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the judgment displayed by Mr Rae- which is painted in a clear and bril-
206.-- View in Cumberland. P.NAEsent as a striking instance of Mr Rae
-On this picture the author burn's scientific knowledge of the har- has bestowed uncommon minuteness of mony of colouring : the greenish tone penciling; a quality which we think which pervades the whole is peculiar- rather unsuitable to the subject and ly pleasing. We are informed that size of this picture. We cannot perthis picture is the property of Mr fectly reconcile ourselves to the coConstable, bookseller ; and would sug- louring of the sky, which partakes too gest to this enterprising publisher, that strongly of the ultramarine tint; yet an engraving from it would form an the composition is very informed.agreeable and appropriate frontispiece The gleam of light in the distance has to Mr Scott's works.
a happy effect, but it appears to us, 191.-Portrait of a Girl-candle- that there is too much of a cold black light. A. GEDDES.-This artist has tint in the shadow throughout the piece. succeeded in producing the effect of On the whole, however, this picture is candlelight, without making the tone certainly entitled to great praise. of colour either too red or too yellow;
We would take this opportunity of a fault we observe in most pictures of recommending to all those who are this description. It reminds us a good ambitious of excellence in this departdeal of the style of Sir Joshua Reynolds, ment of the art, an industrious proseand is certainly a clever picture ; al- cution of the practice of studying from
; though we would remark, that there is nature, without which we think that too much distance between the eyes of a perfect acquaintance with colouring the figure.
and effect cannot be correctly acquired. 196.--A Dream--a sketch. D. SOM- 207.--The Green Stall. A. FRA. MERVILLE. - This is a small picture, SER.--- We augur much from this young something in Fuseli's style of subject. artist's first display of his talents.-The conceit is happy, and the colour- This picture is well drawn, finely coing judicious; but we object to the loured, and full of character. The upright position of the dreamer. old woman appears
doubtful of the Should Mr Sommerville intend to piece of money offered to her by the prosecute this species of composition, girl who is making the purchase. we would recommend to him to ob- The still life, and indeed every part of serve Mr Fuseli's regimen ; in always the picture, seems to have been careeating a hearty supper of raw pork, fully studied from nature. and after laying himself flat on his 212.--Barber's Shop. J. Howe. back, consigning himself to the arms This picture, which possesses a great of sleep ; in which situation,
deal of humour, is certainly the best of
this artist's productions in the exhibi. Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire,
tion. The figure of the old man conwill immediately present themselves to templating in the glass the incision in his oppressed fancy.
his chin, is very well expressed. We 205.-Scene from Robertson's His would recommend to this artist greattory of Scotland. J. WATSON.--A- er neatness in his pencil, and a more mong the few historical pieces in this careful study of harmony in colourexhibition, (the paucity of which we ing, which would remove the spoti observe with regret) we have peculiar effect we occasionally observe in his pleasure in noticing this little picture, pictures.
219.- Porirait of a Lady (full length) too firmly, and too universally estabti. in candle-light. W. H. LIZARS. shed, to require either explanation or
. The present is by far the best effort of support from our notice. Our readers this artist's pencil we have seen. It will at once perceive, that we allude is extremely well drawn, forcibly co- to the pictures by Mr Raeburn; to loured, and, taken altogether, has more whose works we have not pretended of the touch of a master than of one to give that attention which to some so young in the art. We think Mr persons they may have appeared to deLizars's colouring in general too tio. mand; but which, by the greater part
! rid ; but this observation does not ex- of the public, they will by no means tend to the picture just mentioned. be thought to require.
A: Kitchen. A FRASER. This It will be one of the many good efpicture was introduced only two or fects of the Institution now set on foot, three days before the exhibition closed, that it will afford a powerful stimulus but even during that period excited to young artists, to exert themselves great interest. The figure of the tothe utmost, in obtaining a knowledge game-keeper, who is delivering a hare of their art, by shewing them, that to the cook-maid, is very freely drawn, now, merit and distinction will be conand reminds us much of Morland's stantly united, and that the most obstyle. The cock, hare, and cod-fish, scure individual will have an equal have doubtless been drawn from na- chance of public notice with the most ture; indeed it is not in our recollec- celebrated. This, it is true, in times tion to have seen any modern produc- past, has been too little the case ; and
; tion where the flexile, loose style of many a young artist, of promising ta. the fish, is better made out. The lents has had his effort scramped, and light is judiciously introduced ; and the “ genial current of the soul” frowere it not for the severe and harsh zen, by the languor and despondency countenance of the cook, and the po- which proceed from disappointed prosverty apparent in the furniture of the pects, and ineffectual exertions. kitchen, we should feel disposed to be. That the exhibition, if properly constow on this picture very great praise. ducted, must remedy this evil, is ob
vious; and we hope, that before the Besides the pictures of which we end of another year, its good effects have thus attempted to point out the will appear from the vigour and spirit beauties and defects, there were in the with which our artists will now proseexhibition many others, which possess
cute their studies. very considerable merit, but of which To conclude-- IVe have to regret, we could not take particular notice, that the walls of the Exhibition Room without extending this sketch to too were not adorned by any productions great a length. We observed many from the elegant pencil of Mr Wilpictures, which, though evidently the liams. We expected that he also productions of youth and inexperience, would have contributed his share in and consequently not fit subjects for promoting an institution of which . particular criticism, yet display marks he cannot but approve ; and we conof such genius, as to afford room for fess that it was with surprise that we hope, that their authors, with study found ourselves mistaken. Into this and practice, will soon attain excel- gentleman's reasons for not exhibiting, lence in their profession.
