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NEWPORT MECHANICS' INSTITUTE. EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS. (Continued from our last.) No. 59.-ST. MARTIN DIVIDING HIS ROBE WIT [I A BEGGAR, AT THE GATE OF CALAIS. (After Vandyke.) S. J. Evans.— This is an excellent copy of one of Vandyke's best pictures. It is magnificent as a specimen of colour, composition, and drawing. The only thing which we think a fault, and as not existing in the original, is, that the horse, compared with the figures, is re- marbly small it cannot, indeed, be more than a strong pony; it is, however, like every other portion of the picture, well painted. 68.- Tiliall.-This picture is of so equivocal a cha- racter, that the framers of the catalogue have not been able to give it a name. We are equally at a loss. We have been told that it contains portraits of members of one of the royal families of Spain, who, in the pictuie, are represented as partaking of a repast with a person, dressed and habited as the Saviour com- monly is, in pictures of the Last Supper. There is much that is very good, independently of the inconsistency of the composi. tion. Some of the heads are fine in colour, and correct in draw- ing. ] ndeed, if it were our picture, we should not hesitate to cut it up into small ones-the heads alone would form good-looking old portraits. 70.—DEAD GAME.—The hare is well drawn, and the manage- ment of the gronp is good in this picture. 71.—LANDSCAPE AND FICUKFS.—There is no painter's name in the catalogue but this picture reminds one much of Berghem, more particularly in the figures and animals, which are good. 72.—LANDSCAPE AND FIGURES. J. Bent. (By a pupil of Wovermans.)—There is somewhat of the spirit of the master fit this woik. 74.-ST. PETER. Reubens.—Very fine in drawing, and good in colour; but that it is by Reubcns we are rather inclined to doubt. 75.—GRANDMOTHER AND CHlU). J. F. Mullock,— I'he atti- tude of the child is rather boldly conceived, and the drawing to. lerably good. 76.—AN I'IAT.IAN CARDINAT,. Andrea Mantegna.—The mi. nuteness of finish in this work is very lemarkable but it is, in composition, stiff and unpicturesque. (H.-CHASE OF THE SMUGGLERS Montague Stanhi.—The conception and general effect of this work are grand in the ex- tieme, the sky being particulaily fine in the contours ef the clouds, with the sun rising in awful majesty on the verge of a dark and troublesome sea and the forms of the vessels cutting, with their half-defined, mysterious outlines, the lower and higher parts of the sky witli all these, the tout ensemble, to a poetical mind, has an imposing effect. It is, however, a lamentable in- stance 01 the mania among young artists for macguelphs and other nostrums, trashy vehicles; by the use of which, in a few months, the pictures crack, and, as in this instance, sails are made to appear rent and lorn, or great gapstoopen in the middle ofthe sea,— results which the artist never contemplated. 84.— WEST INDIAN LANDSCAPE. Post.—The pictures by this painter are rare ;—we think this a good average specimen 01 his style. 86.—DUTCH LANDSCAPIS AND FH.IIIUS. I)a i id Teii iei-s. -A very beautiful little picture, most likely by Teoieu the younger. 90.— THE GIPSIES. Gainsbormtgh.—This is amazingly clever, considered as a sketch. The tone of colour is very warm and transparent. 92.—PORTRAIT OF A I.ADY.-I'ery delicate and neat in the execution; the texture of the various pa/ts of the dress is well expressed. 9:J.-UIRU' SCHOOL IN ROMF. Ritlig.-fleie we have a most marvellous poodtiction the cffeet is produced by and neat finish, combined with a careful observance of the effects of light, shade, and perspective. It is a picture of a very popu- lar character. 104 and 105.-DF.Ai, GAILE. Taylor.—The-e are very well painted. 110.— VIHGIN AND Cmr D, AND CHRT-.T BEARING HIS CROSS, (A double picture.) Rti)tjetli. is an instanced the minute finish painting in oil is capable of effecting-

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