some favourite object; and yet Prynne had thought that mode so damnable, that he published an absurd piece against it, called The Unloveliness of Lovelocks. 1
The sectaries, in opposition to the king, had run into the extreme against politeness; the new court, to indemnify themselves and mark aversion to their rigid adversaries, took the other extreme. Elegance and delicacy were the point from which both sides started different ways ; and taste was as little sought by the men of wit, as by those who called themselves the men of God. The latter thought that to demolish was to reform; the others, that ridicule was the only rational corrective ; and thus while one party destroyed all order, and the other gave a loose to disorder, no wonder the age produced scarce any work of art that was worthy of being preserved by posterity. Yet in a history of the arts, as in other histories, the times of confusion and barbarism must have their place to preserve the connexion, and to ascertain the ebb and flow of genius. One likes to see through what clouds broke forth the age of Augustus. The pages that follow will present the reader with few memorable names; the number must atone for merit, if that can be thought any atonement. The first person 2 who made any figure, and who was properly a remnant of a better age, was
Of his family or masters I find no account, except that he studied many years in France under Perrier, who engraved the antique statues. Graham says, " He wanted the regular improvements of travel to consider the antiques, and under____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists. Volume: 2. Contributors: Horace Walpole - Author. Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1888. Page number: 78.
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