The Family Library (Harper)., Volume 17


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Pagina 157 - Farewell, great painter of mankind ! Who reached the noblest point of art, Whose pictured morals charm the mind, And through the eye correct the heart If Genius fire thee, reader, stay, If Nature touch thee, drop a tear, If neither move thee — turn away — For Hogarth's honoured dust lies here.
Pagina 151 - ... as the back-ground and a dog, I began to consider how I could turn so much work laid aside to some account, and so patched up a print of Master Churchill in the character of a Bear. The pleasure and pecuniary advantage which I derived from these two engravings, together with occasionally riding on horseback, restored me to as much health as can be expected at my time of life.
Pagina 198 - I ought to have done, was one of the most humiliating circumstances that ever happened to me ; I found myself in the midst of works executed upon principles with which I was unacquainted: I felt my ignorance, and stood abashed.
Pagina 301 - He desired to be buried near his friend Kirby in Kew churchyard ; and that his name only should be cut on his gravestone. He sent for Reynolds, and peace was made between them. Gainsborough exclaimed to Sir Joshua, " We are all going to heaven, and Vandyke is of the company," and immediately expired — August 3d, 1788, in the sixty-first year of his age.
Pagina 257 - Sir Joshua was attacked by a paralytic affection. His friends were more alarmed than himself, and Johnson, to whom at all times the idea of death was terrific, addressed him in a letter of solemn anxiety. " I heard yesterday," he says, " of your late disorder, and should think ill of myself if I heard it without alarm. I heard likewise of your recovery, which I wish to be complete and permanent. Your country has been in danger of losing one of its brightest ornaments, and I of losing one of my oldest...
Pagina 104 - When he recovered, he said he had a message to deliver to some women from Ford ; but he was not to tell what, or to whom. He walked out; he was followed; but somewhere about St. Paul's they lost him. He came back, and said he had delivered the message, and the women exclaimed, ' Then we are all undone !
Pagina 177 - Poussin, to achieve it. In the picture alluded to, the first idea that presents itself is that of wonder, at seeing a figure in so uncommon a situation as that in which the Apollo is placed ; for the clouds on which he kneels have not the appearance of being able to support him...
Pagina 220 - I am told, of foreign academies. This year was the second Exhibition. They please themselves much with the multitude of spectators, and imagine that the English School will rise in reputation.
Pagina 275 - ... hands, feet, and pieces of drapery ; they then painted the picture, and after all retouched it from the life. The pictures thus wrought with such pains now appear like the effect of enchantment, and as if some mighty Genius had struck them off at a blow.
Pagina 221 - ... not for a pecuniary prize. It cannot be denied or doubted, that all who offer themselves to criticism are desirous of praise : this desire is not only innocent but virtuous, while it is undebased by artifice, and unpolluted by envy; and of envy or artifice...

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