Page:A tour through the northern counties of England, and the borders of Scotland - Volume I.djvu/267

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Silenus; a short thick figure, conveying a good idea of the poetical character of this senex ebrius, this old sottish god. Under his right arm he carries a skin of wine, (called by the ancients the uterus) supporting its weight on his thigh.—A Ganymede, of modern statuary; small and beautiful, with the most happy delicacy in the limbs of the effeminate youth.—A vase, antique; supported by a lion's head and leg of ancient sculpture.—Septimius Severus, who died at York; an antique bust; the toga fastened upon the right shoulder with fibula. Much expression in the countenance, but the stiff and formal disposition of the front curls evinces that the piece was chiselled when statuary was in the wane.—A medallion of antique porphyry over it; Hercules, and another figure.—Geta, (whole figure, antique) the son of the Emperor Septimius Severus; with the scroll of admission into the senate in his hand, a bulla upon his breast, and clothed in the toga virilis. The whole of this is stiff.—Caracalla, Geta's brother; profligate and cruel; a large antique bust. A grand expression of fierceness and cruelty in the countenance, which exemplify the trux Caracalla of the historian. Over it, an antique medallion in porphyry, Two Fauns sacrificing.—An antique vase.—Galatea, the Nereid; antique; according to Homer, the daughter of Nereus and