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From the Charivari.
BANKRUPTCY EXTRAORDINARY. The Bankrupt. My income has hitherto been so
much-say so much in round number3. Suppose
it be as much again as half. I have no objection The bankrupt, Felix Cool, was opposed by a
to pay over to my creditors that portion of it which learned barrister on behalf of several creditors. The I can do without-say the half, and I will keep the debts were very unimportant to every one but the as much again, that is to say, it shall be proporcreditors, amounting only to a few thousand pounds; tioned into two. I will take the as much again as and the assets were of that nature that the time of half, and the remainder my creditors are welcome the assignees would not be wasted in collecting to. them.
Sir C. F. Williams. This seerns very fair. (To Sir C. F. Williams said, this was so far favorable the Bunkrupt :) I don't think you can do more. to the bankrupt, for he had evidently set an exam- The Bankrupt. We have been doing all we could ple of punctuality in receiving all he earned, though, for some time, I can assure you. We only want to in paying all he owed, the same business-like ex
be set upon our legs again. It is really bad enough actitude, had, unfortunately, not been exhibited. to owe the money, and not to have it ; but to be There was one thing, however, that be, (Sir C. F. lectured about it into the bargain, is rather too Williams,) would take the liberty of asking the hard. bankrupt, namely, how he came to get so much Sir C. F. Williams. But why did you go away into debt in so short a period ?
from your creditors ? The bankrupt replied that he had gone on as fair
The Bankrupt. What was the use of staying with a system as he could. For instance, he wanted them?
We are blamed for going to our creditors goods, and asked for them, and got them. The at all; and now we are blamed for not going to tradesman then wanted the money, and asked for them, when we really could do them no good—for it, and did not get it; and that was all the difference.
we of course could not pay them. So we went to (Laughter, in which the Commissioner joined.)
Margate, intending to settle with every body. Sir C. F. Williams admitted that there was a
Sir C. F. Williams. A very good intention. But good deal of truth in that, but he saw that the bank pray how was it to be carried out? rupt had been to Margate with a very large sum of
The Bankrupt. We had not time to think of that. money What had become of that?
I told one of my principal creditors, some months The Bankrupt. That's exactly what I want to ago, that I would'if I could, but I couldn't. If I know (a laugh). All I know, is, that I went, and could, it is possible now that I should; and hereafthe money went. I came back again, and I should
ter I will if I can-but that depends on circumbe very glad to see the money come back againstances. I mean, of course, my own circumstances. also. (Laughter.)
Sir C. F. Williams hoped it would be so. He Sir C. F. Williams. That seems to me a very fair | (Sir C. F. Williams) would be glad to see the bankand straightforward wish on the part of the bankrupt begin the world again rupt. He would like to see the money back again A Creditor. Hadn't he better begin at the other -probably to divide it amongst his creditors. Hend—for if he begins in the old way, there will be really don't see what more he could do, if he had little good result from it. (A laugh.) the money now in his pocket. My only wish is to
Sir C. F. Williams thought this a very unfair obsee justice done.
servation; and, after a few encouraging remarks to Å Creditor. Yes, that's all very fine; but we are the Bankrupt, the inquiry terminated. done as well as justice. (Cries of Hear.)
Sir C. F. Williams. Silence ! I sit here as a judge, and if these interruptions are to take place, I will have the Court cleared. (To the Bankrupt :) Here THE LAUGII OF MY CHILDHOOD. are some items I cannot understand. What be
From the Literary Gazette. came of all the money you earned in the last year?
The Bankrupt. That's what puzzles me. Some The laugh of my childhood! I remember it well, of it went this way, and some that way, and some And long in my mind will the melody dwell ; the other.
How gaily, how loudly, it rose on the air, A Creditor. None of it seems to have come this The voice of a spirit unblighted by care, way. (A laugh.)
