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most proper to mention it under this article, from its near alliance with History.

Of PORTRAITS we are presented with an abundance. This has been the case for many ýears. Dir. appointed we have often been in referring to the catalogue, and finding only these words :- Portrait of a Gentleman-Portrait of a Lady. We must, nevertheJess, confess, that this year names are affixed to several of them. This is an additional gratification, particularly when they exhibit the human face divine, of celebrated characters. Among the Portraits in the present collection, we observed that of the Rev. Mr. Strong ; Lord Paget ; Lord Seaforth; Sir W. G. Fairfax; Mrs. Trimmer ; Sir John Sinclair ; Bishop of Winchester; General Paoli ; Princess Elizabeth, and also Augufta; Lord Duncan ; Mr. Kemble, as Coriolanus; Mrs. Whitbread; Mrs. Powell, Castle Spectre ; Lord Chancellor; Mr. Holcroft, and General Kosciusko. These poffefs considerable merit. But what appears to be the finest picture of them all, is a Review of the Prince of Wales's Regiment of Dragoon Guards; wherein his Majesty, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of York, are adınirably delineated. The whole piece has a martial effect, which cannot fail of impressing the beholder. It was executed by Beechy.

The LANSCAPES are very pleasing productions of the pencil. Many of those in the present Exhibition are deserving of commendation. Sun-set, with Pealants returning, by Westall; Evening, by Faringdon ; a View from Lord Borington's Park; Morning, by Free. brain ; A Landscape, with Women and Children, by Weft; and a View of Conway Castle, North Wales, will attract attention. The beauties of Nature have charms for every heart. The faithful representation of them therefore will always afford delight.

Among the MINIATURES we remarked a great number well executed. We recognised several characters of celebrity, and many of a private caft, unknown to

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us, recommended themselves to our attention by the in.. telligence and benignity impressed on their features. In a finely finished Miniature we discern oftentimes a cuncentration both of the head and of the heart. There is an inexprefsible delicacy in such a production more easily conceived than expressed. The Minatures of Mr. Hazlitt discovered much genius.

Some of the Views were beautiful. Among these may be included, The Surry Side of Westminster Bridge; Bay of Salermo; Athens; King's-Weston, near Bristol; London, from Albion-Place ; Carifbbrook Castle, in the Ise of Wight; Lambeth, with a Groupe of Barges : Bannisters near Southampton, and the Fall of the Rhine, near Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

The Seven Ages, taken from Shakespeare, and painted by Smirke, are pleasing and interesting per. formances. We are happy to learn that they are purchased by Alderman Boydell, who intends publishing prints of them, equal in size to the originais. "Nor mult we omit to mention two pieces by Downman, taken from Tom Jones; the one Thwackum's Battle, the other, the Partridge Family. Both are well executed, and the latter displays great humour. With its ludicrous traits we were much entertained. The characters re. femble life, and excited our risibility.

The rooms contained not a few SEA PIECES, of confiderable merit. From our recent triumphs at sca, it was to be expected that artists would be ambitious to delineare them on canvas. This laudable tak they have accomplished. We applaud their patriotic efforts.' It is the province of Genius, either by the pen or by the pencil, to record the victories which valour hath obo tained. We therefore close our list by mentioning, Britannia crowned by Victory, trampling under feet the colours of France, Spain, and Holland, and waving the standard of Great Britain. This painting was executed by Rigaud. The design of it is heroic, and does honour to the skill of the artist. We with that our native coun

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With the bold air, the lovely lasting dye,
That fills at once, and charms the wond'ring eye.
Hail! better Amazon, to thee belong
The critic's plaudits and the poet's long :
To thee, may fame no barren laurels bring,
But flowery wreaths that bud each rising spring.

MISS AIKIN.

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GENERAL REVIEW OF LITERATURE.

ITH the progress of Literature, the welfare of

and happiness of mankind are indissolubly connected. An attention therefore to its various productions accords with the design of our Miscellany. Nor are we without a hope that a brief retrospective sketch of the Literary World, muft impart to the reader a portion of instruction and entertainment.

