Some account of the ancient borough town of Plympton St. Maurice, or Plympton Earl. With memoirs of the Reynolds family

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John Russell Smith, 1859 - Plympton Saint Maurice (Devon) - 128 pages
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Page 113 - His illness was long, but borne with a mild and cheerful fortitude, without the least mixture of any thing irritable or querulous ; agreeably to the placid and even tenour of his whole life. He had, from the beginning of his malady, a distinct view of his dissolution ; and he contemplated it with that entire composure, which nothing but the innocence, integrity, and usefulness of his life, and an unaffected submission to the will of Providence, could bestow.
Page 76 - DEAREST MADAM, — There is in these few pages or remarks such depth of penetration, such nicety of observation, as Locke or Pascal might be proud of. This, I desire you to believe, is my real opinion. However, it cannot be published in its present state. Many of your notions seem not to be very clear...
Page 76 - Do not, my love, burn your papers. I have mended little but some bad rhymes. (') I thought them very pretty, and was much moved in reading them. The red ink is only lake and gum, and with a moist sponge will be washed off.
Page vii - Here Reynolds is laid, and, to tell you my mind, He has not left a wiser or better behind ; His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand ; His manners were gentle, complying, and bland ; Still born to improve us in every part, His pencil our faces, his manners our heart...
Page 56 - ... will be sufficient: those cold colours, whether blue, grey, or green, are to be dispersed about the ground or surrounding parts of the picture, wherever it has the appearance of wanting such a foil, but sparingly employed in the masses of light.
Page 56 - The highest finishing is labour in vain, unless at the same time there be preserved a breadth of light and shadow ; it is a quality, therefore, that is more frequently recommended to students, and insisted upon, than any other whatever ; and, perhaps, for this reason, because it is most apt to be neglected, the attention of the artist being so often entirely absorbed in the detail. To illustrate this, we may have...
Page 111 - Alas ! he very soon totally lost it, and when I returned to him he was under the most violent apprehension that the other was going too. But, thank God, these fears vanished ; and, although one eye is gone, he sees as well as ever with the other. However, the dread of what may happen, if he uses it much, entirely deters him from either painting, writing, or reading. For the last four months I have spent all my time in reading to him, and writing all that he wants to have done. He now amuses himself...
Page 111 - ... for the last four months I have spent all my time in reading to him and writing all that he wants to have done. He now amuses himself by sometimes cleaning or mending a picture, for his ruling passion still continues in full force, and he enjoys his pictures as much as ever. " His health is perfect and his spirits good, surprisingly so considering what a loss an eye is to him...
Page 58 - His likenesses were celebrated as the most successful of his time; yet no likenesses exalted so much or refined more upon the originals. He wished to seize the expression rather than copy the features. His attainment of likeness was most laborious. One distinguished person who favoured him with forty sittings for his head alone, declared he was the slowest painter he ever sat to, and he had sat to many.
Page 54 - I was let,' he says, in one of his Roman note-books, ' into the Capella Sistina in the morning, and remained there the whole day, a great part of which I spent in walking up and down it with great self-importance.* Passing through, on my return, the rooms of Raphael, they appeared of an inferior order.

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