The Penny Cyclopaedia [Ed. by G. Long]

The Penny Cyclopaedia [Ed. by G. Long]

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...for a thousand guineas, and now in the Newby collection in Yorkshire. His dexterity and skill in repairs of this kind were subsequently displayed in some of the Townley Marbles. While at Rome he also purchased for a mere trifle, of the workmen by whom they were discovered, a number of fine terracottas, which he afterwards disposed of to Mr. Townley, and which are now let into the walls at the British Museum. Among those whose patronage he obtained during his stay in Italy were Lord Yarborough and the Earl of Besborough, for the first of whom he executed a group of Mercury and Venus chiding Cupid. After about ten years of study in Italy, which had been profitable to him in all senses of the term, he returned to London with habits of economy well calculated to keep what he had acquired and to ensure still further wealth. He established himself in Mortimer-street, became an associato of the Royal Academy, and was shortly afterwards honoured by the king's sitting to him for his bust. This circumstance, and the celebrity which his busts of Garrick and Sterne had previously obtained, perhaps as much on account of their subjects as of their own merit, caused him to be almost overwhelmed with employment of that kind: he had sometimes three or four sitters in the course of one day. Whether this application to the mere taking of likenesses did not tend to render him more studious of the mechanical than the intellectual part of his art, it would be difficult to decide; but it was certainly congenial to his inclination, because it was productive of immediate profit, and suited also to his abilities. The tide of fashion being once in his favour, that oddity of his address and bluntness of manners and speech, which might else have proved disqualifications for...show more

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  • Paperback | 674 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,184g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554442
  • 9781236554444