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156 REVIEW.-Skelton's Illustrations of Arms and Armour. (Feb. King Harry the Seventh," and the heirs work (which, when made, may be of his body; yet it is remarkable that in frequently overlooked,) are rendered his Will, in giving directions for his unnecessary. funeral effigy, he desired to be represented “ holding hetwixt his hand the Crown which it pleased God to give us
Skelton's Illustrations of Arms and Armout,
from the Collection at Goodrich Court, with the victory of our enemy al out
Herefordshire. 2 vols. imp. 4to. first field."-p. Txiii,
We must now briefly notice the IT is not from any willul neglect Wardrobe Accounts of 'Edward the that we have omitted to notice this Fourth, which form the latter part of elegant and highly instructive publicathis volume. They are chiefly valva- tion since its completion, but solely ble for the description they contain of from the number of other work's the costume of the monarch, and of which had the earlier claim to our the numerous relations and dependants limited space for critique. That our to whom he was accustomed to dis- best wishes attend it is, we hope, clear tribute articles of dress; and in this from the occasional mention in our point of view, combined with the few columns, aud we assure its author pictures which we possess of that pe
that our delay has proceeded from a piod, might prove of the greatest uti- desire to do it ample justice. lity to the historical painter, or the We have before made mention of theatrical performer, were the mem- Goodrich Court, imitated from the bers of those professions more ready to domestic architecture of the time of avail themselves of such assistance. Edward II, and which perhaps sheds In addition to its curiosity in this re- more lustre on the talents of that emia spect, however, we find ihat, “ little nent architect Edw. Blore, than any as such a record might appear to pro- other specimen of his skill. We have mise of historical facts, it establishes no hesitation in saying that it is the one of very great importance.” This most picturesque building in England, forms a contradiction to the assertion and this is what Gothic edifices in our of Horace Walpole, in his discussion opinion ought to be. When we conregarding Perkin Warbeck, that the template every minute part as taken Duchess of Burgundy
was married from original authority, we behold the out of England in 1467, seven years deep research of the antiquary adapted before Richard Duke of York was to produce the best effect by the arborn, and never relurned thither ;" tistic band of a
Goodrich from which Walpole argued, that she Court has already become celebrated, could not have possessed the know. and will be still more so as each reledge necessary to school an impostor, newed summer urges a visit to the and that this increased the probability beautiful banks of the Wye; for the that Richard was the true Duke of varied and extensive scenery which as York. It is now shown, by these a panorama surrounds this building, Wardrobe Accounts, that "the Du- has equal claims to admiration as the chess paid her brother's court a visit place itself. Calculated both froin loin July or August, 1480,-less than cality and appearance to ex great three years before Edward's decease,” expectations, much was requisite to at which time the Duke of York was prevent disappointment. Nor have the about eight years old; and that, con- exertions and liberal expenditure of sequently, Margaret was personally ac- Dr. Meyrick been made in vain. The quainted with her nephew, and thus house is full of interest from one end enabled to select a lad resembling him to the other. Sojourners within will in person, and to instruct him, in the be entertained by a choice assemblage manner stated by Lord Bacon and of paintings, and a well-selected lic other writers, whose accounts are re- brary, artists delighted by various obstored to their original value.
jects of antiquity and specimens of With very copious Indexes the Edi- good taste, especially by that chronotor has combined an elaborate compi- logical arrangement which presents a lation of biographical and explanatory useful series of furniture and decoraannotation,-a useful plan, by which Live ornament, never before attempted; all the passages on one subject are and the public generally will be gratibrought to illustrate each other, and fied by the exhibition of one of the perpetual references in the body of the most instructive collections of armour
1831.] Review.-Skelton's Illustrations of Arms and Armour. 157 now existing in Europe. But as it is “ This new mode being commenced by impossible in the transient glance of an Emperor, whose renowo not only made one visit to remember more than the him envied, but imitated, through a spirit coup d'ail which this most important of rivalship, was speedily adopted by the curiosity presents, Mr. Skelion has sovereigns his neighbours, and the petty wisely obviated that regret by the princes of his own empire, traces of which bandsome publication now before us.
