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THE

EUROPEAN MAGAZINE,

A N D

LONDON REVIEW,

For J U NE, 1788.

For the EUROPEAN MAGAZIN E.
An ACCOUNT of JOSEPH NOLLIKINS,

[ With a PORTRAIT of Him. ]
HIS artist is the fon of Jofeph Francis own compofition, the subje&t Jeptha's

Nollikins, of whom Mr. Walpole rash vow. In 1762, he gained the first gives the following account : That he was premium, fifty guineas, for a marble ballo of Antwerp, son of a painter who had relievo ; and having by industry and fruJong resided in England, but who had gality saved money fufficient to enable died at Roan. The lun came over young, him to travel, he resolved to go to Italy. and studied under Tillemans, and after- At Rome, he had adjudged to him the wards copied Watteau and Paulo Panini, first premium for a baffo relievo ever obHe painted landscape, figures, and con- tained by an Englishman; and being versations, and particularly the ainule- greatly encouraged by the nobility and ments of children. He was much em- gentry who resided abroad, he acquired ployed by Lord Cobham, at Stowe, and considerable fums of money in buying by the late Earl of Tylney. He died in and felling antiques and other valuable St. Anne's parish, Jan. 21, 1748, aged 42, curiofities. He was particularly patroniz. and left a wife and a numcrous young ta. ed by the late Mr. Anson; of St. James's. mily.

square. After residing at Rome seven This numerous young family, how- years, and travelling through all Italy, he ever, confifted but of two children, Joseph came to Paris, where he enquired after his the artist, now under confideration, and father's brother, who having been rea daughter. Joseph was born about duced by misfortunes, he not only relievthe year 1738, and, when young, was ed his present wants, but settled on him more remarkable for his fondness for

a yearly ftipend for the rest of his life. ringing St. James's church bell, than He then returned to England, and, some for any more laudable exertion. He was time after, married a daughter of the late an apprentice to Mr. Scheemaker, a very Justice Welch. Since his return he has worthy man, and one of the best sculptors been honoured with the notice of his Ma. tuen in London. With him he conti- jesty, who sat to him for his busto. His nued seven years, and during that time works, which are numerous, possess that a bandoned his habits of diflìpation, and degree of merit as to require only to be became very industrious and attentive to seen to speak their praise. They are suf- his profession. In 1759, he gained a pre- ficiently known, and will transmit his mium from the Society of Arts, for a name to pofterity as an artist equal to any drawmg from plaister; and the next year, of the present times, and scarce inferior the first premium for a model in clay, his to those of antiquity.

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To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.

SIR,

HAVING always esteemed the Furor of thought, absurd and ridiculous. I have

pean Magazine as the repository of heard of many mechanical methods of real and useful intelligence, I take the li. making poets; but the corking up the berty of sending you a few obfervations effluvia of Grub-ftreet into bottles, and on the publication of the Microcosm, the dispensing it to all those who wish to beOlla Podrida, and the Cosmopolitan, oh, come poets, with a direction to smell to the serving, that if they are thought worthy bottle before they begin writing, because to be presented to your readers. my object fuch smelling hać the lame effect as direct is entirely fulfilled.

inspiration, is a method which ovinces the These three books are all of them the author of it to be almost as mad as the coupproductions of young writers, and possess try quack, Yet such is the method which a considerable quantity, though different the ingenious Mr. Fosbrook* recommends degrees of merit. The Microcosm, on to those desirous of becoming poets; tho which, in your Magazine for March, you the poetry with which he concludes his first batowed such just encomiums, deservedly number, demonstrates that he used some is entitled to the firsi place : it is indeed a more efficacious method himself, and that work which would reflect no disgrace on it partook of a nobler origin than the efthe best writer of the present time; and, fluvia of Grub-street. The publication excepting a little presumption in ridicul- of a periodical paper at a public school is ing Addison's criticism on the Chevy, a circumstance both new and surprizing ; chace, is unexceptionable in point of mat- and is a strong proof that, however true ter, language, and style. I with the same in other respects the allegations of those could be said of the 'Olla Podrida, which may be who are preaching the degeneracy owes its existence to some Oxonians, of of the present age in comparison with pait whom Mr. Bulkley is the chief, and is ones, in respect to a daring spirit and a deJately completed.' Throwing aside all fire of knowledge, they are altogether partiality to my brethren here, I must groundless. At Oxford the design is not own

that it is inferior to the Microcosm novel, The Connoiffeur, by Culman, &c. in every article of good writing. The was carried on there į a performance affertion may appear rather dogmatical, which as much outweighs the Olla Po. but it is founded on truth; for I do not drida in sterling value, as the poems of niean to insinuate by it that the work, Homer do the effusions of the American taken by itself, is unworthy of praise, or bard. I am informed, from no contempo destitute of self-recommendation, but that tible authority, that the Westminster ladst generally, compared with the other, the have it in agitation to follow the example product of school-boys, it falls greatly in. of the Etonians. I hope they may lucterior." There is one paper in it, and ceed, and excite the other public schools one only, which is superior to any the to the same attempt; for then, Sir, the Microcosm contains ; it is written by eighteenth century may boast, that boys Ds. Horne, President of Magdalen Col- of fourteen or fixieen years of age,

retailed lege, and conveys some impartial and just the sayings of Socrates, criticised the reflections on the conduct of Dr. John. works of antiquity, corrected the vices of ton's biographical friends.

