The literary works [&c.]. In which is included a memoir by J. Farington

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Seite 255 - They present us with images more perfect than the life in any individual, and we have the pleasure to see all the scattered beauties of nature united by a happy chemistry without its deformities or faults. They are imitations of the passions which always move, and therefore consequently please ; for without motion there can be no delight, which cannot be considered but as an active passion. When we view these elevated ideas of nature, the result of that view is admiration, which is always the cause...
Seite 269 - Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression ; but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty.
Seite 289 - Helen thy Bridgewater vie, And these be sung till Granville's Myra die : Alas ! how little from the grave we claim ! Thou but preserv'st a face, and I a name.
Seite 254 - ... since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must of necessity produce a much greater: for both these arts . . . are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature, of that which is wrought up to a nobler pitch.
Seite 72 - The portrait claims from imitative art Resemblance close in each minuter part, 540 And this to give, the ready hand and eye With playful skill the kindred features ply ; From part to part alternately convey The harmonizing gloom, the darting ray, With tones so just, in such gradation thrown, 545 Adopting Nature owns the work her own. 0 Say, is the piece thy hand prepares to trace Ordain...
Seite 216 - Poem. There is a charm in that great writer's prose peculiar to itself; and though, perhaps, the parallel between the two arts, which he has here drawn, be too superficial to stand the test of strict criticism, yet it will always give pleasure to readers of taste, even when it fails to satisfy their judgment.
Seite 286 - Fir'd with ideas of fair Italy. With thee on Raphael's monument I mourn, Or wait inspiring dreams at Maro's urn : With thee repose where Tully once was laid, Or seek some ruin's formidable shade. While fancy brings the vanish'd piles to view, And builds imaginary Rome anew...
Seite 35 - Then let the virgin canvass smooth expand, To claim the sketch, and tempt the Artist's hand. I wish to understand the last line as recommending to the artist to paint the sketch previously on canvass, as was the practice with Rubens. This method of painting the sketch, instead of merely drawing it on paper, will give a facility in the management of colours, and in the handling, which the Italian...
Seite 148 - L 2 the picture, leaving the white paper untouched to represent the light, and this without any attention to the subject, or to the drawing of the figures.
Seite 149 - ... on every side, it will appear as if inlaid on its ground. Such a blotted paper, held at a distance from the eye, will strike the spectator as something excellent for the disposition of light and shadow, though he does not distinguish whether it is a history, a portrait, a landscape, dead game, or any thing else ; for the same principles extend to every branch of the art. Whether I have given an exact account, or made a just division of the quantity of light admitted into the works of those painters,...

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