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ter the public had been fairly gulled into picturesque ; but we dislike his relief figures purchase. then to commence the work of they appear incorrect in driving. The gradual, but rapid decadence. That this vignette of Athens is inattractive; but that was a system of 'swindle and plunder on the must be the fault of the scene, it cannot be one hand, and a serere injury to the fine arts the fault of Stanfield. Turner's Corinth is on the other, no one can doubt. The dis- one of those charming little things which trust thus generated in the public mind, while none but himself can get up-. Within that it properly had the effect of suppressing such circle none durst walk but he." Upon the robbery, checked, to a certain extent, the whole, this is a most satisfactory number. progress of an art which nothing but publicA Supplement to the Landscape and Porpatronage can profitably encourage, so that trait Illustrations of Byron is announced sur

(how often do the innocent suffer for publication, to contain an accouat of the subthe guilty)-it was made to wither under the ject of the engravings in the first eight parts, very influence of that righteous judgment (completing the volume,) with extracts and with which knavery was deservedly visited. original information by Mr. Brockedon. It How different is the principle of action, and will be in good hands. how different the result, noi! Men of cha- MIMORIALS OF OXFORD,- No 3. *_ Tlis racter, redeeming to the full their first pledge number presents views of the great Quades, bare commenced and continued works rangle of Christ Church, and of the sturwhich are more than sustained in their ca. case and hall, and several clever wood cuts. reer,-for each last number seems to exceed The work goes on well; but may we breathe in merit its immediate predecessor; the pub- a hint ?- Would it not be an imprı vement lic reliance is secured, and glorious art thrives if with each number were given a little ce. beneath a wholesome and vigorous nourish- scriptive letter press upon the architecture ment. We consider that the publishers of of the views? They are so guod, that they at the present work, and we wish oot to be least deserve it. invidious- those of several others we might We append some observations on the gename, have, by the honour and enterprise nealogy of Cardir al Wolsey, which go to exhibited in their conduct of them, done shake the impression that iliis dominating much towards the prosperity of the fine arts, Prelate of the oldın days was * born of a and deserve, were it only for so much, all butcher, of a butcher bred." the encouragement they are receiving It is “ Thomas Wolsey was born at Ipswich in hardly possible to believe that there is one Suffolk, in March 1471. His parents are subscriber to many of the illustrative public belit sed to have been in huinble circumstancations, now in course of issue, who has fairces, but of this nothing is kpown which can cause to regret his original subscription,orwho be considered as certain. By the party can point out any declension in value of the writers of their own day, few men have been works, as they have progressively travelled subjected to more numerous or bitter inrecfri m their first birth into maturity; and we tives. He is generally reviled as the butchhave sound reasons for believing that this er's son ;' and this story has teen copied by bright example of fair dealing will produce later historians. Yet whatever might have an abundance, a rich abundance of good been the occupation of his father, he could things yet to come, and shame into honesty scarcely be considered as moving in the very the roguisbly inclined.

lowest sphere; since in his will he speaks of The contents of the “ Parts of this month the contingency of his son being not merely are,

in holy orders, but a priest,' within a year 1. The LIDO AND Port Sr. Nicolas,

after his own death, and devises to his wife Stanfield.

all his lands and tenements in Olle parisit, 2. Cauro Santa Pisa, Cattermole. and his 'fiee and bond lands' in another. lle 3. LAUSANNE, Copley Tielding.

was, therefore, a person of respectal e pro4. Bi LOGNA, Ilarding.

perty." . 5. Lady CAROLINE LAMB, (by, we are Ever since the creation of Stanfeld as not told whom.

an R.A.E , sundry rumours have been aflont 6. Corinth, from the Acropolis. Tur. that the painting of any more "scenes' for ner.

the Theatres would be incompatible with the 7. Athens and the Island of Egina, Stan. conferred dignity. The truth of the report field.

remained for many days in a well, though To begin, as in knightly courtesy we are the broad absurdity of such an interdict, it bound, with the fair : Limners are prover. made. was ap, arent from the very first. bially sad Hatterers, and if the enchanting bially sad Aatterers, and if the enchantinis Sianfield, bou ever, has found it necessary face, and the admirably moulded head here to give to it a public and unqualified denial; pourtrayed, be in strict accordance with the and the King's lieges have now the thres. reality, Lady Caroline Lamb was once in fuld cause for rejoicing: ]. That the Artist deed a comely and a graceful creature to be. has left to him uurestrieted sea room for the hold. Lausanne, in any hands, would have exercise of his peculiar and unrivalled tas made a sweet picture ; but in those of Copley lents : 2. That a scurce of delight to gaz. Fielding it is exquisite. So is the Lido bying multitudes will not thus prematurely he Stanfield; but we are so alarmingly partial utterly and for ever dried up; ud 3. 'l liat to marine subjects, that we have learned to the Council of the Royal Academy is not so curb our admiration thereanent. There is a desperately assinine in its bebesis, as many delicacy and neatvess in the engraving of are generously disposed to give it credit for Cattermole's Campo Santa that we very much being adwiie; Harding's Bologna is pretty and

