Memoir of the Life of Ary Scheffer

Memoir of the Life of Ary Scheffer

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...boy--born in the year 1849, his wife dying in childbirth of this infant. Ary Scheffer retained the boy in his own family, treating him as if he had been his son, and, in truth, loving him as such. The child was beautiful as an angel, and always appeared to me to' be endowed with fine parts, together with a tender, generous disposition. He was the "plaything" of the "menage," the darling of Scheffer and his wife, and an object of interest to all who came within their circle. Yet his upbringing was not altogether calculated to lead to his becoming a good and estimable man: for Scheffer's indulgence knew no bounds, and the clever little Ariel (or "Ary," as he was always called) failed not to turn both his uncle's love and weakness to profit. It was a touching domestic scene which I witnessed when, on one occasion (I think it was in 1855), young Ary, then six years old, had a slight feverish attack. The child being laid on the sofa in the salon, Scheffer would, at intervals, feel his little hands to judge of the heat of his skin. Then, bending over him, inquire with the gentlest tones, "As-tu froid, mon enfant?" "As-tu soif?" &c.; folding a shawl around his limbs; cheering him with assurances that "he would soon get well," and so on, whilst his own great heart seemed over full with affectionate solicitude for his infantine patient. CHAPTER XII. 1854--1855. Scheffer completes several works of importance--Remarks upon some of these--Increased disposition of Scheffer to melancholy--This revealed in his compositions. The year 1854 was one of importance, viewed in reference to Scheffer's pencil; some compositions of high interest--the Ruth and Naomi, the "Madeleine en Extase, ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560094
  • 9781236560094