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vated by Castelli in Raphael, and by Oclenschlaeger in Correg- and the characters of the principal actors, in leading the affergio, iu the higher class of Drama, nay even to a kind of tragedy. tionate young woman to give up Vandyke, and the latter to It was reserved for the Dresden stage to execute a piece of this depart for the great Temple of the Arts beyond the Alps; so description so intrinsically excellent, and so admirably got up, that necessity seems to have dissolved the knot which was that the representation may, without hesitation, be considered arbitrarily tied. This is the necessary and proper dénotas one of ihe most perfect that we liave seen for a long time ment, every body will confess, who weighs all the circumupon our stage. This was really the case with Pundyke's stances, and carefully follows the poet, in the delicate thread of Life in the Country (Vandyks Land Leben) which was recently his artificial web. performed at the Court Theatre in Dresden.
It is doubtless no ordinary praise, whien it can be proved, Frederick Vint has adapted to the stage an Anecdote of that in a piece where twenty-eight persons are named in the the early years of Vandyke, thus related in the Lives of Cele- Dramatis Personæ, hardly a single one can be wholly disbrated Painters. Vandyke having been invited to Savelthem, pensed with; and that the appearance of the most of them is a village in the neighbourhood of Brussels, to paint a holy absolutely necessary to the progress of the play. family, as an altar-piece for the church of that place, fell in love with a handsome country girl, and introduced her portrait in the picture. At the same time he painted also the Patron
INTELLIGENCE, Saint of the Village, the Bishop Martin, as a warrior riding on
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC. a grey horse. This was the horse which Vandyke hiniselt rode, and had been given him by his master Rubens, at Antwerp, in return for some pictures painted by Vandyke, among which the Spanish Inn, is shortly to be brought out at that theatre.
A new Farce (written by a gentleman of Edinburgh) called was the portrait of Helena Formans, the second wife of Řubens. Upon this simple foundation, the rich fancy of the poet has, in ductions, preparatory to the Somerset House exhibition.
The Pictorial world are now giving the last tint to lheir proa vasterly manner, constructed his plot. llis object was ne
The Musical world look forward with expectation to the enthing less than to represent the Roman school in continued suing lectures of Doctor Crotch. contrast with the Flemish, and thus interweaving the dramatic interest with the pictorial (if we may so express ourselves) to nomical Sketches from Mr. Millington's Lectures, at the Surrey
We shall from time to time present our readers with Astra furnish a Double Exhibition for the friends of Art,--(so he him
institution). self desires his piece to be called) with all the charms of an exuberant fancy.' Truiy a difficult task. The object of the for publication in England, a New 'Translation into Latin, of
Leopoldo SEBASTIANI, a Roman priest, is bringing forward poet being such as the inajority of the audience, even in Dres- the Greek Testament, in which he professes not only to correct den, cannot be supposed able to comprehend; the author is as all editions, not allowed by the Church of Rome, but even the it were compelled to inform his audience. The first act is there
Vulgate itself. fore only preparativema kind of prologue, by which the poet really succeeds in exciting general interest in favor of this new Ithe season ; on Chemistry, Mechanics, Ancient Architecture,
The Royal Institution Lectures are about to commence for species of drama. On ihe rising of the curtain we find our
Botany, Drawing, Painting, &c. &c. selves in the painting room of the great Rubens. The Raphael of Flanders is standing at his ease. Soon afier enters Helena in a few days.
