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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), A Biographical battle. (search)
ppetites as soon after the lamented demise as possible, and then provide for themselves annuities by the exhibition of the skeleton. That there should be jealousies in the distribution of the net proceeds of anybody's death, is as natural as it would be to find a company of hyenas making a division of their game without regard to Christian principles or Chesterfieldian good manners. When Dr. Johnson had given his valedictory roar, how many rushed forward to ear-mark the body — Hawkins, Mrs. Reynolds, Boswell, Mrs. Piozzi! What a scrambling there was, what a scene of anecdote-snatching! How everybody claimed to have been robbed by everybody else of priceless stories and of invaluable reminiscences! It rained pamphlets, and the air was thick with recriminations. That Dr. Johnson did not walk upon such provocatives, goes far to invalidate his own doctrine of ghosts; for, with his good will, we do not believe that Boswell would have been permitted upon a single occasion again to get
for punishment, with hit me again, written upon every line of his countenance; while Williams, entering like a true Briton into the spirit of the occasion, brings in the basins and the sponges, and is ready to hold the lady's bottle! Talk no more of a dearth of historical subjects for the easel! Why, the death of Nelson was nothing to this! Though we are, on the other hand, rather than else inclined to the opinion that no living painter could do justice to Miss Slidell's agony. Sir Joshua Reynolds managed Ugolino, but we do not think that our whole National Academy, with the Sketch-Club to boot, could adequately portray this Maid of (New) Orleans in all the sublimity of hysterics. If they are up to it, all we have to say is, that they do not need plaster-heads of Medusa to paint from any longer. Williams may be within reach of a clever brush, as with ears long and erect, and admiration driving stupidity from his countenance, he stands by speechless with gratification (and a l
-quick down the Centreville road. Major Walton immediately ordered another shot to help them along, as he said, and two were sent without delay right at them. There was no obstruction, and the whole front of the regiment was exposed. One-half were seen to fall, and if Gen. Johnston had not at that moment sent an order to Major Walton to cease firing, nearly the whole regiment would have been killed. Of the Washington Artillery, only one member of the detachment was killed, viz., Sergeant Joshua Reynolds, of New Orleans, who was struck in the forehead while giving the word of command. Privates Payne and Crutcher were slightly wounded. Thus did 15,000 men, with 18 pieces of artillery, drive back ingloriously a force exceeding 35,000, supported by nearly 100 pieces of cannon. I believe the official report will sustain me in the assertion that Gen. Beauregard did not bring more than 15,000 men into the action. The total force under Gen. McDowell was over 50,000, but 35,000 will pro
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), West, Benjamin -1820 (search)
He served as a private soldier under General Forbes for a short time, when, having displayed a decided talent for art, he went to Philadelphia and engaged in portrait-painting. In 1760 he visited Italy, and afterwards remained some time in France. In 1763 he went to England, and there, meeting with much encouragement in his art, made his permanent residence. He became a favorite of King George III., was a member of the Royal Academy at its foundation in 1768, and in 1792 succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as its president. In his picture of the Death of General Wolfe he first departed from custom, and depicted the characters in proper Benjamin West. costume; and from that time forward there was more realism in historical painting. West received large prices for his paintings. For his Christ healing the sick the British Institution gave him $15,000. One of his latest works, Death on the pale horse, is in the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He died in London, March 11, 1820.
