7 APRIL 1832, Page 16


Two of WILKIE's early pictures, The C7ubbist and The New Coat, have been engraved in the line manner; the former by RaimoN, the latter by A. WARREN... They are bard in style, and dry in humour; and the engravers have preserved both the one and time other. In The Clubbist, a set of hard-featured countrymen are arguing a surly host into compliance with their demand of another bowl of punch. The morose look of Boniface, who is scratching his -chin in a state of dubious re- luctance, is capitally expressed. The character of the man is summed up in his countenance ; and disagreeable enough it is. . The President, with his hammer, and a look of anger and alarm, and his two supporters, —the one looking at his watch, the other angrily remonstrating with the landlord,—are likewise good ; the rest merely serve to fill the picture. The engraving is elaborate, and we doubt not, minutely faithful.. Its effect is not so bright as that of The New Goat; but tins last is not by any means equal in point of 'expression; and the subject is poor, and treated meagerly. The tailor is characteristic, but not new : the cos- tumes are nondescript.

Filial Solicitude is the title of a clever design, by Madame .Ls.scor, of a Roman peasant assisting her blind mother to cross abridge of planks • laid over a stream. The attitude and look of both mother and daughter are natural ; and the picture has a pleasing effect. It, however, re- minds US 'WO much Of EASTLAKE ; from whose pictures it would almost appear to have been studied. The mezzotint, by ANGELL, is brilliant.

An excellent mezzotint engraving, by Messrs. WALKER and COUSINS, from NASMYTH'S portrait of Burns (the best and only true one, we think), gives us a vivid idea of the simple-minded, high-soiled, warm-hearted poet- " Who walked in glory and in joy

Beside his plough upon the mountain-side."

It is a plain, honest, manly countenance, full of wit, sweetness, and humanity ; with a bright eye, a clear brow, and a fine open forehead. It is engraved in a style and of a size to do justice to the unflattering picture.

An engraving, by HENRY COOK, of a Portrait of Mrs. Jordan as Rosalind, in the strange and not tasteful costume then worn in the part— with a hussar cap to crown the incongruity—conveys, we have no doubt, a correct impression of the painting; but the likeness does not strike us to be good ; and the air and attitude are as poor as the look is mawkish." HOPGNER, in his affectation of style, and his feeble imi- tation of REYNOLDS, has lost sight of the spirit and meaning of the original. This dispraise in nowise affects the merit of the engraving.