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Cippoline marble. The busts of Jupiter Serapis, Bacchus, and several others, are wonderfully fine, and genuine antiques. Here also are two casts in bronze, from the heads of the celebrated Centaurs at Rome, and three or four curious tragic masks, three feet in height, valuable not only on account of the excellence of their sculpture, but from their rarity, as there are few, if any, real antique ones of that size in England. In mentioning the valuable collection of fragments of ancient sculpture, there are none more worthy of observation than the curious and highly finished Hand, which stands on a porphyry pillar in the Entrance Hall, and which displays much truth and nature. Also an Hand, undoubtedly belonging to the famed statue of the philosopher Zeno, in the Capstotinum at Rome. It admirably expresses the character of an old man's hand-An antique foot on a pedestal of Pavonezza, is a fine piece of sculpture.—Also a leg and thigh, uncommonly well executed.—A fragment of some Colossal figure,
which, in proportion to this knee, must have been twenty-five feet in height, the sculpture of the most excellent kind. In the collection of BAss-RELIEVES, a lion's head, an Etruscan sacrifice, a Tabula Votiva, Terminus, Bacchanalian Scene, Chariot
Races, an elegant figure of Victory carrying a wreath to adorn a Temple, Nerides, a Sepulchral Monument, and a Jupiter Pacificus, command particular attention, and are all of admirable workmanship. But the numerous Sarcophagi, and CineraryUrns, are valuable and rare specimens, especially one of the Sarcophagi seven feet long, and four feet high, at each end of which are lions devouring their prey, executed in a masterly style. The collection of Marble-Tables, between thirty and forty in number, is peculiarly choice and valuable. These are of SicilianJasper, Verd-Antique, Pecorella, Oriental-Alabaster, Lava-Dove, Brocatella, Bianco-Nero, Specimen Tables, and fine Mosaic, both ancient and modern. Also several Columns and Pillars of the Werd-Antique, Cipollini, Brescia, Red Granite, Porta Santa Rubia, Pavonezza, Porphyry, Grey-Granite, and other Marbles— and a variety of Alabaster and Etruscan Wases, and curious An
tique tique Bronzes. The pictures are not so select as they might be; but there are several fine paintings, in which number, the Fall and Redemption of Man, an early picture, by RAPHAEL, stands conspicuous. The Marriage Feast, a large picture, by PAUL VERoNESE. Bacchus and Ariadne, a large painting, by
SEBASTIAN RICCA. Four fine Landscapes, by WILson. Two
curious Portraits, by Gerrard Douw. The Alchymist, by D. Teniers, with many others, too numerous to detail, deserve the attention of the connoisseur and artist.
John WEEveR, a native of this county, was born in the year 1576, but at what place is not mentioned by any Biographer. Partial to ecclesiastical antiquities and sepulchral memorials, he travelled over different parts of England, and even visited the Continent to examine churches, and transcribe the flattering inscriptions on old tombs, &c. At length he published that part of his collection which related to the dioceses of Canterbury, Rochester, London, Norwich, and part of Lincoln. This made a small volume folio, 1641; and in 1767, the work, with some additions, was published in quarto *, entitled, “Ancient Funeral Monuments of Great Britain, and the Islands adjacent,” —“with a Discourse on Funeral Monuments,” &c. Wharton, (Angli. Sac. Vol. I. p. 668.) charges him with gross mistakes in the numerical letters and figures. Weever died in London in the year 1632, and was buried in the old church of St. James's, Clerkenwell, where the following epitaph, written by himself, was inscribed to his memory:“Lancashire gave me birth—Cambridge education, Middlesex gave me death—and this church my humation:
And Christ to me hath given,
* This was edited by the Rev. John Tooke, author of Travels in Russia, &c. who solicited the communication of additional epitaphs, but did not obtain many.—Gough's British Topography, Vol. I. p. 121.
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