A few remarks ... on the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare ... and a letter upon the same by H. Rodd

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Página 12 - TO THE READER. This Figure, that thou here seest put, It was for gentle Shakespeare cut ; Wherein the Graver had a strife With Nature, to out-doo the life: O, could he but have drawne his wit As well in brasse, as he hath hit His face ; the print would then surpasse All that was ever writ in brasse. But, since he cannot, Reader, looke Not on his Picture, but his Booke.
Página 6 - I write ; With reverence look on his majestic face, Proud to be less, but of his godlike race. His soul inspires me, while thy praise I write, And I like Teucer under Ajax fight : Bids thee, through me, be bold ; with dauntless breast Contemn the bad, and emulate the best...
Página 3 - William, 1653, it was bought by Betterton, the actor, and when he died, Mr. Robert Keck, of the Inner Temple, gave Mrs. Barry, the actress, forty guineas for it. From Mr. Keck it passed to Mr. Nicoll, of Minchenden House, Southgate, whose only daughter and heiress, Margaret, married James Marquis of Carnarvon, afterwards Duke of Chandos, from whom it descended in right of his wife, Anna Eliza, the late Duchess, to the present Duke of Buckingham and Chandos Earl of Ellesmere £372 15 0 When the picture...
Página 3 - D'Avenant. At the death of Sir William, in 1653, it was bought by Betterton, the actor, and when he died, Mr. Robert Keck, of the Inner Temple, gave Mrs. Barry, the actress, forty guineas for it. From Mr. Keck it passed to Mr. Nicoll, of...
Página 16 - I know very well, that some of the smooth painters, about this time, and long after, preferred pannel, for subjects that were to be very highly finished, and seen near. The wood allowed of a thinner and more transparent system. You frequently, in these pictures, see the absolute grain of the wood through a tinted gelatinous substance, merely vehicle, but amazingly brilliant. The absorbent ground of the canvass took the oil entirely from the surface, and left their colours heavy and opaque.
Página 3 - This renowned portrait is presumed to be the work of Burbage, the first actor of Richard the Third, who is known to have handled the pencil. It then became the property of Joseph Taylor, the poet's Hamlet, who, dying about the year 1653, left it by will to Sir William Davenant.
Página 13 - Shakespeare, at length thy pious fellows give The world thy works ; thy works, by which outlive Thy tomb thy name must : when that stone is rent, And time dissolves thy Stratford monument, Here we alive shall view thee still : this book, When brass and marble fade, shall make thee look Fresh to all ages...
Página 15 - The original having been painted by a very ordinary hand, having been at some subsequent period painted over, and being now in a state of decay, this copy, which is a very faithful one, is in my opinion invaluable. Mr. Humphry thinks that Shakspeare was about the age of forty-three when this portrait was painted ; which fixes its probable date to the year 1607. (Signed) " EDMOND MALONE,
Página 13 - Workes; thy Workes, by which outlive Thy Tombe thy name must: when that stone is rent And Time dissolves thy Stratford Moniment, Here we alive shall view thee still.
Página 4 - Ryman, who is generally a very bold purchaser, to go on. On, however, he did go up to 350 guineas, when, Mr. Rodd making another advance of five guineas, Mr. Ryman retired and left Mr. Rodd the possessor of the treasure for 355 guineas.

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