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W. MOTHERWELL, ESQ. Nov. 1. At Glasgow, in his 38th year, William Motherwell, esq
This pleasing poet was born in the Barony Parish of Glasgow, and at a very early age placed under the care of an uncle in Paisley, from whom he received his education.
When a youth be obtained a situation in the Sheriff Clerk's office at Paisley, where he remained till within the few last years of his life. His first appearance in the literary world was in 1819, when he contributed to, and directed, a poetical publication entitled the Harp of Renfrewshire. From this time be was busily employed in the compilation of a very interesting and valuable collection of ballads, which he published in 1827 under the title Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern,' illustrated by an ably written historical introduction, and notes.
In 1828 he became editor of the Paisley Magazine' and Paisley Advertiser;' and after having conducted the latter journal about two years, he was offered the editorship of the Glasgow Courier,' which he accepted, and continued to direct to the time of his death. In 1833 was published a collected edition of his own delightful Poems, lyrical and narrative; and the same year he contributed a humorous and chastely comic series of papers called, Memoirs of a Paisley Bailie' to The Day,' a periodical work then publishing in Glasgow. Within the last year he had superintended an elegant edition of Burns;' and such time as he could spare from necessary duties was employed in collecting materials for a Life of that unfortunate but truly exquisite song-writer, Robert Tannerhill of Paisley, whose biography might furnish a volume of great interest. He has also left unfinished the greater portion of an intended prose work, embodying the old wild legends of the Norsemen.
Mr Motherwell was a poet of no common genius, spirit, and pathos. Amidst the infinite variety of his style, we prefer his simplest ballad compositions; our special favourite is Jeanie Morrison.' This piece we never read without a tear; it is pure in spirit, and for intensity of feeling, akin to the sweetest poetry of Robbie Burns himself.
His love for chivalrous old ballads was exceedingly great; indeed, he never was more happy than when poring over those sugared sweets, with a friend at his elbow to hear and appreciate his exquisite manner of delivering them. The many hours spent in this delightful recreation were of late years unavoidably given up to politics.
The afternoon previous to his death was spent in the society of a few friends,
when he was in perfect health, and displayed all his usual cheerfulness and vi vacity: about three o'clock on the inorning following (Sunday) he was seized with an apoplectic fit, and in less than three hours, during which he scarcely spoke, his lamp of life was for ever extinguished.
FRANCIS GOODWIN, ESQ.
Aug. 30. In King-street, Portman-sq. Francis Goodwin, esq architect.
The public works of this gentleman were new churches at Hulme by Manchester; Ashton under Lyne; Portsea, Hants; Derby, Kidderminster; Oldham; Bordesley, by Birmingham (engraved in Gent. Mag. for Sept. 1827); West Bromwich; Bilston; Walsall; and Burton upon Trent. He rebuilt churches at Bilston and Walsall, St. Michael's Southampton, the tower of St. Peter's Manchester, and the tower and spire of St. Paul's Birmingham. He also erected Town-halls at Manchester and Macclesfield, Markets at Leeds and Salford, an Exchange at Bradford, and a County Prison at Derby.
A description of the Manchester Town Hall, which may be termed his chefd'œuvre, is given in the Introduction to his second volume of "Rural Architecture," with an interior view and plan. His principal private work was Lissadell, the mansion of Sir R. G. Booth, Bart. in co. Sligo, an interior of the Gallery in which forms the frontispiece to his first volume of "Rural Architecture." He was also employed by Lord Hatherton, in Staffordshire; by E. J. Cooper, esq. M.P. at Markree, co. Sligo; &c.
When public buildings were offered to competition, Mr. Goodwin frequently furnished plans, and in several instances he obtained premiums. This was the case with regard to the new Grammar School of Birmingham, his design for which was exhibited last year at Somerset House. A few years ago he brought before the public a scheme for an extensive Cemetery in the vicinity of the metropolis, the drawings of which were exhibited at an office taken expressly for the purpose in Parliament-street. The grounds were to have been ornamented with a variety of edifices, copied from the principal buildings at Athens, of some of which there would have been duplicates in the corresponding parts of the inclosure. This project excited some attention at first, but soon died away; and, in fact, it was upon such a scale that it could hardly have been realised. During a great part of last year, Mr. Goodwin was in Ireland, preparing designs for extensive additions to the College at Belfast, including a magnificent building for a Museum, the
plan of which was ingenious and novel; and he was also engaged in planning some Baths at Dublin: but both these undertakings seem to have been abandoned.
