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1896. Excerpt: ... The Capture of the Duke I "As all hearts are
captivated by the most charming Mistress Barry, so it is my hope
that all souls will be captivated by her picture," cried Sir
Godfrey, bowing low between his palette which he held in one hand
and his sheaf of brushes which he held in the other. His
pronunciation of the word charming--he said "sharmink"--had a
suggestion of his native Liibeck about it; but his courtliness was
beyond suspicion. None of his distinguished sitters could complain
of his having failed to represent them on his canvases with dignity
and refinement, whatever their candid friends might think of the
accuracy of the portraitures. "I only ask to be painted as I am,
Sir 1 Godfrey," said Mrs. Barry, when she had risen after her
courtesy in acknowledgment of Sir Godfrey's gallant compliment. "As
you are, madam? Ah, your ladyship is the most exacting of my
sitters. As you are? Ah, my dear lady, you must modify your
conditions; my art has its limitations." "Your art, but not your
arts, sir. I protest that I am overwhelmed by the latter, as I am
lost in admiration of the former," said the actress, adopting a
pose which she knew the painter would appreciate. "Alas, Sir
Godfrey," she added, "you do not well to talk to an actress of the
limitations of art. What a paltry aim has our art compared with
yours I have had cravings after immortality--that is why I am here
to-day." "'T is surely, then, the future of the painter that you
have had at heart, my dear madam; you come with immortality shining
in your face." "Nay, sir; Sir Godfrey Kneller will live forevermore
in his long line of legitimate monarchs--ay, and others, perhaps
not quite--" "For God's sake, Mistress Barry These are dangerous
days; pray remember that I am the queen's limner." Sir Godf...
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