A Memoir of James De Veaux, of Charleston, S.C.: Member of the National Academy of Design, New-York

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I.C. Morgan's Letter Press Print, 1846 - Artists - 258 pages
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Page 161 - Softened with the first breathings of the spring; The high moon sails upon her beauteous way, Serenely smoothing o'er the lofty walls Of those tall piles and sea-girt palaces, Whose porphyry pillars, and whose costly fronts, Fraught with the orient spoil of many marbles, Like altars ranged along the broad canal, Seem each a trophy of some mighty deed Reared up from out the waters...
Page 162 - Rear'd up from out the waters, scarce less strangely Than those more massy and mysterious giants Of architecture, those Titanian fabrics, Which point in Egypt's plains to times that have No other record. All is gentle : nought Stirs rudely; but, congenial with the night, Whatever walks is gliding like a spirit.
Page 258 - Sure the last end Of the good man is peace. How calm his exit ! Night-dews fall not more gently to the ground, Nor weary worn-out winds expire so soft.
Page 61 - I think we are the warmest and best haters, and the most malignant devils the sun ever deigned to shine upon. Except the French, I find artists the most disagreeable associates, so can't expect to make many friends among them, though I make some small sacrifices to avoid making them enemies. The few friends I have among them are exceptions to the general rule. " I have been on a foot excursion of ten days, in the most picturesque part 'of this lower world, — visited Siena, and the two celebrated...
Page 257 - The greatest history-painters have always been able portrait-painters. How should a man paint a thing in motion, if he cannot paint it still ? But the great point is to catch the prevailing look and character : if you are master of this, you can make almost what use of it you please. If a portrait has force, it will do for history ; and if history is well painted, it will do for portrait. This is what gave dignity to Sir Joshua: his portraits...
Page 11 - ... noble and heroic head. There is a calm, martial determination, which corresponds with the rough aspect. He grasps the key of Gibraltar in his hand, and seems to say, amid the volleying smoke and fire, " This rock shall melt and run into the Mediterranean before I yield thee." Reynolds once observed that it was impossible for two painters in the same line of art to live in friendship. This was probably uttered in a moment of peevishness, when he had been thwarted by some brother of the calling,...
Page 55 - ... its smiling enthusiastic populace, its good and wise citizen king, its gorgeous restaurants and splendid caffe. * * * At any rate I left it, Paris, — the world — with a heavy heart and moistened lids, and trusting to the tender mercies of a French coach, was drawn and quartered in Italy. * * * . Inman has more natural talent perhaps, but Sully has the learning, — all that application, enthusiasm, experiment and experience could do, aided too by good natural taste, and a nice perception...
Page 8 - ... to learn that I am using my most strenuous efforts to raise a subscription among my friends for James De Veaux, either to go to Washington, to a particular friend of Washington Allston's, an artist of very high character, for instruction and qualification as such, or to place him under the direction of Mr. BOWMAN, also a painter of reputation, who is taking portraits next door to us, and has taken a great prepossession in favor of the poor boy. I have collected two hundred dollars for him, but...
Page 135 - Rome, — here it is: drawing the human figure with accuracy, is the most important step in our profession, and the rock, I am certain, upon which the English and American schools have split.
Page 258 - ... III. and his two nephews, 'That is true history!' Many of the groups in the Vatican, by Raphael, are only collections of fine portraits. That is why West, Barry, and others pretended to despise portrait — because they could not do it, and it would only expose their want of truth and nature. No ! if you can give the look, you need not fear painting history.

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