Green-Wood Illustrated Volume 1

Green-Wood Illustrated 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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...rejoice in the presence of the originals. Nor is it because they could not be had, that better things have not been more generally sought. In the first of these departments American genius has for years been distinguished; and in the latter, it has entered on a career which promises to be long and brilliant. To native merit of so high order, our countrymen cannot long remain insensible and unjust. With increasing wealth and leisure, --with advancing knowledge and refinement, --with travel more frequent and extended, the patronage of art will undoubtedly keep pace. In that coming and not distant age of Phidian splendor, the dead will claim and receive no inconsiderable share of the sculptor's skill. Wealth, refined by taste, and quickened by the promptings of grief and affection, will delight to preserve in breathing marble the loved form which has faded from earth. Through the medium of this most expressive art, the language of sorrow and of hope may be conveyed to the eye with happiest effect; and while propriety in design might thus go, hand in hand, with sensibility of feeling, merit would reap a fostering reward. Large sums have not unfrequently been devoted to the erection of huge Egyptian monuments, --to fanciful tombs below and above ground, --or to piles of masonry, which, beyond their expensiveness, have little or nothing else to boast of. Had these ample means been applied to secure works of high art from a Greenough or Power, a Crawford or Brown, how different the result, both as to present effect and enduring influence! For all purposes of improvement in the arts--of national reputation--of patronized genius, need we say that the former are utterly inefficient? Were there, on the other hand, in the grounds at GreenWood, a single perfect...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652831X
  • 9781236528315