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certainly requires (laying our feelings out in effect. We are aware that arrangements
of the question, for we consider it as sacri- of this sort are beneficial to the composer
lege to set Burns to any but Scotch music), in a pecuniary point of view, and are quickly
at least an air in the Scotch style. The thrown off—but, as a young composer of
composer does not seem to have been of great talent, we should recommend Mr. C.
the same opinion, which we are sorry for ; to attack a Concerto, a set of Sonatas, or
for though the melodies are really pretty, || some serious work, which may exhibit the
and the accompaniments brilliant, we can- originality as well as the elegance of his
not tolerate them without the sine qua non mind.

Overture to Aladdin,composed by H. R. ENGLISH THEATRICALS.
Bishop.-Goulding, D'Almaine, and Co.

The national establishments bave terminated The whole of this overture, and particu- ll their season ; and, as during the last month larly the adagio, is modelled on the Freis- they have afforded us no matter of novelty chutz. It opens with a few bars in unison, || either in the way of play or performer, the followed by a soft passage for horns and hazarding a few observations on the present wind instruments, and terminates with a state of the drama of the most intellectual tremolo movement of the violin exactly and enlightened country in the world will not as its prototype. The allegro con fuoco cause us to intrude beyond the space which we in D, which follows, not only imitates the usually prescribe to ourselves for the discussing style, but in some instances has the iden- of dramatic affairs.

We may be allowed to ask of the managers tical passages. The composition of the whole is superior to the generality of Mr.

of the national establishments, what, during their

last protracted seasons, they have produced B.'s overtures, but still, excepting some few

consistent with the dignity of the audiences passages, it is ineffective. The composer | they profess to amuse, and whilst amusing to does not exhibit any tact in this species of blend with gratification that moral instruction writing, which is the more strange, as his ) which, when the tendencies of the stage are orchestral effects, as far as regards accom- ever attacked by illiberality or sectarianism, is paniment, are excellent.

made the principal defence of the assailed Come, Love, to me,the Romance in comedian? It is a lamentable truth, that at a Faustus, arranged with Variations for the period when establishments are daily thronged Piano-forte, by G. Kialmark.—Goulding with the humbler classes of society, when the and D'Almaine.

artisan employs the hours allotted him free “Oh Merry Row,with Introduction and from labour in the improvement of his better Variations, by Do.—Goulding and Co.

faculties--when he quits his daily application These compositions are not of a class to only for some school of philosophy—that at such do very great credit to their author. They | giving life and energy throughout all classes of

a period, when the spirit of education is abroad are of that common-place mechanical spe- || the world—when feelings and capabilities, that cies which require little intellect to com

a few years back were distant and fitful in their pose and no taste to execute. The market, operation, are becoming as general as the light however, requires a supply of such pieces, of heaven-that at such a period, when the and we cannot blame Mr. K. for complying | English theatre should be one of the prime with the demand, though derogatory to his glories and aids to the gratifying change, it is abilities. They each commence with an the only speck within the sun of modern imIntroduction in time, and each contain provement—that in proportion to the advancethe customary allotment of semi and demi- || ment of every other part of society in all that is semiquavers. The latter is the more bril- || calculated to comfort and dignify human nature, liant of the two.

the theatre has retrograded to absolute nonsense

and puerility. If the managers would rebut Divertimento for the Piano-forte, introduc

the charge, let them not, we pray, enumerate ing the Air Cara Mano,from 1 Cro- | their efforts during the past season ; each of ciato, by Pio Cianchettini.—Willis and which has been an insult to the judgment of Co.

their audiences, and a mockery of the progress This is a very sweet arrangement of an

of improvement in every other sphere save that elegant air, and forms a delightful lesson; || of the drama. As the world adds to its rethe additional inatter is brilliant and novel | finements, the theatre, if possible, becomes

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more foolish and despicable; and however then a frost,“ a killing frost," issuing from majestically the form of reason may stalk abroad public unconcern, stiffens the gaudy wings of in the real world, its bearing has no influence the fragile drama; it beats for a term upon the on the puppets and monsters of the stage ; they | ground, is crushed beneath the foot of oblivion, remain privileged follies, shaking their rattles, and returns, perhaps, under some new form, and jingling their bells in defiance of reason, | alike to revel an hour, to struggle, and to die. feeling, and philosophy.

