A brief history of the painters of all schools. By L. Viardot [from Les merveilles de la peinture] and other writers

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Page 346 - Reynolds has given it as his opinion that it is perhaps the first picture of portraits in the world, comprehending more of those qualities which make a perfect portrait, than any other sir Joshua had ever seen. They are correctly drawn, both head and figures, and well coloured ; and have great variety of action...
Page 92 - In times of peace I think I can as well as any other make designs of buildings for public or for private purposes ; I can also convey water from one place to another. " I will also undertake any work in sculpture, in marble, in bronze, or in terra-cotta : likewise in painting I can do what can be done, as well as any man, be he who he may.
Page 408 - Enraged Musician. It seems impossible to increase the annoyance of this sensitive mortal — who by the frogs on his coat appears to be a Frenchman — by the addition of any other din.
Page 410 - Paul's cathedral, and accompanied to the grave by many of the most illustrious men of the land — forty-two coaches conveyed the mourners, and forty-nine empty carriages of the nobility and gentry added their encumbrance to the procession. He lies by the side of Sir Christopher Wren, architect of the edifice ; and a statue to his memory by Flaxman has since been placed in the body of the cathedral. In stature Sir Joshua Reynolds was somewhat below the middle size ; — his complexion was florid,...
Page 314 - Newcastle, whose managed horses he drew from the life, from whence were engraved the cuts that adorn that peer's book of horsemanship. Several of the original pictures still remain in the hall at Welbeck.
Page 242 - He drew so favourable a likeness, 4 that Henry was content to wed her; but when he found her so inferior to the miniature, the storm which really should have been directed at the painter, burst on the minister; and Cromwell lost his head, because Anne was a Flanders mare, not a Venus, as Holbein had represented her.
Page 210 - Villantteva distributing alms to the poor — the painting which Murillo himself preferred of all his works — lastly, the one of his too numerous Conceptions which is called the Perla de las Concepciones. This is a symbolical representation of the favourite doctrine of the Spaniards, which has become the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. It is, in reality, an apotheosis of the Virgin. Forty-five pictures by Murillo are collected in the Museo del Rey at Madrid. From this number we must choose...
Page 408 - October of the same year, and returned to his residence in Leicester Square. On the very next day he was seized with a sudden illness, and, after two hours of suffering, expired. Hogarth was buried without any ostentation in the churchyard of Chiswick : where a monument was erected to his memory. Richard Wilson, the third son of a clergyman, was born at Pinegas in Montgomeryshire, in 1713.
Page 312 - It is to be regretted that this picture has not its usual pendent, the heroic Henrietta Maria of France, whose funeral oration was pronounced by Bossuet. Afterwards come the three children of Charles and Henrietta Maria, all celebrated, all crowned after their exile — Charles II., James II., and Mary, wife of "William of Orange, whose son became William III. of England. There are, besides, the portraits of two other brothers...
Page 435 - Hampstead on the 18th of May, 1867, having exhibited one hundred and thirty-two pictures in the Academy alone. The Winter Exhibition of 1870 included forty-five of his most important works. Among his best pictures we may name the Battle of Trafalgar...

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