are still to be met with in that interesting We have already spoken of the ac.
country. From the circumstances already curacy and neatness of these engraved than the time of his father were in exist
noticed, few specimens of armour earlier outlines, the utility of the drawings be
ence; but it was easy to use contemporary ing made to scale, and the elegant are ones, either as they were, or with some fanrangement in every plate; we have ciful alterations suggested by the pageants congratulated Mr. Skelton on having of the time, and assigo to them names of had the pen and pencil of Dr. Meyrick antiquity. This idea, instead of being cento write the letter-press and make the sured, was as readily copied as had been the drawings, both of which in our opi- spirit of collecting, and the more sedulously nion are far superior 10 what appeared have possessed suits of armour of so old a
as other parts of Europe do not appear to in the “Critical Inquiry,” and we have hailed this production as supply,
date as those in Germany." ing whatever remained to be wished
The writer then goes on to adduce for on such a subject. We shall now
a variery of instances, all showing that endeavour to show what a vast mass
“this method of arranging armour inof error is destroyed, and how much
volved falsehood in its very principle;" important information may be gained
and we are then told that “the arm. from these volumes, which may be re
oury from which the following engarded either as a valuable supplement graved illustrations have been taken, to Dr. Meyrick's former work, or as
was the first one formed on the basis complete in themselves.
of true chronology, decided on the In an introductory dissertation re
most careful examination of authori. plete with deep research and various ties, and though by no means equal in reading, we are shown how far our
extent to the splendid collections on credulity has been hitherto imposed the continent, is perhaps greater in vaon in various parts of the world, the riety than any in existence.” real uility of actual specimens, and
Most of the descriptions which acthe advantage of a comparison of these company, the plates are introduced by with the detailed information of such
a short historic preface, well calcu. writers as are now neglected. It is a
lated to please and interest the reader, maxim with us that time is never
and which serves to neutralise the dull wasted in arriving at truth, and this tautology of a catalogue; and " with we think answer sufficient to those respect to the military terms and dewho still would be content with our signations, as they have been taken former ignorance; without undertak
from the writers of the middle ages, ing to prove, as we readily could, how
the corrupt and varying orthography of requisite it was in the instance before those times has been preferred to an us to a due understanding of ancient improved and fixed mode of spelling, writers.
that the identity may the more readily
assist those who seek for explanations. “ It was the Emperor Charles V." says the The collection at Goodrich Court Doctor, “ who, with all the ideas of parade
commences with the rude weapous of that bad distinguished Maximilian, first collected armour for the purpose of show, and
savage life, in wood, flint, stone, or this he placed in the castle of Ambras in
slate. Next are the arms and armour the Tyrol; Ferdinand his brother and suc
of copper alloyed with sin, and then cessor adding to its extent. Previously the follow in the order of chronology such arseuals contained weapons and munitions
as are of steel. These are contained in of war for actual service, and the suits were
the Entrance Hall, the Asiaticarmoury, kept in closets, thence termed armories. the Souib Sea room, the Hastilude Spoils taken from an enemy had indeed at chamber, and the Grand Armoury; all times been subjects of exhibition, but and this publication proves that, “as body armour, though bequeathed as of va- works of art, many of the specimens Jue, from the expense of new suits, was con- are highly valuable siogly, and are coltinually altered to meet the change of fac lectively sn, as showing at one period shion."
its flourishing slate, at another its deAgain :
Review.--Mrs. Wilson's Songs of the Ship. [Feb. We beg our readers to examine this which this lady possesses for songbeautiful work, and we will venture writing is such, that we could ill spare to predict a purchase must follow; for, it; and thus the certainly of the adnoiwithstanding the insight we have vantage we have in esse must make us wished to give of its contents, we can easy under the deprivation of what is assure them that, high as may be their
only in posse. expectations, they will not be disap- Before we enter upon an examinapointed.
