Memorials of Sir Francis Chantrey, R.A., Sculptor in Hallamshire and Elsewhere

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J. Pearce, 1851 - Sculptors - 364 pages

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Page 280 - I have much pleasure in complying with your request to note down such facts as remain on my memory concerning the bust of Sir Walter Scott which you have done me the honour to place in your collection at Drayton Manor. " My admiration of Scott, as a poet and a man, induced me, in the year 1820, to ask him to sit to me for his bust— the only time I ever recollect having asked a similar favour from any one. He agreed; and I stipulated that he should breakfast with me always before his sittings —...
Page 213 - O thou that, with surpassing glory crown'd, Look'st from thy sole dominion, like the god Of this new world, at whose sight all the stars Hide their diminish'd heads, to thee I call, But with no friendly voice, and add thy name, 0 sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state 1 fell, how glorious once above thy sphere...
Page 213 - Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams ; or, from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs...
Page 24 - ... if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labour : nothing is to be obtained without it. Not to enter into metaphysical discussions on the nature or essence of genius, I will venture to assert, that assiduity unabated by difficulty, and a disposition eagerly directed to the object , of its pursuit, will produce effects similar to those which some call the result of natural powers.
Page 280 - I had to do with the plaster casts. The bust was pirated by Italians; and England and Scotland, and even the colonies, were supplied with unpermitted and bad casts to the extent of thousands, in spite of the terror of an act of parliament.
Page 280 - ... only time I ever recollect having asked a similar favour from any one. He agreed; and I stipulated that, he should breakfast with me always before his sittings — and never come alone, nor bring more than three friends at once, and that they should all be good talkers. That he fulfilled the latter condition you may guess, when I tell you, that on one occasion he came with Mr Croker, Mr Heber, and the late Lord Lyttleton.
Page 210 - ... alone as the greatest of its sculptors. It was in Sheffield, likewise, after he had made the wiser choice, that he produced his first work in marble ; and Sheffield possesses that work, and, I trust, will possess it till the hand of time, atom by atom, shall have crumbled it to dust.
Page 14 - That feels not at that sight, and feels at none. The wall on which we tried our graving skill, The very name we carved subsisting still ; The bench on which we sat while deep employed, Though mangled, hacked, and hewed, not yet destroyed...
Page 301 - That Bacon maintained the secrets of the profession there can be little doubt, since the men who wrought his marble were not permitted to acquaint themselves with the arrangements of the foundry. His practice was to cast the figure in many pieces, and then unite them into an entire whole by the process of burning or fusing the parts together. This plan had its advantages; it required small moulds, which were easily dried and readily handled — small meltings too of metal — nor was failure attended...
Page 344 - ... superintending the completion of the Wellington statue. Allan attended to the important work up to the day of his death, but he died before the statue was completed, and — whatever may have been the intentions of the testator — his family lost the money. Another bequest was a gift of...

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