The proposals put forth for designs for the new Houses of Parliament, engrossed his attention more deeply than any previous object, as he felt anxious to avail himself of the advantage which his previous attention to the same subject, two years ago, had already afforded him.
At the inquest which was held on his death, Dr. Copeland said that the deceased bad for some months past been engaged in forming plans for the erection of the Houses of Parliament, and so intense had been his studies upon the occasion, that he declared to him (the Doctor) that he was unable to obtain any rest at nights, so completely engrossed were his thoughts upon the plans he was engaged in drawing out. In answer to a question from the Coroner, the Doctor said that such intense study was likely to produce a determination of blood to the brain, and occasion an attack of apoplexy. The Jury returned a verdict of" Died by the visitation of God, in a fit of apoplexy."
Mr. Goodwin was the author of a work entitled "Rural Architecture: a series of Designs for Rustie, Peasants', and Ornamental Cottages, Lodges, and Villas, in various styles," in two volumes quarto, each of which has a supplement, entitled, "Cottage Architecture." The first voJume is dedicated to Sir John Soane, and the second to Lord Hatherton. The first has 50 plates, the second 49; the first supplement nine, and the second seven. He also published in 1833 his "Plans of a new House of Commons."
WILLIAM SAY, ESQ.
Aug. 24, 1834. In Weymouth-street, Portland-place, aged 66, William Say, esq. the celebrated mezzotinto engraver.
Mr. Say was born at Lakenham, with in the limits of the city of Norwich; his father, Mr. William Say, was LandSteward to the proprietors of several estates in the neighbourhood of that city. He died when his son was only five years of age. The subject of this memoir then became entirely an orphan, for he had lost his mother two years before; from which time he was confided to the care of a maternal aunt, the daughter of a neighbouring clergyman. The lad's residence, on the borders of the lake from which the village is supposed to derive its name, had imbued him with a love of the water, which he soon transferred to the ocean, and it made an indelible impression on his youthful mind. In after years he drew from the sea his favourite prospects and recreations, and he was always interested
From an early age he had evinced a love for the arts, and drew with facility; but Norwich at that time afforded but small resources for graphic study, and no encouragement. In London both were before him; and immediately after his marriage he made arrangements with Mr. James Ward, then practising as an engraver, but now better known as a celebrated painter and Royal Academician, to study under him; and with this guidance he engraved his first plate.
From that time both pleasure and profit were combined; and perhaps few artists have exceeded Mr. Say in close application. The number of his known works is three hundred and thirty-five, all executed by his own hands; many of them large historical and domestic subjects, and many whole-length portraits. A complete set of his works is in the pos session of his son.
In 1807 Mr. Say was appointed Engraver to his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, after having engraved the portraits of the Duke and Duchess painted by Sir William Beechey. About the year 1819 be engraved the first mezzotinto on steel that had ever been produced.
He was a man of rather retired habits, although of a very social disposition. Among his family and friends he was gay and playful. His partiality for young per sons, and his almost inexhaustible spirits endeared him, and made his company more sought by them than that of many of their own age. At his death his children consisted of one son, Mr. Frederic Richard Say, a portrait painter; and three daughters, the eldest of whom is married to John B. Papworth, esq. architect; the second to William A. Nicholson, esq. architect, Lincoln; and the youngest to George Morant, esq. of Wimpolestreet.
His last illness was short, and supposed to be induced by too close application to his art, from which he had declared his resolution shortly to retire.
A sale of Mr. Say's remaining stock of plates and prints took place at Messrs. Christie and Manson's, on the 23d of July last; they chiefly consisted of portraits, the copper-plates of more than
thirty of which were sold, as were the plates (on copper or steel) of the fol lowing subjects, some of which were unpublished:-Three Maries at the Sepulchre, by A. Caracci. Infant Jesus, by Carlo Maratti. Fallen Angels, by Lawrence (unfinished). Raising of Lazarus, by Hilton. Death of Abel. Judgment of Paris, by Vanderwerff (unp.) Bacchanti, by Reynolds. Cupid by Pickersgill. Market Girl. The Refusal (unp.) Landscape, by Eastlake (unp.) Farrier's shop, by Ward (unp.) Bull-baiting, by Stubbs (unp.) Duke of Wellington's horse Copenhagen, by T. Smyth. Danish terrier, by Northcote. November day on the Moors (unp.)
