English Children, as Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds: An Essay on Some of the Characteristics of Reynolds as a Painter, with Especial Reference to His Portraiture of Children

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Seeley, Jackson and Halliday, 1884 - Children - 72 pages
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Page 20 - We were received by Mrs. Crewe with much kindness. The room was rather dark, and she had a veil to her bonnet, half down, and with this aid she looked still in a full blaze of beauty. I was wholly astonished. Her bloom, perfectly natural, is as high as that of Augusta...
Page 42 - I put my hat upon my head And walked into the Strand, And there I met another man Whose hat was in his hand.
Page 71 - Sir Joshua being in company with a party of ladies and gentlemen, who were viewing a nobleman's house, they passed through a gallery of portraits, when a little girl, who belonged to one of the party, attracted the particular attention of Sir Joshua by her vivacity, and the sensible drollery of her observations ; for whenever the company made a stand, to look at each portrait in particular, the child, unconscious of being observed by any one...
Page 15 - I remember once going through a suite of rooms where they were showing me several fine Vandykes ; and we came to one where there were some children, by Sir Joshua, seen through a door — it was like looking at the reality, they were so full of life — the branches of the trees waved over their heads, and the fresh air seemed to play on their cheeks — I soon forgot Vandyke !
Page 35 - Cotton that the alderman and his grandfather were with Sir Joshua when painting the death of Cardinal Beaufort. Boydell was much taken with the portrait of a naked child, and wished it could be brought into the Shakspeare. Sir Joshua said it was painted from a little child he found sitting on his steps in Leicester Square. Nicholls' grandfather then said,
Page 67 - George, and approve the Duke of Bedford's head, and the exact likeness of Miss Vernon, but the attitude is mean and foolish, and expresses silly wonderment. But of all, delicious is a picture of a little girl of the Duke of Buccleuch, who is overlaid with a long cloak, bonnet, and muff, in the midst of the snow, and is...
Page 21 - The faithful hand can unobserved impart The secret feelings of a tender heart : And oh ! what bliss, when each alike is pleased, The hand that squeezes, and the hand that's squeezed.
Page 71 - ... of the limbs in each picture, and this she did with so much innocence and true feeling that it was the most just and incontrovertible criticism that could be made on the pictures.
Page vii - Reynolds of all artists painted children best — that the childless man knew most of childhood, depicted its beauty in the truest and happiest spirit of comedy, entered into its changeful soul with the tenderest, heartiest sympathy, played with the playful, sighed with the sorrowful, and mastered all the craft of infancy.
Page 20 - Lock when in her best looks, and the form of her face is so exquisitely perfect that my eye never met it without fresh admiration. She is certainly, in my eyes, the most completely a beauty of any woman I ever saw. I know not, even now, any female in her first youth who could bear the comparison. She uglifies everything near her.

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