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establishing it. In fact, and so it was likely to receive the approbation : urged there, as the members on their persons for whom it is definitie admission paid the fees required, and the members would very readily, : figned the book obliging themselves to plau I thall hereaiter suge!, hare. observe the statutes coniained in it, and nished the necesary fund, if af: the Society on their part had allociated ditional source should
bare biti then, and made them members, they wanting. could not degrade or reject them, un It will readily be admitted, thai. less on their refusing io perform the esiimating the value of any *** obligations they had entered into. art, iis utility, or being adapter na
Another proposition made by the liver the intended purple, mut Council, which stood also for discuf- considered as one of its coa'i ved fion by the members at this meeting, and at the mere splendoar cui
" that all members, hercafier to pearance will very i!l com penne : be made, thould pay leven guineas in- the loss of this property. In the sun fiead of five, for their admillion fee, here alluded to, ihe History of *** and three guineas annually inttead of Cathedrals, this, a grand priset iwn; and ebole who compounded for is facrificed, or the leati u their annual payments, were to have greatly fubordinate to fplendour e paid 36 guineas intiead of 20." This elegalice. the
meeting would readils have The work conffis, as is a adopted ; but the Council, ditappointed known, of a history and definit of receiving the larger sum, that would of the cathedrals ; delineatinns, tiehave come almoti inmediately into the quiliiely engraved plates, represe iseasury, by afleiling their present the tronts, fides, dilections, and : members, withdrew the proposal. the ornaments external and igeno
It has been intimated above, that with explanations of the plates, the pecuniary, embarrallinenis of the printed on a fuperb atlas Society, which led them to make these large, that it is impoflible to reje: proposals, arole from the very great the account of the buildings orei -expence incurred by their late publica- nation of the plates, but in a ta' i cimus, particularly their delineations posture ; and the print (Bulmer's to a and accounts of our cathedrals, now fo sharp and beautiful that no ni? Carrying on; and this was firongly hear it longer than a very few mix and very properly arged by the mein and as the explanations of the plaies. bers of ine Council, and doultless had printed also with a large type, ar: its due effect upon the minds of up much space, the book is unie? the members. But, on the other hand, lated to be bound, as from the Miras oblirved, that, as the Council the leaves they cannot withoutine hase the fole management of the in them be turued backward and ? cune and funds of inte Society, they as you may have occafion 10 eur oughi to have taken care, before they the explanations. Each of the ca entered on a speculation of fuch great drais as far as they have gone are: nagnirude, to have calculated the cost, fected through the roofs, the rio and seen whether it couki be brought lengih of the buildings, and within the compass of their abilities : across the arms,
or from this if not, they should have firsi drawo South, to fhew the internal tiruan up a prospectus of their work, with an eitimate of the expence, as near as it But if one of the buildings on could be calculated, to be given 10 been thus minutely dilected ani each of the members, deliring their neateid, and finall parts of the e observations and Inggeßions in order (where there was any malet al lui to its perfection. To this might have rence in the fiructures. given, ä *?": been added, lich proposals as they large portion of the present exact night think likely to be efficient to engraving would have been taim.ru enable the Society'io carry the plan, if only without any de:erioration, bó approyed, into execution. Had this with a manifest improveuvent is been done, there can be no doubi but work ; as it would not then 1:21e bra the work would have been exccured loaded with repetitions of musim in a manner much less expenfive, and either exactly the faine, or to lies yet to as to be more valuable, and ried as Icarce to be difungwiad confequently inore worthy, and more from the other.
of thole parts.
The expence of these fupartitions from the Council to each of the memlaies has doubtle is been one of the bers, explaining their reasons for alautes why the Society have not been terug ine form of the publication as to ble to give pusipectre vieirs of the the ieuer press, and their intention of buildings; for want of which, the ring peripective views of the buildvork, the bearhouby expensive, ing; and proposing that on delivering s extremely cire.
the republication of the description of Ravins in itus fic is of the the buildings already giie!, with a execuion of the work, will be a perspective view of one of then, (hy whai anjeur in be its imperfections, it Excer,) the inembers should each of will be expected that I losplain them pay one guinea ; and on deliveraliit niver it might have been 11:9, toch of the following perapeslive mune errei, er barw the error views, Bath and Durbam, they thould alminds Picbealltid may be remedied, par 10s. 6d.;' and one guinea on auch lie with Eurked, D) in turba ceiving the account of every new catrit !!!'ie cutul, menandt, 24 thedral, with the perspective and other tale prezivle, without defroyilig ant petit engravings. of its chance or bedriy; and as the This propofal, the members should
Society have rejected the plan proposed be inforised, would be difcutled at a by the Counci: tur titiling the money meeting of the Society ; and there can necelry for profecuting the work, be little doubt but they would be as whether a y other may not be deviled manimous in adopting it, us they niore erable, and confequently more were in rejecting the proposal to raise likeli to meet the approb:tion of the the annual paymeni. Ic
is also meansers in general.
