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silk, possesses all the character of former times; the antique grate and old chairs still retain their places, and the harmony of the scene is not interrupted from the introduction of any articles of modern invention. The paintings too are from the pencils- of some of the oldest masters, and portray most exquisitely the highest order of the art.
St. John in the Wilderness.
Raphael. A Connoisseur in painting would think a hundred miles but a trifling distance to behold such a fine picture, independently of the beauty of its colouring, and possessing several other highly finished requisites; the foot of St. John positively appears protruded from the canvass. It is almost reality personified, and its excellence and effect cannot be communicated by description. Susanna and the Elders ......
Rubens. This is a small painting, but the face of the woman is exquisitely beautiful; the shame of her exposed situation is depictured with great expression; and the peeping curiosity of the Elders is also portrayed with the utmost skill. St. Cecilia
Domenichino. The drapery of this portrait is the admiration of all persons who have witnessed it. A Magdalen
Guido. Joseph and our Saviour
....... Ditto. The countenance of our Saviour is finely delineated; it is a face not of this world; and possesses all those sublime touches for which the heads of this great master are so eminently characterized. The hand of Joseph is also executed with uncommon beauty. Both the above paintings cannot be too much admired. St. Cecilia and her Children
Maratti. These portraits are sweetly interesting. The harmony of all the faces are admirably personified. Lot and his Two Daughters Moses in the Bulrushes
Poussin. The excellence of the water in this picture is the admiration of every artist, and the praise of every spectator. It appears almost transparent.
This room also contains several other fine paintings.
Over the fire-place stands the Judgment of Paris, in white marble. It is a finely executed piece of sculpture.
A Satyr tied is also worthy of inspection.
Two most superb inlaid cabinets, and the highly polished oakfloor, tend to give the Drawing-Room the appearance of ancient grandeur,
Samson and Delilah
Poussin. The strength and energy of Samson, and the beauty and fascia nating softness of Delilah, are finely contrasted. It is an admirable painting.
A Madona and sleeping Child
Guercino. The loveliness of the face of the Madona and the very natural situation of the Infant claims attention. Venus and Cupid
Guido. The powerful attractions of Venus, and the liveliness of the young urchin, have been portrayed with great felicity by this distinguished artist. This painting imparts all the warmth of love.
There are also some fine views of Ancient Rome, much admired for the grandeur of their architecture.
Cromwill, and Thomas Earl of Essex........ Sir Godfrey Kneller.
The beauty of Lady Elizabeth, her elegant figure, and the rich. ness of the drapery and laces, are delineated with all the happy perfection of this great portrait-painter; but the fine interesting appearance of the Earl is truly captivating. The expression of the countenance contains some exquisite touches of colouring.
Some excellently finished bronzed figures also decorate this parlour; and the doors of which that lead into the other apartments are of solid mahogany:
The remuneration to the housekeeper is left entirely to the liberality of the visitors.
Upon leaving the inn at King's Weston-Hill, a delightful walk is experienced through the * fields on returning to Bristol. The seats of the following gentlemen are also passed: SneydPark, Mr. Hall; Sir Henry Lippincott's; and Mr. Webb, M.P. for Gloucester. The fine Downs of Durdham, upon which are numerous rich lofty trees, render this situation truly picturesque. The Bristol Races are also held upon these Downs; and the course is considered a very good one. The main road is soon acquired, and the line of direction is in passing the sign of the Black Boy, King's Parade, Tindall's Park, Berkeley-Square, through Park-Street to CollegeGreen, and upon crossing the Docks to ClareStreet. The Bush TAVERN has always numerous stages to convey the traveller, almost at every hour in the day, to the City of Bath.
DISTINGUISHED LITERARY PERSONS,
NATIVES OF BATH,
Or otherwise connected with the above City.