Mr. Say engraved sixteen plates for Turner's Liber Studiorum, and several for Turner's River Scenery; and also the following distinct subjects:-The Dilletanti Society, after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Brigands, after Eastlake; and the following after Fradelle :-Mary Queen of Scots, Belinda, Lady Jane Grey, Othello, Ivanhoe, Queen Elizabeth and Lady Paget, Petrarch and Laura.
In another number we hope to be able to give a complete list of Mr. Say's works.
THOMAS HEAPHY, ESQ.
Oct. 23. In his 60th year, Mr. Thomas Heaphy, painter in water colours.
He was brought up as an engraver, but soon devoted himself to water-colour painting, and was one of the earliest members of the old Water-colour Society. He was, however, a somewhat intractable man; for he was always opposed to the Royal Academy, soon seceded from the Water-colour Society, and, after lending a willing hand to the establishment of the Society of British Artists, of which he was the first President, he almost immediately withdrew from it.
In the early part of his career, Mr. Heaphy enjoyed more patronage than any artist of the day, excepting, perhaps, Lawrence. His principal pictures are two of Fishmarkets, A Blind Man soliciting alms, The Cheat at Cards, The Sore Leg, Juvenile Poachers, &c. Many of his productions certainly depicted scenes of low, or rather vulgar, life, the truth of which only rendered them more disgusting. Neither picturesque nor grand, as gypsies or banditti, the cadaverous groupes of a midnight cellar were rather repulsive than admirable.
From this path, however, he directed his attention to a more profitable source; and turned his talents from the purlieus of St. Giles's to the more elegant inhabitants of the precincts of St. James's. Among his best portraits were Princess Charlotte, Prince Leopold, and Queen
Caroline, to whom he was appointed Portrait Painter in Ordinary; and a large picture containing portraits of the Duke of Wellington and about fifty field officers, the print of which is well known.
In 1831 he, for the first time, visited Italy; where he made many admirable copies from the most celebrated works of art. This may be considered as the close of his professional life.
Mr. Heaphy was undoubtedly a man of talent. He studied nature; and his works possess much simplicity and truth, delicacy of colouring, and appropriate expression. But his talent was by no means exclusively confined to art; he was equally at home, if quarrying for stone, or constructing a pleasure-boat, or building a house, or devising an improved axle, or laying down a railway. Those who knew him in private life, bear testimony to his worth, and say he had many peculiarities, but few faults. (Athenæum.)
JOSEPH BONSOR, ESQ.
Nov. 13. In Salisbury-square, Fleetstreet, aged 67, Joseph Bonsor, esq. of Polesden, Surrey.
This gentleman was the founder of his own fortune. He was born at Retford, in Nottinghamshire, and served his time to a bookseller and printer in that town. On the expiration of his apprenticeship he came up to London, with a strong recommendation to Mr. Walter, father to the present member for Berkshire, which shortly led to his undertaking to supply the paper on which the Times was printed, and which he continued to do for some years. About the year 1796 he commenced business as a wholesale stationer in Salisbury-square, and by continued attention to the concern, as well as by strictly upright, liberal and honourable conduct, soon placed it amongst the first wholesale houses in the trade. His prosperity and success in life, however, never interfered with his accustomed attention to business; but his prospects still continuing to brighten, about the year 1818 he purchased of Charles Sheridan, esq. son of the celebrated R. B. Sheridan, about 320 acres of the estate of Polesden, in Surrey, where he first built a snug farm-house and buildings, and a few years subsequently erected a handsome mansion on the site of the old dwelling, taken down by the late R. B. Sheridan.
The situation on which the house is placed is most beautiful, commanding a distant view of Box-hill on the left, and a home prospect, a natural amphitheatre, as lovely as can well be imagined. Here Mr. Bonsor used, during the summer months, to retire, at the end of the week, to enjoy its
comforts with his family and friends, and a more delightful spot in which to partake of the pleasures of retirement it is impossible to imagine. The grounds are picturesque, and laid out with great taste, and a terrace walk of 1200 feet in length, protected from the north by a lofty row of beeches, renders it one of the most pleasant parades which can well be conceived; and which Admiral Sir W. Geary, when he occupied the place, and whose property it had once been, used to call his 'quarter deck.'
To his family, and to those friends with whom he was more particularly upon terms of intimacy, Mr. Bonsor's loss is inreparable. He was uniformly most kind and affectionate to the one, and always hospitable and attentive to the other, and he will be long sincerely lamented and regretted; and by none, out of the family, more than by the writer of this article.
