Biographical Dictionary of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, and Architects, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time: Interspersed with Original Anecdotes, Volume 2

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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 642 - 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 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 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 434 - ... expression, was destitute of grandeur ; and though 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 he had visited Rome, his taste would have been Colouring. — Boldness and roughness of manner. proportionably 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 319 - ... 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 438 - The earliest specimen he gave of his improvement in the art, was the head of a boy in a Turkish turban, richly painted, something in the style of Rembrandt, which being much talked of, induced his old master, Hudson, to pay him a visit, when it so much attracted his attention that he called every day to see it in its progress, and perceiving at last no trace of his own manner left, he exclaimed, ' By G — , Reynolds, you don't paint so well as when you left England...
Page 439 - 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 of the first rank in his profession, he was unanimously elected the president. This circumstance certainly did not a little contribute to the increase and establishment of his fame ; nor did the academy derive less credit from the...
Page 441 - Beautiful and seducing as his style undoubtedly was, it cannot be recommended in so unreserved a manner as his industry both in study and practice. Coloring was evidently his first excellence, to which all others were more or less sacrificed ; and though in splendor and brilliancy he was exceeded by Rubens and Paul Veronese, in force and depth by Titian and Rembrandt, and in freshness and truth by Velasquez and...