tion of the very elegant work before We conclude in Dr. Meyrick's own us, we must premise that we feel aswords:
tonishment that such an one should “A due knowledge of armour is abso- never before have been thought of, or lutely necessary to all who uodertake the
at least accomplished. When we contask of topographers, in order correctly to sider how charmed the musical world describe a monumental effigy, a painting on
has every where been by the collecglass, or an ancient seal; from thence it is
tions of the Popular Airs of various that the true date, if wanting, can be ascer
countries, which have been formed tained. It is equally instructive from the same cause to the antiquary, and is in a by our best composers, especially in
the attractive work of Mr. Moore, great degree serviceable to the bistorian. The utility of a collection," and therefore
surely there was erery reason to supof Mr. Skelton's work, “ formed on the pose that the public would be equally principle of that at Goodrich Court, will be delighted with Naval Melodies. One evideot, when it is considered that there is principal cause of the charm which no surer criterion of date than costume ; attaches to such National airs is in the and recollected that down to the time of originality, vigour, and impressiveness Charles II. our ancestors represented every wliich they all more or less possess. subject they had to produce in the fashion
But surely Naval Melodies have a naof their own time."
tionality quite as distinctive as the po
pular airs of any country whatever. Songs of the Ship. The Poetry written and For the Sea Melodies of all regions
the Airs selected, chiefly from the Naval have many peculiar characteristics. Melodies of Great Britain. By Mrs. We cannot, therefore, but feel satisCorowell Baron Wilson.
faction that this manisest deficiency WE have at various times noticed, has been at levgth supplied, and we and always with praise, the produc- can with truth say most ably and suctions of this lady, whose genius, ima- cessfully supplied. The work is dedigination, and command of poetical cated to his Majesty, and is introduced imagery and polished diction make her hy a sensible and elegant prefatory adsure of success in any walk of poetry dress, of which the following is the which she may attempt, except per- principal portion : haps the highest branch of the lyric, “The idea of the present work originated which would require more of the in a wish to revive some of the beautiful lima labor than she would be willing
Melodies of the sea and the ship, which, to bestow. We have, however, more for want of a modern versification (like other than once, in such sad seriousness as gems of the deep), have tou long lain hidden
beneath the weeds of oblivion and neglect. becometh our gruvities, counselled her
The airs of which the present collection to eschew song writing, and apply herself to form some such extensive and
chiefly consists, rank, it is conceived, elaborate poem as might be a monu
amongst the best of their class ; and in
adapting words to them, the author has mentum ære perennius. But, alas !
been scrupulously careful not to weaken, by what boots it io offer such sage coun- a tou highly polished phraseology, or the sel, when the facility with wbich her fiction which poetry allows, those manly plastic powers enable her to weave a and generous sentiments so peculiarly the hundred such lays as charm the public characteristic of the British sailor. "The -whilst she would scarcely achieve various composers who have plied the var the half of such a work,-draws our to speed the light bark on its way,' by asfair favourite of the Muses the con- sisting the author in arranging and moderntrary. way. It seems 100 that song. izing the airs, and furnishing piano-forte writing may become not only perhaps with herself to retain the original character
accompaniments, have been equally careful her forte, it has become her private of the music, and not by over-embellishpet. And if so, why, “naturam expellas furcâ, tamen usque recurrit.” injure those beauties whose chief attraction
ment, or the foreign aid of ornament,' tn Well, be it so; for really the talent is derived (like all other charms) from sim
1831.) Review.-Mrs. Wilson's Songs of the ship.
