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VIEW OF LONDON
AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY.
Taken rith mathematical accuracy from an Observatory, purposely erected
over the Cross of St. Paul's CATHEDRAL,
In Four ENGRAVINGS,
We have seldom entered on a competent idea of the nature of this more gratifying task than this at vast undertaking, so enterprizing in tempt, in our introductory columns, design--so wonderful in execution. to perform the duty which as public In our perusal of the prospectus journalists we owe to society. in (itself a specimen of the author's general; and as men, to an indivi- ability and taste) every succeeding dual in particular. It was well re page unfolded to us new and highly marked," that if any proof were characteristic matter ; we could wanting of the aspiring ambition, have wished he were present to and elevated and extensive views fill up the measure of our intense of the present age,” the arduous curiosity, whether as to his means undertaking now under our conside- of combating obstacles, seemingly ration would certainly supply it; we insurmountable, or ultimately athave, with somewhat of an envious chieving his arduous undertaking. delight, seen notices of Mr. Hor- It seems to us very questionable nor's interesting work in the daily if any human being could embark and weekly prints. We should our on so bold and perilous an enterselves have felt proud of the distinc- prize, where the reward of his suction of being the first to announce a cess was so disproportioned to the publication so purely national. One risk of life and property, unless in so well calculated to excite the just him were united the greatest zeal pride of his own countrymen, and and perseverance with the finest the laudable envy of foreigners; talents. and thus render the boast and glory These seem to have been emiof the one, the attraction and exam- nently conspicuous in the author of ple of the other. As monthly jour. the Panoramic View of London, nalists we are anticipated in this from the original commencement to gratification, but if contemporary the final completion of the work. publishers have so far gained the It is difficult to select any one pas
vantage ground,” we shall supply sage in particular from the prosthe deficiencies of their “ stolen pectus, as embodying more interest march" upon us. Hitherto the no- than another. The contents genetices of the press have been too rally abound with either interesting general to afford to the public any narrative, incidental occurrences, or
insnlated facts. Without any at- fices, will present to the clergy and tempt, therefore, at preference, we the inhabitants of the different pashall carelessly strew its flowers in rishes a pleasing source of contemour reader's path, as we promiscu- plation. To the stranger, the work ously find them.
will afford a more perfect idea than As a faithful delineation of the could otherwise be given of the mevast metropolis and its vicinity, we tropolis, and its environs, in the may be allowed to compare this most extensive sense of the term ; work to a well drawn and highly while to Englishmen residing in finished portrait, in which every distant regions it will form a pecuresident within the view of St. liarly gratifying memorial of the Paul's, may at once identify his far-famed capital of their country. habitation and property in all their To foreigners it cannot fail to convaried features, by thus contem vey a strong and durable impression plating a fac simile of the original. of the magnitude of its wealth and
We may with equal propriety as power, in the infinite number of its similate Ńr. Hornor's View, in the buildings and the immensity of its correct representation of thousands population; to pourtray the national of houses, in their actual elevation, character in the great extent and to a sort of pictorial map, on which diversity of its establishments, as the inhabitant or stranger may with devoted to religious, scientific, and facility trace the numerous public other patriotic objects; to unfold buildings, the lines of streets and the vast resources of the empire, in squares, and the various avenues the countless traces of its commerce, diverging from them. Or it may its manufactures, and trade; to exstill more appropriately be regarded hibit the productiveness of its public in the character of a domestic pa. revenues, in the grand national spinorama ; and here we shall only do rit of industry and enterprise; and justice to the artist by presenting forcibly to prove the general prosa summary of these manifest uses perity of its multitudinous inhabiof the work in his own words, in- tants, in its various public works verting the very order of his pros- and institutions-sacred to piety and pectus, by giving the last page, (the charity, to literature and the arts. recapitulation of the contents) first; At page 13 of his prospectus, Mr. and an abbreviated account of the Hornor enters into some particulars four views, commencing at page 6. of the commencement, progress, and at the close of our article.
completion of the work. It
appears It is unnecessary to point out, ex he has been several years engaged cept in a very brief way, the claims in executing pictural delineations of which an undertaking of this exten. landed estates, in perspective panorasive nature has on the attention of mio views, where the situation would particular individuals, and of the permit, or in surveys, in which were public in general. Almost every blended adjoining scenery; and havpart has its peculiar and local use, ing practised this style extensively in or some specific interest attached to the neighbourhood of London, he it. By the aid of this work, every gradually formed a collection of surpossessor of property in London or veys and sketches peculiarly availits vicinity will be enabled to point able as materials for a general view out its situation, either directly or of this very interesting district. In in relation to some well known con the course of his professional stutiguous object. The inhabitants of dies, he constructed an apparatus the metropolis will find an infinite by which the most distant and insource of amusement, by tracing the tricate scenery may be delineated various districts, and the avenues, with mathematical' accuracy; and rides, walks, &c. which communi- this machinery he was desirous of cate between them. The lovers of applying to the execution of a work architecture may be interested in for which he considered himself so comparing, at one view, the various amply prepared. The possession of specimens which the public build- the materials, already alluded to, ings whether of ancient or modern naturally induced the artist to select date, exhibit; and the churches in the metropolis and its beautiful enparticular, with other religious edi. virons as the subject for delineatiou ;
and he was the more confirmed in ment of the apparatus, frequently