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models, I have a clear notion; and I rejoice to think that you will make evident before your readers, what I believe I have already impressed on you.
“When a gentleman would rush into the practice of that which, in its mechanism, demands experience and instruction, he avails himself of the help of a craftsman, whose services are sought, for painting-in the subordinate parts and working out his rude beginnings. In the first rank of art, at this day, are others who, like the Count D'Orsay, have been unprepared, excepting by the possession of taste and genius, for the practice of art, and whose merits are in no way obscured by the assistance which they also freely seek in the manipulation of their works; and it is no less easy to detect, in the pictures of the Count, the precise amount of mechanical aid which he has received from another hand, than the graces of character and feeling that are superadded by his own. I have seen a rough model, executed entirely by himself, of such extraordinary power and simplicity of design, that I begged him to have it moulded, and not to proceed to the details of the work, until he could place this first model side by side with the cast in clay, to be worked up. He took my advice, and his equestrian statue of the first Napoleon may fairly justify my opinion.
“For art, he had a heartfelt sympathy, a searching eye, and a critical taste, fostered by habitual intercourse with some of our first artists.
“I cheerfully place at your disposal one letter of his, especially valued by me, of the 21st Feb. 1850, and another very remarkable letter, written from Paris, soon after the elevation of the Prince NAPOLEON Louis to the Presidency of the French Republic.
“ I have the honour to remain,
« Dear Sir,
“RICHARD J. LANE."
LETTERS FROM COUNT D'ORSAY TO RICHARD J. LANE, ESQ.
“I rejoice to read your opinions of the Prince. I well re
member the circumstance you mention,* and his visits to you when
you did my two lithographs of him.f.... “....The last election was even more wonderful than the first, for then he had the whole army with him. Rely upon it, he will do more for France than any Sovereign has done for the last two centuries, if only they give him time.”
“Paris, February 21, 1850. « MY DEAR LANE, '“I cannot really express to you the extent of my sorrow about your dear and good family. You know that my heart is quite open to sympathy with the sorrows of others.
But judge therefore, how it must be, when so great a calamity strikes a family like yours, which family I always considered one of the best I ever had the good fortune to know. What a trial for dear Mrs. Lane, after so many cares, losing a son like yours, just at the moment that he was to derive the benefit of the good
* I reminded him that, on the morning of the day of the first election of the President, he came to my house before church time, and diverted me from graver duties, to listen to his confident anticipations of the result of that memorable day. “ Think,” said he, “ what is the ordinary November weather in Paris : and here is a beautiful day. I have watched the mercury in my garden. I have seen where is the wind, and I tell you, that on Paris is what they will call the sun of Austerlitz. To-morrow you shall hear that, while we are now talking, they vote for him with almost one mind, and that he has the absolute majority.”—R. J. L.
† October, 1839.
1 D'Orsay's efforts to gain over public opinion in England for Louis Napoleon were as unceasing as his endeavours to inspire private friends with favourable sentiments in relation to the Prince and his pretensions. I have a letter of his now before me, dated the 18th of June, 1846, addressed to a literary man of great eminence, connected with one of the leading London newspapers, earnestly entreating of him to use his influence with some of the principal writers in the London journals, and editors of them, to get them to abstain from writing against Louis Napoleon. “Do you think," (he says) “you could prevent write these atrocious, false nonsenses against Prince Napoleon ? The fact is, that is the ame damnè de Guizot and Louis Philippe, and the articles upon France are a great dealmore than ridiculous."-R.R.M.
education you gave him. Poor Miss Power is very much affected, I assure you. There is no consolation to offer. The only one that I can imagine, is to think continually of the person lost, and to make oneself more miserable by thinking. It is, morally speaking, an homeopathic treatment, and the only one which can give some relief. You cannot form an idea of the soulagement that I found, in occupying myself in the country (at Chambourcy) in building the monument which I have erected to dear Lady Blessington's memory. I made it so solid and so fine, that I felt all the time that death was the reality, and life only the dream of all around me. When I hear any one making projects for the future, I laugh, feeling as I do now, that we may to-morrow, without five minutes' notice, have to follow those we regret. I am prepared for that, with a satisfactory resignation. I am sure that you have those feelings. Give my most affectionate regards to your dear family, and believe me always—far or near,
“ Your sincere friend,
COUNT D'ORSAY'S GORE HOUSE PICTURE.
A garden view of Gore House, the residence of the late Countess of Blessington, with portraits of the Duke of Wellington, Lady Blessington, the Earl of Chesterfield, Sir Edwin Landseer, Count D'Orsay, the Marquis of Douro (now Duke of Wellington), Lord Brougham, the Miss Powers, &c. &c.
