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Page 153 - 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 47 - O, sir, we are defeated ! all the works Are flown in fumo, every glass is burst, Furnace and all rent down ! as if a bolt Of thunder had been driven through the house; Retorts, receivers, pelicans, bolt-heads, All struck in shivers.
Page 141 - ... year in London. With regard to reputation, you are sensible that fame cannot be durable where pictures are confined to sitting rooms, and regarded only for the resemblance they bear to their originals. Were I sure of doing as well in Europe as here, I would not hesitate a moment in my choice, but I might in the experiment waste a thousand pounds and two years of my time, and have to return baffled to America.
Page 152 - The painter complied — the likeness was introduced — and the husband looked with a glance of satisfaction on his three spouses : not so the lady ; she remonstrated ; never was such a thing heard of — out her predecessors must go. The artist painted them out accordingly ; and had to bring an action at law to obtain payment for the portraits which he had obliterated.
Page 121 - ... either forming the figure into a mass with one or two deep folds only, or. by its adhesion and transparency, discovering the form of the figure, the lines of which were finely varied with the union or expansion of spiral or cascade folds, composing with or contrasting the outline and chiara-oscuro. Few artists, since the fifteenth century, have been able to do so much in so many different branches...
Page 33 - 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 34 - ... remarkably handsome, that Reynolds thought it necessary to exert himself more than usual in a full length which he had on his easel, saying with a smile, "I wish to show legs with Ramsay's Lord Bute.
Page 213 - You will be sorry to hear that my most powerful competitor — he whom, only to my friends, I have acknowledged as my rival, is, I fear, sinking into the grave ; — I mean of course, Hoppner. He has always been afflicted with bilious and liver complaints, and to these must be greatly attributed the irritation of his mind ; and now they have ended in a confirmed dropsy. But though I think he cannot recover, I do not wish that his last illness should appear to be reported by me. You will believe that...
Page 123 - I have made many grand designs; I have formed a system of original subjects, moral and my own, and I think one of the grandest that has been thought of; but nobody knows it. Hence, it is my view to wrap myself in retirement and pursue these plans, as I begin to feel I cannot bear trouble of any kind.