The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters and Sculptors, Volume 5

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Page 105 - A little neglect may breed great mischief; for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost,' being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horseshoe nail.
Page 105 - ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost...
Page 29 - Allan ever painted. The subject is the old poetic dream of the " Origin of Painting ; or the Corinthian Maid drawing the shadow of her Lover.
Page 51 - when he was pointed out to me at a public meeting, where a great crowd was assembled ; I got as near to him as I could from the pressure of the people, to touch the skirt of his coat, which I did with great satisfaction to my mind.
Page 41 - While Peggy laces up her bosom fair, With a blue snood Jenny binds up her hair ; Glaud by his morning ingle takes a beek ; The rising sun shines motty through the reek ; A pipe his mouth, the lasses please his een, And now and then his joke maun interveen.
Page 213 - It ought, in my opinion, to be indispensably observed, that the masses of light in a picture be always of a warm mellow colour, yellow, red, or a yellowish- white ; and that the blue, the grey, or the green colours be kept almost entirely out of these masses, and be used only to support and set off these warm colours ; and for this purpose, a small proportion of cold colours will be sufficient.
Page 156 - But bringing up the rear of this bright host, A Spirit of a different aspect waved His wings, like thunder-clouds above some coast Whose barren beach with frequent wrecks is paved; His brow was like the deep when tempest-toss'd; Fierce and unfathomable thoughts engraved Eternal wrath on his immortal face, And where he gazed, a gloom pervaded space.
Page 202 - Each one of us wanted a painting done for every one in the group, and Bert ran his fingers through his hair excitedly. "I tell you what, you'll have to have them, and I'll do them one by one. You won't mind what I choose, will you?
Page 223 - I have neither been extravagant nor profligate in the use of it ; neither gaming, horses, curricle, expensive entertainments, nor secret sources of ruin from vulgar licentiousness, have swept it from me. I am in every thing, but the effects of utter carelessness about money, the same being I was at Bath. The same delight in pure and simple pleasures, the same disdain of low enjoyments, the same relish for whatever is grand, however above me, — the...
Page 55 - ... to the maid-servant ; and the moment he saw her portrait, he spread out his wings, and ran in fury, and bit at the face. Perceiving that he made no impression, he struck at the hand, and then looked behind, and, lowering his wings, walked off. " Sir Joshua observed," said Northcote, " that it was as extraordinary an instance as the old story of the bunch of grapes.

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