The election of a secretary to the Society of Arts, takes place Formans his second wife, when we learn that Vandyke, the favorite of both, has indeed set off for Italy on his master's of Flax will shortly be laid before the public, by which great
A new and most important improvement in the preparation highly-praised grey hurse, but has loitered for some months atsaving of materials and expense will be effected, and labor proSavelihem, charmed by the beauty of a country girl. A Roman vided for an immense number of those who are now without it. knight, named Nanni, with his beautiful niece Paola, who is to take the vow as a nun, have been informed, on their journey
IN THE PRESS. to Brussels to visit Rubens, of Vandyke's adventure, and re Apicius Redivivus ; or the Cook's Oracle. solve now to dissolve the charm, and by arousing a better spirit A New French Grammar; by C. P. Whitaker. in Vandyke, to reconcile him with Rubens, who is filled with
The Club; in a Dialogue between Father and Son. Reprint, anger at the fault of his favorite. The Romans write these &c. by James Puckle. circumstances to him froin Brussels. Helena soothes the
NEW BOOKS. angry lion, and appeases his anger by flattery and putting
Two Sketches of France, Belgium, and Spa: during the him in mind of his mother. Paul and Albert, Rubens' two Summers of 1971, and 1814. sons, enter, giving a living representation of ihe celebrated Transactions of the Horticultural Society. Part IV. Vol. II.. picture of the sons of Rubens in our gallery; a pleasing family
Armata; a fragment. scene completes the conquest of the painter's anger, and leads Favorites, Beauties, and Amours, of Henry of Windsor. By him to the determination to go himself to Savelthem. We now
a Verdurer of Windsor Forest. know the object in view. It is to disenchant Vandyke, and Thoresby's Ducatus Leodiensis, 2 vols. folio ; 2nd editioni, gain him for the sublimer walk of Italian art. With the with Notes and Additions, by Dr. Whitaker, 14 guineas. second act begins the action itself. A Flemish church festival presents to us its motley scene of busy life. We recognise in ihe most diversified groupes the two finest Teniers of our gal
TO CORRESPONDENTS. lery. The lively circling dance which Vandyke leads off with Should Contemporary Journals glean from the pages of the his mistress, Lenchin' Ilumprecht, the Justice's daughter, Literary Gazette, we trust that they will have ine kindness is interrupted by the entrance of the Chevalier Nanni and his to quote the source from whence such extracts are derived. richly-dressed niece, who, at the request of the Justice, fills a AU intelligence of a Literary Nature will be grutefully received, goblet of wine and presents it to Vaudyke, to whom the whole especially from Official Gentlemen connected with learned Socievillage wishes to show its respect on this St. Martin's Day, the ties and Institutions, as well as from Booksellers, Publishers, &r. anniversary of the Patron Saint. An ironical doubt of the We have been favored with an elegant poetic translation from Chevalier's now first plants a thorn in the breast of Vandyke. the German of Schiller; but have to regret that the pressure of It cannot be our object here to develope the progress of the matter obliges us to defer it until our nert publication. actiun, scene by scene. We content ourselves with the assur We are sorry to have received complaints respecting the irréance that the poet has completely succeeded by ingeniously- gular delivery of the First Number of the Literary Gazette ; but contrived motives, yet rightly deduced from the given situation request our Friends and Subscribers, should their own Neusmen
disappoint them, to direct their orders to WESTLEY and Paris, ! Lenchin is used by the country people for Helena. at the Office, 159, Strand.
Journal of the belles Lettres.
SATURDAY, FEB. 8, 1817.
ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Volney never dreamt. We have reason to fear, however,
that there is but little room to entertain any bopes of this FEMALE TOURISTS.
kind. The other lady I mean, is the amiable and accomTo the Editor of the Literary Gazette. plished Mrs. Rich, wife of the learned English Resident Sir, Your mention of the Travels of Her Roval at Bagdad, Claudius Rich, Esq. whose valuable collection Highness the Princess of Wales, in the first Number of of Oriental MSS. is so justly celebrated. She is the your promising publication, calls to niy recollection two daughter of Sir James Mackintosh, and the true heiress of English Ladies, whose travels in Asiatic Turkey would the spirit and learning of her father. From Bombay, afford the bighest gratification, if they shall ever be whither she went with her father from England, she follows published. The first is, Lady Hester Stanhope, daughter ed her husband to Bagdad. In 1914 slie travelled from of the late Earl Stanhope, and niece to the illustrious Pitt, Bagdad by land, by way of Anadoli and Constantinople whose daily companion she was, and to whom she was not to England; and in October 18:5, returned by way of more united by the ties of blood, than by her intellectual Constantinople and Asia Minor, back to Bagdad. Slie qualities. An article respecting her ladyship was publish-travelled almost the whole of the land journey on horseed some time ago, from the Paris papers, in one of the back, and made the most interesting observations. What daily prints ; but as many of your readers never saw it, an exquisite enjoyment would it afford to the whole Euroand as it contains, I believe, some inaccuracies, it may pean public, if only the letters were published which she perhaps be agreeable to mention further particulars here. wrote to her father in England during this journey! After the death of her great uncle, she retired for some