159 plicity and truth of nature. To render the duced. We can with truth say that Songs of the Ship an entirely English work, we have been delighted with every ove which may be equally acceptable to the of the songs; but we have been espedrawing room circle at home, or the voyager cially struck with The Suilor's Choice, during his tedious sojourn in the cabin, has
to the tune of our old favourite Sally been the author's aim. Of the wide space,
in our Alley ; The Heart thut beais indeed, which separates plan and execution, the author is fully aware ; and when she under a Juckel of blue, to the favourite
but obsolere naval air, Wapping Old compares what she has effected with the beau-ideal which in composition floated in
Slairs; The Moonlight Bark, in the air ber mind, she is deeply sensible of defects ; of Lullaby ; My Ship rocks in the offing, and with a feeling of much timidity ventures
10 the air of The Girl I left behind me; to launch her work on the tide of public The Mermaid Duelt, of which the air opinion. At the same time, her conscious- as well as the poetry is by the author, ness of having exerted herself to the utmost as is also that of The Meeting. It is of her abilities to steer clear of all that was long since we have been so delighted objectionable—her experience of the indul
with any air as with that of the Mer. gence with which a British public estimates maid Duett, which we can truly say is talents, however humble, employed for its
a jewel of the firsi water. We could gratification--and, above all, that shield of almost sancy that our fair Favourite of patronage which has been graciously thrown
the Muses had taken a plunge into the around her from so high • source,-make hope predominate over fear. Whether the ocean, and brought up one of those present Work is destined to founder on the gems of " purest ray serene,” which, rocks of critical severity (as many a better
as the bard tells us, “the dark unfa. pilotted bark has done before it), or whe- thomed caves of ocean bear.” Our ther at some future period it may again readers will of course expect some buist sail, in a new volume, depends entirely speciinens of the work; bui this must on the favouring breeze with which the not be one, for it would really be a sin public shall at present speed its course.” to divorce the poetry from the air. The
To proceed to particulars, the work reader must allow for the disadvantage is brought out in a most elegant siyle, of such a disruption in the following worthy of the royal dedicatee, and specimens : consists of twelve Songs furnished
“My SHIP ROCKS IN THE OFFINO. with symphonies and accompaniments Come! let me kiss these tears away, in the very first style, holding a middle
That only mar thy beauty; course between the pedantic elaborate My Country's voice I must obey, ness of those set to Thomson's Scot.
Nor slight for thee my duty ! tish Airs by Kozeluch, Pleyel, Haydn, Is this a time to mingle sighs, &c. and the soine what too plain and When England's foes are scoffing? thinly filled up sıyle adopted in Mr. Blue Peter at the mast.head Aies, Moore's National Airs. The sympho- MY SHIP ROCKS IN THE OFFING. nies are well adapted to the characieris. I told thee, when the voyage of life tics of the airs respectively, and the ac- We vow'd to sail together, companiments will be found very effec. A sailor's lot was storm and strife, tive; they keep the lones well a-going, With little sunny weather! and sustain without overpowering the Then bear thee like a sailor's bride, singer. We have not, indeed, hunted
Or lubbers will be scoffing ; for consecutive filihs, or forbidden pro
The breeze sets fair, high swells the tide!
MY SHIP ROCKS IN THE OFFING. gressions, or any other neguta; but assuredly suich have not met our obser
There is an Eye aloft, that keeps vation. Both the author and the com
For him who ploughs the billow,
The same look out, as he who sleeps posers bare fully redeemed their pledge. The latter have done all that they ought Then cheer thee! soon we'll meet again,
On home's domestic pillow! with the airs, and no more. Those
And goue-by dangers scoffing, airs are some of the most beautiful of Thou'lt weep fund tears of welcome thentheir class; and there has been adini.
My shIP ROCKS IN THE OFFING !" rable dexterity shown in adapting the new words to the old airs, even greater, we can venture to say, than was in
“The MOONLIGHT Bark. some instances shown by Robert Glitt'ring in the moonbeam's brightness, Burns in respect to the Scottish airs, See, yon sail a speck appears ; though he was the most accomplished Stealing oo, in shadowy whiteness, song writer this country has ever pro- Like the mem'ry of past years !
