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THE PRACTICE OF THE COURT OF TIST'S ANNUAL." It is to consist of SESSION.-By JAMES JOHNSTON DAR. an original epigram for every day of next LING, Writer to the Signet. 2 VOLS. year, with some extra merriment, in the 8vo.* _The increase in the number of ap- shape of a few comic tales, for Christmas peals to the House of Lords, from the week, and to be illustrated by eight huCourt of Session, led to the appointment morous sketches; while the bulk of the of a Parliamentary Commission, in 1824, whole book, it is promised, is not to exto investigate the state of the forms of pro- ceed that of a modish snuff-box. ceeding in the Scottish courts. The result of this commission was, that a great Mr. Mayne is preparing, for the press, many alterations were recommended, prin. a third edition of the “ Siller Gun," con. cipally with the view of preventing the siderably enlarged, and accompanied with intermingling of law and fact, in judicial notes and illustrations. We are suffi. pleadings, as has been too long the prac- ciently acquainted with the merits of this tice of our courts. In the year 1825, admired of Sir Walter Scoit to assure the new system came into operation ; but readers of Scottish poesy, that, by its fine we have not hitherto had any book to feeling, and correct delineations of chaexplain the new forms, as modified by racter, it will furnish them with a source numerous regulations of court; and, by of gratification. upwards of 1000 adjudged cases. The present volumes, therefore, can hardly The Cabinet Annual Register, and His. fail to be useful to the law practitioner. torical, Biographical, Political, and Mis. The compilation has evidently been the cellaneous Chronicle of 1832, is announced result of much personal labour; and there for publication on the 1st of February is hardly a proposition contained in it, next, with additional claims to public which is not supported by a reference to favour and patronage. an adjudged case, or other authority. From personal knowledge of the au.
THE MASQUE OF ANARCHYthor, we can confidently recommend his Ain original poem, by SHELLEY; with a book to the legal profession, as the work Preface, by LEIGH HUNT ;-ROMANCE of a man, by his talents, business babits, IN IRELAND, and some other volumes, and perfect familiarity with the details are received too late in the month to afof which his book treats, peculiarly qua. ford time for reading them with the relified for the work he undertook.
quisite attention, or allotting the necessary
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THE FINE ARTS.
FindEN'S LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRA- Turner is a man, too, of placid iniers Tions or THE WORKS OF LORD By- and troubled skies, and hence his 66
“ights RON, PART Vill. Of seven engravings and shadows" are pleasant to look upon. three are from the drawings of Mr. J. In viewing his cloud scenery, if you be M. W. R. A. Turner ;-the Temple of at all addicted to the synthetical processes Minerva, Cape Colonna ;- Bacharach on of mind, you shall be assured that storms the Rhine; and the Castle of St. Angelo. are brooding as confidently as though you The works of this gentleman are as po- heard their moans and felt their gusty pular as, if not the most popular of, any precursors; but if you carry your vision living artist.
He has contrived to attain below, to the still and gentle waters une a reputation, the right to which it is, at der the carth, mirroring the objects this time, something hazardous to ques. planted upon its surface in all their mula tion; and, what to him is of equal, per- ti.generous variety, straightway you shall haps more sterling value, acquired plenty loathe your logic as spurious and unof that metal which the brilliant tints of sound. It is by this huddled but happy his pallet invariably symbolize. Impal- confusion of gradatory tints, it would pable glory is a very fine thing, no doubt, seem, that he manages to charm; and that but genius, unluckily, is enshrined in car- he does charm, appeal to the first picturenal chambers, and vulgar flesh must be gazer you meet.—But we have become fed to repair the tenement so prone to stupified by our own magniloquence and daily dilapidation ; true worldly philoso- the glare of his remembered pictures, phy points to the mode by which man's while we should have talked in sober wasting lump of clay, dried in the sun, criticism of Finden's Illustrations; and may be still kept fitted for the abiding now we have brief space left. place of the immortal spirit; and Mr. The Bacharach, already named, is a Turner has so far followed the guidance delightful little vignette, Turner every of the finger of philosophy. The measure inch of it ; and notwithstanding its closeof his mind's ambition is full; his name ly packed contents, every item is clearly is mighty among the sons of earth ; and made out, and every line tells. St. An. of bread and butter the choicest, he lack. gelo, we like less ; the contrast of shade eth no supply: this is true glory.