shing cylinders. En-caustic. A mode of painting in which the colors are laid on or fixed by heat. The ancient Greek encaustics were executed in wax-colors, which were burned in by a hot iron, and covered with a wax or encaustic varnish. Pictures in this style were common in Greece and Rome. (See Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. ) The credit to Gausias, of Sicyon, 33 B. C., as the inventor, is rather to be taken as an indication that he was an improver. Sir Joshua Reynolds, in his attempts to fix his colors durably, mixed wax with them as a vehicle. On one occasion he placed his painting before a fire to mellow the tints by warming the wax. On returning, he found the lady's face had slipped down over her bosom. The term encaustic at the present day is mostly confined to colors burnt in on vitreous or ceramic ware. By the ancient method, according to Pliny, the colors were made up into crayons with wax, and, the subject being traced on the ground
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, The lost arts (1838). (search)
will find the walls painted all over with fanciful designs in arabesque which have been buried beneath the earth fifteen hundred years; but when the peasants light it up with their torches, the colors flash out before you as fresh as they were in the days of Saint Paul. Your fellow-citizen, Mr. Page, spent twelve years in Venice, studying Titian's method of mixing his colors, and he thinks he has got it. Yet come down from Titian, whose colors are wonderfully and perfectly fresh, to Sir Joshua Reynolds, and although his colors are not yet a hundred years old, they are fading: the colors on his lips are dying out, and the cheeks are losing their tints. He did not know how to mix well. All this mastery of color is as yet unequalled. If you should go with that most delightful of all lecturers, Professor Tyndall, he would show you in the spectrum the vanishing rays of violet, and prove to you that beyond their limit there are rays still more delicate, and to you invisible, but which
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
, W. H., 82. Prohibitory Laws, 120 Proudhon, P. J., 364. Provincialism, advantages of, for children, 3. Putnam, Mary Lowell, 173. Puttenham, George, 95. Pythagoras, 158. Quincy, Edmund, 178, 179, 244. Quincy; Josiah, 56, 71. Quintilian, 360. Rabelais, Francis, 18r. Rainsford, W. S., 98. Raynal, W. T. F., 15. Redpath, James, 206, 226. Rees, Abraham, 31. reformer, the rearing of A, 100-131. Remond, C. L., 174, 327. Retzsch, Moritz, 79. Revere, John, 54. Reynolds, Sir, Joshua, 79. Ribera, Jose, 295. Rice, Mr., 233. Rice, W. W., 164. Richard, King, 60. Richardson, James, 106. Richter, J. P., 87, 90. Rigual, Magin, 22. Ripley, George, 189. Ripley, Mrs., Sophia, 84. Ritchie, Anne Thackeray, 292. Ritter, J. W., 92. Rivers, Prince, 255. Rob Roy, 36, 214. Robinson, Charles, 206, 207, 28, 209. Robinson Rowland, 15. Roelker, Bernard, 55. Rogers, Seth, 265. Rollins, E. W., 60. Roosevelt, Theodore, 345. Rosello, Victoriano, 22. Rossetti, Wi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 14: first weeks in London.—June and July, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
ety would take off the edge of my wonder, and throw over all other places that I may visit a secondary character. But here I am in famous London town, and my wonder still attends me; but it is of an entirely different quality from that 1 Established in 1831, in King Street, Covent Garden, for literary men, and particularly for those who were by profession or tastes specially interested in the drama. Its collection of pictures contain several painted by Sir Peter Lely, Gainsborough, and Reynolds. The club was frequented by Theodore Hook and Albert Smith. June, during the discussion of the Irish Municipal Corporation Bill; and there I sat from six o'clock till the cry of divide drove me out at twelve. Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, Third Series, Vol. XL. pp. 617-655. Need I tell you that the interest was thrilling during the whole time? Peel 1788-1850. Peel was at this period the leader of the Conservatives. In 1835 he had been succeeded by Lord Melbourne as Prime-Mini
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 15: the Circuits.—Visits in England and Scotland.—August to October, 1838.—age, 27. (search)
Sumner received from Lord Brougham many courtesies in June and July, 1857, and in October visited him at Brougham Hall, when his Lordship gave him some souvenirs,—a medal portrait of himself, and colored prints of Edmund Burke when young (Sir Joshua Reynolds), and of the Madonna (Raphael). I was thoroughly wet, and covered with mud. On my mentioning my situation to his Lordship, who kindly received me in the hall, he himself at once showed me to my bed-room, where I enjoyed the comfort of a conow all about this vast place from books. It will therefore be quite vain for me to send you a sketch, even if I had the disposition to do so,—writing, as I now do, after dinner in the long gallery, where are many of those paintings by Vandyke, Reynolds, and Raphael, of which all the world has heard, and where also the ladies are assembled for the evening's diversions. I cannot content myself, however, without saying that nothing which I have previously seen in Paris, or other parts of England
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, Chapter 17: London again.—characters of judges.—Oxford.—Cambridge— November and December, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
id he, not if Palmerston and Melbourne come on bended knees before me. He is a very able man. Another morning I went with my friend, Sir Gregory Lewin, to see the Tunnel. By the way, Sir Gregory has in his dining-room the original paintings by Reynolds of Dr. Johnson and Garrick, which have been perpetuated by so many thousand engravings. How strange it seems to me to sit at table and look upon such productions, so time-hallowed, and so full of the richest associations! You must see that I wd in it, —like my Lord's family, whose mornings are devoted to it, and whose evenings are rounded by a sleep. I should not forget to tell you that in the library, where we pass our evenwings, is the immortal picture of Edmund Burke, by Sir Joshua Reynolds; that which has been perpetuated by so many engravings. The artist Osgood has taken a copy of this picture for Governor Everett, which is pronounced very good indeed. I have given you some of my experience in fox-hunting. Change we ou
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