Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Artists: Comprising Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, and Architects, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time ; Interspersed with Original Anecdotes. To which is Prefixed an Introduction, Containing a Brief Account of Various Schools of Art, Volume 2

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E. Wilson, 1835 - Art

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Page 506 - Experimental enquiry concerning the natural powers of wind and water to turn mills and other machines depending on a circular motion.
Page 382 - Prideaux, even to the dogs and cats of the family, He remained so long absent from home, that some uneasiness began to arise on his account, but it was dissipated by his returning dressed in a handsome coat, with very long skirts, laced ruffles, and silk stockings. On seeing his mother he ran to her, and taking out of his pocket twenty guineas which he had earned by his pencil, he desired her to keep them : adding, that in future he should maintain himself.
Page 642 - Monasticon, edited by Sir Henry Ellis. These plates occupied the attention of Mr. Coney for fourteen years, and are executed with consummate skill. In 1829, Mr. Coney commenced a series of " Engravings of Ancient Cathedrals, Hotels de Ville, and other public buildings of celebrity in France, Holland, Germany, and Italy, drawn on the spot, and engraved by himself: with illustrative descriptions by Charles Heathcote, Esq.
Page 677 - As an artist, he will stand in the first rank. His name will be classed with those of Michael Angelo and Raphael; but he possessed little in common with either. As the former has been compared to Homer, and the latter to Virgil, in Shakspeare we shall perhaps find the best likeness to the genius of Mr. West.
Page 665 - Nor can Sharp's faith or sincerity on this point be in the least distrusted ; for he actually...
Page 434 - ... his genius was full of fire, yet he wanted elevation of thought, and had little or no notion of grace or elegance. It has been said, that if Rembrandt had visited Rome, his taste would have been proportionally refined ; and that the knowledge of the antique, added to his other eminent qualifications might have produced a master equal to the most exalted character.
Page 670 - ... that there is hardly a county in England, Wales, or Scotland, in which they may not be pointed out. The Menai and Conway bridges, the Caledonian Canal, the St.
Page 664 - ... of his own engravings, enabled him, also, to indulge in these aberrations, for so we must esteem them at the best ; to patronise Bryan the enthusiast, and the prophet Brothers; to dabble, for he did no more, in the...
Page 319 - ... for the heads of his figures. He is censured by all writers for his immoderate love of drinking; and it is confidently said, that having received, by order of the marquis, a piece of brocade for a dress, to appear in before the emperor Charles V. he sold it at a tavern, and painted a paper suit so exceedingly like it, that the emperor could not be convinced of the deception till he felt the paper, and examined every part with his own hands. He died in 1562.
Page 439 - ... occasionally assembled all the taste, talents, and genius of the three kingdoms ; men who were remarkable for their attainments in literature or the arts, for their exertions in the pulpit or at the bar, in the senate or the field. As an author, a character in which he appears scarcely less eminent than that of a painter, we probably owe his exertions to his situation in the Royal Academy of Arts, in the institution. of which, in the year 1769, he had a principal share ; and, being unquestionably...

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