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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...ask to be helped, until scarcely a morsel was left. The carver, however, contrived to baffle his tormentors. Nothing but the bone being left, Mrs. Pope declared she had no fancy for venison, and sent back her plate, which was found to be heaped with the choicest morsels, carefully cut from the best quarters. A telegraphic glance had conveyed to the dutiful wife what she was expected to do. Something of this seems written in his face. On the wall facing a window we find two portraits of the famous or notorious Peg Woffington--an epithet with which Mossop was once advertised by a country manager, who meant to be complimentary: " Engagement of the notorious Mr. Mossop!" One of these is the "Woffington on a couch: a true Hogarth--dallying and dangerous." There are no less than four Woffingtons in the collection, and it is a little distracting that the two in this room scarcely resemble their fellow below. This again certainly resembles the more familiar prints. The type is that of a white, placid face, good-humoured, but with a tranquil, impassive though intelligent expression. Now the "true Hogarth" and the French Mercier portrait are rather of a pensive cast, the one contemplating a miniature, the other being en-ao-ed with a book. At the same time, these elements are consistent with her character, for with all her recklessness she was at times anxious to be thought intelligent. It was when she went to Paris that she no doubt sat to Mercier, who also painted Garrick on his visit. She then devoted herself to the study of the profession, was introduced to the o-reat actress of the day, Dumesnil, and took to playing tragic characters. Lord Charlemont possessed a sketch also, " a true Hogarth," which the painter presented to his ancestor. It is...
  • ISBN13: 9781230471495
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00110
Dimensions7.4 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
Primary CategoryHistory/General

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