Tilt,

Go thou, therefore, om and prosper, (!tional work is before us. It relates to a most excellent C. Stanfiell, R. A E.; and most interesting division of Scottish sceavoid thou the waters of indolence, arro- nery, history, and antiquities.-St Angance, and self-conceit as thou lovest an

dreus. The first view, is one of the ruins lionoured name! The Byron GALLERY. PART 4.-We

of the Cathedral, seen through the “Gol. have already expressed our favourable opi.

den Gate," a ruined but massive arched nion of this series of illustrations. This

gateway. We have a still finer (view of number contains a Medora, drawn by

the Cathedral, of the beautiful monastery Richter, in which that artist has excelled

of the Grey Friars, a gem of pure Gothic

architecture himself. He has done that difficult thing,

1 illustrations of Mac. cmbodied the loveliest and softest imagin

betli's Castle, more interesting to the anings of the Corsair's Bride. The young

tiquary than the lover of art. These Juan and Julia are entirely deficient in

ctchings are faithful and spirited like. sentiment and character, merely dressed

nesses, and the illustrative or explanatory stage figures ; but the flower of the num

letter-press, is all that could be desired. ber is the Countess Guiccioli. It is a

This work, though on a large scale in sweetly serene and very youthful counte

size, from being confined to outline, is nauce, with a mild full eye, and a candid

marvellously cheap, even in these days of brow, not in the least like the ordinary

cheap engraving. o rtraits of Lord Byron's Lady Love which MAJOR'S CABINET GALLERY. No. we have seen ; and still less like Leigh 5.-Of the three subjects of this month, Hunt's Countess, with her · sleek” golden the TENIERS-A Farm Yard-is the best locks. The original miniature must have in choice, and in execution. It is a charmbeen painted before the Countess ever saw ing picture. The Sea-piece has at least or dreamed of Byron. It is beautifully the name of VANDERVELDE to give it engraved. Jephtha's Daughter is a grace. grace among modern admirers of art. ful picture of a not Hebrew maiden. Henrietta, the Queen of Charles I, though

COLONEL MURRAY'S ILLUSTRATION3 a VANDYKE, is a failure in this work OF SCOTTISH SCENERY, LITERATURE, Whither has the beauty of this clear& History._-The fifth part of this na. complexioned, sparkling brunette vanish

ed? # Morison, Perth.

THE DRAMA,

Tre Lord Chamberlain's extension of the “ Puss in Boots" has asforded a fine opperiod of the licenses of the Haymarket Thea- portunity for the display of the powers of are and English Opera House, has been the Little Poole, the Great Grieveses, and other cause of much rejoicing among play-wrights distinguished artists, from clown and harleand actors; and of much dolour to certain quin downwards. The Adapter (we know otlier great people pertaining to certain great him not ; but how enviable must have been patented structures, of name needless to tell. his feelings, while dramatizing the eventful Whilst this measure will abridge monopoly in history) has becomingly confined himself to one case, it cannot fail to secure employment the great original; and if a mixture of to a too numerous class of artificers who, labour breathless attention and uproarious laughter in one of the most precarious and vicissive among pleased and wondering audiences be vocations of a trading nation. The tremen- any criterion of merit deserved, it is unequi. dous debt, expenses in which the great houses vocally his. are involved, must needs have exercised a In matters of such importance as London paralysing influence upon the exertions of Pantomimes, six days are quite sufficient time managers, and the pleasures of theatrical to make known to the outermost parts of the novelty hunters ; but what the results will nation every remarkable scene, trick, and inbe to the drama, nos that a powerful com cident worthy of inmortal renown, so that petition is about to be instituted by establishi we need not detail facts with which every ments altogether unencumbered, some folks person must be now and necessarily well tremble to conjecture. We may gricre for acquainted. With liberal prodigality we disindividual ruin, but the gain of the few must pense our praise to all concerned; but to dear be sacrificed to the advantage of the many little Pussy Poole, we would give a score of It comes to this at last.