Whose feelings and passions no discord had known ; Sir C. F. Williams. That laughter is very inde- Like the chords of an instrument sweetly in tone, cent, and I will certainly protect the feelings of the It gave out rich music :- that music is o'er, Bankrupt as well as my own dignity (To the The laugh of my childhood will never ring more! Bankrupt :) I see an item for keeping a carriage. What trifles would oft to that laughter give birth! Pray can you favor us with an explanation of that? For my bosom as quickly reflected each mirth
The Bankrupt. In the first place a carriage is As the unsullied breast of a mirror-like stream cheaper. It takes you where you like, when you So faithfully answers the morning's first beam, like, and how you like. It puts you down, takes or moves to the breath of the gentlest wind. you up, drives you on, carries you off, whisks you But now, all unheeded, no answer they find; round, and brings you home in no time. Sir C. F. Williams. That's very true. But how
For dry is the fountain that fed the bright river
The laugh of my childhood is silent forever. is it cheaper than a cab or an omnibus ?
The Bankrupt. Why, clearly, it must be cheaper. I may yet wear a smile, but it seems like the ghost If you get into a cab or an omnibus, you must diy That haunteth the home where the substance is into your ready money. You exhaust your capital,
Jost; you cripple your means, and empty your pockets; I may yet try to laugh, but so strange and so drear so that the pockets of your creditors naturally suf- Is the sound of that laugh as it falls on mine ear, fer in the end. But if you have a private carriage, That startled I shrink from its alter'd tone, your account, as well as your carriage, will keep To dream of the gladness that once was mine owo: running on. (A laugh.)
Oh could I recall it! my wishes are vain, Sir Č. F. Williams (smiling.) That is true to a The laugh of my childhood will ne'er sound again. certain extent. But what do you propose to do
the Royal arms richly emblazoned, enclosed in the
garter and motto. The edge of the cushion is emTRIBUTE TO WORTH.—The following just eulogy bellished with a beautiful wreath of flowers, the on the Society of Friends, has met our eye in a upper edge finished with blue and silver cord, and small work by Mr. Goyder, entitled, Acquisitive the lower edge with blue and silver gimp. On the ness : its Uses and Abuses. “If I wished to point back is worked the Prince of Wales's plume and to a model where wealth seems to have been accu- motto, surmounted with an ornamental shell and mulated for the sole purpose of doing good, I would scroll, and beneath are roses and lilies. This elabhold up to admiration the people called Quakers. orate piece of workmanship is the produce of the They are wealthy almost to a man; and where, factory of Mr. Carse, an upholsterer in Lynn. The throughout Christendom, in its varied ramifications, chair was forwarded last week to the Lord Chamis there a body of people who have done so much berlain, by whom it was presented to ber Majesty, good, and with so much disinterestedness? not and was most graciously accepted.--Suffolk Herald. choosing their own connection as the sole recipients of their bounty, but extending it to every shade Gallic PROPHECIES OF THE PROXIMATE DEof religious creed. In the proper and legitimate STRUCTION OF GREAT BRITAIN.--The Almanach uses of wealth, I present this people as a model Prophetique for the present year, 1844, has the fol. worthy of general imitation. The late venerated lowing agreeable and philanthropic announcement Richard Reynolds, of Bristol, who had amassed a of the approaching annihilation of Great Britain, princely fortune in the iron trade, looked upon him. drawn from the prophecies of Bug de Milhas, (he self merely as the steward of the Almighty. His being placed in the first rank,) of St. John the entire income, after deducting the moderate ex- Evangelist, of Isaiah, and of Ezekiel. The first, penses of his family, was devoted to benevolence ; (Bug de Milhas,) in his last prophecy regarding the and he thought his round of duty still incomplete, future, (see All Proph. year 1841,) says—“Great unless he devoted his time likewise. He deprived fires will be alighted ihroughout Europe, wars himself of slumber to watch beside the bed of sick- among kings and people will commence, and in ness and pain, and to administer consolation to the this catalogue Great Britain will no longer exist,” heart bruised with aflliction. On one occasion he &c. The first and second verses of the seventeenth wrote to a friend in London, requesting to know chapter of Revelations are then quoted, as applicawhat object of charity remained, stating that he had ble to Great Britain. This is followed by the quo. not spent the whole of his income. His friend in- tation of the 10th, 11th, 15th, and 19th verses of formed him of a number of persons confined in the seventh chapter of Ezekiel. That the sword is prison for small debts. He paid the whole, and without (v. 15,) is shown by reference to China, swept the miserable mansion of its distressed ten. Affghanistan, and the East generally; and that ants. Most of his donations were enclosed in blank famine and pestilence are within, by the reports of covers, bearing the modest signature of A Friend.' the daily papers. The Prophet Isaiah is next A lady once applied to him in behalf of an orphan, quoted, in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th verses saying, “When he is old enough, I will teach him of the forty-seventh chapter : “I was wroth with to name and thank his benefactor.'Nay,' replied my people,” is made to apply to Ireland: "O the good man, 'thou art wrong. We do not thank daughter of the Chaldeans," as illustrative of what the clouds for rain. Teach him to look higher, and place was alluded to in the denunciations of the to thank Him who giveth both the clouds and the prophet against the virgin daughter of Babylon, is rain. My talent is the meanest of all talents—a carefully omitted ; and the words -" these two little sordid dust; but as the man in the parable things shall come to thee in a moment, in one day, was accountable for his one talent, so am I account the loss of children and widowhood," are evidently able to the great Lord of all.' — Chambers's Edin- made to apply to the first person in the realm. burgh Journal.
