Benjamin Robert Haydon; Correspondence and Table-Talk Volume 1

Benjamin Robert Haydon; Correspondence and Table-Talk Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...was not to be entertained. And there was much to recommend this to the official mind. Official life has peculiar rules of conduct of its own. These are not always conformable to the public good, and, in the nakedness of their nature, may serve to explain why in times of great urgency there is not often one w;se man to be found in a whole Department.--Ed. VOL. I. Q longed for. Certainly he was a sanguine man. He continued to correspond with Eastlake, but refused to take hints, standing, as it were, buffeting with Fortune, yet making no advance. Ho reminds me of the Athenians, when Philip was preparing to invade them, expending their time in oratorical displays. He would not admit he had no chance of employment, so long as the final selection of the fresco painters was undecided. And perhaps it was natural. We have, all of us, an instinctive antipathy to complete resignations. It is impossible, however, to refuse him our sympathy. For had he not good claim, not only to employment, but to the chief employment? The plan was his, he was literally the cause of the thing being done at all, and he had painted a fresco on his own painting-room wall that nothing exhibited could compete with. In spite of what was freely urged at the time, that " Haydon was failing in physical powers," you had only to look at his ruddy cheek and robust figure, to see the denial there. He was no more failing for art than Sir Robert Peel was for politics. No, " his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated," and therefore I take that excuse at its value. In the year 1842 Haydon had painted three large pictures, finished two others, and one cartoon. This, besides sketches, correspondence, writing his own memoirs, and writing and delivering fresh lectures in London and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674499
  • 9781236674494