I am, Sir, Your's,
H. L. time juto the niountains of North Wales to recover her health, which had suffered extremely. She afterwards re
SHERIDAN'S RIVALS. solved to travel ; and the Continent of Europe being at
To the Editor of the Literary Gazette. that time inaccessible to the English, she embarked with Sir, In reading over the Life of Mr. Sheridan, reseveral servants, and a young physician in whose skill she cently published by Dr. Watkins, I was forcibly struck placed great confidence, for Malta : thence she went to with an idea which, as a literary speculation, may perhaps Constantinople, where she resided for some time in a not be irrelevant to the purpose of your publication. Menpleasant country-house on the Bosphorus. There she was tion is there made of a finished Comedy, called A Trip to seized with an irresistible inclination to visit Palestine, Bath, left by Mrs. Sheridan, mother to the subject of which she immediately gratified. Off the Isle of Rhodes the biography, at her death. Mrs. Sheridan is well known she suffered shipwreck, and escaped with great difficulty, to the world as a literary character, from the Memoirs of in a boat which the Captain hoisted out, upon a barren Sidney Biddulph, from her tale of Nourjaliad, and from rock, where she seemed exposed to perish by famine. The two Comedies, The Discovery and The Dupe, acted following day, however, an English ship appeared, which during her life-time. In a letter written by Mr. Sheridan, took her on board, and conveyed ber in safety to Syria. her husband, from Blois, in October, 1764, he saysHere she made excursions in all directions, partly in com “ Mrs. Sheridan hos finished a Comedy, which I think an pany with Mr. Bruce, who was concerned in the escape excellent one, spick and span new throughout.”-Again, of Lavalette. For many years she wandered about among in a subsequent letter he says: “Mrs. Sheridan has written the ruins of Palmyra and Balbec, and in the Vallies of a Comedy, called A Trip to Bath, in which some good Lebanon. As she lived for months together on nothing judges in England find a great deal of merit.”—And in rebut rice and water, and entirely accustomed herself to the lating the death of this excellent and amiable woman, we frugal way of life of the Eastern nations, she became, from find the biographer speaking thus: “Of the Comedy being one of the most delicate of her sex, one of the most which she left in a finished state, we have no other acrobust. According to the latest accounts which she has count than that given by her husband; nor has it been written to her family in England, she is now at the head once mentioned by the industrious and sagacious compiler of three tribes of Bedouin Arabs, who pay ber the most of the Biographia Dramatica, though he was apprised perfect homage, as to a being of a superior order; and as that such a piece had been completed, and with the title she is elegautly formed, and an admirable borsewoman, of it he was made acquainted. It is known to have obthey often tell her she deserves to be Sultana. She urtained the sanction of Garrick and Murphy, and through gently invites some favorite friends of her former acquaint- them, I believe, Dr. Johnson was prevailed upon to give ance in England to join ber in the Vallies of Lebanon, and it a perusal, with his judgment upon its merits, which was declares that she will never leave the pure skies of those decidedly in its favour. Notwithstanding the stamp which southern climes to return to the smoky and cloudy atmos- this manuscript received from such high authorities, it phere of England. If she would write, or if she only had never made its appearance before the public; this is the somebody with her who could record the results of her more unaccountable, considering the peculiar circumrescarches and her observations, we should learn particu- stances and professional pursuits of Mr. Sheridan, who lars respecting Syria and Arabia, of which Cassas and caused the two remaining volumes of Sidney Biddulph to
be printed, but totally neglected the other literary remains turn cobler, nor am I quite so mean as to permit an of the author. Into whose bands her papers afterwards insult.” “Shew the lady down,” said she ; and thus fell is not clearly known, though it is probable that by the ended our pithy interview. recent death of her youngest son, some information may I returned home, and told my hostess all. “The lady be obtained upon the subject.”
