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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


Wilson, J. G. Lockhart, Sir David Wilkie, and other eminent men of the day. His writings, spread over the periodical literature of his timeparticularly the Edinbu& Magazim and Annual Registw-are very numerous, and he was the first among modern Scotsmen who made art the subject I feri-ed to in Peter?s .(? Letters to and study had suggested, it is not to be wondered at that in exercises of this sort he took particular delight and obtained great excellence. He was secretary of the Dilettanti Society of Edinburgh. The establishment of the Bridges is thus re- OLD TIMBER-FRONTED HOUSE, LAWNMARKET. of systematic criticism; and from the purity and clearness of his style, his perfect knowledge of the subject, and the graceful talent he possessed of mingling illustration with argument, he imparted an interest to a subject, which, to many, might appear otherwise unattractive. And when it is considered that it was to the acting of the great Mrs. Siddons, John K e d e , Kean, and Miss O?Neil, that he had to apply those rules which his taste his Kinsfolk?:- ? Wastle immediately conducted me to this dilettanti lounge, saying, that here was ?the only place where I might be furnished with every means of satisfying my curiosity. On entering, one finds a very neat and tasteful-looking shop, well-stocked with all the tempting diversities of broad-cloth and bombaseens, silk stockings and spotted handkerchiefs. A few sedate-looking old-fashioned cits are probably engaged in conning over the Edinburgh
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