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were supported by some small be new, as in the intervening years
game they will be replaced, some at one keepers of Mr. Eyre, of Passop, time, some at another, so as to be Derbyshire, in 1801, observed a all renewed in the above period. wild duck fly out of a large oak, in Reeds for repairing skreens, Dutch which the year preceding there was turf, rent, decoy birds, and many a bawk's nest; upon examining, etceteras, are also to be included; the nest was found in complete re. and the repayment all depends upon pair, and contained two eggs, re the haunt of fowl wbich take to cently laid by the duck in it.
The number of wild fowl taken Io working, the hempseed is in decoys is amazing; these birds thrown over the skreens in small have of late years been all contract quantities, to allure the fowl fored for hy the London 'sä Tesmen and ward into the pipes, of which there poulterers, at so much per dozen. are several, leading up a narrow
A decoy is generally situated in ditch, that closes at last with a a marsh, so as to be surrounded funnel-net. Over these pipes, with woods or reeds, and, if possi wbich grow narrower from tbe first ble, both, the better to keep the entrance, is a continued arcb of pond quiet, and that the repose of netting suspended on hoops : it is the fowl may not be interrupted; necessary to have a pipe for almost for, in a state between sleep and every wind that can blow, as upon inactive reverie, the greatest part this circunstance it depends whicb of the animal world pass their pipe the fowl will take to ; and ives, except when they are excited the decoy-man always keeps to leeby the call of lunger. In this ward of the wild fowl, that his efpond the birds sleep all day; so soon fluvia should not reacb them; and as the evening sets in, the decoy this he likewise takes a further care rises (as it is termed), and the wild to prevent, by keeping a piece of fowl feed during the night. If the Dutcb turf burning in his mouth or evening is still, the noise of their band; for such is the acute sense wings, during their flight, is heard of smelling which wild fowl posat a great distance, and is a pleas sess, that should the pond be full ing, thougb rather a melancholy of fowl, if they scented a man, not sound. The decoy ducks (which a bird would remain in it a moare either bred in the pond-yard, ment. Along each pipe are placer or in the marshes adjacent; and reed skreens at certain intervals, who, although they fly abroad, re which protect the decoy-man from gularly return for food to the being seen, until he pleases to shew pond, and are mixed with tame himself, or the birds are passed up ones, which never quit the pond, the pipe,
the pipe, to which they are led by and are taugbt for this purpose), the trained birds, who know the are fed with hempseed, oats, and whistle of the decoy-man, or are buckwheat, of which it will take enticed by the bempseed. A dog, or the use of a pond for a year, which is generally preferred to be about eight quarters of oats, one of of a red colour, is sometimes used, hempseed, and one of buckwheat. who is taught to play hackwards The other expences are, a man to and forwards between the skreens, constantly attend the decoy; every at the direction of bis master; tbe four years the poles and nets will fowl, roused by this new ohject, ,
advance towards it, whilst the dog 16. Bacchanalians-Rubens. , is playing still nearer to the en 17. The watering place-Rue. trance of the pipes, until at last the bens, decoy-man appears from bebind 21. The elevation of the Crossthe skreens, and the wild fowl not Rubens. daring to pass by bim, and unable 22. Horses of Achilles Van. to escape upwards, on account of dyke. the net covering upon the boops, 24. Fishing under the icepress forward to the end of the Cuyp. funnel-net, wbicb termiyates upon 28. Portrait of a man with a the land, where a person, is ready bawk-Rembrandt. to receive them and break their 42. Small laudscape, with cattle necks; in doing of which there is and figures-Cuyp. much dexterity. The trained birds 25. The Schoolmaster-Jan return back past the decoy-man Steen. into the pond again, until a repe 49. A horse fuir-Wouwertition of their services is required. mans. A side wind is the best to work the 50. Landscape, with horses and birds.
figures-Wouwermans. It was customary formerly to 51. Landscape, witb borses and have in the fens an annual driving figures, a farrier's shop in the backof the young ducks before they took ground-Wouwermans. wing. Numbers of people assem 52. Landscape, with cattle and bled, who beat a vast tract, and figures-Cuyp. forced the birds into a net placed 54. A battle-piece-Wouwerat the spot where the sport was to terminate. A bundred and fifty 55. View of Lago di Bolsena, dozen have been taken at once ; with soldiers guarding prisoners but this practice being supposed Both. detrimental, has been abolished by 57. Cattle, with travellers and Act of Parliament,
59. Cattle on the banks of a SPORTING SUBJECTS,
63. Landscape, with a woman By RUBENS, REMBRANDT, VAN- milking a cow in the foreground;
DYKE, and other Artists of the on the left, a stable with horsesFlemish and Dutch Schools, with P. Potter. which the Proprietors have fa 6). Cattle at a fountain-Bergpoured. the British Institution hem. for the gratification of the pub 70. An allegory of war and lic, and for the benefit of the Fine peace-Rubens. Arts in general, and now exhibit 71. Landscape, with cattle and ing in Pall-Mall.
