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—Battle of the Boyne, Old Wycke. A long narrow picture, full of bustle, and treated in an interesting manner. The grand and truly excellent picture by Mr. West, of the same subject, must be very generally known, by the excellent print from it by Hall; and it becomes amusing to compare the picture of the Dutch master with that of the English historical painter.—Head of Cromwell—Two small pictures of the Nativity and Transfiguration, by Zuccarelli.--Storm at Sea, by Salvator Rosa; a large and peculiarly fine picture, in which this great master of the art has displayed his unrivalled powers in force and harmony of colouring with impressive and horrific effect.—Landscape, Seb. Bourdon.— Landscape, De Wadder.—Two Landscapes, by Van Goyen.—Sea Piece, by Senes.—A Hungarian Camp and a Battle Piece, by Boudwyns and Bout.—Battle Piece, by Wouvermans.—A Port
in Holland, by Storck. LAD1Es DRAwing-Room. Waterfall, by Watteau.-Virgin and Child, Pietro Perugino.—Infant Christ asleep, Elisabetta Serani.-Water-Mill, Paterre.—Sea Port, Bartolomeo.—Dutch Sea Port, Storck.-Christ and the Samaritan Woman, Ludovico Caracci.-Holy Family, Palma Vecchio.—Aaron and the Golden Calf, Eckhout.—Two Landscapes, Brueghel.-Two Landscapes, Mams.-Sea Port, Occhiali.-Two Pictures of Boors, Teniers. —Two Views in Rome, Studio.—Magdalen's Head, and another of St. John's, Guido.—Venus, Titian.-A Painter drawing a naked Woman, Schalcken.—Landscape, a Sketch, Salvator Rosa. A Philosopher and a Huckster, two small pictures, Gerhard Douw.—Nymphs and Satyrs, Rubens and Brueghel.-Seamen Drinking, Adrian Vander Werf–Sportsmen, Peter Wouvermans.—Marriage of St. Catharine, after Corregio.—Two Landscapes, by Brueghel.—Venus and Satyr, a sketch, Titian.—Mater Dolorosa, Carlo Dolce.—Landscape, Asselyne.—Peasants, Bamboccio.—Virgin and Child, Vanucchi.-Poetry and Painting, Murillio.—Dutch Boors, Ostade.—A Philosopher, Quintin Matsys.—Portrait of the Conde-Duque d'Olvarez, Velasquez.-Sea Storm, Tempesta.-Landscape, Gaspar Poussin, in his best style, and and another by the same master; a very early picture.—Finding of Moses, Francisco Mile.—Two Landscapes, Poelemburgh.Three Pictures, a Frost Piece, a Night Piece, and a Sea Port, Grevenbroeck. Here are likewise some curious specimens of painted glass, part of which was brought from the old chapel of Stoke Pogeis, in Buckinghamshire. The Park at Donington is celebrated for its fine, old, majestic oaks, and other forest trees; and the grounds are alternately thrown into bold swells, and sunk into sweeping vallies; thus presenting, from many stations, scenes of great picturesque beauty and interest. Near the northern extremity of the grounds, is a precipice called Donington Cliff, a scene much admired for its romantic and wild features. A bold projecting crag, with hanging woods, and the pellucid waters of the river Trent, constitute a scene peculiarly interesting to the landscape painter; and has been represented in two large prints, engraved by Vivares, in 1745, from paintings by T. Smith. designed the magnificent garden front of the present House, which was built by his brother and successor Samuel Phillips, Esq. merchant; on the death of whose widow it passed to his maternal cousin, the present Mr. T. M. Phillips.
