Life and Correspondence of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Kt. ...

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1831

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Page 401 - Flaxman's style were founded on Grecian art — on its noblest principles — on its deeper intellectual power, and not on the mere surface of its skill. Though master of its purest lines, he was still more the sculptor of sentiment than of form, and whilst the philosopher, the statesman, and the hero were treated by him with appropriate dignity, not even in Raphael have the gentler feelings and sorrows of human nature been treated with more touching pathos than in the various designs and models...
Page 75 - ... humorous, that it is evident (at least it appears to me so) that she is already more in dread of his opinion than of his displeasure. " Their mode of life is very regular. They breakfast together, alone, about eleven. At half-past twelve she came in to sit to me, accompanied by Prince Leopold, who stayed great part of the time.
Page 402 - Like the greatest of modern painters, he delighted to trace from the actions of familiar life the lines of sentiment and passion ; and from the populous haunts and momentary peacefulness of poverty and want, to form his...
Page 184 - Admired and popular as he was, it was fine, yet only just in him to say so ; and from frequent comparison of their noble works, I am the more convinced of the entire veracity of Sir Joshua Reynold's decision in favour of Michael Angelo.
Page 401 - His purity of taste," says Sir Thomas Lawrence, " led him early in life to the study of the noblest relics of antiquity, and a mind, though not then of classic education, but of classic bias, urged him to the perusal of the best translations of the Greek philosophers and poets, till it became deeply imbued with those simple and grand sentiments which distinguished the productions of that favoured people.
Page 76 - ... the Prince always walking by her side : at five, she would come in and sit to me till seven ; at six, or before it, he would go out with his gun to shoot either hares or rabbits, and return about seven or half-past ; soon after which, we went to dinner, the Prince and Princess appearing in the drawing-room just as it was served up. Soon after the dessert appeared, the Prince and Princess retired to the drawing-room, whence we soon heard the piano-forte accompanying their voices. At his own time,...
Page 330 - A keeper of the gallery, at a salary of 200/. per annum. To have the charge of the collection, and to attend particularly to the preservation of the pictures ; to superintend the arrangements for admission, and to be present occasionally in the gallery : and Lord Liverpool is of opinion, that the person to be appointed to this office, should be competent to value, and (if called upon) to negotiate the purchase of, any pictures that may in future be added to the collection, &c.
Page 330 - ... in respect of any depreciation of the value to him of the residue of his holding caused by the withdrawal from the holding of the land compulsorily hired shall, as far as possible, be provided for by taking such compensation into account in fixing the rent to be paid for the residue of the holding during the remainder of the term for which it is held by the tenant.
Page 97 - He could not write a common answer to a dinner invitation, without its assuming the tone of a billet-doux ; the very commonest conversation was held in that soft low whisper, and with that tone of deference and interest, which are so unusual, and so calculated to please.
Page 255 - CORONATION PORTRAITS. Immediately after the coronation of George IV. the King sent for Sir Thomas Lawrence, and directed him to paint a full-length portrait of him in his coronation robes, seated in St. Edward's chair, with his regalia, as he appeared at the altar in Westminster Abbey.

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