highly probable ihat the Society would To answer these purposes, I would fell a inuch greater numher of copies of recommend, that the history and de- the work in this form, than in the scription of the cathedrals, with the prefent ; for, heing more convenient, explanations, should be printed in a many more of the members would quarto fize; inliead of the prefent keep thein, and confequently there enormous folio. They would then be would be sewer at market. More than read with convenience; and the ex two thirds of the members, kuown to pence of this part, filling much the the writer of this paper, hare parted largeti number of pages, would be re with their copies; and it is extremely duced in less than half what it at pre- probable the number thus coming into sent colis. The engravings to be con- the hands of the book tellers is not lefa tri.ei of the lume size, and on the thin 300; arul it is plain the bookselfame beautiful paper, as those already leis will tell ihcfe copies to their cuflopublished ; bat infiead of giving repe ners before they will have recourse Litions of lečions of the whole roofs, to the Socieli, fides, &c. of the buildings, as at pre If this paper, Mr. Urban, is thought sent, to give only such parts of thiein to be fuliciently interelling to procure as bure any ihing peculiar in the work- iis admillion, I fall for your next
man!hip, or as recommend themselves number present you with some firieit for their beauty, and to give periper tures on the internal management of
tive viivs of each of them. This, in the Society, particularly on the choice bi the fire inllance, would be attended of weinbers for the Council, in which
with a tmall addrional expence, as ihe they icem (as in the publication we defcriptions already given mai, for the have nicel) lo facrifice mility to file of uniformity, be reprinted. This feadhover; that is, they pay mure rerepublication, with a perspective view gar to the wealalı or rank of the per
of the cathedrals already fous les propose, than to their learnfimihed, (fay Exeter,) might furnish ing or isbilitu, or the probability of the next delivery; then perljective thrir atlending to the duties of the viests of Basis and of Durham'; and, oflice. vi there are done, do nore of the cathedrals Dould be engraved, but the Mr. UREAN,
Dec. 30. artists might go on
SEND you the following deteripo drawings.
sion of ihe interior of Buckingham In respect to the inoce: of railing the House, which may be confidered as morey neceflary for completing the the only town residence of their Nlajel. work, it leuer might be fent round ties, St. James's being merely used as a
place of audience and for purposes of vered with the finelt pictures
, stiri fiate.
have, howerer, been lo ofien dekiel The hall of entrance is upon a scale that we shall not votice then ist: suitable to the dignity and spacioufnels dually. Reubens, Vandy ke, ani ( 124, of the dwelling, which is fo ainply stored are the chief masters. In ever mas with the finelt paintings, that the walls the encouragement given by his die of even this apartment are covered with to ingenious confiructors of time.pro thein. Views of cities in Italy, espe- is apparent, and the king's fondack t: cially those by Canaletti, prevail here. their art may be well accounted fur The pavement is of white and dark co his known punctuality ; in which f Joured marble. Three very large and bably none of his fervants or lates superb lanterns, in the fashion of forty ever equalled him. We do not recei or lifty years since, hang from the cieling. that there is one room without a dax Eight lamps in glaties are placed on certainly leveral have two of the carved pedestals, very well painted in There are at least finty in the her: imitation of bronze. The story of all contianıly wound up, accor Æneas and Dido covers the walls of the to their periodis, by a truly tena Haircase. On the landing place of the and all in such correctneis
, third chief floor, without any anti-roon, difference of half a minute canna opens the door of what is called the found amongst them. Weatherg Japan room, in which their Majesties of different fizes and conliructions, a and the Princelles breakfast. Here are occur frequently, and their indices the comforts of a family room, with the respond almost as well as the him grandeur and fome of ihe ornaments of the clocks. On this Western file cít: a palace. Three large paintings occupy house are the King's and Queen's wat three of the compartiments, and with rooms : aparıments fo called bet feveral others leare not much place for they hare the villinction of care. the curious Japan lining, from which which there are only four is the s the room takes its name. Vandyke is house, though not less than twent the favourite master here, and perhaps the rooms are in frequent use by it is not too much to call thele three Royal Family ; the others are ci. Jofty pictures his best works. That near- dining-room and the Queen's bed: eft ihe fireplace represents Charles I. but none of these completely com Henrietta Maria, and their family, all in floor. The furniture of this .. whole length. The next is the portrait apartments is otherwise extremelj of Charles I. on horseback, with a page markable, and for the very qui on foot. The third is the Duke of Alia opposite to those that might be et on horseback. A time-piece occupies ed. Instead of being magnificent, the centre of a beautiful marble chim- gant, or fashionable, it is of the t." ney-piece. The curtains are velvet, plainest form into which good 01.1? painted by the princes Elizabeth, in can be worked ; and even the new Hrades of brown anul naroon, in iinita- are not always fo conspicuoutlet tion of cut velvet. Here the elegance of seldom so beautiful, as would be the furniture ends. The tables and quired in the honfes of many trade chairs are of a very plain and old fashion. individuals. And vet, though. The cold and baril-rubbed foor is with enough to be far out of any late parties out a carpet, a luxury of which his bears no ítaip of a venerable ani? Majeliw deprives himself in almoli every The demark of the curtains sed quia apartment, from the opinion that car- is much faded : the mahoganyt! pets and other means of great waruuth latter is not beautiful ; it is evcă are injurious to health. Many of his that it much resembles walnuts subjects would find this deficiency very latter are made with curring den lamentable, if they were to país a day clump or rather knob feet, mit at Buckingham house. A piano-forte carved. The tables are of this is on one lide of the rooin ; a large ion. Several old and very pianoara organ completely fills up a compart- and escratoires encounter i ment by the fire place. Several livie The appearance of the wbk ftands of the height of a table, to hold a friking to a vititor, if he has be. breakfast cup or a work bay, are placed pecting any of the magnized in the corners. From this aparimeni lings, called the Shew-burka extends a suite of rooms along the whole opucat nobility, an l has turi back-front of the doute, all nearly co- accafiomed to gold wouiding,