Memoirs of a Picture; Containing the Adventures of Many Conspicuous Characters and Interspersed with a Variety of Amusing Anecdotes of Several Very Extraordinary Personages Connected with the Arts Including a Genuine Volume 1

Memoirs of a Picture; Containing the Adventures of Many Conspicuous Characters and Interspersed with a Variety of Amusing Anecdotes of Several Very Extraordinary Personages Connected with the Arts Including a Genuine 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. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...in his route through France, he agreed for a trifling salary to accompany-the party upon an expedition to London, and commenced the part of valet to one of them, who was' then acknowledged the best performer on the violin in Europe. The success foreigners in general have been accustomed to meet with in England has an almost universaltendency to. feed-their vanity; and instead? of ascribing that encouragement to an. hospitable liberality in the English public, very rarely met with elsewhere, it inflates them with high-wrought notions of self-importance, and. they ascribe what is the effect of' national generosity to a tacitacknowledgment of their superior abilities. But with respect to our musician, and some few others, this observation does not apply since talents he had, and these of the very first rate; and so far.from;valujnghim-i self upon them, that'he would have received the coarsest compliment from the most ignorant on his.knowledge of pictures, . with more satisfaction than. the applause of all the first musicians in the universe fairly bestowed upon his uncommon powers as a performer. When at the same time few amateurs had less knowledge of painting, -Op was. more frequently the dupe of the most glaring frauds daily practised. upon him by the humblest professors of picturecraft. To this-eccentric genius young Seraphini; paid the-most humble attention; and, by his assiduity, and wellrtimed flattery to his masters favourite pursuit, very soon gained an entire ascendancy over him. It was. during his servitude with this descendant of Orpheus, that our young Seraphini acquired; a. taste for the fine arts; and becoming acquainted. with several professorsof picturecraft, insensibly begot a desire in him to become a student in so productive a...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236523288
  • 9781236523280