Happy is it that a Providence far removed from
mortal rancor, watches over them.-Court Journal. The Hyacinth.-- This flower was originally found near Aleppo and Bagdad, where it still grows in great abundance in a wild state. The garden
SINGULAR WILL.-A gentleman of the name of species (Hyacinthus Orientulis) which was brought Hobart, who died suddenly in May last, has left a to England before 1596, as Gerard speaks of it as a testamentary paper, in the form of a letter, written well-known flower, without saying when it was shortly before his death, to a Mr. Blake of Norwich, introduced. Up to the beginning of the present in which he directs that the liberal sum of 4,4251. century, the only varieties known were blue, white, shall be applied to the execution of an equestrian and pink ; but many new and brilliant colors have statue of HIMSELF! This laudable provision against since been superadded by cultivation. So much, the country's being put to any expense in the care iudeed, is the hyacinth now esteemed, that it is re
of his immortality, has been met by the narrow and garded, in its season, as an indispensable ornament unartistic spirit of self-interest ; and the paper proto every drawing-room.-Chamb. Ed. Jour. pounded as a will, has been opposed in ihe Eccle
siastical Court. Drs. Adams and Robertson, civil. A Present TO THE PRINCE of Wales.— Anians by title, but iconoclasts for the occasion, conelegant little armchair has been manufactured of tended against the probate on the illiberal ground English oak, grown in Norfolk, so beautifully veined" that so absurd a legacy afforded evidence of the as in some degree to resemble zebra-wood, and incapacity of the deceased.". This is, unquestionbighly polished by friction. On the upper part of ably, not the illustration of himself which the testhe back, above the needlework, are a lion's head, tator designed ; and Sir Herbert Jenner Fust was with coronets on each side, also a rose and a thistle, of that opinion, though even his language is less and e itwined oak branches. The front legs of the civil than so large an outlay may have been expectchair rest on lion's paws, each grasping a ball. ed to command. The learned judge was of opinion The chair was manufactured for Mrs. Paul, widow that, “ though the bequest might be an evidence of of the late Dr. Paul, whose needlework adorned the egregious vanity of the deceased, it was not and finished this unique and elegant article. The sufficient to justify the Court in holding that he was cushion of needlework displays on a buff ground insane :” and he admitted the paper to probate. So
we shall bave the statue ; and some lucky artist so that he must inevitably fall off; and secondly, will benefit by the national senti nent for ari to the that beggars on horseback proverbially ride to the very convincing amount of 4,000 and some odd devil, and therefore kings on horseback, who pounds.-Ath.