with the lights is too harsh and inharmoSkilful of head, and expert of hand is nious. There is a solemn grandeur about Mr. Turner; nature-whom no man has the scenery and sacred ruins of the Temmore libelled or falsified in the extrava- ple of Minerva which we are much pleased gance of his imagination-nature pos- with ; the moon, peering through the sesses nothing too great or too gorgeous black obscurity beyond, is a fine confor the pencil of this fascinating colorist. ception. Mount Etna, by Purser, is pretHe will not only robe his mountains, his ty, but too thin, and faulty also in its scas, and his cities, with the golden mag- aerial perspective. St. Sophia, by Roberts, uifcence of a summer sunset, but, in the is capital, and gives, in a small space, an calmness of his imperturbable confidence, excellent notion of the vastness of that will fing you into his kit-cat mighty Sol magnificent structure. Gastineau's Simhimself, in all the rich and yellow lux- plon, and Callcott's Verona, are both uriance of his unbonneted rotundity! clever productions. The moon he, of course, plays with as a Had we not exhausted all our stock of cat is wont to amuse the mice; and upon hard words and expletives, we should our honour and our conscience, we believe have spoken, as becomes us, in praise of that if he had to depict a snow scene, no the engravings; they are worthy the name pigment, froin vermilion to Zedoary-root, subscribed to then-whether rightfully would he deemn too warm to be therein or wrongfully, is no business of ours. introduced. He sees as through a glass, Upon the whole, this number is among but not darkly, and that glass must be a the very best of those which have been multiplier, cach separate plane of which yet published. is different in tint. It were monstrous, therefore, to suppose that the burin of the LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE engraver could ever impart any thing of PROSE AND POETICAL WORKS OF Sir the sparkle and glitter of his splendid WALTER SCOTT ; with Portraits of the pencil ; yet the graphic copies of these lu. Principal Female Characters. No.7.*minous originals, humbled as they are The present number contains a view of down to mere gradations of black and white, are eminently beautiful. Mr.
. Chapman and Hall.
“ Durham,” by our friend Robson, that dam, withered age, youth, elegance, penwholesale dealer in indigo and orpiment, ury, divinities, or devils, you may testify than whom no painter, this side immor- to their parentage before any police office tality, knows better how to make a pic- magistrate in London, without chance of ture, and a pleasing one : of “ Newark perjury. That fine creature, in a brown Castle,” by De Wint, a sombre structure study on a rock, which he has christened enough, rearing its dreary crest into a fine “contemplation,” is evidently the sister of fresh morning sky: of “ St. Anthony's his arch-angel Michael, mother of the Chapel," a moonlight scene, by G. Barret, Lady of the Lake, own-aunt to Musidora, but nevertheless in all the blackness of and surely, though distantly, a-kin to Dirk desolation : and of the “ Tolbooth,” by Hatteraick. T'he truth is, and it is a secret Nasmyth, a correct representation, and a which every painter will be indignant at pretty picture to boot. The portrait of the telling, each and all of them to a man, “ Amy Robsart,” to which we have made designs his images as he best can ; he allusion in another notice, and the
may groupe, drape, and attitudinize his autograph of Sir Walter, precede the figures, variformly enough; but in their whole; and these together, compose a fancy faces there reigns the one idea ; and number which fastidious, hypercritical, he may as well attempt to change the and penurious enough must they be whó identity of his own by the contortions of begrudge half-a-crown for its contents. smiling, frowning, or grinning, as try to Rumour reports an extensive sale for this rid his mind of the master image that little work; we hope, and cannot doubt, it dwells in his eye, and is traced by his will continue.
educated but unconscious hand. Cannot
any one, at all conversant with works of PORTRAITS OF THE PRINCIPAL FE- arts, at once, and without difficulty, name MALE CHARACTERS IN THE WAVER- the artist, upon the first glance at his pro. LEY NOVELS.
Part II."—Surely, no duction, having no more for his guidance title could have been more luckily, if not than the general acquaintance with the appositely, given to portraits such as these. peculiar something that is invariably To foist a heap of beautiful faces, name- stamped upon them all ? lessly, upon the rude gaze of an unman- We are not sure what we are driving nered world, would have been a violation
at in all this, except it be that it is idle of all decent dues ; but to give to each the to expect any facial semblance between protection of name and identity, and of these fancy portraits, and the originals such exultation, too, was at once a wise whose names they bear, as conceived by and cunningly devised precaution.
