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he delights in contemplating with Shepherds the Eternal City; then along a beautiful river of calm life the route is seen, perennial flowers and fruits strewn around. Anon choiring Cherubim attend, encircling a chariot which is to carry him on high. Thus far we thought and wrote, and found that we were but half way through the subject-enough, however, to convince, that description is not desirable for any who can go and see for themselves. Job was eyes to the blind, but such have passed away, and if alive would not meet encouragement in this universally enlightened nation. We cannot forbear praising the skill which has linked such beauties of landscape and architecture where the gorgeous is exquisitely managed, and the sight charmed with harmonious coloring and graceful forms. We are glad to find an entertainment altogether unexceptionable, pleasing alike to child and man, and vote a hearty resolution of thanks to the able artists whose work is now exhibiting, and wish them the success so highly merited.—[ Churchman, Nov. 14.
A Remarkable Panorama -We are somewhat chary of our praises of the thousand and one exhibitions in this branch of art, with which town and country have been inundated since Mr. Banvard first conceived the idea of painting by the acre, and unrolled the long lengths of the Mississippi to our astonished gaze. But we must do justice to a series of illustrations of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," which are now open to the public at 598 Broadway. The artist preserves an incognito; but we, nevertheless, beg to testify the surprise and pleasure with which we have seen his bold imaginings and his masterly execution, in sketching some of the scenes and incidents of Bunyan's immortal book. Alternately, or rather as the text dictates, we have the beautiful and the terrible in landscape, the horribly grotesque and delicately spiritualized in form and figure-Christian and Giant Despair-the Delectable Mountains, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Those who like strong sensations are advised to turn aside from the Vanity Fair of Broadway, and spend an hour with this admirably illustrated edition of one of the chiefest of English authors. If neither their artistic taste be gratified, nor their religious impulses be quickened, they will at least be assisting to pay for a laborious and spirited work.-[Albion, Nov. 14.
The Panorama of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, now on exhibition nightly, is attracting much attention. It is a work of decided merit, on which the pencils of several artists of distinguished abilities have been long and diligently engaged. It is instructive and entertaining in a high degree, and the moral effect of such an exhibition cannot fail of being exceedingly happy. The painting is descriptive of Bunyan's beautiful allegory in which hideous monsters, angelic forms, yawning abysses, with bottoms strewed with human bones, enchanting scenery, palaces, and craggy rocks, all perform their part in marking the everchanging progress of the burdened pilgrim.-[Journal of Commerce, Nov. 20.
We take such an exhibition as that recently opened of the panoramic painting of the Pilgrim's Progress, as one of the best signs of the times. Its predecessors were, with whatever other merit, all in the commonest spirit of appeal to idle curiosity, and gratification for desire of a little every day information with regard to the physical peculiarities of the Mississippi River, Cuba and California. While the public, perhaps, fancied that they were encouraging the fine arts, and cultivating a love of pictures, they were no more than so many open-eyed travelers or tourists with their heads out of the railroad car, or strolling on the upper deck of a high pressure steamboat. In the Pilgrim's Progress they are doing something else, and something we fancy, in rather a worthier spirit. They are giving a little scope to the imagination-some indulgence to that love of human nature, which lies rather deeper than the visible rocks, trees, rivers and gold mines. In a higher spirit, to, have the artists executed their share of the common duty. They have had faith in an improved apprehension and intelligence in their audience. They have conceived and painted as if imagination were not altogether extinct. They have taken for a subject a work which had its origin in a poetical genius, and and wherever it has gone for many generations, has kept alive, among the readers of the English tongue, the gladness and life of that great faculty by which we are alone empowered to have faith in the glories of an unseen heaven which is to come. For this generous gift to better art, we are indebted to the two painters, Messrs. May and Kyle; who have in general shown themselves equal to the undertaking. The chief figures, which we understand are from the hand of Mr. May, denoting in their selection, attitudes, and spirit, a fine sympathy with the author: while there is something strange, unearthly, and wondrous in the landscapes to approve Mr. Kyle among the foremost painters in that department. We are unable to particularise: as almost every length of canvass has something express and admirable on which we might dwell: as we could also on that glorious Giant Despair, struggling in the sunlight, contributed by Mr. Duggan, one or two massive conceptions of Darley's the Mercy's dream of Huntington: a design by Church, another by Cropsy, and a successful composition by Mr. Dallas of Philadelphia. We might object to an excess of gaudy color, particularly towards the close of the series and to a want of softness in an occasional scene-but we are safe in pronouncing the entire exhibition a Happy novelty, a Story in Color, delightfully told, and almost, if not quite, as well worth listening its steady flow of pictorial eloquence as Henry Clay in the Senate Chamber, or Jenny Lind at Tripler Hall.]Literary World.
