The life of Joseph Wolf: animal painter (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, 1895 - Animal painters - 328 pages
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Page 229 - To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch their renewal of life this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
Page 194 - ... as serve not only to heighten its beauties, but to shadow its deformities. The poetry of nature alone, exactly as she appears, is not sufficient to bear him out. The very sky of his painting is not the portrait of the sky of nature ; it is a composition of different skies, observed at different times, and not the whole copied from any particular day. And why 1 Because nature is not lavish of her beauties ; they are widely scattered, and occasionally displayed, to be selected with care, and gathered...
Page 121 - ... even the ponderous and quarrelsome black rhinoceros, when he has time for reflection, will pull up short in his walk to listen; then, turning round, he listens again, and, if he feel satisfied that his suspicions are correct, he invariably makes off, usually giving vent to his fear or ire by one of his vicious and peculiar snorts.
Page 61 - Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola) and what not besides. The plates in this last are by Barraband, for many years regarded as the perfection of ornithological artists, and indeed the figures, when they happen to have been drawn from the life, are not bad ; but his skill was quite unable to vivify the preserved specimens contained in Museums, and when he had only these as subjects he simply copied the distortions of the
Page 121 - ... of the elephants, of whom they appear to have an instinctive dread, and will remain at a respectful distance until the giants have quenched their thirst. Thus, long before I have seen, or even heard the elephants, I have been warned of their approach by the symptoms of uneasiness displayed by such animals as happened to be drinking at the time. The giraffe, for instance, begins to sway his long neck to and fro; the zebra utters...
Page 73 - The earlier of these works were illustrated by Mrs Gould, and the figures in them are fairly good ; but those in the later, except when (as he occasionally did) he secured the services of Mr WOLF, are not so much to be commended. There is, it is true, a smoothness and finish about them not often seen elsewhere ; but, as though to avoid the exaggerations of Audubon, Gould usually adopted the tamest of attitudes in which to represent his subjects, whereby expression as well as vivacity is wanting....
Page 200 - ... never received a more robust and vigorous interpretation, and the various incidents in which particular character is shown are set forth with rare dramatic power. For excellence that will endure, we incline to place this very near the top of the list of Christmas books.
Page 121 - It is one of the most strangely exciting positions that a sportsman can find himself in, to lie behind one of these screens or holes by the side of a path leading to a watering-place so thronged with game as "Tounobis. Herds of gnus glide along the neighbouring paths in almost endless files : here standing out in bold relief against the sky, there a moving line, just visible in the deep shades ; and all as noiseless as a dream. Now and then a slight pattering over the stones makes you start ; it...
Page 53 - GRAY AND MITCHELL'S ORNITHOLOGY -THE GENERA Of BIRDS ; comprising their Generic Characters, a Notice of the Habits of each Genus, and an extensive List of Species, referred to their several Genera. By GEORGE ROBERT GRAY, Acad. Imp. Georg. Florent. Soc. Corresp. Senior Assistant of the Zoological Department, British Museum ; and Author of the " List of the Genera of Birds,
Page 102 - Transactions" contain such of the more important communications made to the scientific meetings of the Society as, on account of the nature of the plates required to illustrate them, are better adapted for publication in the quarto form. The numerous papers of Professor Owen on the Anthropoid Apes, and on the various species of Dinornis, all form part of this series.

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