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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
to Sir Walter in 1824, asking him to sit for his likeness, but leaving the choice of the artist to him. In reply to this request, Sir Walter, with a tact and amiability very characteristic of him, selected the young American painter, then making himself known in England, and invited him to Abbotsford. Mr. Leslie has recorded the experiences of his delightful visit to the Wizard of the North, in his Autobiographical Recollections. Autobiographical Recollections of C. R. Leslie. Edited by Tom Taylor, 1860. He says, In the autumn of 1824 I visited Scotland for the purpose of painting a portrait of Sir Walter Scott, for Mr. Ticknor of Boston; and,—quoting one of his own letters written at the time,—Imagine how delightful these sittings are to me. Again, There was more benevolence expressed in Scott's face than is given in any portrait of him; and I am sure there was much in his heart. This benevolence Leslie has made very obvious in his painting, while the intellect and the humor belo