A handbook for travellers in Holland and Belgium [by J. Murray]. 19th-21st ed

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Page ix - TRAVEL, in the younger sort, is a part of education, in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
Page 169 - And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves, Dewy with nature's tear-drops as they pass, Grieving, if aught inanimate e'er grieves, Over the unreturning brave, - alas! Ere evening to be trodden like the grass Which now beneath them, but above shall grow In its next verdure, when this fiery mass Of living valour, rolling on the foe And burning with high hope shall moulder cold and low.
Page 143 - Rubens left it, it must have appeared very different ; but it is mortifying to see to what degree it has suffered by cleaning and mending: that brilliant effect, which it undoubtedly once had, is lost in a mist of varnish, which appears to be chilled or mildewed.
Page 147 - For effect 'of colour, this yields to none of Rubens's works, and the characters have more beauty than is common with him. To the painter who wishes to become a colourist, or learn the art of producing a brilliant effect, this picture is as well worth studying as any in Antwerp. It is as bright as if the sun shone upon it.
Page 8 - And sat, not as a meat, but as a guest ; And oft the Tritons, and the sea-nymphs, saw Whole shoals of Dutch served up for Cabillau; Or, as they over the new level ranged, For pickled herring, pickled heeren changed.
Page 8 - Transfusing into them their dunghill soul. How did they rivet, with gigantic piles, Thorough the centre their new-catched miles ; And to the stake a struggling country bound Where barking waves still bait the forced ground ; Building their wat'ry Babel far more high To reach the sea, than those to scale the sky...
Page 96 - Ghent, had been during a century noted for their republican spirit and contumacious defiance of their sovereign. Liberty never wore a more unamiable countenance than among these burghers, who abused the strength she gave them by cruelty and insolence.
Page 8 - Holland, that scarce deserves the name of land, As but the offscouring of the British sand, And so much earth as was contributed By English pilots when they heav'd the lead ; Or what by th...
Page 151 - The head of the Christ is rather a good character, but the body and arms are heavy : — it has been much damaged. On the inside of the two folding doors are portraits of the Burgo-master and his wife, half-lengths : his is a fine portrait; the ear is remarkably well painted, and the anatomy of the forehead is well understood. Her portrait has no merit but that of colour.
Page 149 - Herod, and that of a fat man near the Christ, are excellent. The painter's own portrait is here introduced. In the banquet, the daughter is rather beautiful, but too skinny and lean ; she is presenting the head to her mother, who appears to be cutting it with a knife.

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