The indifference with which these spectacles Our readers will not, of course, imagine we are received proclaims the satiety of the public. are for converting the theatre into a mere lec- A want of dramatic talent is also a favourite ture academy; that we would have (if it were | argument with the upholders of tinsel and gold possible, although much is daily done by the leaf. They gravely excuse the managers in potent effects of steel and wafers) Newton's their unrelenting attacks on the public reason by Principia melo-dramatized ; that we would have | asserting that nothing better is to be obtained nothing but scholastic gravity stalk upon the in the market. Let us ask of these gentlemen boards-returning to the source from whence | the inducements they hold out for men of talent sprang the drama in its most pure and brilliant || to Jabour for the stage; what wreaths have they flowings-that we would introduce verbose in store for the aspiring dramatist ; what worldly pedantry in the place of flippant nonsense. We and convertible advantages for those who would are not so saturnine. We have human lungs, once more replace the drama's statue on the and would “ crow like chanticleer;" we would pedestal of common sense? It is a fact, as have the fancy-taking emanations of humour; | notorious as the present contemptible situation we would enjoy laughter even to the very of the stage, that no man, unless recommended borders of incivility; we would licence that by personal interest, can ever get his manuwhimsical extravagance which creates a pass- script perused; and, allowing it to be read, ing mirth, and throws off to the winds the heavy duly accepted, produced, and to have“ bought thoughts which compose life's fardel, as we || golden opinions ” of the world—what reverts would patronize the keenness and elegance of to the author? A pitiful remuneration insultwit, whɔse power it is to titillate the minding to his feelings as a gentleman, and to gain within, and that so delicately, as scarcely to even which, he has probably been compelled admit of an external indication. We would by the treatment of the managers to put aside have tragedy in “ her sweeping robe," with an unprofitable delicacy, and act the dunning her face pallid, yet beautiful with majestic sor- creditor. Are these auspices under which the row; we would have her bowl and dagger, the dramatic energies of the country can ever unlast resource of passions superhumanized by fold themselves ? Instead of calling forth the magnanimity or guilt: but we would not have | principle of life to expand and beautify, they Melpomene as if she had just escaped from a are calculated to close the little already malunatic asylum ; & compound of madness, fury, ture-to make the and common-place. The are what we would

-rose to shut and be a bud again !" have. It would be well if we could forget what | Such, indeed, are their character, which has we really possess—that we could reflect on the condition of our leviathan theatres, and not feel I brought the stage to its present condition, and

involved it in worse than Gothic darkness. a mingled shame and indignation at those storehouses of mummery, and thunder and lightning. || modern drama ; there is an ingenious uniformity

All parts are complete in the structure of the We defy the managers to state a single effcrt in its literature and actors. One performer made by them during the last season, consonant with the feeling and the position of the times.

engrosses an exorbitant salary to the spoliation

of his humbler brethren; another visits the meIt has been asserted, in excuse of the con

tropolis for a few nights in a season; one voduct of the directors of our theatres, that the || calist engages at so much per song, a dancer at public taste demands the vitiating fare of late

per pas seul. On the whole, the English theatre so plentifully helped to it. This assertion

is in a truly melancholy condition. might once have been admitted; but at the present time, it surely lacks plausibility to be received in aid of argument for the managers :

HAYMARKET. the comparative listlessness with which every 'Twixt the Cup and the Lip, a pleasing bagadramatic insect is heard and beheld tells in || telle, by the author of Paul Pry, has been profavour of the public. The vitality of a modern duced with very tolerable success. Mr. Liston dramatic show and a butterfly is of about equal || is, of course, the prime feature in the enterduration, and it may be added, equally a mattertainment. Although we have laughed as boisof curiosity : they Аutter for a moment, and | terously (aye, even we, albeit a critic is believed

