evincing very considerable talent, and more finished and substantive productions that of a very valuable description. It is, of the modern water-colour school) were in fact, executed with a deep feeling for never executed with any view but that of the truth of natural appearances, and a their serving as a sort of note or memor very exact notion of the manner in which randum, either to refresh the memory of imitations of those 'appearances may be the artist himself, or to fix the fugitive brought home to the imagination, and thoughts and images of the moment. If made to act upon it with the effect of re it were possible to collect a complete set, v, ality. Our general feeling of this picture or chronological series of all the drawis, that, with reference to its power of ings that any one great master ever exproducing the impressions which it is in- ecuted-Raphael, for instance—from the tended to produce, it is inferior to no one first rude produce of his unsteady hand work in the gallery.-" The Widow," by and undecided mind, to the most refined H. Richter, 81, is another very charming offspring of his latest thoughts and his work, full of taste, delicacy, and spirit. most practised pencil-we should have a The unconscious satisfaction with which school of study, not to be procured in any the young beauty is hearing, but not listen- other manner or from any other source ing to, the admiring comments of her whatever, and in practical value and effect milliner, and the unrestrained gaiety of not to be paralleled. In this point of view, the maid at seeing her nistress once more imperfect and inefficient as it necessarily is, herself, after having been so long dis- this exhibition is not without value ; and guised in “ weeds,” are delightfully ex as a source of amusement to the mere, pressed, and without any'undue exaggera- amateur, it is highly interesting, tion. The little accessories of the scene,tvo, If it were necessary to particularize any particularly the miniature of a young ofli- of the above works, we should name, 211,

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" A Sketcli of an Old Woman," by Rem light; and the impression produced by brandt-exceedingly slight; but of great them is extremely good. The subjects reand singulari seri

a' Pemale figure, by and one morning scene; and all three are Parmegiano; and 229, one in penandink, executed with that strong and vivid feeling by the same artist'? both admirable-the for natural appearances, which was Gainsfirst for a tich dignity; and the second, borough's best characteristic, next to his for a finc blending together of grandeur and unaffected mode of delineating those apgrace: 241, A highly spirited « Crnei pearances. The remaining portion of this fixion," by Rubens? 248, An '"* Entombo collection, and that which will certainly ment of Christ," by Raphael, consisting of be the most popular portion, consists of merely a few waving lines, but every one drawings," hy living artists, and by others of which is the line of beauty," and lately deceased, but belonging strictly forming together a kind of visionary to the modern English School. Of these, scene, full of a certain mysterious grace. pleasing and various as they are, se bave In short, without being permitted by our left ourselves but little space to speak in space to proceed further in detail, we must detail. We cannot, however, pass over be content to mention, that here are nu- Sir Thomas Lawrence's delightful ** Heads merous other sketches, by most of the of Children," 26, and his lovely portrait distinguished old masters, many of which of "'A Young Lady of Rank," 8 a most are worthy of a particular examination. clever and spirited portrait of " A GentleBesides the drawings of the old masters, man," by Wilkie,119 ; two exquisite mistand intermediate between them and wrapped scenes, by Turner, 155 and 164; those of the living ones, are a few - by two of Westall's elegant inventions, with English artists of the last age. The prin- nothing of nature about them, but with cipal of these are three very singular and something almost as good, 14 and 465 and effective pieces by Gainsborough; they finally, for our space is exhausted, " A seem to be executed on glass, and are Chief of German Banditti," &c. by sbewn at a distance, and by an artificial Dighton, 52.

VARIETIES. . Cambridge, March 26.- The Chancel- tions independent of the action of the belor's gold medals for the two best profi- magnet, and that the appearances were --cients in classical learning among the com owing to a composition of forces. "The iu menciog Bachelors of Arts, were on Sa- form of the last experiment was inverted,

turday last adjudged to Messrs. Frederic by passing two copper wires through two Malkin and Wm. Barham, both of Trinity holes, three inches apart, in the bottom College.

of a glass basin; the basin was then "NU A New Phenomenon of Electro-Maguet- filled with mercury, which stood about 31,125mlBy. Șir Humphry Davy.-Sir H., the tenth of an inch above the wire, Upon

Davy found, that when two wires were making a coinmunication through this

placed in a basin of mercury, perpendi. arrangement, with a powerful voltaic Icicular to the surface, and in the voltaic circuit, the mercury was immediately

circuit of a battery with large plates, and seen in violent agitation its surface beto the pole of a powerful magnet held either came elevated into a small conę above out above or below the wires, the mercury each of the wires; waves flowed of in

si immediately began to revolve round the all directions from these cones, and the 1 wire as an axis, according to the circum- only point of rest was apparently where Pristances of electro-magnetic rotation, dis- they met in the centre of the mercury, y covered by Mr. Faraday. Masses of between the two wires. On holding the

ju mercury, of several inches in diameter, pole of a powerful magnet at a considerfies were set in motion, and made to revolve able distance above one of the cones, its "te in this manner whenever the pole of the apex was diminished and its base extend4i magnet was held near the perpendiculared. At a smaller distance, the surface of 734, of the wire; but when the pole was held the mercury became plane, and rotation rabove the mercury, between the two slowly began round the wire. As the magnet

wires, the circular motion ceased, and, approached, the rotation became more ra...) currents took place in the mercury in pid; and when it was about half an inch *opposite directions, one to the right and above the mercury, a great depression of

the other to the left of the magnet, Other it was observed above the wire, and a vorcircunstances led to the belief that the tex which reached almost to the surface of passage of the electricity produced mo the wire. Sir 11. D. thinks that these

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