Plodding on

Plodding on

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...folds of drapery--is said to be due to Watson's modelling. In a similar manner Baily made use of Watson's wonderful designing talents. To the intervals of leisure allowed by these journeyman labours we owe some of the most remarkable models in modern art. The figures of two jolly monks and a chimney-sweep, combining cleverness of modelling, due observance of sculpturesque style, and the most humorous grotesqueness, are scarcely even equalled in English sculpture. He commenced a series of statuettes of the English poets, and the Chaucer and Spenser have hitherto called in vain for some kindred genius to complete or increase the series. In his most poetical basrelief--the Burial of Sarpedon--Watson approaches more nearly to Flaxman's Mercury and Pandora than has ever since been accomplished. But there is a drawing, dating from this period, which has more personal interest than even any of the foregoing. "Be it Death or Sleep--Lying in Loveliness," is the simple inscription under a simple girlish head, the face uncovered, and the sunken eyes betraying the wasting effects of consumption. This was a last portrait of Helen, drawn from a cast taken from her dead features. They had one son, who, after exhibiting some taste for art, became eventually a sailor. So, poor soul I she disappears from our story. During all this period Watson's life was a long combat with poverty. At one time, when his goods and chattels were distrained for rent, the statue of a Hercules, which had cost him months of labour, was seized by his creditors, knocked to pieces, and the clay of which it had been formed sold for five shillings! Like other artists of the day, he sent in a design for the Nelson column, and a really artistic monument was neglected for a...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878779
  • 9781236878779