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illustrated.1804 Excerpt: ... witness out of Westminster Hall, or a
Methodist out of a brothel. The good Story-Teller possesses a
fruitful invention, and always sufficient, appropriate words to
explain his meaning. In a word, he has judgement to apply his
subjects with propriety, spirit to pursue his narrative, and humour
to enliven the points most diverting. Mr. Hogarth used to tell a
story of his being once in company with several artists, who were
boasting of uncommon works each had executed. One, in particular,
said, he had written a volume in folio with a single pen, which he
had mended 199 times. Another declared he had finished an
Equeftrian Statue with only a broken knife for a chisel, and a
rolling pin for a mallet. A third stated, he had engraved a
copper-plate with no other tool than a rusty nail. "I told them,"
said Hogarth, "that I once painted a Sacred History Piece with one
colour, which was neither heightened or lowered; making the back
ground, shades, &c. with one unaltered colour." The company
expressed their astonishment, and begged he would relate the method
of completing his performance. Hogarth thus informed them: "I was
sent for by a Sir Thomas Thornton, a man of singular disposition,
to paint his stair-case with some sacred historical piece,
applicable to a circumstance which happened to him once; which was
his being at sea, where he was pursued and taken by some Algerine
Pirates. I asked him what he thought of. the Egyptians pursuing the
children of Israel through the red sea? "Egad," said Sir Thomas, "a
lucky thought. Well, my dear friend, begin it as soon as possible.
But stay, stay hold, hold --What is your price? I always like to
make a bargain with you gentlemen of the brum." "Dear, Sir,"
Hogarth answered, "I can give no answer to that until I have
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