An Essay on Prints

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A. Strahan, for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1802 - Engravers - 187 pages
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Page 121 - Many opportunities his fubje&s naturally afford of introducing graceful attitudes ; and yet we have very few examples of them. With inftances of piBurefque grace his works abound.
Page 123 - I greatly more value the works of his own needle, than * thofe high-finimed prints, on which he employed other engravers. For as the production. of an effect is not his talent; and as this is the chief excellence of...
Page 120 - ... and left corners, had been kept down a little, the light would have been beautifully diftributed on the foreground, and a fine fecondary light fpread over part of the crowd : but at the fame time there is fo obvious a deficiency in point of effect, in moft of his prints, that it is very evident he had no principles.
Page 155 - ... of pleafure. An event of this kind is recorded in the fourth print; which is now before us. Our hero going, in full drefs, to pay his compliments at court, on St.
Page 119 - In compn▀tlon we fee little in him to admire. In many of his prints the deficiency is fo great as plainly to imply a want of all principle; which makes us ready to believe, that, when we do meet with a beautiful group, it is the effeft of chance.
Page 119 - ... of chance. In one ; of his minor works, the idle ''prentice, we feldom fee a crowd more beautifully managed, than in the laft print.
Page 156 - The light had been well diftributed, if the bailiff holding the arreft, and the chairman, had been a little lighter, and the woman darker. The glare of the white apron is difagreeable.
Page 57 - ... excels. His Robbers, as his detached figures are commonly called, are supposed also to have been taken from...
Page 123 - ... of his expreffion. The manner in none of his works pleafes me fo well, as in a fmall print of a corner of a play-houfe. There is more fpirit in a work of this kind, ftruck off at once, warm from the imagination, than in all the cold corredtnefs of an elaborate engraving.
Page 120 - ... in that mode of defign which he cultivated : and yet his figures, on the whole, are infpired with fo much life, and meaning ; that the eye is kept in good humour, in fpite of its inclination to find fault.

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