kindly kisses and a silver-penny keepsake, The “Christmas Pantomimes" have been, if we had but the opportunity of doing so as by custom established, the chief source of generous and grateful an act. interest among the play-going world during " Nell Gwynne” has ranged through all this happy period of the season; and with the gradations from praise to censure in the thie exception of Jerrold's “ Nell Guynne,' scale of the critical thermometer. In truth, bave excited their usual undivided interest. it is a happy failure. Plot there is none; it At Covent Garvey, the classic tale of is made up of disjointed incident. Had Mr Jerrold contrived to impart to it a little ge to the audience, and very much so to hinaneral animation and a spirited denouement, self. the drama would have survived inany others Mr Dowton, pere, in the cleverly drawn by which it will soon be supplanted. The character of Caustic, displayed his usual ad. dialogue is generally good, often pointed, diction to that best of instiuctresses-Nature. sometimes sparkling. The acting is excel Farren gloried in Tobby Allspice, a nd played lent. The performance of Miss Taylor as admirably. The other parts of the comedy Nelly, and of Blanchard as the doating but were well sustained, and we have not see a crafty old Crow's Foot, is exceedingly clever. it since. Little Keeley in the part of Orange Moll, has The Minors have shone forth this Christsignally immortalized himself ;- it is one of mas with unusual lustre in their pantomimes, the richest representations of character on In the two all-important points of scenery the stage. The Ballet of Masaniello con- and barlequinade, each rivals the other ; and tinues still attractive.

they all are well-nigh running abreast with the The Pantomime at DRURY LANE bears the majors. Sadlers Wells has for ye name of Harlequin Traveller. A splendid years back been the very hot-bed for the rearPanorama by Stanfield (who, by the way, ing and cultivation of Harlequins, Columhas made Panoramas a necessary cons ituent bines, and Clowns; and he who knows not of Pantomimes) adds to the attraction which the holyday pantomine of “the Wells," arfun, trick, tuinbling, and glitter, in all their gues of course himself unknown. We partiinfinite varieties, have for a risible and a cularly notice this little Theatre for a very thinking people. The Way to get Married" wpirited attempt to introduce a noticeable was got up for the purpose of introducing Panorama within the walls of a minor. A Mr V. Dowton in the part of Tangent. He Mr Cocks (he cannot remain long unknown) is evidently well acquainted with the busi. his painted a picture of the marine scenery, ness part of “his profession, and performs froin Portsmouth Harbour to Antwerp Citawith great discrimination and abundance of del, in a style of surprising excellence, credit. * animal spirit. The debut seemed satisfactory able alike to his owa skill and the manager's

enterprise.

MUSIC.

SINCE our last publication, there have professional brethren; but a musical appeared in Edinburgh two Musical periodical, conducted on that plan, would Periodicals -- THE MONTHLY Musi. give pleasure to thousands. Above all, CAL ALBUM, comprising Quadrilles, it would sell ; and that, we suppose, is Waltzes, Gallopades, &c. for the Piano. one of the principal purposes for which Forte ; and THE MUSICAL SCRAP-Book, The Musical Album and Musical Scrapcontaining original and selected Songs, Book are intended. We wish to see a Ballads, &c. for the voice, and Quadrilles, sort of Chambers' Journal in music, Waltzes, &c. for the Piano-l'orte. The rather than a Scientific Journal, although Scrap Book is edited by Mr. Finlay Dun, bearing names in the musical world equal an accomplished musician, a successful those of Brewster and Jameson in the teacher of singing, and a gentleman of world of science. considerable literary attainments. The There have been a number of Concerts regular contributors to The Musical Al. in Edinburgh during last month. Mrs. bum are announced to be the same Mr. Wood has shewn us how much the human Dun, with Mr. Alexander Murray, Mr. voice, and Mr. Bochsa how little the harp Muller, and Mr. Spindler, three Edin. can do, to entrance the soul in musical burgh professional musicians and teach. delight. Miss Eliza Paton is, as yet, far ers of the most respectable order. Both inferior to her sister, Mrs. Wood; but has works are well conducted, and published the natural gifts of a first rate singer, and by music-sellers of extensive connection. is likely to take that rank in due time. But what is wanted is a Musical Pe. Mr. Sapio, whom we have now got in riodical adapted for the many. Four- Edinburgh, appears to us, among English fifths of such a work should consist of singers, second only to Braham. simple airs, simply accompanied - the The Leith Pbilharmonic Society, a large remaining fifth being devoted to music of and fourishing association of an.ateurs, a higher kind. The staid professional give their friends, generally once a month, musician would have small relish for such a concert of a particularly agreeable de. a work ; and the mongrel sort of music scription. The Edinburgh Professional cians, called amateurs, would express Society is dormant. still higher contempt for it than tlicir

J. Johnstone, 19, St. James' Square, Edinburgh.

TAIT'S

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

THE REFORMED PARLIAMENT.

