A Book for a Rainy Day: Or, Recollections of the Events of the Last Sixty-six Years

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Richard Bentley, 1845 - 311 strán (strany)
 

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Strana 130 - His paintings illustrate his lessons, and his lessons seem to be derived from his paintings. " He possessed the theory as perfectly as the practice of his art. To be such a painter, he was a profound and penetrating philosopher.
Strana 129 - English artists are the most engaged, a variety, a fancy, and a dignity derived from the higher branches, which even those who professed them in a superior manner did not always preserve, when they delineated individual nature. His portraits remind the spectator of the invention of history, and the amenity of landscape. In painting portraits, he appeared not to be raised upon that platform, but to descend to it from a higher sphere.
Strana 285 - Hall, where they are building it new, very fine ; and there to see their theatre, which stood all the fire, and, which was our business, their great picture of Holbein's, thinking to have bought it, by the help of Mr. Pierce, for a little money : I did think to give £200 for it, it being said to be worth £1,000 ; but it is so spoiled that I have no mind to it, and is not a pleasant, though a good picture.
Strana 129 - Sir Joshua Reynolds was, on very many accounts, one of the most memorable men of his time. He was the first Englishman who added the praise of the elegant arts to the other glories of his country. In taste, in grace, in facility, in happy invention...
Strana 128 - His illness was long, but borne with a mild and cheerful fortitude, without the least mixture of any thing irritable or querulous, agreeably to the placid and even tenor of his whole life. He had, from the beginning of his malady, a distinct view of his dissolution ; and he contemplated it with that entire composure, which nothing but the innocence, integrity, and usefulness of his life, and an unaffected submission to the will of Providence, could bestow.
Strana 128 - Sir Joshua expired, without any visible symptoms of pain, on the 23d of February, 1792, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. " His illness," says Burke, " was long, but borne with a mild and cheerful fortitude, without the least mixture of any thing irritable or querulous : agreeably to the placid and even tenor of his whole life. He had, from the beginning of his malady, a distinct view of his dissolution; and he contemplated it with that entire composure, which nothing but the innocence, integrity,...
Strana 15 - A smart, slender fellow of a fiddler, commonly wearing a sky-blue coat, with his hat profusely covered with ribands, attended ; and the master of the group was accompanied by a constable to protect the plate from too close a pressure of the crowd, when the maids danced before the doors of his customers. One of the subjects selected by Mr. Jonathan Tyers, for the artists who decorated the boxes for supper-parties in Vauxhall Gardens, was that of Milkmaids on May-day.
Strana 23 - Street was occupied by a farm occupied by two old maiden sisters of the name of Capper. They wore riding-habits, and men's hats ; one rode an old grey mare, and it was her spiteful delight to ride with a large pair of shears after boys who were flying their kites, purposely to cut their strings; the other sister's business was to seize the clothes of the lads who trespassed on their premises to bathe.

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