The General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 26

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Alexander Chalmers
J. Nichols, 1816
 

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Page 197 - Lovelace ; but he has excelled his original in the moral effect of the fiction. Lothario, with gaiety which cannot be hated, and bravery which cannot be despised, retains too much of the spectator's kindness. It was in the power of Richardson alone to teach us at once esteem and detestation, to make virtuous resentment overpower all the benevolence which wit, and elegance, and courage., naturally excite; and to lose at last the hero in the villain.
Page 425 - I know not that there can be found in his plays any deep search into nature, any accurate discriminations of kindred qualities or nice display of passion in its progress ; all is general and undefined.
Page 153 - Parliament by the time limited in the former qualifications, and shall take and subscribe the engagement, to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England...
Page 217 - Be of good heart, brother, for God will either assuage the fury of the flame, or else strengthen us to abide it.
Page 214 - ... welcomed, and taken, as though he had been born of her own body, being never displaced of her seat, although the king's council had been present ; saying, when any of them were there, as divers times they were, " By your Lordship's favour, this place of right and custom is for my mother Bonner.
Page 490 - ... the bill for the exclusion of the duke of York from the throne...
Page 160 - ... and to such persons he certainly did not appear to advantage, being often impetuous and overbearing. The desire of shining in conversation was in him indeed a predominant passion; and if it must be attributed to vanity, let it at the same time be recollected, that it produced that loquaciousness from which his more intimate friends derived considerable advantage. The observations which he made on poetry, on life, and on every thing about us, I applied to our art; with what success others must...
Page 179 - The present State of the Greek and Armenian Churches, anno Christi 1678...
Page 269 - THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA ; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope.
Page 441 - The effect of his pictures may be not improperly compared to clusters of flowers; all his colours appear as clear and as beautiful : at the same time he has avoided that tawdry effect which one would expect such gay colours to produce : in this respect resembling Barocci more than any other painter. What was said of an ancient painter, may be applied to those two artists, that their figures look as if they fed upon roses.

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