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abound in the Bible, and such as we also all the usual materials for the formation find thickly sown in the writings of our old of her history, and has occasionally introessayists and divines. “Dull preaching is duced a few anecdotes that were not prethe bane of success;' and thus the author viously known to us. justly considers that illustrations are of importance. Indeed, all our great preach- Digest of Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity. ers, being men of much fertility of mind and By Rev. J. B. Smith, D.D.--Dr. Smith richness of invention, abound with them, has spoken with great reserve and modesty in appositeness, in elegance, in variety of his own contributions to this work; but scarcely inferior to the poets themselves. all who read it will acknowledge the judgThe authors who have principally sup- ment displayed in the manner in which plied the present volume with mate. Hooker's work is abridged, and the ad. rials are, Jeremy Taylor, Reynolds, and vantage to be received from the annota. Hopkins, besides Baxter and other non- tions of the editor. Hooker's is indeed an conforming divines. From such authors immortal work, a kríua és aši, and one of it may be well supposed that we have immense importance in the present con. abundance of elegant illustrations and stitution of our church and the feelings of forcible figures of speech, the perusal of the people; and we have no doubt but that which we recommend to the younger di- this digest of its reasonings, given in lanvines, who will find them, under a judi. guage more familiar than the original, cious selection and use, of great advantage will lead many to an acquaintance with it, to their compositions.
from which they would otherwise have
been repelled. An abridgment of any Memoirs of Sarah, Duchess of Marl. great work may do much good ; it never borough. By Mrs. A. Thomson. 2 vols. can do harm, but when it supersedes the 8vo.--Biographers are apt to fall into two original--of which there is no fear in the errors in their works. Either they publish present case. too much, as wishing to do all possible honour to the memory of the deceased, An Examination of the ancient Ortho. and in many cases, as deeply sympathising graphy of the Jews, &c. Part II. By C. with the subject, they presume that their N. Wall, D.D.-Of the very learned and readers will feel an interest equal to their elaborate disquisitions in this volume, we own; this is a common fault in the lives of should point out that on the Egyptian eminently religious persons, whose friends Hieroglyphics, on the Siro-Syriac Mony. are anxious to extol them to the utmost, ments, and on the formation of the San. and particularly as their previous reputation scrit language, as peculiarly interesting, has been included in a contracted circle. both from the very accurate reasoning of The other error is to let the stream of bio- the arguments, and the variety of learning graphy expand its channel so widely, and displayed. The author mentions (p. 126) draw so much of its strength from history, that "it has been urged in favour of Egypas to lessen the importance of its subject tian science, that the pyramids are placed by surrounding it with so many groups of with their sides exactly facing the cardiscarcely inferior interest. This, in a more nal points, from which it is inferred that a or less degree, takes place, when the ma- considerable progress in astronomy must terials for biography are scanty, while the have been made by the Egyptians in very person whose character is drawn filled a early times. But the engineers employed large space in contemporaneous history, by Buonaparte in 1798 found the deviaMrs. A. Thomson, in the present life, tion of the sides of the principal pyramid has, we think, in no measure fallen into from the direction attributed to them to the former defect, for her narrative seldom be nearly the third part of a degree, a flags for want of interest ; but we can quantity that is rendered very sensible scarcely think that she has not given too by the great length of these sides. But historical a feature to her work. This to determine the meridian line only to this might have been avoided by forming the degree of correctness, evinces but little plan of the life on a somewhat narrower skill, and the making of it out with much scale, and making larger extracts from the more exactness is one of the simplest and correspondence of the Duchess. As it is, most elementary problems in the whole it is a work executed with taste and good range of practical astronomy." The author feeling, and as much research as was re- also considers the paintings published by quired. The style is without affectation, Mr. Wilkinson, Rossellini, &c. to be less plain, easy, and suitable to the subject; ancient than the edifices in which they are the opinions and reflections are just and found, and the edifices to fall short sound-and the portraits are drawn with. by a thousand years of the age attributed out spleen or prejudice. Mrs. A. Thom. to them. son appears to have been acquainted with
PANORAMA OF DAMASCUS.
PORTRAIT OF DANTE.
THE GRANGER SOCIETY
tints washed with a brush, like sepia Mr. Burford has opened, in his great
drawing, which yield impressions so circle at Leicester Square, a panorama
perfectly resembling original sketches, of the city of Damascus, with its
that the difference is not discernible. minarets, gardens, tombs, mosques, an.
