The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Volumen4

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Página 316 - To build, to plant, whatever you intend, To rear the column, or the arch to bend, To swell the terrace, or to sink the grot, In all, let Nature never be forgot.
Página 316 - Fill half the land with Imitating Fools; Who random drawings from your sheets shall take, And of one beauty many blunders make...
Página 44 - The moon on the east oriel shone, Through slender shafts of shapely stone, By foliaged tracery combined ; Thou would'st have thought some fairy's hand ' Twixt poplars straight the ozier wand, In many a freakish knot, had twined ; Then framed a spell, when the work was done, And changed the willow wreaths to stone.
Página 175 - God grant mine eyes may never behold the like, who now saw above ten thousand houses all in one flame ; the noise and cracking and thunder of the impetuous flames, the shrieking of women and children...
Página 316 - You, too, proceed ! make falling arts your care, Erect new wonders, and the old repair ; Jones and Palladio to themselves restore And be whate'er Vitruvius was before : Till kings call forth th...
Página 67 - Those whoNhave seen the exact accounts in records, of the charge of the fabrics of some of our cathedrals, near four hundred years old, cannot but have a great esteem for their economy, and admire how soon they erected such lofty structures.
Página 203 - we are told an incident was taken notice of by some people as a memorable omen : when the surveyor in person had set out upon the place the dimensions of the great dome, and fixed upon the centre, a common labourer was ordered to bring a flat stone from the heaps of rubbish (such as should first come to hand) to be laid for a mark and direction to the masons : the stone, which was immediately brought and laid down for that purpose, happened to be a piece of a gravestone, with nothing remaining of...
Página 300 - He was not only consulted for furniture, as frames of pictures, glasses, tables, chairs, etc., but for plate, for a barge, for a cradle. And so impetuous was fashion, that two great ladies prevailed on him to make designs for their birthday gowns. The one he dressed in a petticoat decorated with columns of the five orders ; the other like a bronze, in a copper-coloured satin, with ornaments of gold.
Página 231 - In observance of this resolution, I take leave ; first, to declare, I never designed a balustrade. Persons of little ^skill in architecture did expect, I believe, to see something they had been used to in Gothic structures ; and ladies think nothing well without an edging. I should gladly have complied with the vulgar taste ; but I suspended for the reasons following...
Página 306 - The tricks of waterworks to wet the unwary, not to refresh the panting spectator, and parterres embroidered in patterns like a petticoat, were but the childish endeavours of fashion and novelty to reconcile greatness to what it had surfeited on. To crown these impotent displays of false taste, the...

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