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was bequeathed, by Francis, the last Earl of Huntingdon, to Francis, Lord Rawdon, now Earl of Moira. This truly patriotic and munificent nobleman has made very extensive and important improvements on the estate, since the above period, and, among these, has erected a new mansion, on a large and liberal scale. This was raised after the designs of Mr. William Wilkins, of Cambridge, and is described in the following terms in a recent work. “ The present house, which has been lately erected by his lordship, stands in a plain, formed by the union of three delightful vallies, which radiate from the spot in the direction of east, south, and south-west. The situation is, notwithstanding, considerably above the general level of the country. The style of the front and entrance-hall is Gothic, adapted by a plan suggested by his lordship, as most fitting to the scenery of the place. The house is equally convenient for the residence of either a large or small family; perhaps few are better calculated for the purposes of excercising the rights of hospitality, in which the noble possessor vies with his feudal ancestors. The principal rooms, namely, the Gothic hall 24 feet square, the dining-room 48 by 24 feet, the anti-chamber and the drawing-room 40 by 24 feet, have a southern aspect; the library 72 by 26 feet, looks towards the west; and the breakfast parlour towards the east. On this side a wing extends, in which is the chapel, 58 by 20 feet, and it is so șituated as to sereen the offices. The various offices on the ground-floor, on the north side, are very little below the common level of the ground, although the vaults under the south side are entirely sunk, and are appropriated to the butler's department*.” The house is built of stone, and surrounds a court-yard. Many of the apartments in this elegant mạnsion are decorated with pictures, several of which are interesting, as specimens of art, and as portraits of illustrious characters. Among the latter are PORTRAITS of King Edward the Fourth.-George, Duke of Clarence, his brother, an Cc 4
New Vitruvius Britannicus, Vol. II. See two good Views of the House in Nichols's Leicestershire,
half length, in mail armour.-Cardinal Pole, Anno. 1557. Æt. 57.-Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, 1544. Æt. 64, by Holbein.- Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.-Jane Shore.Jaqueline, Dutchess of Hainault, who was married to Humphry, Duke of Gloucester, 1. Henry VI. 1423. This is described by Mr. Nichols as a curious and remarkable portrait in several respects.
- Francis, second Earl of Huntingdon, Knight of the Garter, three quarters.- Henry, third Earl of Huntingdon, Knight of the Garter, half length.-Henry, fifth Earl of Huntingdon, in his coronation robes, by Vansomer, 1614. Æt. 28.-Theophilus, seventh Earl of Huntingdon, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, half length. -George, eighth Earl of Huntingdon, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, half length.-Theophilus, ninth Earl of Huntingdon, by Le Bell, whole length.--Francis, tenth and last Earl of Huntingdon, by Soldi, half length.-Henry Hastings, second Lord Loughborough, by Cornelius Jansen.--Dr. Harvey, by Vandyck.
-Sir Daniel Heinsius, by Mirevelt.—Sir Thomas Wyatt.Sir John Chardin.--Henry, Lord Loughborough.-Sir Godfrey Kneller.-W. Prynne, author of Histriomastix, 1632. - Alexander Pope.-Edmund Waller. Samuel Butler., Duke of Berwick, natural son of James the Second; rare and curious Por, trait.-The Hon. Robert Boyle, by Sir P. Lely.-Dean Swift. - George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, temp. of Charles II. by Sir P. Lely.--Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland, by Dobson.- Earl of Derby, temp. of James the First, by Cornelius Jansen.- Earl of Warwick, temp. of Charles the First, by Vandyck.-- Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, temp. of Elizabeth, by Porbus. Most of these portraits are in the dining-room. Besides these, here are some valuable miniature heads, by Isaac Oliver, Hoskins, and Cooper. The principal apartments are also ornamented with some select cabinet pictures, by old masters. As these have never been noticed, I believe, in any publication, I shall give a list of the principal pictures, specifying the rooms wherein they hang.
In the BREAKFAST-ROOM, Two Landscapes, by Beschay. Dogs and Game, by Fytt. - Apollo and Daphne, by Romanelli.