should do the very reverse in the direction of
Heaven, do not move at all. A TRAVELLED LETTER.--A man belonging to The king rides, as all figures with cloths instead Leslie, a passenger to America, in the ship Robert of coats on their shoulders do, without stirrups, and Morrow, wrote to his friends while in the Murray looks marvellously ill at his ease and imbecile with Firth; but finding no opportunity to get the letter his legs dangling down. In his right hand he holds ashore, or to throw it into a homeward-bound ship, a large roll of biils (marking the time when he was he put it into a sealed bottle, and threw it into the Prince of Wales), but it is clear that though he has sea 1000 miles distant from the spot where it was given the bridle to his horse, he is not flying from written. This was done May 16, 1842, and, on his creditors. January 3, 1844, the bottle was picked up between The horse has been as much criticised and found Stromo and Waago, in the Faro Islands. From this fault with as if he had been a real horse. It is the bottle was transmitted to the Danish Legation, asked what sort of horse he is like, and we should London, and from that to its destination at Leslie, answer, a clothes-horse, but for the unfortunate fact which it reached on the 14th ult.-Fife Herald. that his rider is so slightly and insufficiently appar
elled. Dog Fete.—The love entertained by the élé
A thousand years hence, when the thing is du: gantes of Paris for King Charles's spaniels may be imagined at its height, by the following incident, supposed to be the figure of a fat ostler with a sack
up from some heap of congenial rubbish, it will be which we abstract from the pages of the Constitu-l over his shoulders (a covering often so worn on a tionel ; it has not been unusual, for some time past, rainy day), riding a horse to water. The roll in his to pay for these tiny favorites a price equal to that hand will be taken for a stick broken in the atgiven for a fine horse.
tempt to beat the animal into a pace, and the bridle A great Russian lady, la Comtesse
on the neck as denoting the rider's despair of any just given a singular fête; the invitations were need of the curb with such a steed. sent, not to the owners of these little animals, but
When the Trafalgar-Square monuments to the animals themselves, being thus expressed - complete, the mast-headed' Admiral, the George “ Les chiens de Mme la Comtesse *** ont l'hon. the Fourth, the Charles the First, the George the neur de prier les chiens de Mme la Duchesse de ***
Third, all together, it will be seen that the bappy de venir passer la matinée chez eux. Il y aura à idea of such grouping is derived from Madame goûter." This whim obtained a brilliant succès. Tussaud's Wax-work Exhibition, where Mr. WilPresentations were made according to the pre- berforce is grouped with Fieschi, Lord Eldon scribed rules of etiquette-some slight improprie, coupled with Oliver Cromwell, Mrs. Fry with ties took place—some few grumblings were heard Mother Brownrigg --Examiner. at luncheon, (but what society is free from grumblers ?)--in a word, gaiety pervaded the assembly. Every one laughed, and what more could be de- THE MICROSCOPICAL Society.-The attendance sired--Court Journal.
of members was unusually large at the last meeting
of this Society. Mr. C. Pearce was called to the Tas TRAFALGAR-SQUARE ENORMITIES.--" My chair. eyes,” cried an old sailor, on seeing the Nelson The first object brought under the focus of the monument, “ they've must-headed the Admiral!" microscope was the dividend of a Waterloo-bridge
They have indeed. There he is at the mast- share. After many experiments, in which the head like a midshipman who has incurred the cap- strongest light, including the hydro-oxygen, had tain's wrath.
been thrown upon it, the dividend was declared to The mast is sufficiently represented by the cold approach nearest in shape to that of a round figure, umn, and the capital of it is in the closest resem- with nothing at all in it, which, upon an increased blance to cross-trees. There are no shrouds, force of the glass, was found to be a perfect 0. The and for this good reason, that the absence of them shareholder whose eyes had been opened during accounts for the Admiral's having such a long spell the investigation, seemed to be forcibly struck with of punishment, seeing that he cannot come down the accuracy of the result. The dividend was oragain.
dered to be deposited in the Museum of the MicroTo stick up an admiral at the mast-head is much scopical Society: the same sort of thing as putting a grown gentleman The next object submitted to the microscope, into the corner with a fool's cap on bis head. It was one day's ration of food as allowed by the may, however, be considered as a stern example of Commissioners in a Poor-law Union. The microthe rigor of naval discipline. The hero in the na- scope was magnified to its utmost power to allow val pillory looks very solitary, cold, and comfort. this operation a fair chance of success; but, after less, notwithstanding all the benefit of his cocked every experiment had failed, the President said, hat.
