Great English Painters

Great English Painters

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...it on Christmas Day, 1775; and, although he was practically penniless, he magnified himself still more largely in the eyes of the public by refusing sitters until he had built an addition to the house in the shape of a studio. His policy succeeded. Cumberland generously sought to help the good work with two bad u Odes to Romney," of which Doctor Johnson was gracious enough to say that "they would have been thought as good as Odes commonly are if Cumberland had not put his name to them." A few months later the "poet" Hayley took Romney up. Other patrons followed, and his future was made. According to the diaries which Messrs. Ward and Roberts have so carefully printed, Romney booked no less than 9000 sittings in the twenty years which followed. Had he not been one of the most tremendous workers ever known, either in Art or out of it, he would surely have felt like Opie, who spoke of planting a cannon at his front door to keep sitters away. No artist can win immortality without deserving it. But to become the vogue in his own day a painter owes as much to luck as to merit. Luck visited Romney through Thurlow, the Lord Chancellor. When sitting to Reynolds, Thurlow had discoursed upon the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a fine subject for pictures, and had been much chagrined at Reynolds' inattention. Romney was much more appreciative; and it was this, rather than any purely artistic preference on Thurlow's part, which prompted his public utterance: "The town is divided between Reynolds and Romney; I belong to the Romney faction." Unhappily Reynolds for once lost his self-command and began to allude to his rival as "the man in Cavendish Square." Romney could not wholly forget that Reynolds had had a voice...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651227
  • 9781236651228