Thursday, July 13, 2017

Late 18th-century Portraits III

Thomas Lawrence
Portrait of Samuel Lysons
1790
oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art

Thomas Lawrence
Portrait of William Linley
1789
oil on canvas
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

attributed to John Astley
Portrait of Sarah Harding
before 1787
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

ECHO

Fond painter, why to me a face do'st lend?
To make me subject to the eye contend?
None my mysterious deity ere saw,
Much less my figure durst attempt to draw.
Daughter of tongue and aire, a voice, I am
Speeches that utter, from no mind that come
But other words I catch, as they decline,
And mocking them rehearse with like of mine.
My sole existence in the ear is found,
Who will my likeness paint, must paint the sound.

 epigram of Ausonius, translated anonymously (18th century)

John Hoppner
Portrait of Louisa Lane, called 'Cecilia'
1782
oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art

Charles Catton
Self-portrait
1769
oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art

Nathaniel Dance-Holland
Portrait of Tobias Smollet
ca. 1764
oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art

YOUTH AND AGE

To me the hours of  youth are dear,
In transient light that flow:
But age is heavy, cold, and drear,
As winters rocks of snow.
Already on my brows I feel
His grasp of ice and fangs of steel,
Dimming the visual radiance pale,
That soon eternal night shall veil.
Oh! not for all the gold that flings,
Through domes of Oriental kings,
Its mingled splendour, falsely bright,
Would I resign youth's lovelier light.
For whether wealth its path illume,
Or toil and poverty depress,
The days of youth are days of bloom,
And health, and hope, and loveliness.
Oh! were the ruthless demon, Age
Involved by Jove's tempestuous rage,
And fast and far to ruin driven,
Beyond the flaming bounds of heaven,
Or whelmed where arctic winter broods
O'er Ocean's frozen solitudes,
So never more to haunt again
The cities and the homes of men.

 from Heracles Furens by Euripides, translated by Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

Nathaniel Dance-Holland
Portrait of the Pybus family
ca. 1769
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Allan Ramsay
Lady in a pink silk dress
ca. 1762
oil on canvas
Yale Center for British Art

Allan Ramsay
The artist's wife, Margaret Lindsay of Evelick
1758
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Anthony Chamier
1767
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Joseph Wright of Derby
Portrait of Edward Becher Leacroft of Wirksworth
ca. 1762-63
oil on canvas
Cantor Center, Stanford University

William Hogarth
Portrait of David Garrick with his wife Eva Maria Veigel
ca. 1757-64
oil on canvas
Royal Collection, Great Britain

George Stubbs
Portrait of James Stanley
1755
oil on canvas
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Arthur Devis
Portrait of a lady in a landscape
1750
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston