The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 48

The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 48

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... poetic spirit demanded by lofty themes. His battle scenes are much better; and in the historical field he rendered a notable service to art, by turning away from the conventional method of portraying heroes, of every period, in Greek and Roman garb. Soon after the capture Of Quebec, he planned to paint the death of Wolfe, and when it was rumored that he was to clothe the soldiers in modern uniforms, instead of classic togas, efforts were made to dissuade him from such mad defiance of convention. He explained to the King his conviction that the painter of historical events should show the costume actually worn, and that much would be gained, not lost, by truth of detail. When the "Death of Wolfe" was finished, Reynolds, who had earnestly opposed the idea, said "West has conquered." The bold innovation revolutionized historical painting. His wife's brother was a violent man, intensely opposed to the marriage; and on receiving West's letter arranging for the voyage, promptly locked Miss Shewell in her room. There was nothing to do but elude him; and the adventurous matter was carried through by a remarkable trio of West's friends, --William White, afterward first Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, who was then a lad of 17 who said "Ben should have his wife l"; Francis Hopkinson, the signer of the Declaration, and Benjamin Franklin. West's good old Quaker father chaperoned the bride on the tedious journey, and her cousin, the painter Pratt, accompanied him, the latter giving her away at the wedding, in the church of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields, London, in 1764. Mrs. West was a great-aunt of Leigh Hunt. While much of West's work has ceased to interest, the 'man himself was...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746023
  • 9781236746023