14 MAY 1831, Page 21


TIER Exhibitions of Pictures, which open like flowers in the spring, and almost as numerous, have made us in arrear with New Prints ; and after our eyes have been dazzled with the splendour of colour, it is a welcome relief to the aching sense to turn over a folio of sober black and white. lire do not perceive many' very strikingly beautiful specimens of en- graving, but there are several good mezzotints. Such is the pretty picture by COLLINS, " Feeding the Rabbits," by J. LINNELL, a sweetly pleasing rustic scene, with a bright though subdued effect, which is con- veyed in an artist-like manner in the plate. J. W000's " Lily of the Valley," by G. F. Pini.mrs, is an agreeable print, cleverly composed ; but the expression and even the features of the face seem the result of chance more than design. Mr. PARRIS'S popular picture, " The Brides- maid," by BROMLEY, makes a good furniture print. An imitation of Mmtrus's style, by JAMES G. Lucis, of " Samson carrying the Gates of Gaza," is a theatrically effective moonlight scene, cleverly got up, and as good as Mr. MARTIN 's plates—saving the originality. A line en- graving, by GRAVES, of " The Enthusiast," one of the late THEODORE LANE'S happiest efforts, is a very amusing print, and is extremely well engraved. It is published for the benefit of the artist's widow ; and we hope, therefore, it will find the extensive sale which its excel- lence and the popular nature of the subject entitle it to. It represents a disciple of Izaak Walton laid up with the gout, and seated in an easy chair by the fireside, Isis invalid limb resting on a German foot-stool, and who, to beguile the time, is solacing himself with his favourite pur- suit of angling—in his parlour ! He wields a ten-feet trolling rod, and is bobbing for a bite in a vat of water peopled with perch and gudgeon. Beside him are his landing-net, basket, and ground-bait in abun- dance; while on the table gentles and juleps are mingled together. The joke is elaborate, but probable, and is exceedingly well told : the fretful eagerness with which the old boy strains his eyes to peep into the tub to watch the float, or mayhap to espy the approaches of the fish, is well given. Mr. BRIGGS'S fine picture of "Margaret of Anjou and her Son with the Robbers" has been lithographed by W. SHARP, and it makes a good print. The drawing is clever' but the effect is not 'so good ; the im- pression is grey and poor, and deficient in depth, clearness, and finish.