did not intend any insult,” said she, " for shoemaking now Now, Mr. Editor, considering all these points together, forms a most important branch of female education. does it not appear extremely probable that we have here You are nobody if you cannot heel-tap; and to sbew the foundation at least, though perhaps not the entire any degree of information, you must be an amateur in kidsuperstructure, of that excellent Comedy The Rirals, which leather. A lady can purchase a pair of shoes for a few has always passed as the sole undivided production of the shillings, but it costs her some guineas and several weeks late Richard Brinsley Sheridan ? It is remarkable, that a to make them; at the end of which time, they shall be Comedy which had been approved by such men as Gar- found, like batched eggs, quite fit for bursting. rick, Murphy, and Dr. Johnson, should have remained “As for me," she continued, “I am only a poor hosier's for ever in obscurity, if particular reasons had not sub- wife, so I promise you, my daughters sha'nt take any fine sisted in some quarter, why it should be consigned to shoe-making airs upon themselves. No, they must earn such a fate; and what more probable than that Mr. their own bread, poor things; and, I protest, 'tis as much Sheridan, who certainly has been esteemed not scrupulously as I can do to get them merely taught waltzing and nice respecting such subjects, should take advantage of a Italian." “ Italian!” cried I, “ then you mean they manuscript of this description existing in the family, to should carn their bread by teaching that language." " Not raise himself a reputation as a dramatic writer, without at all,” she replied, “but by marrying themselves off, the labour and anxiety of being one? This conjecture is poor things. No girl now, above a green grocer, can powerfully strengthened from the scene of The Rivals get decently settled in life, without the languages. There being laid at Bath; and it is well worthy of remark, that is the tishmonger's daughter, next door -- she reads in the play-bills of Country Theatres, where an or is com- Italian over the turbots; and I warrant, in spite of her monly found for every piece announced, this play is very check apron, looks to a baroniche and four.” generally called The Rivals, or A Trip to Bath. That Thus she ran on, and in fine, fully convinced me, that Mr. Sheridan has added many strokes of wit and humour I am an unfit governess for any condition of life. The in the dialogue, anpears extremely probable; perhaps it young lady, who stands behind the counter, differs from was in a considerable degree new-modelled by him : but her who stands before it, only in being tanght by cheaper it seems much more consonant with his well-known indo-masters; for her accomplishments are precisely the saine. tent habits to suppose him only the embellisher, not the Now, as well as I can collect, a fashionable girl is educat. original author, of the piece. We see that his claims to ed much in this manner. Before her fingers are long the whole merit of the School for Scandal' rest upon very enough to reach an octave, she performs concertantes at dubious grounds ;-we know that for his Duenna he is the piano; and is taught to write sentimental essays very much indebted to Wycherly's Country Wife;- The before she has got out of her spider-legs and pot-looks. Critic is but The Rehearsal adapted to other days and She may not, perhaps, know much of the bible, but then other manners ;--and it is notorious, that though there is she has half Ariosto by heart. The next great considerascarcely a single idea of his own in Pizarro, he seemed to tion is waltzing—a dreadful amusement, my friend, which pride himself as much upon it, and consider it as much you may see fully set forth in an indecent publication bis own production, as if there had not been a stroke called "The Treasures of Terpsichore.” throughout, except from his pen. Mr. Sheridan was un Then a great portion of her time is occupied in reading doubtedly a man of great wit and brilliant farcy, and it certain books about love. I have dipped into one of is not his capacity to have written the works ascribed to them, and found it contained only an account of a remarkhim that we doubt; but we must doubt whether at any ably sickly orphan, who used to cry and faint, chapter period of his life he had application enough to have pro-about, bad nervous starts, two constiptions, and, from duced them.
her manner of walking, I shrewdly suspect, was ricketty. I am, Sir, &c. However, a young gentleman, no way disgusted by these
infirmities, proposes, charitably enough, to marry her, and LETTERS FROM LONDON.
take all her apothecaries' bills upon himself. But just LETTER III.
then there cones a great mischief-maker, who whips her I WRITE to you in the greatest despair. It is certain off to a castle, fit for any thing but to live in. Here she that I have no qualifications whatever as a governess. grows quite hypochondriac, and fancies she sees figures
This morning I waited on a lady who had advertized Hitting in the dusky perspective. But all on a sudden her for one. I found her reading on a sofa. "So,” said she, real character breaks out. She plays and accomplishes a
you have called in consequence of my advertisement." desperate escape. She shows the intrepidity of a buffalo “I have, Madam." “ You are aware that there is no and the constitution of a horse. She rummages out her task so important as the education of young women.” lover. Her heart and her mouth are his without a strug“Certainly, Madam." “It determines the tenor of their gle. The one no longer beaves with grief, the other no future lives.” “ It does, Madam." "It enlarges their longer smells of hartshorn. So all obstacles are removed, understandings and improves their morals." “ Most true, and nothing can equal her felicity, but her bridal dress. Madam.” “ Can you dress hair ?” “ No, indeed, Ma Books such as these, and a whole host of modern poetry, dam." “Can you make shoe's ?" "Thank heaven, form the young lady's understanding; and as for her conMadam, I am not quite so reduced in the world as to versation, she has happily acquired the art of talking