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a thing of iron and marble) at the comedian, as was, as usual, encored; her MS. Historical most of the merry frequenters of this theatre, Sketch of Queen Elizabeth's Visit to Tilbury still we have not the complimentary knack, in Fort was delivered with great spirit; and her common with them, of endangering the locality Adventures of Molly Coppinger wound up the of our coat-buttons, when Mr. Liston's foot evening's mélange with the happiest cornic but projects some inches beyond the prompt effect. place; this, however, en passant. It is some- In a brief address to the audience at the times fashionable to laugh, and we should not close, Miss Macauley intimated her intention refuse subscribing a ha! ha! to a prevailing of coming forward at the Haymarket theatre, mode. The plot consists of the adventures of with renewed force, in the ensuing autumn. a Mr. Simon Pengander (Liston) in search of a rich wife, in the course of which he has

FINE ARTS EXHIBITIONS, &c. plighted his troth to many ladies, but successively left them on the appearance of a richer prize. However, the farce opens with prepara

A PRIVATE view of his Majesty's noble coltions for Mr. Simon's marriage with the unwil

lection of paintings (164 in number) from Carlling daughter of Mr. Allworthy (Williams). At

ton House, was given to a select assemblage this juncture, a Mrs. Freeman (Mrs. Glover), a

on Saturday the 17th of June; and, on the widow, and a friend of the family, arrives, dis

Monday following, the gallery was re-opened covers the young lady's disinclination to the

to the public. Not a day has since passed in match, and, to the surprise of the bride elect,

which it has not been thronged with visitors of assures her that she has a written promise of

the first rank and fashion-artists, connoisseurs, marriage from Mr. Pengander, whose addresses,

and amateurs- all delighting in the opportunity for mere sport only, she had encouraged. A plan which has thus been afforded them of inspectis instantly laid, in which Mr. Larkins (Vining), || ing some of the finest pictures in the world. nephew to Allworthy, joins. Pengander is per

The collection is particularly rich in the prosuaded into an illness; afterwards, that Mrs. Free

ductions of Rembrandt, Rubens, -Wouverman, man has lately had a considerable addition to her Teniers, Cuyp, &c. Holbein, Vandyke, Paul fortune, and is disconsolate at his perfidy ;

Potter, the Ostades, Ruisdael, Jan Steen, whereupon Simon returns to Mr. Allworthy the

Gerard Douw, Vandevelde, Schalken, Bergportion he had received from him with his | hem, Vanderwerf, Mieris, Le Nain, Metzu, daughter, and professes himself ready to marry

Titian, Backhuysen, K. du Jardin, Both, Mrs. Freeman : Simon, of course, becomes | Zoffanii, Vanderneer, &c. are also amongst the the dupe, and his intended bride the help- || contributors; and, though last not least in mate of another. The piece is altogether very || attraction or in merit, our own Sir Joshua, who pleasant, and the language beyond the common

associates nobly with the greatest we have standard. Liston was remarkably happy as the

mentioned. vaccillating and avaricious Simon, and Vining Rembrandt has no fewer than seven pieces, dashed through Larkins with good-humoured || all in the north room, the walls of which emit freedom. Williams displayed his usual cor

a blaze of splendour, unrivalled. Rembrandt's rectness and industry as the father; although | pictures are – his own Portrait ; Portrait of a we must blame him for the fancifulness of his || Jew Rabbi; Portraits of the Burgomaster pronunciation. The piece has been well re- Pancras and his Lady at her Toilet, amazingly ceived ; and if it does not become a stock farce, || rich and splendid in effect; the Adoration of will doubtless amuse for a season or two. No l the Magi, also exceedingly rich ; Portrait of a thing else has occurred here that demands a

Lady with a Fan; the Shipbuilder and his notice.

Wife ; and Christ appearing to Mary Magdalen-the sky and the effect of light in which

are truly wonderful. This lady, who, notwithstanding the force Some of Rubens's pieces possess much acciand versatility of her talents, has not for some dental as well as intrinsic interest ;-Landtime been before a London audience, gave, at scape and Figures, representing the story of St. the Crown and Anchor Tavern, on the evenings