73. Wom:in with a rabbit-G. 1. PORTRAIT of King Charles Donw.
I. on horseback-Vandyke. 75. Boors smoaking— Teniers. 5. A Triumphal procession 79. Village feast-Teniers. Rubens.
83. An interior, with figures 8. Landscape, barvest scene, smoaking-A. Ostade. with a rain how-Rubens.
85. The village ball-A. Ostade.
89. Boors regaling; an interior at one view to the astonisbed visi. MA. Ostade.
tor, twenty-three pieces by Rubens, 92. A bawking party-W00- twenty-one by Vandyke, as many
hy Rembrandt, ten by Cuýp, seven 93. Landscape, with figures and hy Teniers, the same number by cattle passing a bridge-Cnyp. Ostade and Wouwermans, besides 97. A village feast-Teniers.
many excellent specimens from 102. A village fete Teniers. otber masters of considerable re
106. George Villiers Duke of pute in their respective style of Buckingham on horseback, with painting, wants no other encomium allegorical figures Rubens.
but the mere statement of the fact. 107. Fruit and flowers-Van Indeed it bursts upon the eye like Huysum.
that focus of concentrated light 109. Flowers-Van Huysum. which the genius of Archimedes
111. Cattle in a landscape-P. had first combined, not, as in this Potter.
case, for the improvement of bis 114. Mountainous landscape, friend, but for the destruction with cattle and figures-Berghem. of bis enemies. The effect, at 115. Dead bare-Weenix.
entering the rooms, is bardly de117. Figures dancing—Teniers. scribable, and without any far. 122. A fisherman, and a woman ther comments upon the usefulness with poultry--W. Mieris.
of the exbibition, the kindness of 123. Portrait of Marshal Tu- the proprietors, and the very elegant renne on borseback---Rembrandt.
and appropriate manner in which 124. Landscape, snn-set-Ru- tbese. chef d'oeuvres are disposed, bens.
we must confine ourselves to this 127. The showman-W. Mieris. simple assertion, that no one can 128. Dead stag-Weenix. decide wbether this exbibition is 129. A procession-Rubens.
not even more useful to the artists, 130. The temptation of St. Ap- 'than gratifying to the amateurs. tony-Teniers.
No. 1. Portrait of King Charles 131. The incantation-Teniers. I. on horseback-by VANDYKB.
132. Woman with a parrot Vandyke bad bappily caught the Jordaens.
beavenly fire that illumined and 136. Landscape, with cattle and animated his master's extensive and figures Rubens.
brilliant niind, yet it seems as if 37. A stable, with horses and
the glow of its transcendent light figures-P. Potter.
had been modified in passing 138. Fruit and flowers-Van through a softer medium, since the Huysum.
pupil gains in sobriety of tipts, 139. Landscape; the approach arrangement in composition, and of a storm, witb cattle-P. Potter. softness of harmony, what be
144. Flowers-Van Huysum. loses in boldness of thought, mag145. Dead birds-Guysels. vificence of disposition, and re
splendency of colouring, qualities REMARKS on the SPORTING SUB- so conspicuous in bis master. In
JECTS, &c. &c. &c. at the British this excellent picture, we find him Institution, Pall-Mall.
