Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists; and Incidental Notes on Other Arts, Volume 3

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J. Dodsley, 1782 - 316 pages

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Page 244 - Dow, from whom he caught a great delicacy of finishing ; but his chief practice was to paint candle-lights. He placed the object and a candle in a dark room ; and looking through a small hole, painted by day-light what he saw in the dark chamber. Sometimes he...
Page 62 - Vertue met with a memorandum of monies he had received for his performances f at Windfor : As the comparifon of prices in different ages may be one of the moft ufeful parts of this work, and as it is remembered what Annibal Caracci received for his glorious labour in the Farnefe palace at Rome, it will not perhaps be. thought tedious if I fet down this account.
Page 209 - Ratcliffe replied, peevishly, " Tell him he may do any thing with it but paint it." " And I," answered sir Godfrey, *' can take any thing from him but physic.
Page 27 - Vandyck's portraits are often tame and spiritless, at least they are natural : his laboured draperies flow with ease, and not a fold but is placed with propriety. Lely supplied the want of taste with clinquant; his nymphs trail fringes and embroidery through meadows and purling streams. Add, that Vandyck's habits are those .of the times; Lely's a sort of fantastic night-gowns, fastened with a single pin. The latter was in truth the ladies...
Page 197 - William, for whom he painted the beauties of Hampton ' Court; and by whom he was knighted in 1692, and presented with a gold medal and chain worth 300/.
Page 25 - Lancafter, with the arms of the knights of the garter to the year 1589, drawn by Thomas Talbot; a map of the Roman empire; another of the Holy-land ; and particularly the celeftial and terreftrial globes, the largeft that had then ever been printed.
Page 126 - Mr. Laniere satt so often and so long for his picture, that he was not permitted so much as once to see it till he had perfectly finished the face to his own satisfaction. This was the picture which being show'd to king Charles I., caused him to give order that V.
Page 288 - Vanbrugh's plays, and left him no more judgment to see their beauties than sir John had when he perceived not that they were the only beauties he was formed to compose.

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