13 MARCH 1841, Page 20



MR. MOON, eager to gratify the "impatient loyalty of the nation," as his eloquent annonce expresses it, is exhibiting at his rooms in Thread- needle Street, another pair of portraits of Queen VICTORIA and Prince ALBERT, previous to their being engraved, under Mr. Moose's most liberal auspices, by two unrivalled artists. The pictures are half-length, the size of life ; and have been painted by Mr. PARTRIDGE, who has been principally known heretofore as an attractive limner of very young ladies and gentlemen-and who probably owed his introduction at Court to the influence of his brethren of the " Sketching Club."

The portrait of the Queen is a very pleasing and effective painting: the likeness is engaging, and the air and attitude are unaffectedly grace- ful. Her Majesty is represented in a simple dinner-dress of black velvet, wearing a light coiffure of the same material, with silver fringe falling on to her shoulders : this costume gives a slimness to the figure, and sets off the complexion, while it also shows to advantage the bril- liants and ribbon of the Garter. The colouring is clear and powerful, though the Royal flesh is almost diaphonous. The portrait of the Prince, in the uniform of his regiment, is a somewhat commonplace and inexpressive resemblance; the figure wooden, the face hard, and the painting gaudy : in short, it is a hussar's jacket, with all its load of tinsel, stretched over a clothes-horse, not quite so handsomely shaped as you see at the tailors' shops. These our plebeian notions notwith- standing, we hear that her Majesty-who ought to be the best judge- gives the preference (for the time) to Mr. PARTRIDGE'S Prince ALBERT, over all other likenesses, and wills that the pair be deemed the ." per- manent national standard."

The portraits are to be engraved in the line manner, the size of GOLDING'S plate of the Princess Cummorrs ; that of the Queen by J. H. ROBINSON, that of the Prince by GEORGE Doo.