Image from page 103 of "Aedes Althorpianae, or, An account of the mansion, books, and pictures of Althorp : the residence of George John Earl Spencer to which is added a supplement to the Bibliotheca Spenceriana" (1822)
Authors: Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847
Publisher: London : W. Nicol
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) as well as for the religious virtues, and other fine parts of hermind; and also from its having been so diligently and beautifully executed byyour hands. We thank you for it, and assure vou that we shall keep it amongour most precious things : commending this your great talent, which, howeverwonderful, we understand is among the least that you possess. And with thisend, we again repeat our blessin^f: fliat our Lord fJod may preserve you.Rome, October 15, 1561. This testimony is sufficient to demonstrate the talents of Sophonisba. Pasari, Ft. iii. p. 661-3. Edit. 1568. * Pilkington, after Baldinucci, says that by continual application to herprofession, she lost her sight; and it is recorded that Vandyke, having bad anopportunity of conversing with Sophonisba, used to say, that he received morebeneficial knowledge of the true principles of his art from one blind woman,than by studying all the works of the greatest masters in Italy. She died inthe year 1626, and in the 93rd of her age.
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THE DINING ROOM. 9 pieces—it is difficult to conceive. The only other acknowledgedspecimens of her talents, in England, is the Marriage of Sty Ca-therine, in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke, at Wilton; and a small head of Sophonisba, in a round, in Lord Ashburn-hams collection. The present picture was purchased by Sarah,Duchess of Marlborough, for seven hundred guineas; a price,of very uncommon occurrence a century ago. This interestingpicture is here engraved for the first time.* A Calm, by Albert CuYP.~The opposite engraving willafford the best notion of the tranquillity which reigns throughoutthis enchanting picture. The predominant colour is a deep orsombre gray, relieved nevertheless with frequent little flashes oflight, which are always to be found upon the surface of the sea.The gleam of sun-setting, to the left, affords a fine contrast tothe mass of dark clouds which is rolling away. The water is ofthe most delicious transparency. Altogether, this picture is de-servin
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