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THE SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN The difficulty of relieving or disposing of WATER COLOURS.
the front or central figure of the stiff maTạis society, which was formed, as we gisterial person of Solomon, is probably pnderstand, for the purpose of giving one of the causes; and if we miglit sug. due emphasis to an interesting branch of gest to the next artist who paints this art that was lost in the blaze of Somer subject, we would advise that instead of set House, where water-colours, however placing Solomon in the front and centre, beautiful, harmonized so badly with paint they would place the child and mothers ings in oil, has this year deviated froin its in the centre, and the judge on either original and legitimate object, and has hand. Mr. Northcote has the same suba mixed with its own exquisite productions ject in the exhibition of this year, une. yarious pictures in oil. We intend this qual in all respects to Mr. Haydon's as no reflection on the paintings of Mr. picture, and he too has placed the judge HAYDON and other artists; but we should in the same ungraceful and unpictorial hove preferred to have seen them in the position. great competition of that branch of art at Somerset House, Had there been
BRITISH INSTITUTION any difficulty, in the Water-Colour Sue ciety, in covering their walls with fine subjects in their own line, then some arrangement with Mr. Craig, who dia
This useful and public spirited esta. vides the public by a separate exhibi.
blishment, founded June , 1805, and tion of his own rare productions, would opened January 19,1806, and of which the have given to the collection in Spring King is patron, the Prince Regent viceGardens a more appropriate claim to the patron and president, and the Marquis attention and admiration of the public. of Stafford deputy president, was found
This tenth annual Exhibition of draw. ed for the purpose of exhibiting the works ings in water-colours is as brilliant and of masters to the rising generation of interesting as any former one, and will painters, for their emulation and imitaafford uninixed pleasure to every visitor. tion. In pursuance of the plan which The interiours of Messrs. MACKENZIE they originally proposed, the directors and Pugin are so exquisitely finished, have adopted those measures which apa and convey so accurate a notion of their peared to them best calculated to facilio originals, that an American need not tate the improvement, and lead to the ado make a voyage to Europe to see the vantage of the British artist; and with this beauties of our cathedral architecture. view they have set before him maoy exMr. Uwins has also recorded the cere. amples of paisting of the foreign schools monials of the commemoration at Oxford which appeared to them capable of afe in a drawing which commands generalfording instrucrion in the various branches admiration. Our commercial glory is of art; but in offering specimens for honoured by the pencil of Mr. CRISTALL, study, they have not forgotten the and our naval prowess by that of Mí works of ihe eininent men whom the Pocock; while Messrs. Glover, Varley, British school has produced. Fielding, Smith, Barrett, Clennell, Dins Those of Sir JOSIIUA REYNOLDS disa dale, Hills, and Scott, delight every eye played last year at the British Gallery, of taste, not less by the perfection than gratified every lover of the art; they exthe variety of their powers.
hibited the most brilliant glow of colourWe think Mr. HAYDON's great picture ing, and the most fascinating combination of the Judgment of Solomon out of its of fancy and of taste; and proved that proper place in this room; yet as a per- England is a soil in which the polite arts formance it ranks among the best pictures will take root, flourish, and arrive at a of the British school, and proves that very high degree of perfection. If further Mr, Haydon ought forthwith to be enroll. proof were wanting, it would be found in ed among the Royal Academicians. We the varied productions of the masters avoid particular criticisms, because many whose works are exbibited at this time to of our readers cannot see the objects, and admiring multitudes. those who can, will and ought to judge HOGARTII adopted a new line of art, for themselves. In regard to Mr. Ilay. purely English; his merits are known to don's picture, we confess we never saw the public more from his prints than from a design of this subject which pleased his paintings: both deserve our attention, us; and the cause is perhaps to be re. His pictures oftení display beautiful co. ferred to some association connected louring as well as accurate drawing: his with the subject itself, for the drama is subjects generally convey, useful lessons evidently worthy of pictorial powers. of inorality, and are calculated to iin. MUNTILY Mag, No: 255,
[June 1, prove the man as well as the artist: and active exertion of minds more bountifully he teaches with effect, because he de- gisted. lights, while he instructs. It has been It is not proposed to point out particu. said of him, that in his pictures he come larly the various beauties displayed in the posed comedies; his humour never fails works of these eminent artists. It is to excite mirth, and it is directed against sufficient to touch upon the most promia the fit objects of ridicule or contempt. nent; the painter who studies them will The powers of his pencil were not per discover inany other excellencies which lie verted to the purposes of personal attack; may turn to his advantage: neither are the application of his satire was general, the productions of these masters selected and the end at which he aimed was the as objects of servile imitation, but as afa reformation of folly or of vice.
