The Stratford Bust and the Droeshout Engraving

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Pàgina 3 - Tis but to fill A certain portion of uncertain paper. Some liken it to climbing up a hill, Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour. For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill, And bards burn what they call their midnight taper, To have, when the original is dust, A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.
Pàgina 35 - Shakespeare OTHERS abide our question. Thou art free. We ask and ask — Thou smilest and art still, Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill, Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty, Planting his steadfast footsteps in the sea, Making the heaven of heavens his dwelling-place...
Pàgina 30 - Shakespeare is of great curiosity, being the one painted by Hall before he re-coloured the bust in 1748. The letters proving this are in the possession of Richard Greene, Esq., FSA, who presented them some years ago to Fraser's Magazine.
Pàgina 35 - The sculptors may have had monument. s0me personal knowledge of the dramatist ; but they were mainly dependent on the suggestions of friends. The Stratford bust is a clumsy piece of work. The bald domed forehead, the broad and long face, the plump and rounded chin, the long upper lip, the full cheeks, the massed hair about the ears, combine to give the burly countenance a mechanical and unintellectual expression.
Pàgina 30 - Church, of inestimable value as a work of great national interest, bearing on the back a label containing the following memorandum: " This old painting of the monumental effigy of Shakespeare is a great curiosity, being one painted by Hall before he re-coloured the bust in 1748. The letters proving this are in the possession of Mr, Richard Greene. FSA, who printed them some years ago in Eraser's Magazine.
Pàgina 31 - I purchased this picture of Mr. Greene, who is the lineal descendant of the Rev. Joseph Greene, of Stratford, the owner of the painting about 1770. — JO HALLIWELL.
Pàgina 23 - ... Contributors to ye sum rais'd at ye Town-hall of Stratford upon Avon, for repairing & beautifying ye Original Monument of Shakespeare ye Poet; Agree that ye Direction and Execution of that Work, shall be committed to Mr John Hall Limner: And (provided he takes care, according to his Ability, that ye Monument shall become as like as possible to what it was when first Erected...
Pàgina 28 - ... as Dugdale's, but the figure agrees with the early rendering in all points in which it differs from the modern one. Rowe's edition of 1714 presents a bad copy of his first edition. Dr. Thomas in 1730 expanded Dugdale's Warwickshire into two volumes, but used the original block of the tomb unaltered. In Pope's edition of 1725, we find a remarkable variation. Vertue did not go to Stratford but to Rowe for his copy. Finding it so very inartistic, he improved the monument, making the little angels...
Pàgina 40 - Lords. William Earle of Pembroke; and Philip Earle of Montgomerie: Patrons of Learning: Patterns of Honor ' ' by the Translator, Richard Carew.
Pàgina 23 - Bristol limner who was commissioned in 1748 to 'repair and beautify, or have the direction of repairing and beautifying the original monument' of Shakespeare in Stratford church.

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