Mr. Bonsor has left a widow, about his own age, a son and a daughter, to lament the great loss they have sustained in his sudden decease, occasioned by ossification of the heart. His son was some time since called to the bar, and his daughter is married to Mr. M. Orme, of Doctors' Commons.
LONDON AND ITS VICINITY.
Sept. 25. Aged 23, Mr. Edw. Graves, of King William-street, printseller, late of the house of Moon, Boys, and Graves. His judgment in engravings, both ancient and modern, was excellent; and his pleasing manners obtained him general
Oct. 18. In the New North-road, aged 32, Mr. James Harbour Bull, of the Six Clerks' Office.
Oct. 20. At Chelsea, Anne, relict of T.Attkins, esq. of Langley-house, Bucks.
Oct. 22. In the Avenue-road, Regent's Park, aged 45, G. Ripley, esq. fourth son of the late J. R. Ripley, esq. of Clapham common.
Wm. Brokenbrow, esq. late of Queensquare, Bath.
Oct. 24. In Bury-street, aged 80, Capt. Henry Barwell. He was made Lieut. 1780, Commander 1802, post Captain 1812. His wife died at Dorchester in 1815.
At Clapham-common, aged 87, S. Lawford, esq. one of the Court of Assistants of the Society of Apothecaries.
Aged 33, Jonathan Williams, esq. of Chapel-street, Grosvenor-place; second son of Isaac Lloyd Williams, esq. of Lincoln's inn, and of Cwmcynfelin, Cardiganshire.
Oct. 25. In Kent-terrace, Regent'spark, J. Powell, esq. of Lloyd's, occasioned by a fall from his horse.
At Earl's-court, Old Brompton, aged 27, Fanny, wife of R. Gunter, esq.
Aged 60, Thomas Passey, esq. one of the Cashiers of the Bank of England.
Oct. 26. At Camberwell, Lady Knight, widow of Adm. Sir John Knight, K.C.B.
At Norwood, Middlesex, Joseph Robins, esq. son of the late John Robins, esq formerly a celebrated auctioneer, of Regent-street.
Oct. 27. At Fulham, aged C6, W. Howard, esq.
In the Edgeware-road, James Barry, esq. second son of the late Dr. Barry, formerly of Bristol Hotwells.
Oct. 28. In Upper Wimpole-street, aged 85, the Lady Frances Henrietta Fitzwilliam, last surviving child of William first Earl Fitzwilliam, and aunt to the present Earl.
Oct. 29. In Charlotte-street, Blooms. bury, in her 80th year, Sarah, relict of Col. Wyndham, Coldstream Guards.
In Eaton-square, in his 63d year, Robert Lukin, esq. First Clerk in the War Office. He was the second son of the Very Rev. G. W. Lukin, Dean of Wells, (half-brother to the Right Hon. William Windham), and was brother to the late Rear-Adm. Lukin. He married in 1808, Catharine, dau. of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Hallifax, Bishop of St. Asaph.
Oct. 30. At Chelsea, in his 68th year, Richard Draper, esq. late of the Navy Pay Office.
In White-cross-street prison, aged 72, Henry Charles Grainger, esq. formerly a partner in the bank of Messrs. Birch, Chambers, and Co. of New Bond-street. At Hammersmith, aged 64, Thomas Francis, esq.
Oct. 31. In Lamb's Conduit-street, aged 59, Francis Benjamin Bedwell, esq. senior Registrar of the High Court of Chancery.
Nov. 1. In Delahay-street, Westminster, aged 80, Mrs. Catherine Fallofeild, late of Scotland-yard.
Νου. 2. At Peckham-rye, aged 50, John Akerman, eaq. father of J. Y. Akerman, esq. F.S.A. the author of several useful works on Coins.
J. W. Wardell, esq. eldest son of the late John Wardell, esq. of Whitburn West-bouse, Durham.
Nov. 4. In Cadogan place, aged 84, Fanny, widow of John Brickwood, esq. of Addiscombe, Croydon.
Nov. 5. In the Edgeware-road, aged 75, Jane, relict of William Baker, esq. of Windsor.
At Streatham, Charlotte, third dau. of the late Matthew Holland, esq. of Sackville-street.
In Hanover-street, in his 29th year, Lieut. the Hon. John Forbes, of the 79th reg. fourth son of General Lord Forbes.