the times, increased the volumes of learn. of the Cosmopolitan much cannot be ing, pointed out the paths of virtue and faid, as it is not far advanced, having knowledge, and improved the age they only made its appearance since the com- lived in by their own bold and honeft pletion of the plla Podrida į which if it exertions. is intended to excel, it will, I am afraid,

I am, Sir, yours, &c. fail in the accomplishment of its intention : nothing in it novel or original announces

OXONIENSIS, any thing above the Olla Podrida : the Oxford, May 5, 1788. prose part of the first number is, in point

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* Mr. Fofbrnok is the gentleman who fuperintends and writes for the Colmopolitan.

† A paper entitled “ The Trifler," which has appeared during this month, is attributed ta tome of the senior (cholars on this foundation.

To

To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.

" tall you.

SI R,
THE inclofed epitaphs form part of a " Or to see workes of a wise hand;

portical collection, aldefled to the " Than it's to heare our doting rimors Right Honourable the Earl of Oxenford, “ Whole lahours doo bring hoth dishonors &c. by one John Southern, 4to. black letter, " To themselves, and to our England.the uitle-page wanting. This book is so

Sig. C. iii. rare, that no other fragment of it arpars to have been met with by the moit vigilant

Again :among our ancient and modern collectors. “ MY vame, quoth I, is Soorbern, and,

Who Southern, our author and editor, “ Madime, let that fuffice, was, I am unable to discover. What he “ That Southern wbich will raise the Enge thought of himtelt indeed, may he un- lishe language to the skies : derstood from the frequent boalts with The winton of the Muses, and which his odes and fonncis are inter larded. • " Whofe well compoled ryme A very few specimens of his arrogant pre- “ Will live in despite of the hevens, tences to the enjoyment and distribution of “ And triumph over tyme, &c." fame, will be thought sufficient by your

Sig. D. 1, 6. readers,

But, alas! how presumptuous is hu. Petrarque, a wise Florentine, 6. Hath turnde his Mistres into a tree of Baye; tion, ferves only to tell us what was not

man hope ! -Diana, a fictitious appella6. And he that soong the eldest daughter of

the true name of our author's mistress. Troye,

Southern survives but as the real designa" In Fraunce hath made of her an aftre

tion of a being wholly unpoetical, ex66 divine.

cept in his own conceit; aid of all the “ And lyke these knowne men can your poems for which he had vainly promised 6 Sootbern write too,

immortality to himself and his friends, “ And, as long as Englijhe lasts, immor- perhaps no more than a lingle and muti

lated copy has escaped oblivion, * I, the penne of Soorbern, will, my fayre

His patron, Edward Vere, the seven, 66 Diana,

teenth Earl of Oxford, flourished early in or Make thee immortall, if thou wilt give the reign of Elizabeth, and died at an

66 him favour : " For then hee'll fing Petrark, Tien, Ovide, fuccefir. Some of his veries are highly

advanced age, in 'the second year of her 66 Ronsar, And make thee Calander, Corine, Bathyll, in their discourses on English Poetry, 4to.

commended by Webbe and Buttenhamn, 66 Laura."

1986, and 1589. More of his compoSig. B. i.

sitions are to be met with in the Paradise Again :

of Dainty Devilis, 4to. 1596, under the EPODE.

fignature E. O. as well as in England's " BUT thou for whom I writ so well, Helicon, 160ot. For a particuiar ac.

" And that I will make eternell; count of him, lee the Biographia Britan$. And thou for whome my holie paines nica, Collins's Collections, and Mi. Wal

« Dooth chase ignoraunce held so long, pole's Noble Authors. “ Conjoining, in a vulgar song,

The name of his Countess, however, “ The secretes, both Greekes and Lataines, (who was Anne, the eldest daughter of $. Think'it thou it is nothing to have

the famous Cecil Lord Burleigh) not be• The penne of Southern for thy trompet ? ing inserted in any catalogue of rhyming

Yes, yes, to whome Soothers is Poete, Pecresses, I send you tour of her pro4! The honour goes not to the grave. ductions, undoubtedly printed in berliie« And Juno * it's another thing

time by Master Southern aforesaid; and “ To beare a well-learned voice fing, trust that I have thereby ascertained her

* I cannot help suspecting that, in this instance, our author's printer has been guilty of a whimsical mistake. The Goddess Juno has nothing to do with the subject in question, nor is the mentioned in any other part of the ode from whence the foregoing passage is tranIcribed. Perhaps the composicor, mided by similarity of found, has given us Yuno instead of you know, a familiar appeal to the knowledge of Master Sourkorn's mistress, Diana, whom he addresses on the present occasion. + There are allo lines of his prefixed to Cardanus's Comforts, &c. 1573.

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