Sketches of the Principal Picture-galleries in England: With a Criticism on "Marriage -la-mode."

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Taylor and Hessey, 1824 - Art museums - 195 pages

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Page 168 - And fast by, hanging in a golden chain, This pendent world, in bigness as a star Of smallest magnitude, close by the moon.
Page 52 - Sometime, we see a cloud that's dragonish, A vapour, sometime, like a bear, or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendant rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs; They are black vesper's pageants.
Page 150 - Sometimes outstretcht, in very idleness, Nought doing, saying little, thinking less, To view the leaves, thin dancers upon air, Go eddying round ; and small birds, how they fare, When mother Autumn fills their beaks with corn, Filch'd from the careless Amalthea's horn...
Page 150 - Not many ; some few, as thus • — To see the sun to bed, and to arise. Like some hot amourist with glowing eyes, Bursting the lazy bands of sleep that bound him. With all his fires and travelling glories round him.
Page 151 - To view the graceful deer come tripping by, Then stop, and gaze, then turn, they know not why, Like bashful younkers in society ; To mark the structure of a plant or tree, And all fair things of Earth, how fair they be.
Page 16 - Pan, knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance, leads on the eternal spring.
Page 198 - Batavian Anthology; or Specimens of the Dutch Poets; with remarks on the poetical literature and language of the Netherlands, to the end of the seventeenth century.
Page 109 - In my low cell how cheat the sullen hours ! Vain the complaint : for Fancy can impart (To Fate superior, and to Fortune's doom) Whate'er adorns the stately-storied hall : She, mid the dungeon's solitary gloom, Can dress the Graces in their Attic pall : Bid the green landscape's vernal beauty bloom ; And in bright trophies clothe the twilight wall.
Page 51 - OUR intercourse with the dead is better than our intercourse with the living. There are only three pleasures in life, pure and lasting, and all derived from inanimate things — books, pictures, and the face of nature.
Page 95 - Compared with these," says Hazlitt, as finely as .truly, " all other pictures look like oil and varnish ; we are stopped and attracted by the colouring, the pencilling, the finishing, the instrumentalities of art ; but here the painter seems to have flung his mind upon the canvas. His thoughts, his great ideas alone, prevail ; there is nothing between us and the subject ; we look through a frame and see Scripture histories, and are made actual spectators in miraculous events.

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