Sir David Wilkie

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881 - 112 ページ

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10 ページ - And, ent'ring on discourse, such stories told As made me oft revisit his sad cell. For he had been a soldier in his youth ; And fought in famous battles, when the peers Of Europe, by the bold Godfredo led, Against th...
86 ページ - Beyond the latter, in the scholar's cap and gown, ia that accomplished student of St. Andrews, the Admirable Crichton. Under the pulpit is Thomas Wood, the precentor, with his hourglass ; the schoolboy below is John Napier, Baron of Merchiston, inventor of the logarithms ; and further to the right is a child which has been brought to be baptised when the discourse is over. " On the other side of the picture, in red, is the Lord James Stuart, afterwards Regent Murray ; beyond is the Earl of Glencairne...
86 ページ - On the three following days he preached in the same place ; and such was the influence of his doctrine, that the provost, bailies, and inhabitants, harmoniously agreed to set up the reformed worship in the town ; the Church was stripped of images and pictures, and the monasteries were pulled down.
58 ページ - College, Oxford. The two dogs were distinguished favourites of the family; the large one was a stag-hound of the old Highland breed, called Maida...
71 ページ - Yet, ere six weeks had passed, he recorded the conviction " that the only art pure and unsophisticated, and that is worth study and consideration by an artist, or that has the true object of art in view, is to be found in the works of those masters who revived and improved the art, and those who ultimately brought it to perfection. These alone seem to have addressed themselves to the common sense of mankind.
104 ページ - Knox," if also below the breadth and truth of character which Wilkie carries into a more familiar school, is not, for boldness of conception, and skill in composition, an effort of which any master might be proud ? Wilkie is the Goldsmith of painters, in the amiable and pathetic humour, in the combination of smiles and tears, of the familiar and the beautiful ; but he has a stronger hold, both over the more secret sympathies and the springs of a broader laughter, than Goldsmith himself. If the Drama...
96 ページ - I look down on a' the town, — That I look down upon a crown. My Peggy smiles sae kindly, It makes me blyth and bauld; And naething gi'es me sic delight As wauking of the fauld. My Peggy sings sae saftly, When on my pipe I play, By a' the rest it is confest, — By a' the rest, that she sings best.
63 ページ - The local magistrates, bewildered and perplexed with the rush of novelty, threw themselves on him for advice and direction about the merest trifles; and he had to arrange everything, from the ordering of a procession to the cut of a button and the embroidering of a cross.