The Session has commenced with bad omens, the Ministers, with the two Houses of Parliament, having given signs of a spirit which the sanguine believers in a Reformed Parliament fancied extinguished forever. The speech with which his Majesty commenced the Session was, as usual, when speaking of improvements, vague and unsatisfactory; when menacing war, and denouncing vengeance against the people, peculiarly definite, clear, and intelligible; and the commentary on this text, viz., the speeches and explanations of the Ministers, has gone far to strengthen all the unpleasant anticipations which the speech itself was calculated to raise.

On the first question which arose in the House of Commons, (the choice of the Speaker,) we shall say little. The matter itself was not very important, but as a sign, or when considered as involving a principle: and the division was, we conceive, unwisely forced on; yet are we well pleased to see, that even under all the unfavourable circumstances which attended this case, there were found thirty good men and true, to enter their protest against a bad principle.

The next matter which came under the consideration of the House, was one of far graver importance: one which, for the immensity of its consequences, has never been surpassed ; involving, as it does, Civil War in Ireland ; and, therefore, calling into question the very existence of the empire at large. The conduct of the Ministers on this momentous subject, was, to speak in mild terms, highly disingenuous; while the House appeared like one wilfully blind, and determined to be confiding in spite of any damning evidence which might be placed before him.

The question respecting Ireland may be stated in a few words: By the admissions of the Ministers themselves, that unhappy country has suffered for centuries under misrule; and been borne down by grievances which yet remain. The extent and pungency of these grievances is ad. mitted on all sides. That they, and they alone, have driven the people to madness, seems also to be allowed; that they have been, and are, quite sufficient to that end, no one denies. At the present time, in certain parts of the country, the peasantry are VOL. II.---XO, XII.

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more than usually disturbed. Driven by want, and goaded by oppression in ten thousand various and maddening forms, they nightly devastate the country,commit depredations, and sometimes are guilty of murder. This is one evil, and this is the one chiefly insisted on by Ministers ; but there are others, which are really the things felt, though not openly complained of. Among other things, the agricultural population have determined to pay no tithe. Mr. Stanley, in his wisdom, commenced a campaign in favour of tithe. He levied it at the point of the bayonet. He employed police, troops, judges, and lawyers, to enforce it. He ruined thousands, and exasperated the whole population. As the tithe was levied by force and arms, so was it defended. Is it wonderful, that when, in warlike guise, you strip the poor of their hard earnings, they should resist you in the same way? Is it strange, that when you shew, that the law has no moral power, that it is strong only by physical force,-is it strange, we ask, that the people should cease to venerate the law, and withdraw from it the allegiance which, by habit, they are accustomed to pay to it? In Ireland such has been the conduct of the Government; such has been the result. A law hated by the people has been backed by force ; and by force it has been successfully resisted. The parsons who have insisted on their tithes have been shot; the army employed to collect them has been foiled; the judges appointed to hang and otherwise punish no-tithe-payers, have been disap. pointed of their prey; and the police are no longer supreme in Ireland.

Added to these two evils, there is another existing, in the opinion of the Government ; though this also is not insisted on. The people generally are politically excited. The grievances under which they have so long suffered are marked out for destruction ; the sweeping besom of Reform is about, by the people, to be passed over the Church of Ireland, and all the monstrous emanations from that portentous establishment.

These three classes of evils (for so the Ministry and the gentry of Ireland consider them) now existing, the Ministry are at their wits' end to put them down. And without any explanation respecting the malady, without any statement as to the cure proposed, they come to the Legis. lature, and demand of them at once confidence and increased powers, The answer to this demand was, that before any increased powers were given, the ills complained of should be explained; before harsh measures were resorted to, the real grievances of which the people complained should be abated. The history of Ireland contains many instances of powers being given, and being exercised; it contains more of grierances abated,- of the legitimate demands of the people being satisfied. In place of declaring war against a whole people, a people, too, whom all persons allow to be grievously abused, --why not, it was asked, try the more mild and soothing plan of abolishing the ills complained of? For example, try the effect of putting down the tithes, and the tithe campaign ; substitute for an inefficient and insulting police, one which the people could confide in, and one which they would assist ; let the people elect their own ma. gistrates, and they will have confidence in the administration of justice; destroy all distinctions between Catholic and non-Catholic; do away with the Irish Church,-a church maintained only for the clergy, and not for the people; establish a system of education, and a more equitable taxa. tion; and then, if all these things fail, ask for additional powers, and demand of the people's representatives unbounded confidence in your intentions. But these things would not fail. Whitefeet would, by this system, be effectually suppressed, and good order firmly established, where anarchy has for centuries been predominant. This plan, however, does

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