We shall not explore every department of literature, We shall select those branches alone which more pecu. liarly interest the understanding by the extent of their beneficial consequences.

We begin with HISTORY, which has been justly de. nominated the most useful and dignified species of composition. Of late we have not had any very interesting productions of this kind laid before the Public. Some few volumes relating to the origin and progress of the French Revolution have been published, particularly, the Abbe Barruel's Memoirs, illustrating the History of Jacobinism, and Robinson's Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, curried on in the secret Meetings of Free Mafons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies. These are both of them curious productions, and contain many singular facts. They have excited in a considerable degree the public curiosity, and have produced from their opponents some spirited animadversions. These publications indeed relate to an event, which from its nature, progress, and

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consequences, must ever astonish the considerate part of mankind. Translations of several other works of an historical nature have made their appearance, such as The History of the Revolution in Russia, which placed the late Catherine on the throne. This production unfolds a scene of iniquity. But we forbear to indulge any remarks. The principal actress has been fummoned to a tribunal where her actions will receive the distributions of Eternal Justice. The Marquis de Bouille, M. Neckar, and M. Pages, have each of them written recently on the French Revolution, and their remarks are worthy of attention. The Campaign of General Buonaparte in Italy is interesting. We have also to mention under this article, A History of the New World, by a Spanish writer, Don Juan Baptista Munoz. One volume only of this original work is yet published. When the whole is finilhed we shall be able to give our Readers a decided judgment concerning it. The subject is highly impor

And the access which the author has to original records, must enable him to throw light on many transactions which are now either disgraceful to the hu manity of the Spanish nation, or which are involved in the gloom of oblcurity.-With respect to our Historical department, we shall only add, that there are other productions of the kind, but none whose nature and extent entitie them to our particular attention.

We now descend into the troubled region of PoliTics. For some years past, at least in this European quarter of the world, it has resembled Winter,

Sullen and sad, with all his rising train,

Vapours, and clouds, and storms. On the subject of Politics, Mr. Burke's pamphlets refpecting a Peace with France, hold a distinguished rank, on account of the eloquence with which they are fraught. It is however to be wished that he had written with better temper. The evils of Republicanism might have been exposed with more effect, without this unhallowed

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frenzy. The Reader in perusing the productions of an irritated politician, is too apt to deem his reasonings the ebullitions of rage, and nɔt the cooler dictates of wisdom. We reverence the genius of Burke, and are therefore sorry to see it degraded by a strain which is unworthy of its divine energies. 'Gifford's Letters to Erskine; Wyvill's Correspondence with Pitt; Keith's comprehensive View of the present State of Great Bria tain; The eccentric Rokeby's Address to the County of Kent; Bate's cursory View of Civil Government; Defence of the Kingly Office; an edition of the late Sir William Jones's Dialogue on Government, and a Letter to the Leaders of the House of Commons, are the pieces of most notoriety in the political world. They possess, as may be supposed, various merit, and the intelligent politician will form a just opinion of their contents. We would recommend, as to politics in general, more attention to argument and less to declamation. With the interests of nations no one should trifle. The excellence of the British Constitution need only be stated with perspicuity, in order to ensure our warm and hearty apo probation.

VOYAGES AND TRAVELS

are of a more entertaining nature than the article which we have just quitted. Sir George Staunton's Embally to China is a work of considerable merit. It affords a vast fund of information respecting a part of the world with which few were particularly acquainted. The veil is now in some measure lifted up from off this immense territory. We behold an empire swarming with inha. bitants, yet diftinguished for almost every thing that is valuable in man. Ample materials therefore are here presented for the investigation of the philosopher,_A cheap edition of this work has been published. The translation of Baron de Wimpfen's Voyage to St. Domingo is instructive, and to his honour abounds with sentiments of humanity towards the flaves. Crespel's

Travels

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