A Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of All the Engravers, from the Earliest Period of the Art of Engraving to the Present Time; and a Short List of Their Most Esteemed Works. ... With Several Curious Specimens of the Performances of the Most Ancient Artists. By Joseph Strutt. ...

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الصفحة 8 - And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
الصفحة 86 - ... He drew correctly; but from his style of engraving, which was executed entirely with the graver, the extremities of his figures are heavy, and his heads are not always equally beautiful or expressive. With respect to the mechanical part of the work, few indeed have excelled him, either in clearness or freedom of execution. His great fault, however, is want of variety. The naked parts of his figures, the draperies, and the back-ground, are equally neat, and engraved precisely in the same manner....
الصفحة 38 - ... success was such, that in 1707, he obtained the title of engraver to the king, and had a pension allowed him by his majesty, with apartments in the Gobelins; and the following year he was made a member of the royal academy.
الصفحة 12 - If we are to refer these prints to any of the three, we shall naturally conclude them to be the work of Finiguerra or Baldini ; for they...
الصفحة 35 - This sublime artist," says the Abbe Fontenai, borrowing chiefly from M. Basan, " far from conceiving that a servile arrangement of strokes, and the too frequently cold and affected clearness of the graver, were the great essentials of historical engraving, gave worth to his works by a bold mixture of free hatchings and dots, placed together apparently without order, but with an inimitable degree of taste ; and has left to posterity most admirable examples of the style in which gtaud compositions...
الصفحة 81 - By John Blagrave of Reading, gentleman, and well-wilier to the " mathematics, who hath cut all the prints or pictures of the whole with his
الصفحة 12 - ... the impressions are so neatly taken from the plates, and the engravings so clearly printed in every part, that according to all appearance they could not be executed in a much better...
الصفحة 38 - The drawing of the human figure, where it is shown, is correct. The heads are expressive and finely finished ; the other extremities well marked. He has not, however, equalled his uncle. He wants that harmony in the effect ; his lights are too much and too equally covered; and there is not sufficient difference between the style in which he has engraved his back grounds and his draperies. This observation refers to a fine print by him of Athaliah, and such as he engraved in that style.
الصفحة 113 - The two last plates only were printed upon the leaves of the book, and for want of a blank space at the head of the first canto, the plate belonging to it is placed at the bottom of the page. Blank spaces are left for all the rest ; that as many of them as were finished might be pasted on. Mr. Wilbraham possesses the finest copy of this book extant in any private library ; and the number of prints in it amount to 19.
الصفحة 34 - Rome to study painting, where be succeeded so well, that, at his return, he was employed by Le Brun, to assist him in the battles of Alexander, which he was then painting for the king of France. He was received into the royal academy in the year 1675, and died unmarried at Paris in 1684. His virtues, says abbe Fontenai, were as praiseworthy as his talents were great.

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