The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Volume 5

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John Murray, 1832

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Page 180 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me...
Page 113 - Nothing so true as what you once let fall, "Most women have no characters at all.
Page 309 - I have never known, in my own time, the early death of talent so promising, and so rapidly and obviously improving. If I may judge from the later direction of his studies, and from remembrance of a morning's conversation, his mind seemed expanding in every way, and ripening into full maturity of taste and elevated judgment, with that generous ambition which makes confinement to lesser departments in the art painfully irksome and annoying.
Page 35 - London for some time, about two years ago ; has been since at home painting here like a Raphael; sets out for the seat of the beast beyond the Alps, within a month hence ; to be away about two years. I'm sweer to part with him, but canna stem the current, which flows from the advice of his patrons and his own inclination.
Page 285 - And then pointed out by what means he might improve it in this particular. Accordingly, Harlow introduced the two boys who are taking up the cushion.
Page 139 - His cartoons, some of which have unfortunately perished, were examples of the sublime and terrible : at that time perfectly new in English art. As Romney was gifted with peculiar powers for historical and ideal painting, so his heart and soul were engaged in the pursuit of it, whenever he could extricate himself from the importunate business of portrait painting. It was his delight by day, and study by night : and for this his food and rest were often neglected.
Page 51 - Your marchesite, your tutie, your magnesia, Your toad, your crow, your dragon, and your panther; Your sun, your moon, your firmament, your adrop, Your lato, azoch, zernich, chibrit, heautarit...
Page 140 - ... the background is made the simplest possible, rejecting all unnecessary episode and trivial ornament, either of secondary groups or architectural sub.division. In his compositions, the beholder was forcibly struck by the sentiment at the first glance; the gradations and varieties of which he traced through several characters, all conceived in an elevated spirit of dignity and beauty, with a lively expression of nature in all the parts. His heads were various...
Page 220 - He spoke a few words to me in his usual brief and kindly way — evidently to put me into an agreeable mood ; and then, having placed me in a chair on a platform at the end of his painting-room, in the posture required, set up his easel beside me with the canvas ready to receive the colour. When he saw all was right...
Page 78 - Upon this unfortunate group when Garrick had fixed his lynx's eyes, he began to put himself into the attitude of the gentleman, and turning to Mr. Romney — 'Upon my word, sir...

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