Illustrated Catalogue (with Descriptive Notes) of the Permanent Collection of Paintings and Sculpture: And the Pictures in Aston Hall and Elsewhere

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Hudson and son, 1904 - 232 pages
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Page 142 - When down the stormy crescent goes, A light before me swims, Between dark stems the forest glows, I hear a noise of hymns. Then by some secret shrine I ride; I hear a voice, but none are there; The stalls are void, the doors are wide, The tapers burning fair. Fair gleams the snowy altar-cloth, The silver vessels sparkle clean, The shrill bell rings, the censer swings, And solemn chaunts resound between.
Page 184 - Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount, Westward, much nearer by south-west, behold, Where on the ^Egean shore a city stands, Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or suburban, studious walks and shades.
Page 30 - The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
Page 59 - Cleopatra," exhibited in the following year, and some others, he established a reputation, and at length entered upon his great career. In 1822 Etty went to Italy, visiting Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples, but it was in Venice that he found the greatest attractions ;—" Venice, the birth-place and cradle of colour, the hope and idol of my professional life!
Page 70 - ... holding in his hand a very fair orange, whereof the meat or substance within was taken out, and filled up again with the part of a sponge, wherein was vinegar, and other confections against the pestilent airs; the which he most commonly smelt unto, passing among the press, or else when he was pestered with many suitors.
Page 30 - As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Page 104 - ... the weeds at the girl's side as bright as a Byzantine enamel, and inlaid with blue veronica ; her upturned face all aglow with the light that seeks its way through her wet eyelashes (wet only with the rain).
Page 41 - Nest," exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1809. He became the chief support of his family in 1812, when he lost his father. But he early found valuable patrons in Sir Thomas Heathcote, Sir John Leicester, Sir George Beaumont, and Sir Robert Peel. He was a distinguished exhibitor at the Academy for more than thirty years, contributing 121 pictures in forty years; his style being chiefly landscape, with the out-door incidents of ordinary life prominently introduced; as the
Page 122 - ... in the capital. In 1768 he was unanimously elected president of the then newlyestablished Royal Academy of Arts in London, and was knighted by George III. on the occasion.* He succeeded Allan Ramsay as principal painter in ordinary to the king in 1784. He died at his house in Leicester Square, February 23, 1792, and was buried with great pomp in St. Paul's Cathedral. He exhibited altogether...
Page 69 - Monstrous sights also that were seen within the Scottish kingdom that year were these, horses in Lothian, being of singular beauty and swiftness, did eat their own flesh and would in no wise taste any other meat. In Angus there was a gentlewoman brought forth a child without eyes, nose, hand or foot. There was a sparhawk also strangled by an owl. Neither was it any less wonder that the sun, as before is said, was continually covered with clouds for six months

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