A Biographical and Critical Dictionary of Recent and Living Painters and Engravers: Forming a Supplement to Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, as Edited by George Stanley, Part 1

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H. G. Bohn, 1866 - Artists - 184 pages
 

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Page 163 - ... he has the power of making them express the most varied moods of ."Nature — a lofty grandeur, a deep and gloomy melancholy, a sunny cheerfulness and peace, or an uproar of all the elements. Buildings he also treats with peculiar felicity ; while the sea, in its most varied aspects, is equally subservient to his magic brush.
Page 165 - Turner made such a claim, subtitled his painting as "steam-boat off a harbour's mouth making signals in shallow water, and going by the lead. The author was in this storm on the night the Ariel left Harwich", and the composition of the painting is such as if he had been lashed to the mast.
Page 63 - Rome, and Naples, but it was in Venice that he found the greatest attractions ;—" Venice, the birth-place and cradle of colour, the hope and idol of my professional life!" He studied in the academy there, and was elected an honorary member of it. He returned to London early in 1824. The first picture he exhibited after his return, was "Pandora crowned by the Seasons...
Page 63 - Hie pare in heart, all things are pure,' my aim in all my great pictures has been to paint some great moral on the heart " — "The Combat," {lie beauty of mercy; the three "Judith" pictures, patriotism, and self-devotion to country, people, and God: " Benaiah, David's chief captain," valour; "Ulysses and the Syrens...
Page 53 - Colours, his subjects for the most part being of that class which is sure to find favour with the frequenters of a gallery of English pictures and the lovers of English landscape scenery. Green meadows, corn-fields, hay-fields, stacks, and ricks, were the themes wherein his pencil delighted, and these he portrayed with such truthfulness and fidelity, and at the same time with such artistic feeling, as could not fail to win for him popularity in the eyes of all who can relish the simplicity of nature...
Page 149 - Jerusalem " now in this collection, besides many careful sketches of eastern life and localities, which were all exhibited together, after his death, in the large room of the Society of Arts, in the spring of 1857. He died at Cairo, November the 23rd, 1856, having set out on a second journey to the East in October of that year.0 No.
Page 150 - We do not allude to this distressing event, in the vain hope of adding, by any eulogium of ours, to the respect in which the late Mr Seymour's memory is held by all who ever knew him.
Page 135 - It is one of my most gratifying feelings," he tells us, " that many of my best efforts in art have aimed at calling attention to the trials and struggles of the poor and the oppressed.
Page 63 - ... 1807. By his uncle's generosity, who paid one hundred guineas for him, Etty became the pupil for one year of Sir Thomas (then Mr.) Lawrence, residing at that time in Greek Street, Soho Square, but the incessant occupation of Lawrence left him little leisure to assist his pupil, and Etty's difficulties were so great, that he writes—" Despair almost overwhelmed me, I was ready to run away, I felt that I could not get on, but a voice within said persevere ! I did so, and at last triumphed, but...
Page 74 - Seaside,' showed that he was determined to recur no more to threadbare subjects, drawn from novels, but to fill his portfolio with sketches of the real men and women of the time. The ' Derby Day,' exhibited in 1858, produced a still greater, and more lasting sensation. In 1859 he exhibited ' Charles Dickens in his Study...

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