The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters and Sculptors, Volume 3 (Google eBook)

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Harper, 1832
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Page 6 - In good earnest the very frame was worth the money, there being nothing in nature so tender and delicate as the flowers and festoons about it, and yet the work was very strong; in the piece were more than 100 figures of men, &c.
Page 6 - I questioned him why he worked in such an obscure and lonesome place; he told me it was that he might apply himself to his profession without interruption, and wondered not a little how I had found him out.
Page 219 - Long with soft touch shall Damer's chisel charm, With grace delight us and with beauty warm ; Forster's fine form shall hearts unborn engage, And Melbourne's smile enchant another age;" ,referring to the busts of Viscountess Melbourne at Pansanger, and of the Duchess of Devonshire.
Page 308 - John Flaxman, RA PS, whose mortal life was a constant preparation for a blessed immortality : his angelic spirit returned to the Divine Giver on the 7th of December, 1826, in the seventy-second year of his age.
Page 49 - How firm established on eternal truth; Fervent in doing well, with every nerve Still pressing on, forgetful of the past, And panting for perfection...
Page 7 - Gibbon to Charles II., who was too indolent to search for genius, and too indiscriminate in his bounty to confine it to merit ; but was always pleased when it was brought home to him.
Page 12 - There is no instance of a man before Gibbons who gave to wood the loose and airy lightness of flowers, and chained together the various productions of the elements with a free disorder natural to each species.
Page 271 - A gentle Knight was pricking on the plain, Yclad in mighty arms and silver shield, Wherein old dints of deep wounds did remain. The cruel marks of many a bloody field ; Yet arms till that time did he never wield. His angry steed did chide his foaming bit, As much disdaining to the curb to yield : m i * Full jolly knight he seem'd, and fair did sit, As one for knightly jousts and fierce encounters fit.
Page 310 - He lived as if he did not belong to the world his ways were not our ways. He had odd fashions he dressed you know how he dressed : he dined at one wrought after dinner, which no other artist does drank tea at six; and then, sir, no one ever found him in the evening parties of the rich or the noble : he was happy at home, and so he kept himself; of all the members of the Academy, the man whom I know least of is Flaxman.
Page 37 - Therefore this work is necessarily ill drawn and deficient in principle, and much of the sculpture is rude and severe ; yet in parts there is a beautiful simplicity, an irresistible sentiment, and sometimes a grace, excelling more modern productions." " It is very remarkable," continues this great sculptor, " that Wells Cathedral was finished in 1242, two years after the birth of Cimabue, the restorer of Painting in Italy, and the work was going on at the same time that Nicolo Pisano, the Italian...

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