George, with Portraits of Queen Henrietta of June 7 and 14, an entertainment called Maria and Charles I; the Assumption of the Sketches of Character; or, My Uncle Richard. || Virgin ; his own Portrait ; Portrait of his First In the musical department-for several songs Wife ; Landscape with Cattle and Figures ; were introduced-she was assisted by the Pan and Syrinx ; and Man with a Hawk. Misses Rose and Kinhold. Miss Macauley's Vandyke has two Portraits of Queen Henmusical recitation of Lord Ullin's Daughter rietta Maria ; View of the old Palace of Green


wich, with Portraits of Charles 1, Queen Hen- exceedingly that the ceremonies at the Coronarietta Maria, Lord Arundel, &c.; Marriage of tion of our own Sovereign, George IV, had St. Catherine ; Portrait of Gaston de France ; || not been handed down to posterity in a series Study of Horses and Figures; and Charles I. in | of historical pictures, similar in plan and object three Positions—the picture which was sent to those of the Coronation of Charles X, King by Queen Henrietta Maria to Bernini, and of France, which are now exhibiting in Maddoxfrom which he made his celebrated bust. street. These paintings, nine in number, with

A picture by Grenet-the Inside of a Con- | the figures all portraits, and as large as life, Fent, with Monks at their Devotions-attracts are as follows: extraordinary notice by its surprising effect of 1. The King in his Bedchamber, at the Paperspective; the painting actually seeming to lace of the Archbishop of Rheims, painted by alter its position for the accommodation of the M. Chabord ;-2. The Procession from the spectator.

King's Bedchamber to the Cathedral, by M. Sir Joshua Reynolds's Cymon and Iphi- || Lemasle, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur ; genia is a truly splendid specimen of colouring. || 3. The King swearing to the Charter, by M. Had this artist's experiments been generally as Delaval ;-—4. The Anointing of the King, by successful as in this picture, the present || M. Gaillot;–5. The King Crowned, by M. generation would not have to lament the deep || Dubufe ;—6. Enthroning of the King, by M. and irreparable injury which his fame bas sus- Thomas ;7. The Offerings, by M. Champtained by the ravages of time. In looking upon martin ;-8. The Communion, by M. Rouget, this production in particular, we feel one of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur ;-9. The remarks in the catalogue in its full force :- Royal Banquet, by M. Souchon. the lovers of British Art will observe with Regarding these productions merely as feelings of pride, that the Pictures of Sir Joshua works of art, they are not of a very high class ; Reynolds in the present exhibition are such as and, indeed, we should have been rather sorry fully to justify the eminent station in which he || than eminently gratified to see first-rate talent is placed among the professors of the art of employed upon a subject, which, by nineteen painting. These pictures are among the most spectators out of twenty, will be contemplated brilliant productions of his pencil; they attest | chiefly for its faithful display of costume, order the extent and variety of his powers, and prove of procession, ceremony, &c. As far as all this that there are few indeed of his predecessors is concerned, nothing could be better imagined to whom he can be considered inferior as an than these pictures; and, for such purpose, artist.

the execution is at least equal to our desire. It will be readily seen, however, that the To those who had the satisfaction of witnessing grandest effects of this exhibition are found in the ceremony itself, the paintings will conjure its display of the peculiar merits of the Dutch | up innumerable recollections; to those who and Flemish schools of painting.

did not see it, they will convey, we apprehend, To the favoured few whose interest with the the most vivid and satisfactory idea. The governors enables them to obtain admission to figures being, as we have said, all portraits, the the evening exhibitions, the British Institution | attraction and interest are much heightened. forms, at this period, the most attractive and engaging spectacle the metropolis can boast.


This exhibition, which we have repeatedly An unusual number of pictures having been had the pleasure of visiting with increased satissold, this Institution closed a very successful | faction, has, to its original six subjects— Turin;

Holy Island ; Exterior of the Castle of Chillon ; season on the 24th of June.

Interior of the Castle of Chillon; London in

the year 1590; Netley Abbey; and the City of Such has been the encouragement given to

Rouen-added a seventh, in a view of the City

of Bath, from Beechen Cliff, from the correct, this young, but highly meritorious society, that its exhibition will, we understand, remain open

and at all times effective pencil of Mr. Nash. until Saturday the 8th of July.

