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Page 4 - I seem to have lived my childhood o'er again ; To have renewed the joys that once were mine, Without the sin of violating thine : And, while the wings of Fancy still are free, And I can view this mimic show of thee, Time has but half succeeded in his theft — Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.
Page 24 - I should grieve to see Reynolds transfer to heroes and to goddesses, to empty splendour and to airy fiction, that art which is now employed in diffusing friendship, in renewing tenderness, in quickening the affections of the absent, and continuing the presence of the dead.
Page 100 - Born to the spacious empire of the Nine, One would have thought she should have been content To manage well that mighty government ; But what can young ambitious souls confine ? To the next realm she stretched her sway, For Painture near adjoining lay, A plenteous province and alluring prey.
Page 102 - Shakespeare, thy gift, I place before my sight ; With awe, I ask his blessing ere I write ; With reverence look on his majestic face; Proud to be less, but of his godlike race.
Page 115 - I have to tell you, as a fact of personal experience, that in all my poor historical investigations it has been, and always is, one of the most primary wants to procure a bodily likeness of the personage inquired after ; a good Portrait, if such exists ; failing that, even an indifferent if sincere one. In short, any representation, made by a faithful human creature of that face and figure which he saw with his eyes, and which I can never see with mine, is now valuable to me, and much better than...
Page 45 - Design or chance makes others wive, But nature did this match contrive ; Eve might as well have Adam fled, As she denied her little bed To him, for whom Heaven seemed to frame And measure out this only dame. Thrice happy is that humble pair, Beneath the level of all care, Over whose heads those arrows fly Of sad distrust and jealousy, Secured in as high extreme As if the world held none but them. To...
Page 240 - Why, Sir, did you go to Mrs. Abington's benefit? Did you see?" JOHNSON. "No, Sir." "Did you hear?
Page 240 - Lacy the famous Roscius or comedian, whom he has painted in three dresses, as a gallant, a Presbyterian minister, and a Scotch Highlander in his plaid.
Page 71 - Gainsboroughs instead of cash. This painter is well represented at the National Gallery, where are his magnificent portraits of Edward Orpin, the parish clerk of Bradford-onAvon (one of the pictures given to Wiltshire), the glorious Mrs. Siddons, and the fine Rev. H. Bate Dudley. One is not surprised at Gainsborough's last words to Reynolds : " We are all going to heaven, and Vandyck is of the party," for his works give evidence of his admiration of that great painter.

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