" that in all his experience of atoms, he had never And in this last particular he comes into advan- seen any thing so surprisingly wanting in size of tageous contrast with the king below him, George substance, though a microscope which magnified the Fourth, who is on horseback without a hat, and objects no less than 60,000,000 times had been used with nothing but a cloth over his shoulders. to help the discovery.” This announcement did
And mark here how impossible it is to please not seem to surprise any body: people. They complain that Nelson has a three- After several'sanguine members had endeavored cornered cocked hat on; well, here is a king riding to magnify the surplus of the revenue, the interest without a bat, and they cry, what a shame to set a of a Pennsylvanian bond, and “the sense king on horseback without a hat, or any covering House of Commons, the microscope was locked up except his wig.
for the night, and the President and members adThe horse is in an attitude of rest, for two good jourued to the tea-room, to refresh themselves after reasons; first, that if he moved, the king is sitting the labors of the evening. - Charivari.
SCIENCE AND ARTS.
ambition; but considering what the science has
achieved within the last ibirty years, we have no Glow-WORM.-The light of the glow-worm,
right to regard the attempt as a mere visionary of the staple commodities of descriptive poets and speculation. Under the power of the chemist, alsentimental naturalists, has lately been investigated most every known substance can be rendered solid, by M. Matteucci, who has addressed a notice to the Huid, or gaseous at pleasure ; and when we consider Academy of Sciences containing the results of bis that most of our combustible gases are obtained experiments. When submitted to chemical tests,
from liquids and solids by mere increase of temperthe phenomena constituting the phosphorescence of ature, and, moreover, that under sufficient pressure this insect are found to be strictly analogous to thence to a solid state, it is absolutely certain that
carbonic acid gas can be reduced to a liquid, and those manifested by several luminous plants, many coal gas is capable of being reduced to liquid and marine animalcules, and all decaying animal matter, as every individual must have witnessed in solid forms. The conversions of carbonic acid gas, fish at a certain stage of decomposition. If placed
it is well known, are attended with extreme danin carbonic acid or hydrogen gas, the phosphores. let the problem be solved, and the value of the dis
ger, so may those of common coal gas; but once cent matter of the glow-wor
vorm ceases to shine after a space of thirty or forty minutes. In oxygen gas the former ditliculty, will speedily avert the latter.
covery appreciated, and the ingenuity which solved (the most powerful supporter of combustion), the
- Chambers's Ed. Jour. light is more brilliant than in atmospheric air, and it remains brilliant for nearly triple the length of time. When it shines in the air, or in oxygen gas, • MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON ANIMAL it consumes a portion of oxygen, which is replaced Heat,' by J. Davy, M.D.—The author, in the first by a corresponding volume of carbonic acid ; but section, after adverting to the commonly received when there is an impossibility of light being emit- opinion that all fishes are cold blooded, and noticted, there is no oxygen absorbed, and no carbonic ing an exception, as he believes, in the instance of acid emitted. Heat augments to a certain extent certain fishes of the genus Thynnus and of the the brilliancy of the phosphorescent matter, where- Scomber family, describes the observations which he as cold produces the opposite effect; and when the made whilst ai Constantinople, on the temperature heat is too great, the substance is altered. The of the Pelamys Sarda, when, in three different exsame thing takes place when it is left in the air, or amples, he found its heat to exceed that of the surin some gases for a certain time, that is, when the face-water by 7°, and of the deep water probably by substance is separated from the animal. The mat- 120. He adduces some observations and remarks ter so altered is no longer capable of emitting light on peculiarities in the blood of the same fish, of or of becoming luminous. From these facts, M. the sword-fish and of the common tunny, which he Matteucci concludes that the phosphorescence of supposes may be connected with their temperature ; the glow-worm is a phenomenon of combustion, and thows out the conjecture, that the constitution the result of the combination of the oxygen of the of their blood-globule, formed of a containing and air with carbon, which is one of the principal ele contained part, namely the globule and its nucleus, ments of the phosphorescent matter.-Chambers's may be to each other in the electrical relation of Ed. Jour.
