The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors and Architects. 2. Ed Volume 6
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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... He made the first experiment upon Oxford. The boy had not been unnoticed by the chiefs of the University, who stopped at Devizes on their way to Bath; and when he appeared in their city, and announced himself as a portrait painter, many flocked to his easel. " He took the likenesses," says his biographer, " of the most eminent persons then at Oxford; but his pencil was not confined to grave sexagenarians; for many of the younger nobility and gentry were anxious to have their portraits taken by the phenomenon: and the female beauty of this dignified city, and its wealthy neighbourhood, equally pressed upon his talents." Amongst these early patrons were the Bishops of Oxford and Llandaff; the Earls Bathurst and Warwick; and the Countess of Egremont. When the Oxford harvest was reaped and gleaned, the Lawrences hastened to Bath and hired a house at the rate of a hundred a year. Here, however, as art was not yet so certain as to-be trusted to, lodgers were admitted; the sisters of the young artist were placed at respectable boarding schools, and all was happy and prosperous. Sitters were numerous; and those who, at first, only considered him as a curiosity, began to recognise the presence of real taste and elegance in his pictures. His price, a guinea at first, was soon raised to a guinea and a half: his portrait of Mrs. Siddons, as Zara, was admired and engraved; his fame spread far and wide; Sir Henry Harpur desired to adopt him as his son; and Hoare, the painter, saw something so angelic in his looks, that he proposed to paint him as a Christ. His portraits of those days were graceful fac-similes of his sitters; in course of time he learned how to deal with a diflicult face, and evoke beauty and delicacy out of...
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