Memoirs of a Picture: Containing the Adventures of Many Conspicuous Characters and Interspersed with a Variety of Amusing Anecdotes of Several Very Extraordinary Personages Connected with the Arts : Including a Genuine Biographical Sketch of that Celebrated Original and Eccentric Genius, the Late Mr. George Morland ... : to which is Added a Copious Appendix, Embracing Every Interesting Subject Relative to Our Justly Admired English Painter and His Most Valuable Works, Volume 2

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Page 153 - All murder'd : for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps Death his court, and there the antic sits, Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp...
Page 156 - ... nothing will supply the want of prudence; and that negligence and irregularity, long continued, will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.
Page 153 - Allowing him a breath, a little scene, To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks, Infusing him with self and vain conceit, As if this flesh which walls about our life Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus Comes at the last and with a little pin Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Page 159 - withdraw to a respectful distance ; and should they behold the ruins of genius, or the weak158 ness of an exalted mind, let them be taught to lament — that Nature has left the noblest of her works imperfect.
Page 158 - Gothic triumph to those excesses which are the overflowings of faculties they never enjoyed. Perfectly unconscious that they are indebted to their stupidity for the...
Page 158 - The gifts of imagination bring the heaviest task upon the vigilance of reason; and to bear those faculties with unerring rectitude, or invariable propriety, requires a degree of firmness and of cool attention, which doth not always attend the higher gifts of the mind. Yet, difficult as nature herself seems to have rendered the...
Page 185 - ... surprising for his years ; and it particularly recommended him to the favour of the landgrave of Hesse, who became his patron, and presented him with a sum of money to enable him to go to Rome, where he might improve his promising talents, intending to employ him in hisservice whenever he returned to his own country. On his first entrance into Rome, happening to pass by the arch of Titus, he saw a few young artists attentively engaged in sketching the basso-relievos ; and, observing that grand...
Page 74 - When one morning his servant came again, and delivered a message from his master, who waited for an answer at the Cavendish Square Coffee House, the corner of Princes Street. There, in a little back parlour, his friend found him, with a bason of rum and -milk, a large pointer by his side, a Guinea pig in his handkerchief, and a beautiful American squirrel he had just bought for .his wife.
Page 231 - Leech" over his own portrait. In slip-case of half red morocco. 2. ACKERMAN (R.). The Microcosm of London. This work already honored by HIS approbation is most humbly dedicated by permission to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, by his grateful and obedient servant, R.
Page 176 - It was intended to be used in the senses ascribed to the word in Johnson's Dictionary, viz. " Mental power or faculties. Disposition of nature by which any one is qualified to some peculiar employment. Nature; disposition.

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