One of the oldest natives on record, who distinguished himself as a literary character, was John Hales, denominated the “ Ever Memorable.” He was born in Bath in 1584, and received the rudiments of his education at the Grammar-School. From bis great proficiency in the Greek language, at the early age of twenty-eight years he was appointed Greek Professor to the University of Oxford. It appears, that, out of all his works, “ Golden REMAINS” was the only one even published; and which took place after his death. It was a collection of religious tracts, to promote the interest of religion, and to reduce it to its primitive purity and simplicity. He experienced a great number of vicissitudes in the course of a long life, and was at length compelled to sell his library to support himself; and had it not have been for the bounty of a friend, his latter end would have been marked with want-too often the fate of genius. He died in 1656, in the seventy-second year of his age, and was buried in Eton College church-yard. It is said of him, that he was one of the best characters that ever existed in any age ; and was also distinguished for his fine wit, scholastic acquirements, and elegance as a poet.
Mr. ANSTEY, the author of the “ New Bath Guide," although not a native of Bath, must, from the great interest this
excited at the time of its publication, and also from the long residence of this gentleman in the above city, be viewed as most intimately connected with its literature. As a poem, it possesses great powers of satire and ridicule ; but it is also divested of personality and grossness. As a proof of its merit, it has lost none of its effect; and the wit and humour it contains, respecting the amusements, &c. is as highly admired at the present day as when it first made its appearance; (and of which we have availed ourselves in making several extracts to illustrate our WALKS THROUGH Bath.) Several other poems were also published by Mr. ANSTEY; but not of 'equal celebrity with his New Bath Guide. This gentleman died at the advanced age of eighty, at Chippenham, in 1805.
As NATIVES, and connected with the musical history and literature of Bath, the family of the LINLEYS are fully entitled to the most honourable mention : and who, it has been observed, “were no less distinguished by the private and social virtues, than by originality of reciprocal genius, and high professional excellence.” Talents of a superior order were inherent throughout the above family; and no female, it appears, ever enjoyed a greater share of public attraction, or more eminently deserved it, than Miss ELIZABETH LINLEY (afterwards Mrs. SHERIDAN), who was born in Bath in 1754. The biography of this lady is extremely interesting, not only before but after her marriage. Her extraordinary vocal powers, wit, and elegant manners, added to great personal charms, at one period, rendered Mrs. Sheridan the admiration of all Bath. On her first appearance at the Public Rooms, as a vocal performer, when only twelve years of age, she displayed so much genuine taste and execution, and her tones were so truly melodious and fascinating, that she obtained the appellation of the “ SYREN,” which, in the short space of two or three years afterwards, from her finished and peculiarly expressive style of singing, was succeeded by that of the “ ANGEL!" Hosts of admirers were in her train; but Mr. Walter Long, an old bachelor, possessing a property of upwards of two hundred thousand pounds, made serious overtures of marriage to her father, 'which proposals, notwithstanding the great disparagement of years, were accepted; but the lady, it appears, was always averse to such an union. The dresses were however made, and the day appointed for the nuptials; but owing to some circumstances the match was broke off, and the matter of such refusal submitted to an arbitration, when it was agreed, that Mr. Long should pay one thousand pounds, as a compensation for the loss her father had sustained in her absence from the public Concerts. The above large property has since descended to Mrs. Wellesley
This occurrence occasioned a great deal of chit-chat in the fashionable world, and it also afforded Mr. FOUTE an opportunity of introducing Mrs. SHERIDAN, in a piece written by him, called the “ Maid of Bath," as Miss Linnet. This comedy was performed at the Haymarket-Theatre; and the prologue was from the pen of Mr. Garrick. It, however, did not in the slightest degree injure the reputation of Mrs. SHE
Mr. Charles Francis Sheridan endeavoured now to procure her hand; but who was at length compelled to relinquish his pretensions in favour of his brother, (Richard Brinsley,) to whom the lady had given the preference. The warmth and rapture of the lover cannot be better seen than in the following lines :
Mark'd you her eyes of heavenly blue;
The other blushing at the wound. In consequence of an objection being made to their marriage by the parents of both parties, Mr. Sheridan induced the object of his attachment to elope with