Tour in Holland in the Year 1819

Tour in Holland in the Year 1819

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...in any way, his wife has power to have him imprisoned here, by payment of a certain sum. After a fixed time he is released, but is liable, if he misbehaves again, to be again imprisoned, on the same conditions. Men have equally the privilege of shutting up their wives and children for ill conduct. They are well treated and made to work. We were shown a marble chimney-piece carved by an inmate, and the border of a carpet also worked in the house. The FELIX Mnnrns is a building consecrated to the fine arts and sciences. There is a view from the observatory over the town, but it is not so extensive as that from the tower of the palace. The winter concerts are held in an oval saloon, which has a very light appearance and is ornamentod with stuccoes. There is a lecturing-room and a drawing academy, with a small collection of plaster-casts, of the Laocoon, Apollo Belvedere, Venus de Medicis, the fighting Gladiator, Venus Callipygia, &c. but they seem to be thrown away upon Dutch artists, who devote their talents in preference to the retracing of common life and inanimate objects, and have no idea of the sublimity and beauty of the antique. THE FELIX MERITIS. 127 There is a very fine picture, by Maes, bequeathed to the institution by the late M. la Costa, of Dort. The style is Spanish and the colouring rich. An old woman, large as life, is sitting at dinner, and in the act of saying grace. Her eyes are cast down, her hands joined, and there is great expression of gratitude and humility in her countenance. She has a red gown and a white fillet bound tight round her head. The shadows are black, very much softened off. On the table is an earthen porringer, a slice of salmon, some bread and butter, a knife, and an earthenware blue and white jug....show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848314
  • 9781236848314