In the foreground to the right are the Duke of Wellington and the Countess of Blessington; in the centre, Sir Edwin Landseer seated, who is in the act of sketching a fine cow, which is standing in front with a calf by its side, while Count D'Orsay, with two favourite dogs, is seen on the right of the group, and the Earl of Chesterfield on the left; nearer the house, the two Miss Powers (nieces of Lady Blessington) are reading a letter, a gentleman walking behind. Further to the left appear Lord Brougham, the Marquis of Douro, &c., seated under a tree in conversation. On canvas, three feet eight inches by three feet two inches, in a noble gilt frame.
This interesting picture, one of the favourite productions of Count D'Orsay, was sold at the Gore House sale in 1849, and is now in the possession of Mr. Thomas Walesby, No. 5, Waterloo Place, London.
Statuary, Vases, and Bronzes, the property of General Count
D'Orsay, the father of Count Alfred, confiscated in 1793, and appropriated by the state ; claimed by the Count in July, 1844.
CONSULTATION POUR M. LE COMTE D'ORSAY CONTRE LA
“ M. Pierre Gaspard Marie Grimod, Comte d'Orsay, d’Autrey, et Nogent-le-Rotrou, Baron de Rupt, Seigneur de la principauté souveraine de Delaine et autres lieux en Franche Comté, Seigneur D'Orsay Courtabeuf, la Plesse, les Villefeux, etc. etc., et qui comptait au nombre de ses aïeux maternels le Duc de Sully, ministre et ami de Henri IV., ne put échapper aux mesures révolutionnaires qui en 1793 ménaçaient la noblesse Française. Atteint
les lois rendues contre les émigrés, ses biens furent confisqués par l'état et mis sous le séquestre.
“ Lors de son émigration, M. le Comte d'Orsay était propriétaire, entre autres biens, de l'hôtel d’Orsay situé à Paris Rue de Varennes, Faubourg St. Germain, et de la terre seigneuriale d'Orsay près de Palaiseau, arrondissement de Versailles, et dont dépendait un château considérable, et aussi célébre par le luxe de sa construction que par les souvenirs historiques qui s'attachaient.
“L'hôtel et le château d'Orsay, les jardins et le parc qui en faisaient partie, contenaient une grande quantité de statues, de groupes, de bustes, et de vases, en marbre et en bronze, d'une immense valeur, que la famille du Comte D'Orsay y avait réunis à grands frais, et que ce dernier avait augmentés encore par les nombreuses acquisitions qu'il avait faites en Italie en 1780, avec le goût qui a toujours été l'apanage de cette illustre maison.
“Maître de cette collection précieuse et unique, le Gouvernement Français se garda bien de la vendre. Il la conserva avec le plus grand soin, et bientôt après en enrichit ses musées, ses palais, et leurs jardins. Plusieurs des statues, groupes, bustes, vases qui se trouvent aujourd'hui dans les palais et les jardins des Tuileries du Luxembourg et de St. Cloud, qui en font l'ornement, et qui sont l'admiration des artistes et des étrangers, ont appartenu à la riche collection de M. Le Comte d'Orsay.......
“Nous pensons donc, qu'en fait comme en droit, M. le Comte Alfred d'Orsay, par réprésentation de M. le Lieutenant-Général Comte Albert d'Orsay, son père, est fondé dans sa réclamation contre la liste civile ou le domaine de l'Etat, qui est en ce moment en possession des objets d'art confisqués pendant la révolution sur M. Pierre Marie Gaspard Comte d'Orsay, son aïeul. “ Délibéré à Paris le 7 Juillet 1844
“ CHARLES LEDRU,
“ Avocat à la Cour Royale de Paris.”
Catalogue des Statues, Groupes, Bustes, Vases, Futs de Colonnes, Gaines en Bronze et en Marbre, Appartenants à Monsieur le Comte D'Orsay.
“D'après le Catalogue imprimé qu'en avait fait faire M. le Comte D'Orsay père, avant la Révolution en 1791; et l'indication des lieux, &c., où ces différents objets se trouvent placés.
“ Ces divers objets d'art furent saisis dans l'Hotel du Comte D’Orsay pendant la Révolution Francaise, et placés dans les Palais Nationaux.
Apollon du Belvédère, fondue à Rome par Villadier ; à la Malmaison.-Antinoüs, fondue à Rome par le même : Jardin des Tuileries.-Une Amazone ; à la Malmaison.-Mars en Repos, fondue à Rome par Villadier; aux Invalides. - Deux Bustes, l'un de femme; à la Bibliothèque Mazarine : l'autre en recherche.-Louis XV., donné à la section par un homme