Diseworth, a small village, about six miles North-west of Loughborough, is the birth-place of WILLIAM LILLY, the astrologer, who was born in May, 1602, and who died June, 1681. This gentleman was one of those “blind buzzards,” as Gataker calls him, who first deceive themselves, by an assumption of supernatural powers, and then impose on others, equally silly, by pretending to foretel human events, and to develope the sacred and inscrutable dispensations of Omnipotence. Lilly was for many years in the humble capacity of a footboy, but his diligence, sanctity, or something else, recommended him to his mistress, a widow with a fortune of 1000l. This rendered him at ease and independant. He now pursued his favorite study of astrology, and, according to his own acknowledgement, made so rapid a progress in the art, that it seemed supernatural inspiration. He declares, in his account of his life, that “he prayed for several weeks to those angels who were thought and believed by wise men to teach and instruct in all the several liberal sciences. These - angels
angels very rarely speak to any operator or master; and when they do speak, it is like the Irish, much in the throat”.” In 1647, he finished a book which he arrogantly and impiously called “Christian Astrology;” but this work does not evince the possession of angelic inspiration. Perhaps the angels either turned a deaf ear to the author's prayers, or dictated in such guttural and Irish tones, as not to be understood by him. It is evident that he considered judicial astrology as a science; and it is equally evident, that he exercised his pen in behalf of Cromwell and the parliament to Astrological predictions and prophesies were well suited to the bigotted phrenzy and folly of those times; and Lilly had enough human cunning to know how to adapt them to the capacities of the populace. Like all other dealers in destiny, he was generally ambiguous and oracular, and amused his disciples with unintelligible hieroglyphics. Many of those, says Aubrey, he stole from a Monkish manuscript. These have again been stolen by Francis Moore, the almanack maker, and by other makers of the same contemptible pamphlets. Lilly, though known to be an imposter, had a pension of 100l. a year granted him by the council of states. Butler characterizes him under the name of Sidrophel; and Sir John Birkenhead satirized his almanack, by calling it “the Art of discovering all that never was, and never shall be.” Lilly's almanack maintained as high degree of reputation for many years, as the present popular, and almost equally silly annual publication, called “Vox Stellarum.” “ By the profit arising from his great practice among the vulgar in the profession of conjurer, prophet, physician, &c. he acquired a sum sufficient to enable him to purhase a considerable estate at Walton upon Thames, where he died, and was buried in the chancel of the church there. A slab was placed over his remains by Elias
* Lilly's Life by himself, last edit. p. 88.
+ “When Cromwell was in Scotland, a soldier stood with Lilly's (Mer. linus) Anglicus in his hand, and said to the several troops passed by him, “Lo! hear what Lilly saith, you are promised victory, fight it out brave boys,” and then read that month's prediction.—Life, p. 83.
# Thurloe's State Papers, Vol. V. p. 431.
Ashmole".” A portrait of him is preserved in the Ashmolean
LocKINGTon HALL, the seat of the Rev. Philip Story, is a modern mansion situated near the turnpike road, about two miles north-west of Kegworth. Here are several good family portraits and some other pictures. The late and present possessors have greatly improved the scenery of the place.
Anciently written Cogeworde, is a town on the great turnpike road, six miles north of Loughbourgh, and eleven south of Derby. In the year 1289, King Edward the first granted to Robert de Hausted and Margery his wife, the privilege of a market on Tuesdays, and two annual fairs, at this place. It appears that there were only sixty-eight families in Kegworth in the year 1564, and in 1575 a free school was founded here by a decree from Queen Elizabeth. About 2000 acres of land were inclosed in this parish, in consequence of an Act of parliament passed in 1778, when two Miss Bainbrigge's were acknowledged to be ladies of the manor; and the master, fellows, &c. of Christ College in Cambridge (connected with Frederick Augustus, Earl of Berkeley, under certain restrictions), as patrons of the rectory. The market at Kegworth is nearly discontinued. In 1800 the town contained 262 houses and 1360 inhabitants. The church is a handsome, light building, with a nave, ailes, transeps, chancel, and tower with a spire. Most of the windows are large, with two mullions and tracery; and some of them have pieces and complete figures of painted glass. On the south side of the chapcel are three stone seats or stalls, with the seat on one plane, and ornamented with pursled pinnacles, foliated pedi. ments, &c. At