The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Volumen6


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Página 117 - A little neglect may breed great mischief; for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost,' being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horseshoe nail.
Página 117 - ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost...
Página 157 - I brought her, gave her to your despairing arms ; Indeed, you thank'd me ; but a nobler gratitude Rose in her soul ; for from that hour she lov'd me, Till for her life she paid me with herself.
Página 27 - Allan ever painted. The subject is the old poetic dream of the origin of painting, or the Corinthian Maid drawing the shadow of her lover. The youth is sitting ; he keeps himself firm with his left hand, extends his right gently round the waist of his mistress, and holds his face in repose ; the maid sits on his knee, places a lamp with a clear steady flame...
Página 53 - when he was pointed out to me at a public meeting, where a great crowd was assembled ; I got as near to him as I could from the pressure of the people, to touch the skirt of his coat, which I did with great satisfaction to my mind.
Página 248 - It ought, in my opinion, to be indispensably observed, that the masses of light in a picture be always of a warm mellow colour, yellow, red, or a yellowish- white ; and that the blue, the grey, or the green colours be kept almost entirely out of these masses, and be used only to support and set off these warm colours ; and for this purpose, a small proportion of cold colours will be sufficient.
Página 134 - Upon much of the remainder, also, you have a peculiar claim, — for some of the best pieces were composed under the shade of your own groves, upon the classic ground of Coleorton ; where I was animated by the recollection of those illustrious Poets of your Name and Family, who were born in that neighbourhood ; and, we may be assured, did not wander with indifference by the dashing stream of Grace Dieu, and among the rocks that diversify the forest of Charnwood.
Página 123 - ... Cooper, the American, was in Paris at the same time : his looks and manner seemed to announce a much greater man. He strutted through the streets with a very consequential air ; and in company held up his head, screwed up his features, and placed himself on a sort of pedestal to be observed and admired, as if he never relaxed in the assumption nor wished it to be forgotten by others, that he was the * American Sir Walter Scott. The real one never troubled himself about the matter.
Página 91 - He has written against matrimony, and has been twice married ; he has scouted all the commonplace duties, and yet is a good husband and a kind father. He is a strange composition of contrary qualities. He is a cold formalist, and full of ardour and enthusiasm of mind; dealing in magnificent projects and petty cavils ; naturally dull, but brilliant by dint of study ; pedantic and playful ; a dry logician, and a writer of romances.
Página 188 - The subject was, however, left a secret until the exhibition of 1797, when it was found to be Satan calling to his Legions. " Awake, arise, or be for ever fallen." The next year he exhibited Coriolanus at the hearth of Aufidius ; Rolla, Cato, and Hamlet, all followed in the train of Coriolanus.

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