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Munich has gone to Augsburg, to longing to the Duke of Brunswick, is chuse a convenient place for the late likewise doomed to furnish several of Dusseldorf Gallery. It is supposed the best paintings to embellish the that the new Gallery will be establish- capital of the conquerors; and a se. ed in the Convent of the Nuns of St. lection has been made by them of the Ursula.
most rare engravings, medals, gems, Prussia.
and manuscripts of that celebrated li. Bonaparte has ordered a great num- brary. Among the MSS. were four ber of the Works of Art to be sent from original pieces, which serve to illusthe Prussian dominions to Paris. — trate the history of France. Amongst others he has sent the Chariot The number of students in the prin. of Victory drawn by four horses, which cipal universities of Prussia have been stood on the Brandenburg gate at Ber- given as follows:-Halle, in 1862, 631; lin, and remarkable for the singular Erlangen, in 1801, 800, and Konigs. manner in which it was made. All berg, in 1802, 300. the parts of it are of copper, and form
Switzerland. ed with a hammer, and joined together The bust of the celebrated Haller is with nails. However difficult such a arrived from Paris at Berne, and is to work may seem, the artist has treated be placed in the Botanic Garden; but it with great truth and correctness. the subscriptions of the Bernese have Bonaparte was so struck with the ing fallen short of the expense, a beauty of it, that he sent for the artist, second subscription, rot confined to and after making him many flattering the city, is opened for the reception compliments, engaged him to remove of further aids. to Paris. The gallery of Saltzhal, be
ENTERTAINMENTS AND EXHIBITIONS.
, --in evening a new Tragedy, writ- whom the character is peculiarly fitted. ten by Mr. Lewis, entitled Adelgitha; Mr. Lewis's language in this play disor, The Fruits of a Single Error, was plays a classical taste, but perhaps a produced at this theatre, for the be too prejudiceď one. Mrs. Powell was nefit of Mrs. Powell. The principal the heroine of the piece: her remorse, characters were
her love for her husband, and all the Michael Ducas,
contending passions which the conEmperor of By Mr. RAYMOND sciousness of present virtue, and the zantium
wish to conceal past frailty produce, Robert Guiscard. Mr. H. SIDDONS
were pourtrayed with a most impresKing of Apulia)
sire effect. Lothair
Mr. ELLISTON COVENT-GARDEN, April 16.This Adelgitha, Queen Mrs. POWELL
evening a new serio-comic ballet of of Apulia
action, called The Ogre and Little Imma; daughter Mrs. H. Siddons Thumb, or The Seven League Boots; of Michael
was produced for the first time at this Claudia Miss BoYCE
The incidents are taken This tragedy having already been principally from Mother Goose's tale performed at the Theatre, Covent. of Little Thumb, combined with the Garden, renders it unnecessary to de- Adventures of Count Manfredi; Orscribe the plot, especially as it has lando, his friend; Scamperini, the been also printed some time. The count's servant; and Marian, daughpurity of morals and the rigidness of ter to Gafier and Gammer Thumb. virtue which are enforced by this tra- The agents of Anthropophagos the gedy, called forth the best approbation Ogre, ara Will o the Wisp and Jack of a numerous audience. Mrs. H. a Lantern, which lead tbe children of Siddons played Imma with her usual Gammer Thumb, the count and feeling and interest; but Mr. Ray- Scamperini to the castle of the Ogre, mond's Michael would have been betfrom which they are released by Little Thumb, who possesses himself of Titus or a Marcus Antoninus. This the Ogre's seven league boots, and Opera, is perhaps, without exception, brings about his destruction. The one of the best dramatic pieces of the scenery was extremely beautiful, par- present season. The character of Peticularly a cataract of real water, der (imaginary as it is) is uncommonly which was well managed. The inte- well drawn; there is sometimes great rior of Gaffer Thumb's cottage and force and sobriety in his declamation; the brazen tower produced a grand and the shipwright is a very respecettect,, as did also the scene of a table attempt at humour. The music, mountainous country. The music is by M. Jouve, is charming; and almost by Mr. Ware, and is very fine, espe. every song was encored. The scenery cially the overture.
is beautiful, particularly a view of April 22.--This evening, Mrs. Sid- ships at anchor; and there is a grand dons returned to this theatre, in the allegorical transparency, in which the character of Lady Macbeth. She was Cyclops are introduced. received on her entrance with a CONCERT OF ANCIENT Music.warmth of public favour worthy of her The Ninth Concert was on the 15th of high talents, and she exerted herself April, under the direction of the Earl througliout the performance with a of' Uxbridge for the Earl of Chesterdegree of zeal that procured her many field. The selection was from Handel, repetitions of applause.
