Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical

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Page 341 - I have shown that his views were more generous and extensive. Mirth coloured his pictures, but benevolence designed them. He smiled like Socrates, that men might not be offended at his lectures, and might learn to laugh at their own follies.
Page 342 - The burlesque turn of his mind mixed itself with the most serious subjects. In his Danae the old nurse tries a coin of the golden shower with her teeth, to see if it is true gold : in the Pool of Bethesda a servant of a rich ulcerated lady beats back a poor man that sought the same celestial remedy.
Page 285 - Among the Harleian MSS. is a letter from the Duchess of Buckingham to her lord in Spain : ' I pray you, ' if you have any idle time, sit to Gerbier for your picture, that I may 'have it well done in little.'2 Bishop Tanner had a MS.
Page 342 - Not to mention the wretchedness of the colouring, it was the representation of a maudlin strumpet just turned out of keeping, and with eyes red with rage and usquebaugh, tearing off the ornaments her keeper had given her.
Page 342 - None of the sober grief, no dignity of suppressed anguish, no involuntary tear, no settled meditation on the fate she meant to meet, no amorous warmth turned holy by despair ; in short all...
Page 265 - ... attempt to raise the one, so neither did he lose any of the natural grace and elegance of the other; such a grace, and such an elegance, as are more frequently found in cottages than in courts. This excellence was his own, the result of his particular observation and taste; for this he was certainly not indebted to the Flemish School, nor indeed to any School; for his grace was not academical or antique, but selected by himself from the great school of nature...
Page 347 - are exceedingly fine, and in one respect preferable to the finished pictures, as they are drawn in a bold and free manner. And though they have little more than the outline, being drawn with chalk upon paper stained of a flesh colour, and scarce shaded at all, there is a strength and vivacity in them equal to the most perfect portraits.
Page 328 - This is perhaps the first picture of portraits, in the world, comprehending more of those qualities which make a perfect portrait, than any other I have ever seen: they are correctly drawn, both...
Page 341 - HOGARTH'S GENIUS HAVING despatched the herd of our painters in oil, I reserve to a class by himself that great and original genius, Hogarth ; considering him rather as a writer of comedy with a pencil, than as a painter. If catching the manners and follies of an age living as they rise...
Page 347 - Holbein has placed his own head in one corner of the picture. Vertue has engraved it. This picture, it is believed, was not completed by Holbein, both he and the king dying immediately after the donation.

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