Conversations of James Northcote R.A. with James Ward on Art and Artists

Conversations of James Northcote R.A. with James Ward on Art and Artists

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...was, 'What signifies what a man used, who could not colour!' Then again, for instance, Miss Reynolds once said to him, ' Brother, I wonder what is become of all Jervas' pictures that we never see any of them?' and he answered, sharply, 'Because they are all in the garret.' These are specimens of Sir Joshua's conversations. He didn't wish to shine in conversation; he had another object in view, and had no time for talking." "I have known you now many years," said Ward, "and your own conversation has always been a great delight to me; indeed, it surprises me that you have not exhausted your ideas, so as to have nothing new to say, but this is far from being the case." "But there is a reason," continued Northcote, "for that; you know there are two classes of characters in the world--two sorts of minds which I may call the external and the internal. I might express myself better, perhaps, by drawing a comparison between a reservoir, and a fountain or spring. Men who have a good memory frequently collect considerable stores; these are the external class; their stores will work out and be exhausted, like the water contained in a mere reservoir. But there are those who speak from their own observations and their own feelings; their stock is continually being renewed, like the waters of a fountain, and consequently will to a certain extent be inexhaustible. Now, I am far from arrogating to myself this latter quality--which it would ill become me to do--but you must see, that from being daily occupied in the pursuit of art, my mind must be at work more or less intensely as the case may demand, and also from its being the employment of my own choice; I panted after it long before I could manage to adopt it as my...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649041X
  • 9781236490414