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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV The Quality Of The Artist, And His Influence In discussing Lely we considered the effect of the perruque upon ...Read MoreThis 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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV The Quality Of The Artist, And His Influence In discussing Lely we considered the effect of the perruque upon his reputation. It hardly, then, seems necessary to repeat that argument, merely substituting Kneller's name for Lely's. We need say no more than that we have just as much reason on our side in contending that Sir Godfrey surfers from the same cause as Sir Peter. In his case, too, we can point to such a wigless portrait as the Charterhouse Doctor Burnett to support our claim. And, such is the insidious force of prejudice, if we did not know that this noble work was by Kneller, we should rank it even higher than we do at present. If certain others of his best portraits were unwigged--for example, the Petworth Unknown Man [No. 284 reproduced in m the Petworth Catalogue, 1919], the Richard Boyle, Viscount Shannon, at Bayfordbury, the Duke of Portland at Welbeck (reproduced in Lely and the Stuart Portrait Painters, II., p. 86), and the National Portrait Gallery Henry Sidney, Earl Oj Romney, and we were unaware of their authorship, we should recognise that at his top form Kneller is one of the best painters who have worked in England. As regards his position among his European contemporaries, our inveterate modesty about English produce, and the general conspiracy to believe that French painters are always better craftsmen, with better taste and a sounder tradition than British, blind us to the relative superiority of Kneller to Rigaud, Largilliere and Nattier, so far as painter-like quality and true draughtsmanship are concerned. We can go further still with perfect safety and say that, judged on the same grounds, Perronneau is Kneller's inferior. No oil painting by that admirable and expensive artist is as well...Read Less
Used-Good. British Artists edited by S C Kaines Smith. Red boards with gilt titling. Page edges tanned with rough cut foredge. Previous owner stamp to ffep otherwise contents clean and unmarked, square and sound.
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