the minds of others; and that it is foolish We have not yet seen, and never ex- to quarrel with the names so applied to pect to see, any one sketch, portrait, or them, when that of “ Betsy Fusby" would design, intended as a representation of not have taken one charm away from that Scott's ideal characters, male or female, which is here called “ Rowena." The that has at all approached our own indi. thought was a capital one; for this gal. vidual conceptions. Revert to that lovely lery of sweet countenances has gladdened face which CHALON has called Flora
the eyes of many whose hearts are warm, M'Ivor ; we can fancy her haughty step but whose heads are too dull to create the and noble presence at such a place as Al. like. macks, the shaft of contempt ready to The present Number contains the usual leap forth from the bow of her beautiful quantity of four portraits ; to one of lips, and her proud eye to look into the which, a “sweet pretty face, the name very earth any presumptuous miserable, of “ Amy Robsart”- the fond, confiding, who dared the wound of the one or the loving, lovely Amy_has been appended encounter of the other ; but that face no by Mrs. Carpenter. We never read a more belongs to our Flora than it does to temper rightly by such an index, howthe Flora of Chalon himself. Artists, in- ever, if sharp wit and a stinging tongue deed, are by no means expert in portray- lurk not beneath those downcast eyes and ing the actual visions of even their own compressed lips. Depend upon it, all the mind, be they self-created, or raised by Leicesters on earth would never have other powers; a one idea is ever predo- made an Amy of the owner. She is a minant, and haunts their eye, and guides charming creature, but not Amy Robsart. their hand, in spite of their better judg. The outlined bust is very graceful. ments. The academician WESTALL is a The beauty of Mr. Boxall's “ Diana notable instance of this : in every one of Vernon” is marred by the profusion of his pictures, and he has consumed much coal-black hair by which the face is surcanvass, may be seen this one, enduring, rounded. The eyes are bright and full-unvarying idea. Whether he paints a full to a fault; but there is little of the hero, an angel, a murderer, a babe, a belmind in them which must have lurked
half seen in those of the original Di. • Chapman and Hall, London.
This seems more the miniature of a hoyden “ THE DEATH OF CHATHAM." Cupely of fifteen, detected by papa in her brother's was an American artist, the father of Lord clothes.
Lyndhurst, who, Mr. Cunningham goes The Lady “ ROWENA” of Mr. Stone is rather out of his way to inform us, “has, a pleasing portraiture of youthful inno. in our own day, filled the seat of Lord cence and feminine loveliness. The face High Chancellor, with honour to himself, is in shadow, relieved by a pencil of light, and advantage to his country." This which slightly strikes upon a portion of picture, as a work of art, is not to our her polished forehead, as it emerges from taste; but it claims a place in this the side hair. To our taste it is far and selection, from the interest connected away the prettiest in the number.
with the scene. The portraits are likeBut what shall we say of Mr. Rochard's nesses of the leading Peers of the time. notion of “ Isabel de Croye.” We have the third engraving is a landscape of tried hard to admire but failed. The Wilson's, teemiug with ideas and fine feeling most powerfully excited, after a combinations. calm and prolonged examination, has been that of wonder-two-fold wonder; firstly, PROGRESSIVE DRayIxG-Book. By how in the world a woman could allow Childs. Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4, (complete). herself to be so disfigured by any rascally STUDIES OF FOREST TREES. By Same perrukier in the arrangement of her raven No. 1. --The great objection that may be black, Irving-like hair; secondly, can it urged against lithographic drawing-books be a mere “ accident” of art, a means of generally, is, that the free “handling” of relief, devised by the artist ; if the latter, the artist on the stone, is reversed in the grace defend the taste of Mr. Rochard !
printed impressions, and therefore that We may more particularly advert to
they mislead rather than improve the the excellence of the engravings by and by learner in his attempts at fac-simile copy
This number contains, besides, a fac. ing. In the above works this fault does simile of the writing of Sir Walter, and a
not appear, and they may safely be put poem on his death by Mr. Swain--a very into the hands of the student as an excel. spirited thing.
lent exemplar. The subjects are pictur.
esque and well-selected; and the arrangeMAJOR'S CABINET GALLERY
ment of the studies calculated to impart 3 PICTURES. No. III.-We merely enu- knowledge of chiaro-scuro, as well as the merate the contents of this new number. first rudiments of the art. This is as it -A Vandyke choice, the Gervartius. It should be. is beautifully engraved. In speaking of The execution of the Forest Trees" is Vandyke, Mr. Alan Cunningham says, masterly, and may be studied with profit. “ Hazlitt' is a better authority in painting Both works are very good, very cheap, than in poetry." Then he must be an au
and of very tasteful exterior. thority indeed, and one to walk by in galleries. The next painting is Copely's,
• London: Dobbs and Co.
able a lounge as it once was. A few It is impossible to trace exactly the young men of good principles still make progress of the light which has come it their haunting place when they have over our theatre, and dimmed the lustre, nothing better to do; but they are but a not of its actors, but of its audience. handful compared with those of a former There is something in the temper of the age. The time was when the wives and age. A reading public can scarcely be daughters of advocates and physicians a theatre-going public. Their habits of (the thrice distilled quintessence of Edin. mind are too different to admit of their burgh aristocracy) could slip quietly into receiving each pleasure from the other's the pit to enjoy a favourite play; but pursuits. Then again, as
a learned now the ermine of their high caste would financialist on our establishment, more be sullied for ever by such an action. conversant with the pages of " the Black What with all the world (of Edinburgh) Book” than those of Shakspeare, would being now takers and givers of evening say, “people must work harder now to parties, and what with that confounded keep their ground in society, and have central chandelier which makes the pit so less time for amusement." And “last conspicuous a situation, no genteel person not least," the theatre is not so fashion- dare now be seen in it. Even Peter