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AGAIN we feel ourselves called on to acknowledge the high and illustrious patronage with which our labours continue to be honoured-again, at the close of our fourth volume (New Series), we gladly avail ourselves of an opportunity to offer our best and most grateful thanks to many of the most distinguished personages of the realm, for the facilities with which we have been favoured in the prosecution of our grand plan for forming a Picture Gallery Of The Female NOBILITY OF Britain—and again, too, we are happy in the opportunity of expressing our sense of obligation to the respective artists, who, by their taste, judgment, and talent, have kindly assisted us in the performance of our task. We cannot but feel proud of our success.

La Belle Assemblée-the only publication of note, as we have before had occasion to observe, that now presents its Subscribers with Portraits-has, since the commencement of its present series, or the 1st of January, 1825, produced twenty-four Portraits of eminent and distinguished Ladies, executed in a style of art before unknown to periodical literature_every individual plate possessing more intrinsic value than the entire cost of the work.* Nor have our elegantly-tinted Illustrations of Fashionable Costume been inferior of their class.

No higher proof can be adduced of the universal estimation in which LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉE is held by the Polite World, than the fact, that during the last twelve months—a period of unprecedented depression in every branch of the book-trade-its sale has been not only gradually, but rapidly on the increase. We doubt whether this can, in truth, be said of any other periodical extant. La BELLE ASSEMBLÉE, indeed, constitutes a striking and almost solitary instance of long-continued public favour. In the course of nearly a quarter of a century, its proprietors have beheld numerous works—some of lofty, some of more humble pretension-rise and flourish for a time, then decay and fall around it ; their structure, on the contrary, acquiring strength by time, and energy with age.

For this, we must be allowed to take some credit to ourselves. Never was La Belle Assemblée so elegant or so beautiful in its embellishments as it is at present-never before was it conducted upon a system of such general and comprehensive utility -never before was it sustained by writers so accomplished, so high, and varied in talent. The entire work, it should ever be borne in mind, is

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* The Portraits, accompanied by Illustrative Memoirs, Historical and Genealogical, already given in LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE, are as follows:

Vol. I. Lady Elizabeth Belgrave; the Countess of Denbigh ; Lady Ducie; Viscountess Ebrington ; Lady Eleanor Lowther; and Miss Jane Porter.

Vol. II. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent; Lady Alicia Peel; Lady Grantham; the Countess of Charleville ; Lady Emily Feilding; and Lady Emily Pusey.

Vol. III. The Countess of Surrey; Lady Georgiana Agar Ellis; the Countess of Jersey; Amelia Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry; Viscountess Tullamore ; and Lady Isabella Anne Brydges.

Vol. IV. Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry; the Marchioness of Winchester ; Lady Hobhouse ; Lady Audley; the Countess of Warwick; and Lady Rodney.

original : with the exception of occasional brief extracts in the review department, it admits of no selections, in prose or in verse- - all that it contains is written expressly for its own pages.

It is to this system that we feel ourselves indebted for a large portion of our success; and upon this system we hope to retain full possession of all that we now enjoy.

* PROOF Impressions of the Portraits in La Belle Assemblée may be had of Mr. Colnaghi, Cockspur Street, and of the principal Printsellers in London, on 4to. Colombier, India Paper, 5s., plain 4s.

ERRATA.

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In the Illustrative Memoir of the Right Honourable Charlotte Georgiana Lady Rodney, page 233, col. 2 line 10 from the top, for Jane, read Jane Ruperra; and, in the succeeding line, for Raperra read Ruperra.

In the same page and column, line 18, for Humphrey read Homfray.
In line 32, for two read nine.
Page 236, col. 2. line 26 from the bottom, for August read July.

In the same page and column, lines 17 and 18 from the bottom, for 9. Anne, born 1793, died 1807, read Jane, born 1793, married 1824, E. Poller fen Bastard, Esq., M.P.; and, in lines 14, 15, and 16, for Anne Jane, born 1795, married, 1824, E. Pollexfen Bastard, Esq., M.P., read Anne, born 1795, died 1807.

EMBELLISHMENTS IN VOL. IV.

No. XIX. Portrait of the Most Noble Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry, from a

Painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
A whole-length Portrait Figure, in a Carriage Dress, appropriately coloured.

A Ditto, in an Afternoon Home Dress.
No. XX. Portrait of the Most Noble Anne, Marchioness of Winchester, from a Painting

by Stewardson.
A whole-length Portrait Figure, in Marine Costume, appropriately coloured.

A Ditto, in a Morning Dress.
No. XXI. Portrait of Lady Hobhouse, from a Painting by J. Jackson, R. A.

A whole-length Portrait Figure, in private Concert Costume, appropriately co

loured.

A Ditto, in a Morning Visiting Dress.
No. XXII. Portrait of the Right Hon. Anne Jane, Lady Audley, from a Miniature, by

Stump.
A whole-length Portrait Figure, in Home Costume, appropriately coloured.

A Ditto, in a Sea-side Dress.
No. XXIII. Portrait of the Right Hon. Sarah, Countess of Warwick, from a Miniature, by

G. Hayter, M. A.S. L.
A whole-length Portrait Figure, in a Walking Dress, appropriately coloured.

A Ditto, in Morning Costume.
No. XXIV. Portrait of the Right Hon. Charlotte Georgiana, Lady Rodney, from a Painting

by H. W. Pickersgill, R. A.
A whole-length Portrait Figure, in a Walking Dress, appropriately coloured.
A Ditto, in an Evening Dress.

OR

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE.

NEW SERIES, No. XIX., FOR JULY, 1826.

LITERARY CONTENTS.

