1 JANUARY 1831, Page 23

Lord Byron at the age of nineteen.

This is the portrait prefixed to the second volume of Mr. MoottE's Life of Lord Byron. It represents the noble poet in a sailor's dress, standing on the sea-shore, in an attitude of studied propriety, an atten- dant holding the bow of a.boat, and a vessel in the distance, with a back- ground of mountain scenery. The resemblance is flattered, with a look of mantling self-complacency ; and the hair is fresh from the toilet, glossy, and tastefully disarranged. The silk neckerchief floats on the gale with all the weight of lutestring ; the waistcoat and jacket flap open with nonchalance, to display the snowy cambric of the shirt ; and the trowsers flow with exemplary neatness and a restrained freedom, revealing the symmetrical form of the limbs, and falling negligently over broad- buckled shoes, fitted to two well-formed feet. In short, it is a very affected portrait. The engraving is elaborate, but, on the whole, heavy ; and is more remarkable for care than spirit in the execution. The poet's figure, however, is well brought out, and, with the face, is beautifully engraved.