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PORTRAIT PRINTS MOST EXQUISITELY
A fine Portrait Print, to be engraven in the dotted
manner, from some picture of celebrity, with the appro-
bation, and under the inspection of the Portrait Painter
himself, or the owner of the picture.-Mr. Cardon, now
confessedly the first Engraver in this country, in this
line of art, has undertaken to become the Engraver of
most of these Portraits, in his very best manner, and the
rest will be engraven by other Artists of eminence, with
corresponding emulation, so as to render these Portraits
II. Every Number will contain Two Whole Length
Portrait Figures of Ladies, in the most elegant and ap-
proved Dresses, as really worn by persons of true taste in
the course of the preceding mouth, correctly and beau-
tifully coloured to the effect of the original drawings, so
chastely represented and described that any Lady may
become her own Milliner and Dress-maker with the ut-
III. In each Number will be given two correct and
spirited Outline Sketches from the Old Masters of Italy,
Flanders, Holland, and France, and from the works of
the Modern Painters of Great Britain. The works of
Gerard Dow and Van Ostade have been given in the for-
mer Numbers. The works of Van Dyk are now in the
course of being given. This department will be illustrat-
ed with a regular Course of Criticism, blended with scien-
tific explanatious of each Plate.
MUSIC, VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL.
IV. The Songs hereafter to be given, set for the Harp
or Piano-forte, will be procured from the choice private
Collections of Mrs. Billington, Mrs. Dickons, Lady Hamil-
ton, Mrs. Mountain, and Madame Catalani, whose desire
to gratify the British Fair will induce them to assist in
the present Plan. This department will be further en-
riched by the assistance of Dr. Busby, and other musical
friends, who have undertaken to contribute an Original
V. Purposely designed for the present Publication, by
WITH SUCH PRETENSIONS, co-operating with unremitted exertions, it is trusted that the
This Portrait was intended to be given in the present Number of LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE,
but the time required by Mr. CARDON to finish it in his very best manner, would not admit
of its being completed in time for publication this month, it will therefore be given, in a very
superior style of engraving, in the next Number, to be published on the first of March. It may
be considered the Farewell Portrait Print of Mrs. SIDDONS, in the beroic character of the
Tragic Muse, from the celebrated Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds, now in the possession of
William Smith, Esq. M. P. for Norwich; engraven from the original Picture by his permission,
and is certainly a chef d'œuvre; accompanied with Biographical and Critical Memoirs of
Mrs. SIDDONS, which may be preserved as a monument of her professional fame.
It was intended that the Embellishments of this Number should have been augmented by a
SKETCH of the NEW THEATRE DRURY-LANE, as now erecting, compared with the
large Theatre at Parma, in Italy, and with the present Theatre at Covent Garden, from the
actual Design by Mr. Wyatt, the Architect of the New Drury-Lane Theatre, owing, however,
to some inaccuracies of the Engraver, the Plate must be deferred until the next Number, when
LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉE;
For JANUARY, 1812.
A New and Improved Series.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.
The Twenty-eight Number.
THE MOST NOBLE THE MARCHIONESS OF BUCKINGHAM.
Ir is not often that it falls to our lot, in sketching the biography of our fair countrywomen, to have an opportunity of recounting both their public and private virtues. The lustre of female excellence shines brightest in the domestic circles; it is for that they are formed and fashioned;liancy was still tinted by those social shades
tions that irradiate a British court; but there are few who, under the semblance of royalty herself, have opportunities of emu. lating the virtues and affability of their ex. alted original. Yet brightly as she shone as Vice-Queen of our sister island, that bril
which soften the irradiated outline into the mild glow of muru, or the softer repose of evening landscape.
and there they find the true scene of their most active benevolence. Yet there are seasons when the most retired dispositions are drawn forward from the still hauuts of This distinguished feniale is descended private virtue to exert themselves in more from a family which has long enjoyed preprominent situations; it is then that supe-eminence in our sister kingdom, and boasts rior merit must and will display itself; it is then that the softer feelings of the female heart are warmed into general philanthropy; and it is then that the true dignity of the modest yet energetic female mind rises to the situation in which its latent powers are called forth.