positive and negative, and may thereby act with
greater energy in separating oxygen in respiration. Eolian SEA SIGNALS.-Another method of ap- advanced old age, he relates a number of observa
In the second section, on the temperature of man in plying the waves of the sea has been recently con- tions made for the purpose of determining the actrived, which promises more practical results than tual heat of persons exceeding eighty years of age; the propelling scheme. The object is to make the the result of which, contrary to the commonly re breakers on a dangerous coast serve as their own ceived opinion, is, that the temperature of old perwarning signals to sailors. The inventor proposes sons, as ascertained by a thermometer placed under to have hollow buoys moored near the dangerous the tongue, is rather above than below that of percoast or sand bank, to which buoys pipes somewhat like organ pipes, are to be affixed. Metal sons of middle age ; and tbis he thinks may be exlongues, on the principle of accordions, are to be plained by the circumstance, that most of the food fitted to the pipes, so that when the buoys are tossed used by old persons is expended in administering to up and down by the breakers, the air may be forced the influence of air of different temperatures on ani
the function of respiration. In the third section, on through, and cause them to utter warning sounds, mal heat, after alluding to what he had witnessed which would become louder and louder as the sea of the rise and fall of the temperature of man on enraged more fiercely and the danger increased.
tering the tropics, and within the tropics, on de. Morning Post.
scending from a cool mountainous region to a low
hot country, he adduces certain observations to show CHEMICAL ASPIRATIONS.-" It would certainly that in this country similar changes of temperature be esteemed,” says Professor Liebig,“ one of the take place in a few hours in breathing the air of greatest discoveries of the age, if any one could buildings artificially heated; and, in confirmation, succeed in condensing coal gas into a white, dry, he describes the results of many observations made solid, and odorless substance, portable, and capa- on an individual in the very variable climate of ble of being placed upon a candlestick, and burned Constantinople, where, between March and July, in a lamp. Wax, tallow, and oil, are combustible in 1841, the thermometer ranged from 31° to 940 gases in a solid or fluid form, which offer many ad- In the fourth section, he describes the observations vantages for lighting, not performed by gas ; they which he made to determine the effect of moderate furnish, in well-constructed lamps, as much light, exercise, such as that of walking, on the temperawithout requiring the expensive apparatus necessa- ture of the body, tending to prove, that while it prory for the combustion of gas, and they are generally motes the diffusion of temperature and produces its more economical.”—The idea of converting com- exaltation in the extremities, it augments very little, mon coal gas into a solid inodorous substance, is if at all, the heat of the central and deep-seated certainly one of the highest flights of chemical parts.-Atheneum.
metropolis ; we saw it at the sculptor's own studio
in Rome, when the statues were all finished. It THORWALDSEN.N.--Letters from Copenhagen an.
struck us as of a style more dignified than elevated, nounce the death of Thorwaldsen on the 25th ult. more severe than sublime,the conception better than “ He went," says the writer, “as was his custom, the execution (which seemed journeyman's), yet to the theatre. Before the commencement of the the execution better than the stuff, we can give no performance he suddenly fell back in his seat; he higher name to the coarse blue marble that made the was immediately carried out of the theatre, and figures look frost-bitten, or covered over with chil. soon after breathed his last. He was born on the blains. Carelessness upon this score-upon that of 19th of November, 1770, and was consequently in execution also-distinguishes to its great loss Tborliis 74th year. To the last day of his life he pre- waldsen's sculpture in general, while the chief served his activity and cheerfulness of spirits, and merit, if not the whole charm, of Canova's are its was still engaged on some important works, among beauty of material and manipulation. In St. Peter's which may be mentioned the colossal statue of the two competitors have raised antagonist monuHercules for the Palace of Christiansburg. On ments at opposite sides of the basilica, and epitoSaturday, the 30th of March, the mortal remains of mize their adverse characters. By the main strength the great master were interred in the Holm Church of a sound architectonic principle, Thorwaldsen's All he died possessed of he has bequeathed to the mausoleum 10 Pius VII. impresses the spectator's Thorwaldsen Museum; buit, with the exception of mind with a deep and sacred awe, though it exhibits Pris works of art, bis property is not so great as was little attractiveness throughout the details, a someimagined. He had been working on a bust of Lu- what ponderous effect, and an invention almost as ther on the day of his death.”
frigid as the chill-gray marble. It might even be The great Scandinavian sculptor, then, is dead, said that the ordonnance is too severe for the florid
On the other hand, and the Genius of Sculpture has died with himcharacter of the edifice. That the latter will soon revive, we have more raised in defiance of architectonic principles, but in
Canova's mausoleum to Pope Rezzonico was not hope than expectation, but Thorwaldsen has left a large manile to be filled by his successor.
