Inventory of the Pictures, Drawings, Etchings &c. in the British Fine Arts Collections ... Being for the Most Part the Gift of John Sheepshanks

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H.M. Stationery Office, 1857 - 24 pages

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Page 6 - I'd have you buy and sell so ; so give alms ; Pray so; and for the ordering your affairs, To sing them too. When you do dance, I wish you A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that ; move still, still so, and own No other function. Each your doing, So singular in each particular, Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds, That all your acts are queens.
Page 6 - d have you do it ever : when you sing, I 'd have you buy and sell so ; so give alms; Pray so ; and for the ordering your affairs, To sing them too : when you do dance, I wish you A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that ; move still, still so, and own No other function.
Page 9 - ... perfect, yet many instances are known of his extreme rapidity of execution. In the collection of the late Mr. Wells, of Redleaf, among many other works by this artist are two peculiarly illustrating this quality. One is a spaniel rushing out of a thicket with a wounded rabbit: the rabbit and dog are the size of life, they have the fullest appearance of completeness, yet the picture was painted in two hours and a half. The other picture is a...
Page 9 - To study a painter's progress in executive skill is also a source of much interest and pleasure, easily attained by all who will seek to enjoy it. Let the visitor, for example, examine Mulready's picture of the "Fight Interrupted,
Page 7 - Landseer (No. 99), is an excellent example of the pictures of this class. A noble bloodhound is watching at a closed door, shut out, one may imagine, from the wounded knight his master. There are the steel gloves removed from the now powerless limbs the torn eagle-plume speaks of the deadly strife and the continuous track upon the floor shows how his life-blood flowed away drop by drop as he was borne within. Who does not watch with the faithful hound in deep
Page 7 - ... not watch with the faithful hound in deep " suspense" for some token that he yet lives ? Others, again, may read the picture far differently ; they may imagine that the dog has tracked the author of some act of violence or deed of blood ; the plume torn from his casque by the struggling victim, lies on the floor sprinkled with the blood shed in the struggle ere the victim was borne within the now closed portal ; we recognize the scuffle of the moment, the hand clenching the door-post with fearful...
Page 7 - This realisation by the painter, the multitude are thoroughly able to enter into and appreciate. It has been found by experience that men apprehend more easily by the eye than by the ear, that pictures to them are greater realities than words ; and certainly, he that has in ignorance of the play, looked with pleasure on such a work as the above, admiring it merely as the representation of a feast in the olden time, and drawing the characters of the guests only from the expression portrayed ...
Page 9 - No. 95, where the fullest truth of woolly texture is obtained by simply applying with a full brush the more solid pigment into that which has already been laid on as a ground with a large admixture of the painter's vehicle ; days might be spent endeavouring to arrive at a result which the painter...
Page 10 - Mulready and other artists, will show how thoroughly the same truth is appreciated by all those who have excelled most in the conduct of the story in their works. In view of the interest which thus attaches to such studies, it is to be hoped that opportunities may hereafter occur of still further increasing in this direction the value of Mr. Sheepshanks' gift, by obtaining, as far as possible, all the sketches and drawings for at least a few of the principal pictures comprised in this national collection....
Page 21 - Punch." (Chalk.) 61. Sketc-h of Boys Wrestling, from picture of " The Convalescent." C2. Life Study of Girl and Child, for picture of Firing the Cannon. (Chalk.) 63. The Profile on the Wall. Sketch for picture of " The Origin of a Painter." (Chalk.) 64. Life Study of a Male Figure, and two Landscape Studies. 65. Landscape with Cattle. 66. Blackheath Park. (Pen and ink.) 67. Cottages. (Pencil.) 68 to 72. Two Landscape Sketches, with Boys Fishing; and three Studies for the picture of

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