Portrait Miniatures: From the Time of Holbein 1531 to that of Sir William Ross 1860 : a Handbook for Collectors

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G. Bell & Sons, 1897 - Portrait miniatures - 170 pages
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Page 36 - If a glass could expand Cooper's pictures to the size of Vandyck's, they would appear to have been painted for that proportion. If his portrait of Cromwell could be so enlarged, I do not know but Vandyck would appear less great by the comparison.
Page 16 - manner of limning I have ever imitated, and hold it for the best.' But though Hilliard copied the neatness of his model, he was far from attaining that nature and force which that great master impressed on his most minute works. Hilliard arrived at no...
Page 24 - An hand or eye By Hilliard drawn is worth a historye By a worse painter made.
Page 110 - No. 23. Item. Done upon the right light, the second picture of Queen Mary of Scotland, upon a bluegrounded square card, dressed in her hair, in a carnation habit laced with small gold lace, and a string of pearls about her neck, in a little plain falling band, she putting on her second finger her wedding ring. Supposed to be done by Jennet, a French limner.
Page 100 - Ye fair ! to draw your excellence at length, Exceeds the narrow bounds of human strength ; You, here, in miniature your picture see ; Nor hope from Zincks more justice than from me. My portraits grace your mind, as his your side ; His portraits will inflame, mine quench, your pride.
Page 138 - ... reception in the room where the other principal treasures of art are stored. One peculiar interest therefore of this collection lies in the fact that in nearly every case these miniatures remain in the custody of the descendants of those for whom they were originally painted, and in its thus presenting an almost unbroken series of authentic portraits of the Royal Family from the time of Henry VIII. to the present day ; for though photography has almost entirely obliterated and destroyed the art,...
Page 24 - Hilliard arrived at no ftrength of colouring ; his faces are pale, and void of any variety of tints, the features, jewels and ornaments exprefled by lines as flender as a hair. The exact drefs of the times he curioufly delineated ; but he feldom attempted beyond a head, yet his performances were greatly valued.
Page 24 - Hilliard arrived at no great strength of colouring, his faces are pale, and void of any variety of tints, the features, jewels and ornaments expressed by lines as slender as a hair.
Page 86 - ... father of the historian of Leeds.* " It consists of two round plates, each but an inch and half diameter, and originally served, I suppose, for the top and bottom of a watch, such enamelled plates being frequent to old watches instead of crystals. On the outside of that which 1 take for the bottom, is a representation of the House of Commons, as exhibited on their seals by Simon. Nothing can be more perfect than these diminutive figures ; of many even the countenances are distinguishable. " On...

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