--Battle of the Boyne, Old Wycke. A long narrow picture, full of bustle, and treated in an interesting manner. The grand and truly excellent picture by Mr. West, of the same subject, must be very generally known, by the excellent print from it by Hall; and it becomes amusing to compare the picture of the Dutch master with that of the English historical painter.--Head of Cromwell.-Two small pictures of the Nativity and Transfiguration, by Zuccarelli.-Storm at Sea, by Salvator Rosa ; a large and peculiarly fine picture, in which this great master of the art has displayed his unrivalled powers in force and harmony of colouring with impressive and horrific effect.-Landscape, Seb. Bourdon.Landscape, De Vadder.-Two Landscapes, by Van Goyen.-Sea Piece, by Senes.-A Hungarian Camp and a Battle Piece, by Boudwyns and Bout.-- Battle Piece, by Wouvermans.--A Port in Holland, by Storck.
LADIES DRAWING-ROOM. Waterfall, by Watteau.--Virgin and Child, Pietro Perugino.--Infant Christ asleep, Elisabetta Serani.-Water-Mill, Paterre.-Sea Port, Bartolomeo.—Dutch Sea Port, Storck.--Christ and the Samaritan Woman, Ludovico Caracci.-Holy Family, Palma Vecchio.-Aaron and the Golden Calf, Eckliout.-Two Landscapes, Brueghel.-Two Landscapes, Mams.-Sea Port, Occhiali.--Two Pictures of Boors, Teniers. -Two Views in Rome, Studio.-Magdalen's Head, and another of St. John's, Guido.—Venus, Titian.-A Painter drawing a naked Woman, Schalcken.-Landscape, a Sketch, Salvator Rosa. A Philosopher and a Huckster, two small pictures, Gerhard Douw.—Nymphs and Satyrs, Rubens and Brueghel.Seamen Drinking, Adrian Vander Werf.-Sportsmen, Peter Wouvermans.--Marriage of St. Catharine, after Corregio.-Two Landscapes, by Brueghel.-Venus and Satyr, a sketch, Titian.--Mater Dolorosa, Carlo Dolce.-Landscape, Asselyne.-Peasants, Bamboccio.--Virgin and Child, Vanucchi. ---Poetry and Painting, Murillio.-Dutch Boors, Ostade.-A Philosopher, Quintin Matsys.
Portrait of the Conde-Duque d'Olvarez, Velasquez.--Sea Storm, Tempesta.-Landscape, Gaspar Poussin, in his best style,
and another by the same master ; a very early picture.-Finding of Moses, Francisco Milè.-Two Landscapes, Poelemburgh. Three Pictures, a Frost Piece, a Night Piece, and a Sea Port, Grevenbroeck. Here are likewise some curious specimens of painted glass, part of which was brought from the old chapel of Stoke Pogeis, in Buckinghamshire.
The Park at Donington is celebrated for its fine, old, majestic oaks, and other forest trees; and the grounds are alternately thrown into bold swells, and sunk into sweeping vallies; thus presenting, from many stations, scenes of great picturesque beauty and interest. Near the northern extremity of the grounds, is a precipice called Donington Cliff, a scene much admired for its romantic and wild features. A bold projecting crag, with hanging woods, and the pellucid waters of the river Trent, constitute a scene peculiarly interesting to the landscape painter; and has been represented in two large prints, engraved by Vivares, in 1745, from paintings by T. Smith.
DISEWORTH, a small village, about six miles North-west of Loughborough, is the birth-place of WILLIAM Lilly, the astrologer, who was born in May, 1602, and who died June, 1681. This gentleman was one of those “blind buzzards,” as Gataker calls him, who first deceive themselves, by an assumption of supernatural powers, and then impose on others, equally silly, by pretending to foretel human events, and to develope the sacred and inscrutable dispensations of Omnipotence. Lilly was for many years in the humble capacity of a footboy, but his diligence, sanctity, or something else, recommended him to his mistress, a widow with a fortune of 10001. This rendered him at ease and independant. He now pursued his favorite study of astrology, and, according to his own acknowledgement, made so rapid a progress in the art, that it seemed supernatural inspiration. He declares, in his account of his life, that "he prayed for several weeks to those angels who were thought and believed by wise men to teach and instruct in all the several liberal sciences. These