in one of bis happiest efforts tó
wards perfection, which was his A gallery of pictures displaying constant aim, and we'mostly agree
with the anthor of the preface onr self-imposed duty towards the to the catalogue of this exhi- public. bition, (though, in other points, No. 5. A triumphal procession we nust confess we do not go the — by Rubens. The paintings from same length in opinion) wbo says, this master reflect à considerable " that it shews how much delicacy glow upon this exhibition. They of execution may be combined with
are numerous, and of no mean breadth, and with dignity. No standard. Were we to notice, as painter,” adds be,“ knew better each deserves, every one of them how to appreciate these qualities in rotation, we might, perhaps, be than Sir Joshua Reynolds," who
more amused in writing, than the had spent the most part of bis pic reader would be in perusing, our torial life in wandering in search
observations. But let it be reof them, "and be pronounced this membered, that of all painters, to be the finest equestrian portrait Rubens was the most happy in which bad ever heen produced.” sporting subjects. Snyders, WeeThe respect we bear to the memory pix, and others, painted the exof that great man, the encourager, ternal appearance of animals, Rupatron, and father of the British bens caught at their spirit, their school, will prompt us to assent to that bold assertion, though we feel passions, their thoughts, if they
and we entertain a few little doubts concerning it, no doubt, but that our best animal stirring in our mind. However, painter, Mr. Ward, the Royal Acawere we to compare critically this demician, has profited considerpicture, which has passed the ordeal ably by a close study of Rubens's of nearly two centuries, with a handling of the spirited brush when modern performance now exbibit- he painted bis animals. ed in Bedford-street, “ Bonaparte ascending the Alps," painted by
No. 17. The watering place-by the Coryphæus of the French Rubens. The observations upon school-were we to bring all its No. 5, apply so exactly to this, parts in opposition to the latter, that we have nothing more to say, surely, without detracting any
but that the bold features of the thing from the well-known talents landscape, the grouping of the of the French artist, we could easily animals, and the clearness of the make it clear to an eye open to feel whole of this most transparent per: the real merits of a picture, that forınance, entitle it to upfeigned this admirable work of the Flemisha
adıniration. master, is infinitely above the suc No. 21. The elevation of the cessful attempt of David. But our Cross-by The same.
We should columns are consecrated to sport- not bave brought this picture in ful, and not to polemic subjects. our list of sporting subjects, had Our criticism shall always be mild,
we not considered the horses on well grounded, and encouraging; the left side of this picture as real and if, in sporting our opinion, in and meritorious objects for study. descanting, by way of digression, They are handled with the greatest upon the fine arts, we can contri- freedom, and every touch there, bute to please the reader without betrays a
Rubens was offending the artist, 'we will sit fond of this group, and repeated it down content of baving performed in several of his pictures well
kpown to the amateur in the chro- modern painters study this beauti, matic art.
ful picture with serious attention, No. 22. The Horses of Achilles and impressed with admiration -by VANDYKE. There is upon for it, leave off that sloven style, this excellent sketch a floating an- which, though it may be condu, ecdote, which we have traced to, cive to effect, betrays always a Felibien's Life of Painters. It is want of steadiness and perseve. said, that paying a visit to his mas
All the parts of this perter Rubens, Vandyke received from formance are made out, and yet, him, as a present, a most spirited far from debilitating the general and beautiful horse ; and that the effect, they strengthen it in a most performance before our eyes is the admirable manner. identical sketch which Vandyke No. 28. Portrait of a man with made of the noble animal as soon a hawk-by REMBRANDT. We as be became possessed of bim. have marked this picture among the The principal figure, the grey horse, sporting subjects, because it is the 'full of animation and fire, is re- only one of Řembrandt that glanced presented bere as starting through in any sort of way towards our sudden fear. The attitude, which, sportive columns; but we cannot on account of its fleetingness, must recommend the study of the noble bave been caught with surprising bird to any pupil, without sporting quickness by the eye and the mind with his better judgment. Surely of the painter ; tbe boldness of the the hawk is a mere accessary to the fore shortening, the varied and picture, and is painted there as a classical play of the muscles, and sort of distinguishing mark, as a the masterly bandling which is so bit of lead with ap impression at conspicuous in every part, prove, the fag-end of a piece of cloth; beyond doubt, that this perform- yet, if we are allowed to speak our ance was executed with care, and mind, the portrait would have been con amore by the intelligent master. as good, if not better, without tbe Tbe fancy in the corner, intended sporting fowl of the air on the fist to represent a sudden blast of of the man. wind, in order to give a plausible No. 45. The school master-by * cause for tbe positura of, the lorse, JAN STEEN. The first sports that seems to bave been executed with the child, who begins to feel a proa siogle dash of tbe brush, and is pensity to tricks and fun, indulges full of enthusiasm. This painting bimself in, are those antics which was lent a few years since to the be plays with conscious delight British Institution, for the study behind the stern pedagogue, whose of artists, by its liberal proprietor, rod makes him yield reluctantly to and we were personally witnesses of silence and submission. This pictheir successes in catching the style ture will afford great pleasure to in their imitations.
those who will enter into the spirit No. 24. Fishing under the ice of it, since it contains much buhy. CUYP. This is, perhaps, one mour, and stands high on the list of the best performances of the of Steen's curious performances. master, and it shews how great he No. 54. A Battle-piece-by was in the peculiar subjects he had WOUWERMANS. Delicacy of chosen for the exertion of his great touches, united with the most talents. We should like to see our spirited handling--colouring ap