We of complete ignorance of them; its general effect course say this tropically, yet there was some mys
therefore is nil, or distraction ; its real effect is one terious connection or unison, as often occurs be- of details, among which the Lions are pre-eminent; tween the personal form of the man and his works; whence by preposterous mishap, it becomes rather both were massive, square-built, and stalwarth,
a monument to these Lions than to his Holiness while his compeer, Canova, made his own lank' Clement XIII.! A like distinction evinces itself and long-limbed frame, the model for the central between all the works of the northern and southern form of his marble personages; and to push the fan- sculptors; purified, stern, ice-cold taste freezes the ciful verisimilitude one step farther, who does not imagination of the Dane into rigid correctness; recognize in the plain honest features and stout low meretricious, sensual, Sybarite taste melts that of stature of their coeval, if far from co-equal, sculp- Canova bad the greater genius, Thorwaldsen the
the Italian into effeminate licentiousness. Perhaps tor, Chantrey, the solid, sterling, un-poetic character of his productions ? Thorwaldsen had a very generally contain something to disgust, the worst
higher judgment; while the best works of the former fine head, perhaps yet finer, and fuller of apparent of the laiter always display something to reverence: genius, than bis noblest creations ; silver-grey this brief parallel may illustrate their respective locks, as if blown back upon his shoulders, gave him an air of bard-like enthusiasm and rapture ; his merits, as well as to strike a just balance between
them. wild blue eye seemed to blaze perpetually with inward fire, though its brightness was tempered with Thorwaldsen's medallion reliefs, Night, &c. are almost feminine sweetness of expression; bis“ fair, famous and familiar; his other works, more or less large front,” however, presented the rectangular, renowned, bestud all Europe ; some have reached mechanic conformation, instead of the irregular England. Their number would have been less, but oval-shaped organism ascribed to imaginative crania. their excellence enhanced, had the artist's own land We have elsewhere mentioned Mr. Rothwell's like oftener impressed con amore their surface like the ness of the Danish artist, which we thought still a finger of Love dimpling the cheek of Beauty; he better portrait, and picture too, while a mere sketch : limited himself overmuch to the clay-model, and it has now acquired double interest and value. thus his statues have a manufactured air. True, the This is neither ihe place nor the time to enter upon chief merit of statuary lies in the model; sculptors do any lengthened discussion of statuary so important, not reflect enough, however, that if the clay inspire that it signalizes a new epoch and a particular the marble, the marble inspires the clay; we mean, school in the Art ; but we may state a few leading that dealing with the stone itself has a re-active effect, points. Critics, we believe, consider. The Triumph suggests its capabilities and capacities, which nothof Alexander' the triumph of Thorwaldsen; it ing else cun suggest, and thereby teaches how to forms a bas-relief frieze after the Parthenon model, deal with the clay, for future sculptural enterprises. which evidently inspired it, though this be denied Hence Michael Angelo obtained his miraculous by the idolatrous sticklers for his creative powers : glyphtic power-he was a mighty workman in the although he had never seen the Elgin Marbles, they material itself of his works! Clay is not stone, alwere known throughout Europe from sketches and though its next neighbor; nor will ever so much drawings long before Bonaparte commissioned the manipulation of the one educate the artist's hand to Triumph to adorn his triumphal arch at Milan (be- acquire complete mastery over the other. Take an gun 1807). A mere outline furnishes inspiration extreme case, as a “production of the experiment:"' enough where amplifying faculties exist, ctherwise a painter who always copied from sculpture, or a the marbles themselves would furnish none. Thor- sculptor from pictures, could never understand the waldsen's frieze now, we can scarcely say, adorns full and true scope of his own art; now clay-models the Palace of Christiansburg, Copenhagen, as it has bear but a closer affinity to the subtance of those not yet obtained a proper emplacement. His next marble images copied from them-their scope, most remarkable work, Christ and the Twelve different, albeit, kindred, and is still more near that Apostles,' is in the Church of Our Lady at the same of the potter's 'art than the sculptor's. We offer