we cannot penetrate ; but we sincerely An opposite reason has led us to a hope that when the Exhibition again similar conduet with regard to the opens, it will owe a great share of its pieces of an artist, whose merit is now aitraction to his productions.
Recital of MR S. ELLISON's singu. how to get out of it. There were lar Escape from VERDUN. twelve of us :--we fișst began manuBy Himself.
facturing a rope, which we made out Liverpool, July 3d 1809. of new linen cloth that we got from you wish to know how I ef- town ; we then got a friend, who re
fected my escape, I shall briefly sided there, to get us a good gimlet; give you the heads of it.--Last July upon the 8th of December forced a friend and myself determined to give both locks on our chamber door, and the rascals the slip ; but as both of us cut through another one with the a. were entered into an engagement with bove instrument; and all of us got eight more to our Commandant to be clear of the fort before eight o'clock, responsible for each other, and that the time the additional centinels are if one ran away, the others should be put on. It snowed, and blew very imprisoned-to get clear of that, we hard, and was most terribly cold. We missed muster one morning, on pur- lay the next day in the snow ; and at pose to get imprisoned, which suc- night started again and got within ceeded. We had ropes round our two leagues of the Rhine by day-light. bodies, saws, gimlets, &c. in our hats; - It had froze severely in the night, and at 12 that night worked our way
and was so terribly cold, that it would out, though surrounded with centinels. have killed us to have stopped that We got close to one, where we day in the woods; we therefore got thought there had not been any ; be into a barn, and lay very snug till:
; hailed us, and we scampered off. He four o'clock, when a pair of lovers must have been a young recruit, for coming in to enjoy themselves, discohe did not give the alarm; and we
and the alarm : we got got down the wall. The rope was clear of them: but they roused the so small, we could not hold it; and whole country, and at ten that night both of us fell about 50 feet; I we were surrounded by 50 or 60 pea, was sadly hurt about the loins, and sants : two of us escaped their clutches fainted as soon as I had reached the by going different ways; but were wood (where we had previously stow- both taken a few hours afterwards. I ed our provisions.) My companion was just stepping into a boat on the strained his ancie, and we stopped in Rhine, when two custom-house officers the wood four days till he was able got hold of me, and dragged me to to march. We were taken on the my unfortunate companions; we were 13th day, going through a small town five of us in our party; the rest went at 11 at night, and conducted back different ways, and four of them got to Verdun, where they kept me, hands safe home. We were conducted back and feet in irons, for seven days ; to the place we had left, and a little then sent us off to Bitche, which is time after we were sent to Metz handmost dreadful place, and where they cuffed, two and two, and then chain. kept us in general under ground. it ed all in a string, so short that we had is a strong fort, built upon an ama- scarcely room to walk. We were zing high rock, and surrounded at bot- sent there as evidence for the
gentom by three different high ramparts : d'arme who was upon guard the night the rock is entirely hollowed out, and we started : we acquitted him, and capable of containing the whole gar- were twenty days travelling in that rison, if besieged. After being there uncomfortable manner. In coming a little time, we made interest with back, we passed through the depot of the Commandant to live above ground; Sarre-Libre, where I got a friend to and no sooner got possession of a room buy me a gimiet, being determined above stairs tňan we began to scheme to escape or break my neck. The
day we arrived at Bitche we were all ports for Trieste.--One of my comclapped into a cachot about forty feet panions was entirely knocked up; we under ground. We had a guard-bed gave him all the money we could spare to lie upon, as the bottom was cover- to follow us in the Diligence; and we ed with water about six inches deep. set out that night on foot and arrived After staying there three days, we at Trieste the seventh day; a distance got it made known to the Command- of 260 English miles; and which the ant that it was impossible for men to natives told us had never been done exist in that damp place. He order- before in so short a time. We got ed us a room up stairs in the same a passage in an Austrian brig to Mal. building ; we had three doors locked ta, then obtained a passage in his Maupon us, a double row of iron bars be- jesty's bomb Lucifer, landed in Plyfore the window, and a centinel pla- mouth, and arrived in Liverpool in ced over us; however, we resolved to three months and seventeen days. make an attempt by cutting through
“ SEACOME ELLISON, the ceiling. We cut up our sheets,
of the Rachel." blankets, shirts, and towels, of which we made a rope 130 feet long; and Letters descriptive of the MERMAID on the eleventh of February, at six o'- seen on the Coast of CAITHNESS, clock, began, and at three in the anorning accomplished the business. Letter from Miss Mackay, daughter of The floor we cut through was two
the Rev. David Mackay, Minister of and a half inch oak. When we got
Reay, to Mrs Innes, Dowager, of Sand.
