A Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of All the Engravers, from the Earliest Period of the Art of Engraving to the Present Time; and a Short List of Their Most Esteemed Works. ... With Several Curious Specimens of the Performances of the Most Ancient Artists. By Joseph Strutt. ...

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J. Davis, 1786
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Page 125 - Joseph Strutt denounced Will Marshall's "want of taste": He was one of those laborious artists, whose engravings were chiefly confined to the ornamenting of books. And indeed his patience and assiduity is all we can admire, when we turn over his prints, which are prodigiously numerous.10 "No other craftsman...
Page 135 - ... to produce the forms he wanted to express. We see the difficulty he laboured under, and cannot doubt, from the examination of the mechanical part of the execution of his works, that he had no instruction ; and that it was something entirely new to him. If the story is true, that he kept an engraver by profession in his house, the novelty of the art is rendered so much the more probable.
Page 102 - ... prints, the seven sciences and the frontispiece, are mentioned in Overton's catalogue, as engraved by him. This artist executed a vast variety of plates, as well historical as emblematical; which, however, were chiefly for books. But his best works are portraits ; and of these he produced a considerable number. He rarely etched, but, in general, executed his plates entirely with the graver. He worked in a very neat laboured style ; and if his good taste had been equal to his assiduity, his works...
Page 43 - He gave great expressions to the heads of his figures ; but in his works the same heads are too often repeated. The hands and feet are rather mannered than correct ; and when he attempted to draw the naked figure, he succeeded but indifferently. He made the folds of his draperies long and flowing ; but his female figures are too often excessively loaded with girdles, bandages, and other ornamental trappings. He engraved on wood, as well as on copper ; but his works on the former are not numerous....
Page 125 - ... that he worked from his own drawings after the life, though he did not add the words ad vivum, as was common upon such occasions.
Page 102 - This artist was a native of France, if not of Paris, where he learned the art of engraving. It appears, that he came into England before the restoration, because some of his plates for English publications are dated prior to that event.
Page 428 - SERIES. [EIGHTH ing out their merits. His patience, under the continual torments of a most dreadful disorder, upwards of nine months, was truly exemplary ; and he died, as he had lived, in peace with all the world, in which he never had an enemy.
Page 35 - ... taste. If his best performances have ever been surpassed, it is in the masterly determination of the features which we find in the works of Nanteuil, Edelink, and Drevet ; this gives an animation to the countenance, more easily to be felt than described. From his solicitude to avoid the appearance of an outline, he seems frequently to have neglected the little sharpnesses of light and shadow, which not only appear in nature, but, like the accidental semitones in music, raise a pleasing sensation...
Page 26 - Germany ; but notwithstanding his merit, met with fo little encouragement, that he found it very difficult to fupport himfelf. The earl of • Arundel being in Germany, took him under his protection, brought him to England, and recommended him to K.
Page 125 - But, if we grant this to be the case, the artist will acquire very little additional honour upon that account ; for there is full as great a want of taste manifest in the design, as in the execution of his works on copper.

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