A Catalogue Raisonné of the Engraved Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P. R. A., from 1755-1822: With a Description of the Different States of Each Plate, a Biographical Sketch of Each Person, and a List of the Pictures from which the Engravings Were Taken, with Dates of Painting, Names of the Possessors, and Other Particulars

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P. and D. Colnaghi, 1884 - Engraving - 195 pages

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Page 36 - With all his faults, — and they were neither few nor small, — only one cemetery was worthy to contain his remains. In that temple of silence and reconciliation where the enmities of twenty generations lie buried, in the Great Abbey which has during many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall, the dust of the illustrious accused should have mingled with the dust of the illustrious accusers.
Page 187 - Sir Joshua has begun a charming picture of my three fair nieces, the Waldegraves, and very like. They are embroidering and winding silk, I rather wished to have them drawn like the Graces adorning a bust of the Duchess as the Magna Mater — but my ideas are not adopted ; however I still intend to have the Duchess and her two other children as Latona, for myself.
Page 84 - TO PENELOPE, Only child of Sir Brooke Boothby, and Dame Susannah Boothby, Born April llth, 1785, died March 13th, 1791. She was, in form and intellect, most exquisite. The unfortunate Parents ventured their all on this frail Bark, and the wreck was total.
Page 166 - I have a proposal to make to you. I am for certain to be called to the English bar next February. Will you now do my picture, and the price shall be paid out of the first fees which I receive as a barrister in Westminster Hall. Or if that fund should fail, it shall be paid at any rate in five years hence, by myself or my representatives.
Page 193 - No surly porter stands in guilty state To spurn imploring famine from the gate; But on he moves to meet his latter end, Angels around befriending virtue's friend; Sinks to the grave with unperceiv'd decay, While resignation gently slopes the way; And, all his prospects bright'ning to the last, His Heaven commences ere the world be past!
Page 195 - ... and was in point of expression exactly as it now stands, but without any intention on the part of Sir Joshua of making it the subject of an historical composition, or having the story of Count Ugolino in his thoughts. Being exposed in the picture gallery along with his other works, it was seen either by Mr. Edmund Burke or Dr. Goldsmith, I am not certain which, who immediately exclaimed, that it struck him as being the precise person, countenance, and expression of the Count Ugolino, as described...
Page 96 - ... constituted her smallest pretension to universal admiration ; nor did her beauty consist, like that of the Gunnings, in regularity of features and faultless formation of limbs and shape : it lay in the amenity and graces of her deportment, in her irresistible manners, and the seduction of her society. Her hair was not without a tinge of red ; and her face, though pleasing, yet had it not been illuminated by her mind, might have been considered as an ordinary countenance.
Page 186 - is the most astonishing head for truth of character I ever beheld ; I do not except Titian ; the character, to be sure, is different: the subtle evanescent expression of satire round the lips, the shrewd significance in the eye, the earnest contemplative attitude, — all convey the strongest impression of the man, of his peculiar genius, and peculiar humour.
Page 195 - Ugolino,' which was finished in this year (1773), and begun, not long before, as an historical subject. The fact is, that this painting may be said to have been produced as an historical picture by an accident ; for the head of the Count had been painted previous to the year 1771, and finished on what we painters call
Page 178 - It does not please me yet ; there is a sweetness of expression in the original which I have not been able to give in the portrait, and therefore cannot think it finished.

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