side. there we found two windows without bars, that looked two different ways; Reay Manse, May 25. 1809. it rained very hard, and we saw the MAPAMTI o establish the truth in his the
of what has hitherto side from that we intended to descend, dered improbable and fabulous, must and all got safe out of the building, be at all times a difficult task, and I over two ramparts, when to our great have not the vanity to think that my astonishment we found a third, which testimony alone would be sufficient for we understood had not gone round this purpose ; but when to this is adthat side of the fort ; it was about 25 ded that of four others, I hope it will feet, and we had no rope for it; we have some effect in removing the all dropped safe, except the last, who doubts of those, who may suppose that broke his leg; the rest of us separat- the wonderful appearance I reported ed, but met again at Saltzburg. having seen in the sea on the 12th of There were two with me. We slept January, was not a Mermaid, but some in the woods by day, and travelled by other uncommon, though less remarknight through a woody mountainous able inhabitant of the deep. As I country. We took provisions along would willingly contribute to remove with us,
and on the seventh day cros- the doubt of the sceptical on the subsed the Rhine, which cost us thirteen ject, I beg leave to state to you the guineas ; we then had only nine left. following account, after premising that We crossed Baden, Wirtemberg, and my cousin, whose name is affixed along Bavaria, without passports, slept in with mine, was one of the four witnesthe small villages at night, and went ses who beheld this uncommon specta. round all the towns, some of which cle. we found great difficulty in rounding; While she and I were walking by however, on the 19th day we arrived the sea shore, on the 12th of January, safe at Saltzburg, and got our pass- about noon, our attention was attract
ed by seeing three people who were sometimes turned quite round several on a rock at some distance, shewing times successively. At a little dissigns of terror and astonishment at tance we observed a seal. It somesomething they saw in the water : on times laid its right hand under its approaching them, we distinguished cheek, and in this position floated for that the object of their wonder was a
We saw nothing like face resembling the human counte- hair or scales on any part of it, indeed nance, which appeared floating on the the smoothness of the skin particularwaves ; at that time nothing but the ly caught our attention. The time it face was visible. It may not be im- was discernible to us was about an proper to observe, before I proceed hour. The sun was shining clearly further, that the face, throat, and arms, at the time; it was distant from us a are all I can attempt to describe, all few yards only. These are the few our endeavours to discover the appear- observations made by us during the ance and position of the body being appearance of this strange phenomeunavailing. The sea at that time ran very high, and as the waves advanced, If they afford you any satisfaction the Mermaid gently sunk under them, I shall be particularly happy; I have and afterwards re-appeared. The face stated nothing but what I clearly reseemed plump and round, the eyes and collect; as my cousin and I had frenose were small, the former were of a quently, previous to this period, comlight grey colour, and the mouth was bated an assertion which is very comlarge, and from the shape of the jaw- mon among the lower class here, that bone, which seemed straight, the face Mermaids had been frequently seen looked short; as to the inside of the on this coast, our evidence cannot be mouth I can say nothing, not having thought biassed by any former prejuattended to it, though sometimes open. dice in favour of the existence of this The forehead, nose, and chin were wonderful creature. white, the whole side-face of a bright To contribute in any degree to your pink colour. The head was exceed- pleasure or amusement, will add to the ingly round, the hair thick and long, of happiness of, a green, oily cast, and appeared trou- Madam, your greatly obliged, blesome to it, the waves generally (Signed)
Eliz. Mackay. throwing it over the face ; it seemed ;
C. Mackenzie. to feel the annoyance, and as the waves retreated, with both its hands Letter from Mr William Munro, School. frequently threw back the hair, and master, of Thurso to Dr Torrence, rerubbed its throat, as if to remove any
garding a Mermaid seen by him some soiling it might have received from it. years ago. The throat was slender, smooth, and
Thurso, June 9. 1809. white; we did not think of observing DEAR SIR,-Your queries respecwhether it had elbows ; but from the ting the Mermaid are before me.manner in which it used its arms, I From the general scepticism which must conclude that it had. The arms prevails among the learned and intelwere very long and slender, as were ligent about the existence of such a the hands and fingers ; the latter were phenomenon,
character not webbed. The arms, one of them and real desire for investigation been at least, was frequently extended over too well known to me, for supposing its head, as if to frighten a bird that that you wished to have a fertile imahovered over it, and seemed to distress gination indulged by a subject of merit much ; when that had no effect, it riment, I would have been disposed to