Page

Page

ILLUSTRATIVE MEMOIR of the Most Noble William Douglas, or the Scottish Exiles... 33

Frances Anne, Marchioness of London- Montville; or, the Dark Heir of the

derry

1 Castle.....

.... 34

Contemporary Poets, and Writers of Fic- De Vavasour, a Tale of the Fourteenth

tion-No. IX.-Mrs. Hemans

5 Century

ib.

The Smuggler's Daughter

8 Vivian Grey

35

The Astrologer..

13 Continental Adventures

Sketches from my Dairy. – No I.

18 Tales round a Winter Hearth, by Jane

Modern Manners

20 and Anna Maria Porter

ib.

Wanderings in the Land of Hafiz

23 The Stanley Tales, Original and Select... ib.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

Field Flowers, being a Collection of Fugi-

tive and other Poems

36

My Heart's Creed

26

ib.

Solitary Hours

To A. M. H.

27

A Selection of Popular National Airs ib.

Το

By Miss M. G. Lewis ..... ib.

The Little Villager's Verse Book

ib.

CABINET OF TASTE; OR, MONTH-

Poems, by Mary Jones

37

LY COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH

Worcester Field, a Poem ................

ib.

AND FOREIGN COSTUME.

Felix Farley

ib.

No. I.-Carriage Dress

Conversations on the Evidences of Chris-

28

No. II.-Afternoon Home Dress

ib.

ib.

tianity........................

General Observations on Fashions and

A Word in Favour of Female Schools 38

Dress...........

ib.

De La Fons' Description of the New
Costume of Paris

Patent Instrument for Extracting Teeth ib.

30

Review of New Music

MONTHLY VIEW

English Theatricals.--Haymarket

41

OF NEW PUBLICATIONS, MUSIC, THE ENGLISH AND

Miss Macauley

42

FOREIGN DRAMA, THE FINE ARTS, &c. Fine Arts' Exhibitions, fc. - British In-
Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall

stitution

ib.

of the Roman Empire, by T. Bowdler,

Society of Painters in Water Colours... 43

ib.

Esq., F.R.S., S. A. ..

Society of British Artists........

31 Coronation of Charles X.......

ib.

Captain Maitland's Narrative of the Sur-

Pæcilorama

ib.

render of Buonaparte, and of his Resi-

Cosmorama

ib.

dence on board H.M.S. Bellerophon

32

Panstereomachia

Secret Memoirs of the Royal Family of

Fine Arls' Publications, &c. British

France, during the Revolution

School of Painting.........

ib.

ib.

ib.

Swan's Journal of a Voyage up the Medi-

Indian Scenery, Costume, &c.

The Extinguisher

ib.

terranean

ib.

Mrs. Radcliffe's Gaston De Blondeville,

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC

INTELLIGENCE.

or the Court of Henry III. keeping

Festival in Ardenne, a Romance ; and

Works in the Press, &c.

St Alban's Abbey, a Metrical Tale ...... 33

BIRTHS-MARRIAGES-DEATHS

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THE SUPPLEMENTARY Number to Vol. III. of La Belle ASSEMBLEE (New Series),
published this contains Title-page and Inder to the Volume ;- A Summary of
Fashions for the last Half-Year ;-and a Sketch of the Progress and State of Literature
for the first Six Months of the Year 1826; comprizing Reviews (with Extracts) and
Critical Notices of the following Publications :-

Captain Maitland's Narrative of the Surrender of Buonaparte ;– Testament of Napo-
leon Buonaparte, &c.;- Frazer's Travels and Adventures in Persia ;-Henderson's
Biblical Researches and Travels in Russia ;-Major Denham and Captain Clapperton's
Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa ;- The Life and
Times of Frederick Reynolds ;– The Life and Correspondence of Major Cartwright ;-
Memoirs of the late Mrs. Radcliffe ;-Mrs. Radcliffe's Posthumous Romance of Gaston
de Blondeville, &c.

66

Lines addressed to Lady Sarah Beresford, eldest daughter of the present Marquess of
Waterford,by “ John Carey, LL.D.,” in our next.

We have great pleasure in announcing the receipt of " Weddings, by a Parish Clerk ;
No. II.

Was it the intention of “ F.P.” to play off a hoax upon the good-natured credulity
of the Editor ?~We take leave to tell this gentleman, that, upon all such occasions, we
deem it an imperative duty to make use of our own eyes; and, further, that his flaming
eulogy on a certain transparent painting, which, from motives of liberality, shall here be
nameless, is an outrage upon common justice and common propriety.

BRIDGET ” shall hear from us, agreeably to her request.
We must beg leave to decline acceptance of the “ Dancing Days of an Ugly Girl.
Also of a nameless Tale, by the same writer.

Sketches from my Diary, No. II.as early as possible.
“P.” will perceive, that, having satisfied ourselves respecting the general accuracy of
his opinions, we have, to a certain extent, availed ourselves of his communication. For
various reasons, however, articles such as this writer tenders can by no means obtain
admission in LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE.

Stanzas to A. S.” and “ Stanzas to are accepted.

Loreley, a Legend of the Rhine, from the German,” shall, if possible, appear next
month.

A Reflection from the Mirror of Life," by J. B.” of Yoxford, is reserved for very
early insertion.

So also are the “ Recitative and Rondo, translated from the Opera of Il Crociato in
Egitto,” by “ Meta.”

Unaffectedly do we regret the inability to avail ourselves of “ The Mother and Son."
Some of the Sketches, by the obliging author of this communication, are very sweet and
simple; but, in the present instance, her subject is in itself revolting, and it is by no
means happily treated.

A Soldier's Dirge" we hope to insert at a very early period. We are always
pleased with its author's verse.

Eustace St. Valerie” shall not be forgotten.

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July, 1826.

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