with the exception of a beautiful CanMay 8.--This evening, a new mu- zonet of I, my Dear, was born to-day, by sical drama, in three acts, called Peter Travers, wbich Mr. Harrison and Mr. the Great, or IFooden Walls, was pro- Bartleman sang in the finest style, and duced, from the pen of Mr. Cherry, the glee of Now is the Month of Maying: The characters were
The Tenth Concert was on the ead Peter the Great Mr. C. KEMBLE of April, under the direction of the Le Fort
Mr. BELLAMY Earl of Daruley. Handel was the Mauritz
Mr. MUNDEN source of selection, and his Acis and Count Menzikoff Mr. Pope Galatea afforded ample scope to Har. Sparrowitz Mr. SIMMONS rison, Bartleman, and Mrs. Vaughan, Olmutz
Mr. W ADDY
who obtained high approbation. Come Petrowitz
Mr. MURRAY if you dare was given with strong exMichael Petrowitz Mr. INCLEDON pression by Ilarri-qan. Knyvett, Elliott, Paulina
Miss BOLTON and Sale acquitted themselves with Genevieve
Mrs.DAVENPORT thcir usual ability, Catharine
Mrs. C. KEMBLE The Eleventh Concert was on the The story relates to the pilgrimages 29th of April, under the direction of of Czar Peter, in the disguise of a the Earl of Chesterfield; and the sce mechanic, to England, Holland, and lection was from the more serious muGermany, in order to acquire a know. sic of Handel, which Irs. Vaughan, ledge of the several trades of those Mr. Harrison, Hr. Bartieman, and Mr. countries, for the purpose of introdu- W. Knyvett executed in their finest cing civilization into Russia. -The style. memorable adventure of his working The Twelfth and last Concert for in the yard of a shipwright, and his this season was on Nay 6, under the ineeting with Catharine, whoin he at direction of the Earl of Dartmouth. terwards espoused, are the ground The selection was principally from works of the present piece. Every Handel, whose divine music was feature of the real characters of Peter charmingly given by Mrs. Vaughan, and Catharine are cast in the dramatic Mr. Bartleman, and Mr. Ilarrison; and model, upon the plan of Arcadian ihe favourite Glee of Donald was rapsoftness and pasto al simplicity. The turously applauded. The manner in ferocity of this fan.ed northern chiet: which these concerts have been contain is changed into a tone of ethical ducted reflects the highest honour on Lenevolence and moral philosoplay; the directors. he makes as deep and pious relice- BATH, April 22. This evening, tions upon the use of supreme power, Madame Catalavi gave a Concert in and the restraint of the passions, 23 a the Great Rooul, Bath, under the 'dia
rection of Mr. Rauzzini. The avidity four o'clock, though the concert did to hear her was so great that, notwith- not begin before eight. Madame Catastanding the tickets were at a guinea lani sang three airs with her wonted a piece for non-subscribers and 15s. excellence, and the beautiful cavatina for subscribers, the rooin was filled by Ah Quanto Lamina was loudly encored.
ADDITIONS TO, AND CORRECTIONS IN, FORMER
OBITUARIES. JOHN OPIE, Esq. R.A. whose Death changed his place of abode from a pro
was announced at p. 376. vincial city to the metropolis, and sucMRin
1761, at a place called Harmony- in the neighbourhood of LeicesterCot, in the parish of St. Agnes, Corn- square, first to Great Queen-street, and wall; where his father, who was a then to the politer air of Berners-street, master carpenter, resided. His mother where he afterwards lived till his death. was of the ancient and respectable fa- On his arrival in London, he was inmily of Tonkin, of Trevaunance. At troduced to notice by his friend Peter ten years of age he was an excellent Pindar; who is said to have received arithmetician, and wrote a most ad, a poundage from his labours, as mirable hands and was, inmediately the price of his patronage. He had on leaving s hool, bound apprentice been four or five vears in the metroto his father. It was during this period polis, however, before he began to exthat he discovered those innate marks hibit; as it was not until the vear 1786, of genius, by which he was enabled to that any of his pictures appeared at bound over a gulph in which thousands Somerset-House. From that time, have sunk to oblivion.
wealth and reputation seemed to atAt this time, Dr. Wolcot (better tend his efforts; he was first nominated known as Peter Pindar) resided in an Associate, and soon after a Roral Truro; and some of young Opie's first Academician, at which period he beatternpts being shewn to him, he was so gan to wean bimself from subjects of much pleased wi-h them, that he could history, and to fall into the more sucnot help exclaimin
cessful and profitable trade of a faNon sine Dies animosus puer. shionable portrait painter. He accordingly took him under his The first specimen of his literary protection, cultivated his talents, and abilities was the Life of Sir Joshua taught himn to aspire to fame and for- Reynolds, in Dr. Wolcot's edition of tune.