a long line of ancient Irish blood by intermarriages. The first ancestor particularly on record is Sir Thomas Nugent, Knt. who possessed extensive property in the county of Westmeath, and resided at Car lanstown; he married a grand-daughter of the Lord Slane, of the ancient family of sub-Fleming, a title unfortunately attainted at the Revolution, and now extinct. His grandson married a Cusack, and died in 1599, leaving a son, who by his wife, the daughter of Kedagh Geohegan, of Syonan, in Westmeath, Esq. left Edward Nugent, who also resided at Carlanstown, and had three grants of land under the acts of settle ment. In the troublesome times about the Revolution, he was a member of the parliament called by King James; but was many who glitter in the various constella-friendly to the change, aud married a
Well might we indeed apply to the ject of our present biography the words of
LL -fitted or to shine in Courts, "With unaffected grace, or walk the plain "With innocence and meditation joined "In soft assemblage."
For in courts she has shone with a degree of splendour which it falls to the lot of few ladies to have an opportunity of exhibiting. As stars of different magnitudes, there are
His second son, Michael, by a daughter of Barnwall, Lord Trimlestown, left Robert Nugent, who in early life came into the British Parliament in 1741. He mixed much in the politics of those days, and held the confidential office of Comptroller of the Household of the Prince of Wales, father of his present Majesty. He was afterwards Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in the early part of the present reign, first Lord of Trade and Plantations, and a Privy Counsellor in both kingdoms.
daughter of the Cusack family of Rathgare. | the high and arduous office of Viceroy of Ireland, as successor to the late Duke of Portland, he commenced his important duties with the most serious attention to the true interests of that country; and though his patriotism and philanthropy were undoubted, yet the world were rather surprised at such an early display of judgment, and penetration into the deep mysteries of the politics of that day. His duty was an arduous one; for he had to conciliate parties, and to correct abuses; both of which he executed in such a manner as to gain the applause and esteem of those he was sent to govern.
Thus favoured by royal notice and political connection, we soon see him raised to the honours of the Peerage; which took place in 1767, when he was created Baron Nugent of Carlanstown, and Viscount Clare. At that period, however, or soon after, his only child was a daughter, Mary, by his second wife, Anne, daughter of James Craggs, Esq. Postmaster-General, and who, as heiress to her brother, enjoyed the estates of the Craggs family to a considerable amount; she was also possessed of the estate of Gosfield Hall, in Essex (now occupied by Louis XVIII.), being the widow of Robert Knight, Esq. Secretary for the Leeward Islands.
Mary, this sole heiress, was married on the 12th of April, 1775, to George Grenville Temple, of Wotton, in the county of Bucks, Esq. now Marquis of Buckingham, and at that time heir apparent to his uncle, Richard Earl Temple. On this marriage Mr. Temple added the name of Nugent to his family appellatives; and immediately after, Lord Clare received a patent as Earl Nugent, with remainder to his son-in-law, now Marquis of Buckingham and Earl of Nugent, having succeeded as Earl Temple in 1779, as Earl Nugent in 1788, and having been raised to the dignity of a Marquis four years previous.
To draw a political sketch of the Marquis is here beyond our plan; yet so closely were the virtues of his amiable consort connected with, and so frequently did they spring from the events of his public life, that in recording the one we must notice
When Earl Temple, at the early age of twenty-eight (in 1782), was nominated to
In these occupations it was necessary to display much elegant hospitality at the Castle, in which he was aided by the taste and good sense of his Vice-Queen, who well knew how to unite the reserve becoming her station, with that affability of manner necessary to conciliate all parties without appearing to give a preference to any. She was hailed as the arbitress of fashion-but what was more, she made charity and benevolence fashionable; and the hospitals, for the relief more particularly of her own sex, owed much both to her munificence and example. Nor was it here alone that her example was of use. When the weavers of the metropolis were suffering the greatest distress, in 1783, from the almost total disuse of Irish manufactures, a deputation waited upon Lord Temple to state their sufferings. His Excellency, immediately began a subscription with a handsome sum, which was soon patriotically followed up; he even prevailed upon the merchants to promise to give a preference to the fabric of their own country in preference to foreign articles. But the honour of overcoming the greatest difficulty was reserved for the Countess; and she did overcome it, not only by her own example in wearing nothing but Irish manufacture, but also by public notice and private intimation, that those only would be welcome at the Castle who should evince their patriotism in like manner. By this, and her general attention to the interests of the country wherever female influence or example could be of any avail, she acquired as great a degree of popularity as her noble