By William T. Whitley
Its item is to provide info, extra to that already released in books at the topic, about the background of paintings in England from 1821 to 1837 whilst the Victorian period commenced.
/Книга об искусстве Англии начала Викторианской эпохи/.
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The lofty and tranquil spirit of the artist seems to pervade the whole. His reign in fine taste is now perfectly established. The carpings of jealousy and the shades of professional recently before the public. and unmerited obloquy are gone. Equally flattering to West was the following opinion of the Morning Herald: Upon the whole this magnificent exhibition appears to have the same effect upon those who view it as Reynolds declared the great works of Rubens in Flanders produced on under him we are before the pictures and we have never before seen so not until we are removed from their namely, while their fascinating influence, we conceive great powers exerted in art.
The auctioneers pleaded, and perhaps they were obliged to give long credit to many of the who were bidders. Stanley was a man eminent in his business, and many important pictures passed through his hands, including Gilbert Stuart s famous full-length of Washington, now justly, that dealers Lord Rosebery s collection. This he sold privately in 1826. Stanley was one of the earliest advocates of the opening of picture galleries and museums on Sundays. Soon after the exhibition of her husband s work in 1822 Mrs Cosway returned to Italy, in which country she was born and in educated, although of English parentage.
The copy of the Leonardo, which had been exhibited in London in 1817, was now offered to the Academicians for six hundred guineas, and its purchase, proposed by Beechey and seconded by Flaxman, was unani mously agreed to, at a General Assembly summoned for the purpose. The acquisition of this valuable copy, which had been exhibited all over Europe, appears to have been due to Lawrence, "rescued from a random pilgrimage as Fuseli speaks of it as by the courage and vigilance of our President 3 Wilkie says in a letter to Andrew Geddes written on December 30th, 1821: "The Royal Academy has bought The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci, the copy formerly shown in Pall Mall.