Pilkington's Dictionary. He next pubOpie's first humble attempt at por- lished a letter in the Morning Chrotrait painting was with a smutty stick nicle, and since republished in " An against the white-washed wall of his Inquiry into the requisite Cultivation paternal cottage; where he exhibited of the Arts of Design in England;" in in dark colours indeed, but striking which he proposed a distinct plan for likenesses, the heads of his whole fa- the formation of a National Gallery, mily. He then advanced a step far- tending at once to exalt the arts of his ther, by drawing with ochre, on a sheet country, and immortalize its glory. of cartridge-paper, several heads with He was soon after engaged by the masuch strong lineaments and so much nagers of the Royal Institution to detaste, as to procure him the patronage liver a course of lectures on painting just mentioned.
at that establishment. These lectures Dr. Wolcot having furnished him never satisfied their author, and he de with materials, and given him lessons, clined the continuance of them.-His by which he profited in a manner that election to the Professorship of Paintsurprized even his tutor, and having ing at the Royal Academy happening made a rapid progress, Opie went to nearly at this time, he resolved to perExeter, where he acquired some know- fect what he had perceived defective. ledge of oil painting, and began to earn In his lectures at the Royal Institution, a livelihood by his pencil. He then he was abrupt, crowded, and frequently
imme hodical; rather rushing forward Both him and his style are equally lost himself than leading his auditors: but to the world. in the four lectures which he delivered He had nothing of the grace, deliat the Academy, soon after his appoint- cacy, and freedom of Vandyke; he had ment to the Professorship, he was more nothing of that power of giving charegular, progressive, distinct, and in- racter to every thing; of that amenity, structive; and shone more as Professor variety, and ideal beauty, which disat the Academy, than as Lecturer at tinguished the compositions of Reythe Institution.
nolds. He had an immense force, a His success in copies from gross and rough exactness, a coarse severity of vulgar nature, such as his old Beggars, rendering every object that was before Rustics, &c. soon attracted the atten- him. He gave a relief to all his figures, tion of the public, and he became li- at once bold and deep; and, provided berally employed. At this period he the character was sufficiently marked attempted historical painting, and pro- and prominent, he would almost frame, duced his best works in this line, the as it were, the living object on his canDeath of David Rizzio, and the Mur- vass; he would give it with that gross der of James I, King of Scotland. He vigour, that severe and exact scrupuwas soon engaged by Boydell, in some losity, which might fatigue the induscompositions for the Shakspeare Gal. try of a Dutch painter. His tones of lery, for which he was well paid; but, colour were agreeable and appropriate, like many others, he seems rather to beyond example: In this quality, as a have looked to his price than to his re- portrait painter, he never excelled. putation. These were six subjects-- His excellence was chiefly in the heads from the Winter's Tale, the First and of old men, in copies of gross and vulSecond Part of King Henry VI. Timon gar nature. In the softness and deli. of Athens, Romeo and Juliet, and cacy of youth, and the grace of feHenry VIII. Several of the portraits male beauty, he could never succeed. which have embellished this Magazine, He had no creative powers; no conhave been copied after his pencil. ception of that ideal in art, which is
As a painter, he was undoubtedly in alone seen and measured by the inenthe first rank of his profession, and, in taleye. The object which he had to losing hiin, a void has been made in draw was to be placed before him, and the art, which will not speedily be its qualities must have been of that filled. The want of an education, marked and decided nature, that the founded on principles and elemental imitation could easily be made. If knowledge, was supplied by a vigour he had any thing to invent, to superof native genius, and a judgment, add, to combine, or polish, he was lost: wliich, without much study, was ma- he would give you what he saw; but tured by observation to tolerable cor- his mind could furnish nothing more. rectness. Being self-taught, he escaped Thus all his attempts at history, are all the insipidity and mannerism of a mere assemblages of portraits; like the school; and though he did not attain, Dutch painter, if he wanted a Jupiter, till somewhat advanced in the profes- he would copy the first burgomaster lie sion, to a command in drawing, and met in the streets. In a late composi. what may be called the knowledge of tion, Mr. Opie has given us a Belisarius academical proprieties, the absence of and a boy; and the first beggar he en. these qualities was sushciently com- countered at his door, was perhaps the pensated by an originality of genius, model of the Roman General. an unfettered and peculiar style of If Opie can, with justice, be comthinking, an immense force and sub- pared with any other painter, ancient stance, both in colouring and pencil- or modern, we should say, he was the ing, which must ever distinguish bim EnglishCaravaggio. Immense strength,
