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the Parent Society. Open daily (Sundays excepted), during the months of April, May, June, and July. Admission, 1s. Catalogue, 6d.
PORTLAND GALLERY, Regent Street, Portland Place. An annual exhibition of paintings in oil and water colours, and sculpture, by members of the Association to promote the Free Exhibition of Modern Art, which numbers upwards of one hundred members. Open daily, during the months of May, June, July, and August, from nine till dusk. Admission on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, free; on Fridays and Saturdays, is. each person. Catalogue, 6d.
BRITISH INSTITUTION, No. 53, Pall Mall. Established in 1805, on a plan formed by Sir Thomas Bernard, for the purpose of encouraging British Artists, and affording opportunities of exhibiting historical subjects to a greater advantage than in the rooms of the Royal Academy, then exhibited at Somerset House. The gallery purchased for its use was erected by Alderman Boydell, for the exhibition of paintings for his edition of Shakspeare, and it is well suited for its present purpose. Over the entrance is a piece of sculpture, by Banks, representing Shakspeare accompanied by “ Painting and Poetry." Open in February, March, and April, for the exhibition of works by British Artists; and in June, July, and August, for the exhibition of paintings by the old masters. Admission, 1s. Catalogue, 18.
Regent's Park. Similar in design, and nearly as large as the Pantheon at Rome, was erected from the designs of Mr. Decimus Burton. It is one hundred and thirty feet in diameter by one hundred and ten feet in height,
polygonal in form, and surmounted by an immense cupola, glazed; in front is a grand portico, with six large fluted columns of the Grecian Doric Order, supporting a bold pediment.
In this noble building, itself a great ornament to the Regent's Park, is exhibited the Panorama of the Lake of Thun, and its delightful environs, one of the most charming and attractive portions of Swiss scenery; the matchless grandeur and beauty of which have rendered Switzerland the favourite resort alike of the tourist, the poet, and the painter. The view is taken from an eminence north of the town, overlooking the lake ; completely realizing to the eye the beautiful scenery and picturesque costume of Switzerland. The town of Thun, situated on the Aar, in the Bernese Oberland, abont a mile from the lake, with its walls, ancient castle, aud venerable church standing out in bold relief, is one of the most prominent objects in this panorama ; in the foreground are cottages, farm-houses, and ont-buildings, as also groups of villagers and musicians.
In addition to the Panorama, there is also to be seen the Museum of Sculpture, the Conservatories, the Swiss Cottage, and Classic Ruins, which altogether render it the most interesting place of public amusement in London. Open daily, from half-past ten till half-past five, and in the evening, from seven till half-past ten. Music from two till five, and during the evening. Admission, 2s. Children and schools, half-price. Descriptive Guide, 1s.
Albany Street, Regent's Park. An exhibition of singular novelty and attraction, produced under the direction of the proprietors of the Coloseum, consisting of a Panorama, unequalled in extent, of Lisbon, the magnificent
scenery of the Tagus, and the fearful earthquake of 1755. Nothing can be more sweetly serene and lovely than the calm water of the Tagus, more grand and impressive than the noble buildings, churches, and castles that clothe the sides of the majestic heights, or more terrible than the fearfully agitated waves, amidst which numerous gallant vessels are seen rolling madly on their mountain summits, or plunging into the awful depth below. The dioramic effects of shade and colour are very beautifully varied, and the moving parts of the picture contrived with great cleverness, to re-produce the appalling scene in all its attractive horrors. Open daily. The exhibition takes place at two and four, and in the evening at half-past seven and nine. Admission, 2s. ; reserved seats, bd. extra. Children and schools, half price. Descriptive Guide, 1s.
Regent's Park. This exhibition, which had long been an object of wonder and delight at Paris, was first opened in the Regent's Park September 29, 1823. It differs from the Panorama in this respect, that instead of a circular view of the objects represented, it exhibits the whole picture at once in perspective; and it is decidedly superior, both to the Panorama and Cosmorama, in the fidelity with which the objects are depicted, and in the completeness of the illusion.
Such is the effect produced by the disposition of the building, and the various modifications of light and shade, that the optical deception is complete; and it is difficult for the spectator to persuade himself that he is only contemplating a work of art. Two views are exhibited, which are changed twice a year. Open daily, from ten till six. Admission, 2s. Description, gratis.
Leicester Square. This fashionable exhibition is the oldest establishment of the kind in London, having been originally opened in 1790; and continually increasing in attraction, until it has attained its present high celebrity, under the proprietorship of the eminent artist, Mr. Robert Burford. This gentleman's ever active pencil places before our view, in rapid succession, every spot celebrated in ancient or modern history, or deriving eclat from recent passing events. To the youthful mind these views form a continued source of varied instruction and amusement; while their intense interest is equally felt by the adult, of whatever calling. One of the present subjects is a most magnificent painting of the farfamed Valley of Cashmere, one of the most beautiful spots in the whole habitable globe. The views are open from ten till dusk, all the year round. Admission, 1s. each view; or 2s. 6d. to the three. Schools, half-price.
Piccadilly. Erected in 1812, from a design of Mr. P. F. Robinson; and originally intended for the reception of Bullock's London Museum, which has since been disposed of by auction. The design is completely Egyptian, except in its being divided into two stories, and is copied from the great Temple of Tentyra, described in Denon's celebrated work. The entablature is supported by two colossal figures, which have an imposing appearance. It is now used as a place of exhibition for Freemont's Panorama of California, and the Panorama of the Nile.