The Corn Market, Brussels, form a very pleasing contrast after so many rich portraitures of mere nature. It represents the 'city full,' its accomodations, bustle, industry, and importance. The sun beams coming obliquely over the red tiles of the houses, and gliding along the walls of a distant tower, seem to imply that the time of the picture is evening. The streets and dim alleys, adorned with trees, are more picturesque than the regular perspectives of British towns; while numerous stands for petty merchandize, groups of buyers and sellers, the abstracted strut of the rich citizen, and the wild gambols of youth; give good scope for the depicting of expression and costume. . . . [P. 130.]
Exhibition of Pictures at Dalhousie College. February 11, 1830.