original, unborrowed manner, coarse As a portrait painter (in which light exactness in delineating the object prewe must chiefly consider him), be was sent to his eye; bold relief; a substance neither a follower, nor imitator of any of colouring and penciling; a disdain that went before him, nor has he left of any thing artificial or ideal; an apo any to take those liberties with him, propriate tone of colour, agreeably diswhich he disdained to take with others. tributed and fitted to its objects, distinguished both masters. Such is the cible, and dark will ever accompany opinion which candour extorts from acts of horror. As a portrait painter, us, relative to the merits of the deceased he has great claims to praise; particuartist: we have meant only to be just. larly in his men, which are firm, bold, In private life, Opie was plain and and freely handled, and occasionally simple. His appearance was against well coloured. His women are heavy, him. His understanding was good, inelegant, and chalky, accompanied but not inuch cultivated; there was an with a hardness that destroys all invincible vulgauty about him which beauty." nothing could polish out.
He was interred in St. Paul's cathe. The following account of his style of dral, on Monday, the 27th of April
, painting is froin Mr. Daves, and was when his remains were attended by published during the lifetime of the several noblemen, gentlemen, royal artist, whose works are the subject of his academicians, &c. The body was criticisin:
drawn in a hearse by six horses, with “ His manner approximated to that ostrich feathers; then followed thirty of Rembrandt; his style is bold and mourning coaches, containing the vigorous, and, like that master, he has mourners, pall-bearers, and the preseldom more than one light in his pic. sident and gentlemen of the roral acatures. The subjects in which he suc- demy; and thirty noblemen's and genceeded best are where the rough, un- tlemen's carriages, which closed the polished parts of nature appear; with procession. these his dark and forcible manner of The pall-bearers were Lord De Dunlight and shade suits admirably; but stanville, Sir John St. Aubyn, Sir J. where he attempts at characters that F. Leycester, Hon. Mr. Elphinstone, require elevation, he is generally de- Mr. Whitbread, and Mr. W. Smith. ficient. His chiaro-scuro is broad and He las left a widow, formerly Miss powerful, but destitute of clearness of Alderson, of Norwich, the admired colour; a fault that also attaches to authoress of several popular literary his lights, which are often heavy and productions. cold; his touch is firm, broad, and The disease which terminated his spirited. Where he feels his subject, life had its origin in a cold, caught in no one can enter more into its spirit returning froin a visit to his friend, than himself; as in the Assassination Mr. Tresham. This cold produced, of James of Scotland, Rizzio, &c. at first, but a slight indisposition, atwhich justly class him among the first tended with a fever; the symptoms, masters. Of feminine beauty he ap- however, encreased in a very alarming pears not to have the least feeling; manner, and an inflammation in the his forte is undoubtedly the terrible, brain, which deprived him of his senses, and for this his manner is best calcu- was the result of a few days' illness. lated: some of his heads are full of Such was the rapidity of his disorder, spirit, and finely executed. Those that the assistance of his physicians scenes of assassination from which he was of no avail; and there was that uisderived his reputation, associate per- certainty as to the nature of his comfectly well with the severe, dark style, plaint, that it may be attirined that which he pursues; and that from a medicine had not its fair chance. principle in nature, as the abrupt, for
STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. TO POPERY! NO POPERY! that po danger was to be apprehended a cry in some parts of the united the once formidable pame of Pope was kingdom; but we may congratulate now rather an object of contempt than the country in general, that it has of indignation. In the metropolis, the been followed with very little mis- words may have been written now and chief. People seem to have been then upon the walls, but no niob was convinced that the cry was set on foot formed, roaring out against the papists, inerely for electioneering purposes; or committing the riots of seventeen