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a pedantic and affected air to any mansion of which they formed the sole decorations. But, in the third place, we would object to Mr Hope's peculiar manner of grouping and combining them, as being beyond all former example artificial and offensive. He has made a perfect hieroglyphic or enigma of most of his apartments by this means; and produced something so childishly complicated and fantastic as to be impenetrable without a paraphrase, and ridiculous when it is interpreted. As a specimen we give his description of plate 7.

• The central objeft in this room is a fine marble group, executed by Mr Flaxman, and reprefenting Aurora viliting Cephalus on Mount Ida. The whole furrouniflng decoration has been rendered, in fome degree, analogous to thefe perfonages, and to the face of nature at the moment when the firft of the two, the goddefs of the morn, is fuppofed to announce approaching day. Round the bottom of the room ftill reign the emblems of night. In the rail of a black marble table are introduced medallions of the god of deep and of the goddefs of night. The bird confecrated to the latter deity perches on the pillars of a black marble chimneypiece, whofe broad frieze is ftudded with golden ftarsThe fides of the room difplay, in fatin curtains, draped in ample folds Over pannels of looking-glafs, and edged with black velvet, the fiery hue which fringes the clouds juft before funrife: and in a ceiling of cooler fky blue are fown, amidft a few (till unextinguifhed luminaries of the night, the rofes which the harbinger of day, in her courfe, fpreads on every fide around her.

'The pedeftal of the group offers the torches, the garlands, the wreaths, and the other infignia belonging to the miftrefs of Cephalus, difpofed around the fatal dart of which (he made her lover a prefent. The broad band which girds the top of the room, contains medallions of the ruddy goddefs and of the Phrygian youth, intermixed with the inflruments and the emblems of the chafe, his favourite amufement. Figures of the youthful hours, adorned with wreaths of foliage, adorn part of the furniture, which is chiefly gilt, in order to give more relief to the azure, the black, and the orange compartments of the ha.igings.' p. 25, 26.

Would any one desire a more exquisite representation of the Dawn? Satin curtains with black velvet binding!—a marble table with a rail !—a black chimney-piece and guilt furniture!

We do not know any thing at all parallel to this—but the ingenious personification of Moonshine, and a rough-cast Wall in the lamentable tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe ;—and earnestly hope that we may be defended from seeing Mr Hope's chamber copied in any other dwelling, till our dramatists revive those magnificent personages. .*

In the last place, we object to Mr Hope's system of embellishment, because it is, in a thousand instances, incongruous ani

^consistent inconsistent with the very principle which he has himself laid down. That principle, if through the glare of his diction we have been able to discover it, is, that every object should have an appropriate ornament, and that all its decorations should bear reference to its uses, and to each other. Now, though, in the instances already quoted, and in some others, a melancholy attempt is made to preserve this pedantic congruity, it is obviously and entirelyabandoned in the far greater number of the articles with which we are here presented in illustration of it. Why, for instance, should a chair be in the shape of a lyre,—or of two antique swords, —or have a ram's head on the arm, and a bronze pine on the top of the corner? By virtue of what analogy is a griffin or a chimsera introduced to support a dressing table ?—or what has a lion's head to do on the pediment of a sofa, and a man's bust on the corner? Can Mr Hope give any very good reason why a winecooler should be made in the shape of an ancient bath,—why a sloping altar should be placed by the end of a sideboard,—why a fireplace should be made, in one instance, in the form of a facade to a sepulchral chamber, and in another in that of an Egyptian portico,—or finally, why a fire screen should have the form of a Roman shield, and be adorned with the fulinen of Jupiter? All meaning and propriety is plainly lost sight of in those and innumerable other instances. But the most ludicrous of the whole, is that, in which two horses' heads are made to project from the mantle-piece of an eating room, for this very satisfactory reason,—that there is a bust in the centre inscribed with the name of Philip:—which name, in Greek, the unlearned reader will please to be informed, signifies a lover of horses !—This is about the most pitiful attempt at a pun in sculpture that we ever recollect to have met with. The lion tearing the cocks at Blenheim is not half so bad: nor do we believe that any thing more would be necessary to discredit this whole collection, along with the system and the taste of its author, than merely to mention, that, in pursuance of his grand project for imparting significance, harmony and intellect to the decorations of our houses, he had brought two horses to his parlour fireside, because he had a bust of Philip on the mantle-piece! There is a similar attempt at a pun in ornamenting a lamp with a wreath of nightshadei and, for any thing we know, there may be a more interesting and ingenious allusion of the same sort in the decoration of a cradle with emblems of Dreams, Night, and—Hope. QUARTERLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS,

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AGRICULTURE.

Survey of the County of Gloucester; drawn up for the Consideration of the Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement. By Thomas Rudge, B. D. Published by order of that Board. 8vo. 9s. boards.

Survey of the County of Essex; published by Authority of the Board of Agriculture. By A. Young. 2 vol. 8vo. 21s. bds.

A Treatise on the Choice, Buying, and general Management of Live Stock; comprising Delineations and Descriptions of the principal Breeds of Black Cattle, &c. with an Appendix on the Improvement of British Wool, and on the Destruction of Vermin infesting Farm-Yards, &c. with Wooden Cuts. 8vo. 3s. 6d. bds.

ANTIQUITIES.

The Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain. By John Britain, F.S. A. Part 8. 4to. 10s. 6d. Fine 16s.

The Antiquities of Magna Grsecia. By William Wilkins, jun. with upwards of 70 Engravings. 101. 10s. Royal Folio, bds.

ARCHITECTURE.

Observations on English Architecture, Military and Civil; compared with similar buildings on the Continent, including a critical Itinerary of Oxford and Cambridge, &c. with Chronological Tables, and Dimensions of Cathedral and Conventual Churches. By the Rev. James Dallaway, M. B. F. S. A. 8vo. 12s. boards.

A Collection of Designs for the Decoration of Rooms in the various Styles of Modern Embellishment for Halls, DiningRooms, Drawing-Rooms, &c. designed and etched on 20 folio Plates. By G. Cooper. 21s.

Sketches of Architecture; consisting of Original Designs for Cottages and Rural Dwellings, suitable to Persons of moderate Fortunes.. By T. D. W. Dearn. 4to. 27s. boards.

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The Last Years of the Reign of Louis XVI. By Francis Hue. 8yo. 10s. 6d. boards.

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Moral Tales for Young People. By Mrs Hurry. 4s.

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The Juvenile Preceptor; or, Course of Rudimental Learning, By George Nicholson. 4 vol. i2mo.

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^ View of the Mineralogy, Agriculture, Fisheries, Manufactures, &c. of the Island of Arran, interspersed with Notices of , Antiquities, &c. and Means suggested for improving the Agriculture and Fisheries, and introducing Manufactures into the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. By the Rev. James Headrick* 8V0. 10s. 6d. boards.

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