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In his own style of art, Teniers is unrivalled ; not even our own Wilkie—distinguished as “ The English Teniers”—equalled him in the delineation of those familiar scenes of humble life which they both affected. In one point, indeed, -and that an important pointSir David's pictures must be allowed to excel those of Teniers ; their subjects are more agreeable, and they leave a more healthful influence upon the mind. Nothing can be more true to nature than the accompanying representation of a Dutch “ Interior;" but while we gaze upon it, we cannot but regret, that the bent of the painter's mind should not more frequently have led him to select, for the exercise of his pencil, subjects calculated to exalt and refine the human character. “The Blind Fiddler,” and “The Chelsea Pensioners,” of Wilkie, may be admitted to be, as paintings, inferior to the picture from which the accompanying plate is engraved; yet who does not feel, that they leave a happier and a more salutary impression upon the mind of the spectator ?
The gamblers whom Teniers has here represented as assembled in a Dutch Cabaret, can, we fear, lay but slight claim to the patriotic character to which, in the subjoined verses, the genius of the lamented L. E. L. has paid a noble tribute. Let us hope, however, that while Holland may boast of many sons who well deserved that tribute, she has but few who may be regarded as fairly represented by the gamesters in the accompanying engraving.
A DUTCH INTERIOR,
BY L. E. L.
They were poor, and by their cabin
On one side, the fierce ocean
Foes and seas denied a footing,
They made the sea defender
To the poor and scanty cabin
Dyke by dyke they beat their en’mies,