Vigee-Lebrun, 1755-1842; Her Life, Works, and Friendships

Vigee-Lebrun, 1755-1842; Her Life, Works, and Friendships : With a Catalogue Raisonne of the Artist's Pictures

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... Hart, or Lyon, soon to be Lady Hamilton. The artist painted four portraits of the " professional beauty." The first was a " Bacchante" lying beneath an arched rock near the sea. Sir William Hamilton paid 96 for it, and sold it for 315, thus making a big profit out of his wife's portrait, according to his habit. Another of the four pictures, composed somewhat in the Romney manner, showed the lovely Emma again as a " Bacchante," running, with bare arms outstretched to play a tambourine held high before her, vine-leaves in her flowing chestnut hair, and Vesuvius in eruption in the distance. Yet another was the "Sibyl," which the artist took about Europe with her, rolled up in transit, as a specimen of her best work; and the fourth was another " Sibyl " painted for the Duc de Brissac. Sir William Hamilton and his mistress were pleased with Madame Lebrun's society, and the undignified British ambassador endeavoured to entertain her with stories of the most prominent ladies of the Neapolitan Court, so scandalous that she could not repeat them. He declared that some of these ladies could not read, that a good many " did not know there was any other country than Naples," and that their only occupation was "I'amour," with frequent change of the objects of their affection. Assuredly the King of Naples gave little encouragement to learning or virtue. He left the trouble of government--such as it was--to the Queen, and generally resided at Caserta, much interested with a factory there, the work-girls of which, as Madame was told (perhaps by Sir William Hamilton), made his seraglio. One of her notable sitters at this period was the Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • English
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  • 1236794214
  • 9781236794215