Memoirs of the Life and Works of George Romney: Including Various Letters and Testimonies to His Genius &c. ; Also, Some Particulars of the Life of Peter Romney, His Brother ; a Young Artist of Great Genius and Promising Talents, But of Short Life ...
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Page iii - AH ! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar; Ah! who can tell how many a soul sublime Has felt the influence of malignant star, And waged with Fortune an eternal war; Check'd by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown, And Poverty's unconquerable bar, In life's low vale remote has pined alone, Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown...
Page 99 - Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves ; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female...
Page 56 - this is a very regular, well-ordered family, and that is a very bright, well-rubbed mahogany table, at which that motherly good lady is sitting ; and this worthy gentleman in the scarlet waistcoat is doubtless a very excellent subject to the state I mean (if all these are his children), but not for your art, Mr. Romney, if you mean to pursue it with that success, which I hope will attend you.
Page 101 - I proceeded to copy some of those excellent works. I viewed them again and again, I even affected to feel their merit and to admire them more than I really did.
Page 244 - I have made many grand designs ; I have formed a system of original subjects, moral and my own, and I think one of the grandest that has been thought of — but nobody knows it. Hence it is my view to wrap myself in retirement and pursue these plans, as I begin to feel I cannot bear trouble of any kind.
Page 216 - Satyrs, as an occasional chor.us or parody upon the severer and more tragic characters of the piece. ' The next picture in our author's catalogue was by the hand of Timanthes: this modest painter, though residing in the capital of Attica, lived in such retirement from society, and was so absolutely devoted to his art, that even his person was scarce known to his competitors. Envy never drew a word from his lips to the disparagement of a contemporary, and emulation could hardly provoke his diffidence...
Page iii - Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assiduities of art, with which it would rear legitimate dulness to maturity; and to glory in the vigour and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some...
Page 92 - Genoese women," he says, in the continuation of his journal, " are, in general, elegant in their figure ; have great ease in their action, and walk extremely well. They are of a good size ; are fair, but very pale, which is occasioned by the dress they wear. It is a loose robe of calico or thick muslin, which goes over their heads like a veil, and over their shoulders and arms like a capuchin. They let it fall over the forehead as low as the eyebrows, and twist it under the chin ; they generally...
Page 315 - Inverted hung : for now the billows slept Along the shore, nor heav'd the deep; but spread A shining mirror to the moon's pale orb, Which, dim and waning, o'er the shadowy cliffs, The solemn woods, and spiry mountain tops, Her glimmering faintness threw : now every eye, Oppress'd with toil, was drown'd in deep repose, Save that the unseen Shepherd in his watch...