15 JANUARY 1831, Page 15


MR. INSKIPP'S admired picture of the Empty Wallet,has been rendered by Mr. GILlER with truth and feeling. It has great merit, certainly ; but a poor creature suffering the pains of hunger is not a subject for a painter, and excites pain rather than sympathy. The absence of beauty in the girl's face (which, however, possesses interesting characteo—her matted black hair falling over her eyes, and her thin arms, together with the desolate scene, tell a melancholy tale without the comment of the "empty wallet." Mr. KNIGHT'S clever picture, The Smugglers Alarmed, has been litho- graphed by THOMAS FAIRLAND, in a good bold style, and makes an effective print. It is, on the whole, a faithful copy of the original, and well drawn ; but the look and air of the black have not that resolute cha- racter and fearless expression which rendered that fine study of African nature so admirable. The tints of the drawing are poor ; the light ones are raiv, and the darker monotonous, to which latter quality the uniformity of texture adds a heaviness. It is as though the dresses were drawn from cork models. This print has not that richness, depth, and clearness, which we remark in the Misers; a lithographic print by CHARLES FAIRLAND, from the popular picture by QUINTIN MATSYS, at Windsor.

A clear and bright lithographic drawing, by GILES, of The King's 'farriers in Kennel, from a picture by R. B. Dsvis, will be Interesting, no doubt, to sportsmen and dog-fanciers, especially as they are portraits. Four pretty little views of Kenilworth Castle, on a sheet, are some- what ambitiously decorated with ornamental frame-work, which spoils the effect of the scenes themselves. But they are for the Leamington market ; and this, we suppose, accounts for the superfluity.