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a copy of HOGARTH's Works, the most complete set extant, with some of his original drawings. And what will be curious to the linguist, here are the
Iliad and Odyssey, the very books from which Pope - made his translation; and Pope has decorated one of the volumes with a View of Twickenham.
Here are twenty-five precious Coins and Medals, of which the following are particularly worthy of notice :-1. An Unique Crown of King Edward the Sixth. 2. Medal of Pope Julius the Third, in silver, struck on the restoration of the Roman Catholic Religion in England, by Mary of bloody memory. 3. A satirical medal of silver, struck in Holland. On the obverse, the head of Oliver Cromwell, laureated in armour; on the reverse, the French and Spanish Ambassadors are contending who shall have the first bonour of kissing the Protector's b-m! 4. Silver medal ; on one side Mary of England, on the other Philip the Second, of exquisite workmanship. 5. Silver medal on the destruction of the Spanish Armada. 6. Gold medals of Nero, Trajan, &c. 7. Copper medal of Pope Gregory the Thirteenth, on the correction of the calendar. 8. Silver medal of the same Pope, on the massacre of St. Bartholomew; on the reverse, the destroying Angel murdering the ProTESTANTS, the legend-Hugonotorum Strages !!! This infamous medal was called in and the die broken, which circumstance has made it very uncommon. No serious, intelligent mind can inspect this medal without horror. How barbarous and unfeeling are thy
triumphs, o bigotry!- My soul come not thou into their assembly, my honour with them be not thou united!
Mr. Walpole's Bed-chamber contains nothing that is particularly curious, excepting that the chimneypiece possesses great grace, and the window, composed of seven lights, has several curious pieces of painted glass. In what is called the Plaid Chamber, is the portrait of Henry Walpole, the Jesuit, who was executed for attempting to poison Queen Elizabeth. He is crowned with glory, and holds a palm branch, the emblem of martyrdom. This picture came from Mr. Walpole's, of Lincolnshire, who died about the year 1748; he was the last of the Roman Catholic branch of the family.
The Holbein Chamber has a ceiling taken from the Queen's dressing-room at Windsor, and a chimneypiece chiefly taken from the tomb of Archbishop Warham, at Canterbury. Here is the Red Hat of CARDINAL WOLSEY, that proud and insolent favourite, whose fall is so feelingly described by Shakespeare. The hat was found in the great wardrobe by Bishop Burnet, when clerk of the closet. From his son, the Judge, it came to the Countess Dowager of Albemarle, who gave it Mr. Walpole. And in the Alcove is the head of SIR THOMAS WYATT the younger, beheaded in the reign of Queen Mary, copied by Milbourne, from the original in the possession of Lord Romney, who was related to THE WYATTS, and to whom the last bequeathed their
GALLERY, ROUND DRAWING-ROOM.
portraits. The seat of the Wyatts, Allington Castle, is now in ruins, but forms a very picturesqne object on the banks of the Medway, near Maidstone, in Kent.
The Gallery is fifty-six feet long, seventeen high, and thirteen wide without the recesses. The ceiling is taken from one of the sides of Henry the Seventh's Chapel; the great door is copied from the north door of St. Albans; and the side with recesses, which are finished with a gold network over a looking-glass, is taken from the tomb of Archbishop Bourchier, at Canterbury.
Here is a fine picture of Sir George Villiers leaning his hand on the head of a greyhound. He was father of George, Duke of Buckingham, and Lord Clarendon relates the story of his ghost. The Eagle also is truly grand, found in the gardens within the precincts of Caracalla's Baths at Roine, in 1742, one of the finest pieces of Greek sculpture. And in a CLOSET with glass doors is a large collection of ancient porcelaine china, which belonged to Catherine, Lady Walpole. Under the window is a small altar, part of the shrine in the chapel, and upon it a silver ladle with an ivory handle carved and gilt, used by Indian ladies for incense; a present from Charles, Duke of Richmond.
The Round Drawing Room has its chimney-piece taken from the tomb of Edward the Confessor, beautifully executed in white marble, and the ceiling taken from a round window in Old St. Paul's. The surbase
of the great bow window is taken from the tomb of Queen Eleanor, in Westminster Abbey.
The Tribune is a square with a semicircular recess, with niches taken from the sides of the north door of the Great Church at St. Albans, and the roof from the Chapter House at York; terminated by a star of yellow glass that throws a golden gloom all over the room, and, with the painted windows, gives it the solemn air of a rich chapel. Here is also an altar of black and gold, with a marble slab of the same colours, taken from the tomb of two children of Edward the Third, in Westminster Abbey. Within the cabinet of Enamels and MINIATURES, are 1. A valuable jewel of Lord Burleigh's head on onyx, and the head of Queen Elizabeth cut on sardonyx; the whole set with upwards of fifty brilliants. 2. Cowley the poet, perhaps the finest piece of enamel in the world. It was engraved for the late Bishop Hard's edition of that poet. 3. A golden heart set in jewels, ornamented with emblematic figures enamelled, and Scottish mottos ; made by order of the Lady Margaret Douglas, mother of Henry Lord Darnley, in memory of her husband, Matthew Stuart, Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland, murdered by the Papists. 4. Hair of King Edward the Fourth, cut from his corpse when discovered in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, 1789; given by Sir Joseph Banks. Curious instances of the growth of the hair and nails after death occur frequently, but perhaps this is the most ancient that has come to the knowledge of modern times. In the
same room are also-1, The Great Seal of Theodore, King of Corsica, that curious piece by which he took the benefit of the Act of Insolvency, in which he is only styled, Theodore Stephen, Baron de Neuchoft; and his capitulations made with the people of Corsica on his election, signed with his own hand. 2. A small bust of Caligula, with silver eyes; an exquisite piece, being one of the finest things in the collection, and shews the great art of the ancients. 3. A magnificent Missal with miniatures, by Raphael and his scholars, set in gold, enamelled and adorned with rubies; the sides are of cornelian, engraved with religious subjects ; the clasp a large garnet. This precious Prayer Book, belonged to Claude, Queen of France, wife of Francis the First, the great contemporary and rival of our Henry the Eighth. 4. One of the only seven mourning rings given at the burial of Charles the First. It has the bead of the king in miniature, behind a death's head between the letters C. R. The motto
5. A beautiful Silver BELL, made for a Pope, by Benvenuto Cellini. It is covered all over in the highest relievo with antique masks, flies, grasshoppers and other insects; the Virgin and boy angels at top, a wreath of leaves at bottom. Nothing can exceed the taste of the whole design, or the lively and delicate representation of the insects. Mr. Walpole in a letter to a friend, thus speaks of it:-" One of the pieces