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Page 20 - 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 33 - Favours to none, to all she smiles extends; Oft she rejects, but never once offends. Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike, And, like the sun, they shine on all alike. Yet graceful ease, and sweetness void of pride, Might hide her faults, if belles had faults to hide : If to her share some female errors fall, Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
Page 101 - His cartoons, some of which have unfortunately perished, were examples of the sublime and terrible ; at that time perfectly new in English art. As Romney was gifted with peculiar powers for historical and ideal painting, so his heart and soul were engaged in the pursuit of it, whenever he could extricate himself from the importunate business of portrait painting. It was his delight by day, and study by night : and for this his food and rest were often neglected.
Page 54 - I think, she is as cordial with me as ever ; and she laments very much, that she is to leave England without seeing you. I take it excessively kind in you to enter so deeply into my distresses. Really my mind had suffered so very much, that my health was much affected, and I was afraid, I should not have had power to have painted any more from her ; but since she has resumed her former kindness, my health and spirits are quite recovered.
Page 101 - ... characters, all conceived in an elevated spirit of dignity and beauty, with a lively expression of nature in all the parts. His heads were various — the male were decided and grand ; the female, lovely : his figures resembled the antique — the limbs were elegant and finely formed : his drapery was well understood : either forming the figure into a mass with one or two deep folds only, or. by its adhesion and transparency, discovering the form of the figure, the lines of which were finely...
Page 51 - What! is Romney at work on Shakspeare ? He cannot paint in that style ; it is out of his way : by God, he -will make a balderdash business of it!' — Carwardine. 'Your lordship does not yet thoroughly know Mr. Romney : for he has . such a native modesty, that it prevents his showing before your lordship his real powers.' — Lord Thurlow. 'Have you seen his design V — Carwardine. 'No; he shows it to no mortal yet.
Page 19 - ... so eager to begin and so slow in finishing his portraits that he was for ever disappointed of receiving payment for them by the casualties and revolutions in the families they were designed for. So many of his sitters were killed off, so many favourite ladies were dismissed, so many fond wives divorced before he could bestow half an hour's pains upon their petticoats, that his unsaleable stock was immense...
Page 53 - I dedicate my time to this charming lady ; there is a prospect of her leaving town with Sir William, for two or three weeks. They are very much hurried at present, as everything is going on for their speedy marriage, and all the world following her, and talking of her, so that if she has not more good sense than vanity, her brain must be turned.
Page 20 - ... very much, as it appeared, to their own satisfaction, for they were perfectly amused in a contented abstinence from all thought or action. Upon this unfortunate group, when Garrick had fixed his lynx's eyes, he began to put himself into the attitude of the gentleman, and turning to Mr. Romney,
Page 18 - January 12. — Mathews last night gave us a very perfect imitation of old Cumberland, who carried the poetic jealousy and irritability further than any man I ever saw. He was a great flatterer too, the old rogue. Will Erskine used to admire him. I think he wanted originality. A very high-bred man in point of manners in society.