In Welbeck-street, aged 55, Sir David Barry, M. D. He was for some years in the medical department of the army, originally, we believe, in the Portuguese service. Latterly he had been a good deal employed by government in investigating the subject of epidemic diseases, particularly yellow fever and cholera, in regard to the latter of which he was a strong contagionist. He has left a widow and family.
At Newington-butts, in her 95th year, Rebecca, relict of William Brodrick, esq. and mother of the late William Broderick, esq. of Lincoln's Inn, barristerat-law.
Nov. 6. At Brompton, John Browning, esq.
Nov. 7. In the Wandsworth-road, aged 78, Louisa, relict of T. Deacle, esq. of Sonning.
Thomas Westrop, esq. of North Bank, Regent's park.
Nov. 8. In the Strand, aged 21, Chas. Brewster Twining, second son of George Twining, esq.
Nov. 9. Alexander Cosmo Orme, esq. of the Inner Temple, solicitor. He had recently married the daughter of J. F. Proud, esq. of Wolverhampton.
In London, aged 60, Henry Newman, esq. of Catherine-hill house, near Worcester, a member of the Society of Friends. He might be considered the founder of the Worcester Visiting Society and the Friendly Institution, to both of which, as well as to other institutions, he devoted much of his time. While resident in London, the improvement of prison discipline was a prominent object of his attention, and the gentleman commissioned by Government a few years ago to proceed to America, to gain a knowledge of the prison discipline adopted in the United States, selected Mr. Newman as his companion and coadjutor in the inquiry. His exertions while in America were too much for his constitution, which received a shock it never completely overcame.
Νου. 11. In Tower-street, aged 66, Mr. J W. Goss, late of Teignmouth.
Nov. 12. In the Middle Temple, aged 76, James Raymond, esq. one of the Benchers of that society. He was called to the bar in 1788, and practised as a conveyancer.
At Deptford, aged 73, Mr. Henry Vervine, for some years a respectable schoolmaster in that town.
Nov. 15. At Streatham, aged 72, Alex
ander Mac Dougall, esq. late of Parliament-street, solicitor.
At Dalston, aged 68, Mr. Joseph Poché.
Aged 43, Emma- Mary, wife of W. A. Mackinnon, esq. of Newtown Park, M. P. for Lymington. She was the only dau. and sole heiress of Joseph Budworth Palmer, esq. of Rushhouse, co. Dublin, and Palmerston, co. Mayo; was married in 1812, and was the mother of six children. At the time of her marriage she was considered one of the handsomest women and one of the greatest heiresses in the kingdom. A biographical account of her father is given in the Gentleman's Magazine for Dec. 1815.
Nov. 16. In Dorset-sq. Col. Broughton, E. I. service.
In Green-st. Grosvenor-sq. Charlotte Amelia, only child of the late Sir Richard Gamon, Bart. by Lady Amelia Murray, aunt to the present Duke of Atholl.
At Hampstead, aged 72, Charles Cookney, esq. of Castle-street, Holborn.
In West-square, Southwark, in her 30th year, Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Henry Black, esq. Sub-Commissioner of Public Records.
In Buckingham-st. Wm. Parkins, esq. of Cherfield Lodge, Herts.
In Sherrard-street, Piccadilly, James Smith, esq. Deputy Storekeeper of his Majesty's Ordnance at the Island of St. Vincent.
Nov. 17. Aged 35, Frances Ann, the wife of E. Younge, esq. of the Middle Temple.
Mary, widow of Col. Skeene.
Nov. 18. At Chelsea, Anne, widow of Edmund Antrobus, esq. of the Strand.
In Albemarle-st. in her 80th year, Katharine, relict of Samuel Harvey, esq. of Sandwich.
At Streatham, Thomas Golden, esq.
Nov. 24. In Great Queen-street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, aged 46, Mr. Edward Evans, the well-known printseller. He was bred up as a compositor, in the printing-office of Messrs. Nichols and Son; and at an early age was selected by them as an efficient Reader. But, having saved some little money, he established himself as a Printseller, in which business his industry had more scope, and for some years he has contributed to the pleasure of many literary persons, fond of illustrating their collections with additional Prints, as at his well-stored shop they were almost sure to find what they might want. Mr. Evans was a very amiable, good-tempered man; and will be much regretted. He has left a widow and family, who will be enabled, we hope, to carry on his business with success.