The painters, we are told, will now have cient walls and buildings, gates and
at their command a means of multiplykhans; its surrounding scenery of deserts, ing their own works, which their habitual rivers, and mountains ; and its enliven. practice renders available without altering ing living groups of various Oriental
their style of handling; for this costume, camels, processions, sheiks,
mode of lithography-or rather painting priests, Arabs, Christians, and merchants.
on stone-is just as if the sketch were Of all these, Mr. Burford has made
made on stone instead of on paper. The almost more than his usual picturesque variety and delicacy of the tints, the and effective illusion. The picture is a
freedom and facility with which they are splendid production, and would at any
produced, and modified as well, and their time be of great public attraction ; but durability under the printing process, are at present, with so vivid interest among the advantages attributed to this attached to the scene—an interest super
discovery. added to that which belongs to its Scriptural antiquities, we can imagine no exhibition better calculated to excite and
An interesting discovery has been made gratify public curiosity.
at Florence, in the chapel of the Palazzo del Podestá, now called del Bargello. This is none other than the long-lost
portrait of Dante, painted by Giotto-the At the first meeting of the Council of only other authentic likeness of the poet, this Society, when the chair was taken by
which existed in Santa Croce, being irreW. R. Hamilton, Esq. it was decided, trievably lost. Besides this, there have that the engraving of “ Philip and Mary," also been discovered portraits of Brunetto from a picture by Sir Antonio More, Latini and Corso Donati, and of other should be delivered to the members in
It appears, that January; and that the fine whole-length
a Signor Bezzi, incited by a note of of Sir Thomas Meautys, the faithful Moreni to the Vita di Dante da Filelfo, friend and secretary of Lord Bacon, where, as well as in Vasari's work, the should be immediately placed in the portrait is mentioned, with some difficulty hands of the engraver.
obtained permission to restore the frescoes in the chapel of the Bargello ; some ex
periments with that object having been ELECTROTYPE PLATES.
already made, but unsuccessfully, about At the first meeting for the season of thirty years since, by Dr. Cioni, the the Graphic Society, two or three im- eminent Florentine chemist. The figure pressions were exhibited of prints taken of Dante is whole-length : the poet holds from electrotype plates, both in line and
in the one hand a book, in the other mezzotint, which defied even the eye of branch of pomegranate. The wall on knowledge to say which was the original which this and the other portraits are or which the copy. There will be no painted is that opposite to the entrance. necessity hereafter to print from worn. door. It is now proposed to restore the out plates, or to re-engrave them. A
whole chapel. plate fresh from the engraver's hands can be now multiplied, if necessary, into a series of coppers-steel will no longer BYZANTINE PAINTING AT MALTA. be of use. This will lower, not their One of the finest specimens of the value, but their price, and bring a new Byzantine school of painting of the twelfth class of purchasers into the market.
century, has been developed in a chapel of the Cathedral Church of S. Giovanni,
at Malta. The picture was placed in the TINTED LITHOGRAPHY.
old Cathedral in 1429, and at different Mr. Hullmandel, who has already done subsequent periods was painted over, much to improve lithography, has taken in the barbarous days of the arts, by out patents for a new mode of producing thick layers of oil colours, to which pictorial effects on lithographic stone by wealthy ignorance added a covering or Gent. Mag. VOL. XV.
dress of wrought silver, leaving the head upper part of the dress, and the sleeves, and hands alone visible. M. Giuseppe are bordered by raised work in gold, as Hyzler having been charged with its was practised up to the end of the repair, succeeded in removing the super- fifteenth century. The dress is of a brownincumbent coats of paint, and exposing red colour, the cloak blue lined with green : to view the original painting. This picture both are ornamented with gold flowers, is painted à tempra on wood, measures and bordered with gold fringe. 7 feet by 44 feet, and represents the apostle Paul. The figure, which is larger Lord Eldon has ordered statues, from than life, is seated, holding a sword in Sir Francis Chantrey, of his grandfather the right hand, and the volume of the and his grand-uncle, Lord Eldon and Gospels in the left; the seat or pulpit, Lord Stowell ; and the University of representing inlaid work of many colours, Edinburgh, a statue from the same hand, is faulty in its perspective. The field, or of James Watt, which will make the groundwork of the picture, is a gold sixth erected to the memory of that great brocade, and the glory round the Saint's man in this country. Even the statues head is of gold, according to the manner to the Duke of Wellington are fewer in adopted by Giotto and his school. The number than those to plain James Watt.
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