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from the antique; and were ushered into the hall, a room the most striking that fancy can picture, its dimensions sixty-seven feet by forty-two within the walls. The coved ceiling of this apartment, illuminated with three sky-lights, rises to the top of the house, and is supported by twenty columns twenty-five feet high, of beautiful English variegated marble, with rich capitals of white marble. Within these pillars are twelve niches, each containing a good cast from the antique; of these an Apollo and Meleager are the best. Above them are several good paintings in chiaro obscuro. From the hall we were conducted into the Music-Room, (thirty-six feet by twenty-four, and twenty- two feet high) where we found the following productions of the pictorial art:

An Holy Family, by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Triumph of Bacchus, a large piece, by Luca Giordano; the figure of Bacchus beautiful and spirited, as described by Milton,

"with clust'ring locks,
"With ivy berries wreath'd, and blithe in youth."

An Old Man's Head, by Rembrandt.

The Grecian Daughter, by Andrea Pozzo.

The Drawing-Room (forty-four feet by thirty-eight) has a coved ceiling—its portals, columns, and pediments, of marble—and is elegantly fitted up.