A Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures at Woburn Abbey

A Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures at Woburn Abbey

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...will have a rival." His most celebrated characters were the opposite ones of "Macbeth" and "Abel Drugger." He was also highly successful as a dramatist and writer of epigrams. Half-length figure, life-size, looking full at the spectator, in a dark reddish brown suit and white neckcloth. His thumbs are joined and the hands rest on a paper inscribed 'Prologue ' on the green table before him. The light is admitted from the right-hand side. The picture has been re-lined, and the canvas is quite plain at the back. A similar picture to this was painted by Sir Joshua for the Thrale Gallery, and sold also at the Streatham sale in May 1816, to Dr. C. Burney. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1776. The picture was lent by Dr. Burncy's widow to the 1877 Winter Exhibition of Old Masters at Burlington House, No. 124 of the catalogue, and is still in the possession of the family. The Thrale picture was engraved in mezzotinto by Thomas Watson. It is thus described in Leslie and Taylor's "Life of "Reynolds," vol. ii., page 150: "Northcote used to praise Sir "Joshua's choice of characteristic attitudes, and this portrait of "Garrick is an excellent sample of that felicity. Sir Joshua had "known Garrick as a friend from his own first establishment as "an independent painter in London. While a pupil of Hudson's, "he must often have seen him in the rapidly attained pre-eminence "of his prime, and now (in 1776) he was a diligent attendant at "those farewell performances for which dukes and duchesses, "cabinet ministers and privy councillors, were fain to beg seats "even in the upper boxes, while such men as Charles Fox and "Gibbon, Sheridan, Burke, and Sir...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236754581
  • 9781236754585