The national obstacle to the national public style considered. Observations on the probable decline or extinction of British historical painting, from the effects of the Church exclusion of paintings [by W.P. Carey]. By W. Carey

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Page 36 - As for the various departments of painting, which do not presume to make such high pretensions, they are many. None of them are without their merit, though none enter into competition with this universal presiding idea of the art.
Page 36 - ... the expression of those passions, as they appear in general and more enlarged nature. This principle may be applied to the Battle-pieces of Bourgognone, the French Gallantries of Watteau, and even beyond the exhibition of animal life, to the Landscapes of Claude Lorraine, and the Sea- Views of Vandervelde.
Page 9 - ... for black and white ; who being very poor, and belike wanting to buy fairer colours, wrought therefore for the most part in white and black ; and growing yet poorer by charge of children, &c. gave painting clean over : but being a very fair-conditioned, zealous, and godly person...
Page 95 - Angelo, men of acknowledged great abilities, should never have thought of transferring a little of that grandeur of outline which they could not but see and admire in Ancient Sculpture, into their own works; but they appear to have considered Sculpture as the later Schools of Artists look at...
Page 39 - Invention in Painting does not imply the invention of the subject ; for that is commonly supplied by the Poet or Historian. With respect to the choice, no subject can be proper that is not generally interesting. It ought to be either some eminent instance of heroick action, or heroick suffering.
Page 98 - Greece and modern Italy, was produced not by fortuitous circumstances, but by great and splendid patronage, and persuaded that our own countrymen are capable of the same excellence in the Arts, as they have attained in every branch of science and literature, we solicit that they may be encouraged to consider those excellent and immortal examples of the Grecian and Italian Schools, as the objects not merely of imitation but of competition. In a country where native energy is most abundant, we ask...
Page 45 - such a body of just criticism on an extremely difficult subject, clothed in such perspicuous, elegant, and nervous language, that it is no exaggerated panegyric to assert that it will last as long as the English tongue, and contribute, not less than the productions of his pencil, to render his name immortal.
Page 24 - Elzheimcr, resembled the last most in his fate, lived and died nearer to indigence than ease ; and as an asylum from the severest wants incident to age and decay of powers, was reduced to solicit the Librarian's place in the Academy, of which he was one of the brightest ornaments.
Page 36 - The painters who have applied themselves more particularly to low and vulgar characters, and who express with precision the various shades of passion, as they are exhibited by vulgar minds (such as we see in the works of Hogarth) deserve great praise; but as their genius has been employed on low and confined subjects, the praise that we give must be as limited as its object.

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