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ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL,
Historical Sketches and Descriptions
An entirely new and correct Biography of all that is interesting in
the Lives and Achievements of the most
The monument of this great actor is placed high in an arch of the Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. He appears advancing between statues in Tragedy and Comedy, emblematically relieved, and in the act of throwing aside a curtain which concealed a medallion of Shakspeare, affixed to a back ground of dove-coloured marble. By these circumstances it is evidently designed to impress upon the spectator that he was principally distinguished by his illustrations of Shakspeare, and stood equally eminent in the two leading departments of the drama. To state that nature and allegory are well combined in the idea, is to pay a compliment rarely merited : it is a perspicuous performance, neatly finished, and theatrically effective. The inscrip. tions are these :
At the age of 63.
To paint fair Nature by Divine command,