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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...genius, and for his beauty,
when he proceeded from his workshop to chat with Cardinals and
Popes at the Vatican. The family of D. were not at this time in
affluent circumstances. His father, a clever artist, had outlived
the style of art in which he excelled most of his contemporaries.
He, with the father of the celebrated Morland, worked for the shop
of Carrington and Bowles, which exists still for the poorer sort of
caricatures, on the north side of St. Paul's Church Yard. They did
clever things in colours. At an inn in Reading a screen is still
preserved, full of their labours; but the separate portions of
either artist are now undistinguishable. I remember a Mother
teaching her Child to read (B. Barton has a copy of it); a
Laundress washing; a young Quaker, a beautiful subject. But the
flower of their forgotten productions hangs still at a public house
on the left hand, as thou arrivest, reader, from the now Highgate
archway, at the foot of the descent where Crouch End begins, on thy
road to green Hornsey. Turn in, and look at it, for the sight is
well worth a cup of excusatory cyder. In the parlour to the right
you will find it--an antiquated subject--a damsel sitting at her
breakfast table in a gown of the flowered chintz of our
grandmothers, with a tea-service before her of the same pattern.
The effect is most delicate. Why have these harmonies--these
agremens--no place in the works of modern art? With such niceties
in his calling D. did not much trouble his head, but, after an
ineffectual experiment to reconcile his eye-sight with his
occupation, boldly quitted it, and dashed into the beaten road of
common-place portraiture in oil. The Hoppners, and the Lawrences,
were his Vandykes, and his Velasquezes; and if he could make...
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