Annual Register Volume 115

Annual Register Volume 115

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...contracted a mannerism of which, we fear, he can scarcely fail in the end to become the slave. The largest picture of the year is dedicated by Mr. Poynter, A.R.A., to the " Dragon of Wantley," whose legend has been set forth at length in the " Percy Reliques." Mr. Poynter is understood to be engaged on four bulky dragon pictures, of which this is only the second; the story of " Perseus and Andromeda" having last year furnished him with an introduction to the series. In the present instance the spectator may imagine himself near a Yorkshire village called Wantley, within a mile of the seat of the late Mr. Wortley Montagu. The spot chosen is a wooded and rocky headland which overlooks a wide sweep of hill and dale, a line of country common to York shire. As we stand before the picture it would appear that the painter has been careful to reproduce the actual scene associated with the song, and assuredly no locality could be better suited to his purpose. Grandly conceived are the tree trunks which assume tragic contortions as if in response to the dragon's writhings; and the dragon himself, described in the poem as of " furious wings," "long claws," and "jaws of four-and-forty teeth of iron," rises to the nobility which distinguishes the higher order of dragons from the meaner and more extravagant of the species. " More of More Hall," the " peerless knight of these woods," is seen with 'arm and sword raised ready to give the final thrust. The drama sustains its action well, the drawing is firm and true. Perhaps to the general public the style may still seem rather dry and hard; yet the grand treatment of the lines, and the solemnity of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 594g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987020
  • 9781236987020