The Royal Academy from Reynolds to Millais

The Royal Academy from Reynolds to Millais

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...storms which drifted those Art treasures into their present haven. To account for their presence there, they would have to search backwards into troublous times, to the days of the Great Frederick of Prussia and the partition of Poland. Their history is curious and mysterious. They were purchased for Stanislas Poniatowsky, the last King of Poland, by the picture dealer of whom we have already spoken, Noel Desenfans. Stanislas seems to have supplied certain sums of money for this purpose, but he does not appear either before or after his abdication to have claimed the pictures, and they remained with Desenfans, and were left by him at his death, in 1804, to his friend Bourgeois, who bequeathed them to Dulwich College, together with a sum of 10,000 to build and keep in repair a gallery for them and 2000 to provide for the care of them. The gallery was built by Sir John Soane in 1812, and the remains of Bourgeois, who died of a fall from his horse in 1811, and of Desenfans were buried in a chapel attached. An account of the connection of the Academy with the Dulwich Gallery is given in Chapter XI. Thomas Stothard, R.A., was the most eminent English painter of the eighteenth century in the department of historical painting; eminent, that is, not in the sense that he was the most widely celebrated or the most richlyrewarded, but because he exhibited the most genuine inspiration and the widest knowledge of the resources of his art. His life, written by Mrs Bray, should be a very instructive book, though it is not presumably an entertaining one. There is something in the nature of the material which would have presented insuperable obstacles to writers more gifted and more sparkling than Mrs Bray. The contemplation of undeviating...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663988X
  • 9781236639882