160 Review.-Burke's Royal Register.-Fine Arts. [Feb. Silent o'er the breast of ocean,
diplomatic personages of Europe, arOnward see her proudly glide,
ranged in the manner of our Peerages. With noiseless keel, and gentle motion, Like the ANNUALS, amongst which
That scarcely stirs the slumb'ring tide ! this publication may be very properly Thus gliding on, in placid beauty,
classed, it is of German origin, and, as Yon hark how like the upright mind, the editor admits, is an adaptation of That keeps the steady path of duty, the Almanac de Gotha; a work which
Leaving the world's vain cares behind !" has reached its sixty.eighth edition,
Thus have we endearoured to although comparatively unknown in “speed the light bark” on its early England. The Royal Register is diway; and we have only to offer our
vided into four paris. The first embest wishes, that with swelling sails, braces the Sovereign princes of Europe, from the favouring breezes of public in alphabetical order, with all the applause, it may, after a swift and members of their families; the second, prosperous trip, cast anchor in the the Princes not invested with Sovehaven of permanent reputation. And reign power; the third, all the Minisglad shall we be to learn, ere long, that ters of State, &c. of Europe ; and the another equally elegant and « trim- fourth part contains an historic outbuilt wherry." is ready for launching line of the Sovereign Houses of Euby the same fair hands.
rope, which, the editor states, “is to be continued in the ensuing annual
volumes." The Royal Register, by P.J. BURKE, A finely executed portrait of her presents a genealogical and historical present Majesty sorms ihe frontispiece view of all the Royal and distinguished io the volume.
FINE ARTS. Art of Miniature Painting on Ivory. By Hogarth Moralized.--Mr. Major's very
Arthur Parsey. Longman and Co. beautiful edition of the best works of HoThis interesting little work is even worthy Garth, is to consist of four parts, and to the attention of men of experience in the be published quarterly. The first Part conart of which it treats, and to the tyro is al- tains 13 plates, selected from “ Harlot's most invaluable, inasmuch as it initiates him Progress,' “ Rake's Progress," “ Marriinto all the mysteries of the profession. It age à-la-Mode," Industry and Idleness,' may lead to a delightful and intellectual
« Election Dinner," “ Sleeping Congregamode of recreation and no accomplish- tion," "the March to Finchley," and Homent can be more pleasing than that which parth's Portrait." In these plates, the enables us to produce, hy our own efforts, expressions of the countenances are given the similitudes of those who are dear to us. with wonderful effect, considering their Any amateur of tolerable taste, we are as
small size. In this most essential respect sured, may render himself capable of pro- they, not only far exceed all the former ducing a very creditable specimen of minia- small copies, but we think they contain ture painting, by a reasonable portion of more of the true character of the eminent perseverance in Mr. Parsey's system. The painter, than even the copies on the same volume contains in itself' everything that size as the original prints. As specimens an acute teacher could place before his pu- of fine engraving they are also much to be pil. There is so much of geometry as is admired, avd confer great credit op Messrs. necessary to the art; minute and valuable Worthington, Audinet, Watt, and E. Smith. directions are given as to the method of The Plates are accompanied by a new Ediholding pencils, hatching, and stippling; tion of Dr, Trusler's - Hogarth Moralized,” and last, though most important, there is with an Introduction and Notes by Mr. given a chapter on the use of the scraper, Major. The opinion of the Monthly Rean instrument of Mr. Parsey's introduction, viewers, ou the first appearance of Dr. Trusand to which he attaches very considerable ler's work, was, “ that the reverend Editor importance. This chapter is very curious, discovered more piety than taste.” We are and deserves an attentive perusal by the ar
of the same opinion; but allow others to tist in oil.
enjoy theirs. De gustibus, &c. By a neglect which is certainly culpable, A more interesting accompaniment to the the volume has been suffered to go through Plates might easily have been formed, from the press with so little care, that many of the labours of Walpole, Gilpin, Steevens, the pages are disgraced by the most gross Nichols, Lamb, Phillips, Cunningham, &c. typographical errors.
But at all events, the Plates alone would be