We predict that this picture will, from its fidelity, as well as from its beauty of execution,

be universally admired. CORONATION OF CHARLES X. Had it not been for Sir George Naylor's beautiful and valuable publication-beautiful

COSMORAMA. in itself, and valuable as a work of reference for This pleasing historical gallery, as it may be precedent, costume, &c., we should regret || termed, has now its full complement of pictures,

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fourteen in number :-Breghenz and the back and on foot; in front of a wide-spreading Lake of Constance ; Mount St. Bernard ; in- | tree is seen, with his attendants, John, King of terior of St. Peter's at Rome; the Piazza France, on a white palfrey, and armed with a Navona; City of Bern, in Switzerland ; the battle-axe; and, in the back-ground, is a view London Docks ; A moonlight view of the Arse of the city of Poictiers, with horse and foot nal of Lisbon ; Mont Blanc; Trinity Chapel troops retreating towards it in every direction. in Canterbury Cathedral; La Pièce d'Eau des The room, too, it should be remarked, is Suisses, in the garden of Versailles; the Palace painted in the Gothic style of architecture of of Versailles, from Le Bosquet du Rocher; || the reign of Edward III, from designs by Mr. Park of Versailles; and Jerusalem.

Bridgens, and round it are placed the emThe London Docks and the Arsenal of Lis- || blazoned armorial bearings of the noblemen and bon have been introduced since our last notice. gentlemen who distinguished themselves in the The former is a bird's-eye view, exhibiting the great battle. entire range of the Docks and their warehouses, The descriptive account of the battle, to the church of St. John's, Wapping, the church which we have alluded, is very judiciously comand houses of Rotherhithe, &c. In the Lis- || piled from Froissart, with additional informabon view, various effects of light are displayed : || tion extracted from Dr. Meyrick's popular moonlight, light upon the water from the work—a Critical Inquiry into Ancient Armour. cabin of a ship at anchor, and light from a bonfire in the distance.


British School of Painting. We have exaPANSTEREOMACHIA. In the same building as the Cosmorama (No. | mined, with much satisfaction, the first part of

a work, entitled “ Specimens of the British 209, Regent Street), a novel and very beauti

School of Painting, dedicated by permission to ful exhibition has just been opened by Mr.

Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart. ; executed Charles Bullock. The Panstereomachia is a

in lithography, by J. D. Harding and R. J. representation of the memorable battle of

Lane. The specimens here given-five in Poictiers, gained by Edward the Black Prince, | number, including a vignette of a sea-coast, in which are introduced upwards of 1,500 with shipping and figures, from a picture by figures, exquisitely modelled, and coloured ac- Mulready—are amongst the finest we have cording to life. The general effect is pleasing

seen of the lithographic art : the execution is beyond any thing of the sort that we have seen. good, and, as copies, they are faithful. Four The model has every appearance of having been of the five are by Mr. Harding ; the fifth is by formed with the closest attention to historical Mr. Lane, whose handling in the Exile, by truth; and, from the figures being all arrayed in Jackson, is entitled to high and particular the costume and arms of the period represented, || praise. The Boy with Grapes, from Reyit is an object of no less curiosity to the anti- || nolds, possesses breadth, union, and mellowquary than to the general spectator. The time

ness, with all the characteristics of the master. of action, as we learn from the printed account, | The Fête-Champetre, from R. A. Bone, is a obtainable in the room, is towards the close of || clever, tasteful, and spirited production. A the battle, when, as Froissart states, friends and Landscape with Cattle and Figures, from R. foes were so intermixed that it was difficult to

Reinagle, is also a pleasing performance, though distinguish between. In the front ground are

somewhat feeble in effect. various groups of dismounted knights, engaged in single combat ; on the right hand, under | is indebted to Captain R. Melville Grindlay,

Indian Scenery, Costume, &c.—The public some trees, is a group of mounted knights who | M. R.A.S., for the appearance of the first part surround the Black Prince ; behind, on a rising of a work (to be completed in two parts), ground, are specimens of the artillery and bat

entitled “ tering rams then in use, and also of the pavi- ture, chiefy on the Western Side of India.”

Scenery, Costumes, and Architecsiers, or soldiers who held before them large We hope for another opportunity of noticing shields for the cross-bow-men; in another part this production, when we may find ourselves is seen a strong division of the English army, || less pressed for room than at present. advancing into the plain; on the left hand are French troops in action, hand in hand with the

The Extinguisher.—This print-an aquatint English, cheered on by their leaders, on horse- by William Daniell

, from a drawing by the late George Dance, Esq., R. A., evinces con

siderable originality of idea, and it is also de* Vide LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE, vol. iii, p. | serving of notice, from the happy effect with 192.

which its lights and shades are managed.

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