fording hints, and encouraging attempts, Many of the works of Wilson will be which are likely to lead to improvement.contemplated with delighifew artists The present exhibition of those four mase have excelled him in the tint of air, per- ters, while it gratifies the taste and feel haps the most difficult point of attainment ing of the lover of the art, may tend to for the landscape painter; every object cxcite animating reflections in the mind in his pictures keeps its place, because of the artist-it at a time when the art each is seen through its proper mediumn. received little comparative support such This excellence alone yives a charn to his works were produced, a reasonable hope pencil, and with judicious application may be entertained that we shall see pro. way.
be turned to the advantage of the ductions of still higher attainntent, under British artist. The merit of his works is more encouraging circumstances. miniv justly appreciated; anii we inay hope The directors flatter themselves that that since the period of his decease, the their endeavours have not been unavail. love and knowledge of the art have been ing even in the short period which has 30 much diffused thro!gh this country, elapsed since the commencement of this that the exertion of such talents may ne establishment. The annual exhibition of rer again remain unrewarded during the the present year evinces considerable ime life of hiin who possessed them.
provement among the junior artists: they The pictures of GAINSBOROUGI, as irust that improvement will be progresor well as those of Wogartil, were drawn sive. It is the anxious wish of the direc. entirely from English nature. Among tors to give publicity to the eminent works his portraits, some will be found in this of the British artist to be justly apprea exhibition to possess considerable merit, ciated, such works must be generally but bis fame wil rest chiefly upon his seen; their introduction into our public ether works; in his fancy pictures, his halls would be highly desirable; and the choice was peculiarly bappy--the cha. armission of proper scriptural subjects racteristic air or his cottage children, the into our churches, would surely, while it truth and spirit with which his animals promoted the art, advance the purposes are touched, his just representation of of religion. The fame of the deceased.. rustic scenery, the force of his colouring, artist would thus be perpetuatert, and the and the skilful management of his light living artist would be prompted to make, and sharie, give a most captivating effect more strenuous exertions. to his works, and place fim indisputably upon the highest eminence among this The directors of the British Institution. class of painters.
give notice, that the three following preZIFFANI has been thought to merit miums are proposed to be given for picthe attention of the public on this occa tures by artists of, or resident in the unimion, by the industry with which he has ted kingdom, painted in the present year, pultivated an interesting branch of por- and sent to the British Gallery on or be.. trait painting; he may be called the his. fore the 17th of January next. torian of the stage of Garrick. Those 1st. For the best picture in historical or who remember that inimitable actor will poetical compositron, two hundred guineas. be grateful to Znllani, for the accuracy 2d. For the next best picture in histo. with which he bas recorded all that it rical or poetical composition, one hundred was possible to catch of his exquisite but guineus. evanescent art. These works will shes 3d. For the best landscape, one hundred the young artist, that if so much may be guineus. done by care, induitry, and a resolute at. The directors reserve to themselves tention to nature, without any peculiar the power of withbolding either of the degree of taste, or power of imagination, premiums, if they think proper. how inuch may be accomplished by the A picture's being paiuted by coinmis
şion, will not exclude it from competition No pictures purchased by the directors for the premium.
can be intitled to a premiun. Any picture painted for such premium, It is not expected that any artist should way (if otherwise worthy) be exlnbited give notice that his picture is sout in for for sale in the Gallery next winter, for the the premium, as the competition will be benefit of the artist.
equally open to all the pictures that may No artist will be entitled to more than be in the Gallery. one premium in the season.
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