The following is from the pen of Mrs. Ellet, one of the most accom. plished of our female writers:
On seeing the panorama of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
With sin and hell the stern, victorious strife,
To bid us hear the message sent from [Heaven!
THE BUNYAN TABLEAUX.-Much has been said, and hardly too much can be said, in commendation of the Bunyan Tableaux; but the merits of Mr. Greenwood the lecturer have been (though not designedly) overlooked. I presume there are few to equal, and none to exceed him in the happy talent of description and rehearsal; by which so many have listened with attention, gazed with pleasure, and we doubt not have profited by this exhibition. The artists having doue faithfully their part; the lecturer has not been deficient; and although a large audience may be more desirable, he cannot be ignorant of his own abilities to attract and nterest them, for which he should share in both the profit and the praise.-[South Carolinian,
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.-The exhibition of the glorious Dreamer's allegory was enjoyed at Hibernian Hall on Saturday afternoon; and the pleasure of witnessing it was enlarged by the presence of about 130 of the Orphan House children, with their shining, happy faces. They were there, it is understood, by Mr. Greenwood's invitation. By his peculiarly happy manner he drew the eager attention of his little guests to the truths which the" Progress" is intended to illustrate; and in a feeling and encouraging address shewed them by reference to his own history, that God is indeed the Father and the Friend of the Orphan. On the whole it was a plesant re-union, at which memory rekindled the star which blazed in the youthful breast of one who is now an old man.- Charleston Courier.
We would heartily recommend at least one visit to the beautiful Bunyan Tableaux of the "Pilgrim's Progress," now on exhibition every night at Odd Fellows' Hall. On Saturday night we sat by an
excellent artist, and we thoroughly concurred with him in his high commendation of this splendid work of art. Taken as a whole, it is by far the finest Panorama ever exhibited here. No one can see it without being astonished at the wonderful conceptions of genius, and without having his heart elevated by the moral beauty of the pictures. Mr. Greenwood, the gentlemanly exhibitor, describes the various striking points on the glowing canvas, with unaffected emphasis, clearness and good taste.-Richmond Enquirer, Dec. 5th, 1853.
We witnessed last evening, for the first time, the Bunyan Tableaux, now on exhibition at Hibernian Hall, and were gratified to find the scenic beauties therein displayed had attracted a very large auditory, the most of whom were ladies. It affords us pleasure, at all times, to notice that the ladies take a lively interest in the Fine Arts. It is a subject not only suited to their delicate taste, but is well calculated to inspire in their minds an ambitious desire to wield, with eminence, the artistic pencil. Those who are already in the study of this art, will find great advantage from a single visit; while citizens generally will see much to admire and approve.
The above magnificent painting was executed by the combined talents of ten distinguished artists; among whom may be mentioned Huntington, Cropsey, May, Darley, Duggan, Kyle, Dallas, Church, whose eminent ability requires no panegyric at our hands.
The talented manager, Mr. Greenwood, will lecture during the movement of the Panorama and clearly explain the full idea and design of those eminent artists in their efforts to present to the world the Pilgrim's Progress.—[Com.