This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...his works had occupied the place of honour for the last six years at the annual exhibition; and for portraiture he numbered among his patrons most of the wealthy merchants and burgomasters of the city. Indeed, there could he no question that my master was rapidly acquiring a fortune commensurate with his popularity. Still he was not a cheerful man. It was whispered by the pupils that he had met with a disappointment early in life--that he had loved, had been accepted, and, on the eve of marriage, was rejected by the lady for a more wealthy suitor. He came from Friesland, in the north_of' Holland, when a very young man. He had always been the same gloomy, pallid, labour-loving citizen. He was a rigid Calvinist. He was sparing of domestic expenditure, and liberal to the poor: --this every one could tell you, and no one knew more. The number of his pupils was limited to six. He kept us constantly at work, and scarcely permitted us to exchange a word with each other during tho day. Standing there among us so silently, with the light from above pouring down upon his pallid face, and, becoming absorbed in the sombre folds of his long black dressing-gown, he looked almost likesome stern old portrait himself. To tell the truth, we were all somewhat afraid of him. Not that he assumed any undue authority: on the contrary, he was stately, silent, and frigidly polite; hut his politeness had in it something oppressive, and we were all happier out of his presence. None of us resided under his roof. I had a second floor in a neighbouring street, and two of my follow-students occupied rooms in the same house. We used to meet at night in each other's chambers, and make excursions to the exhibitions and theatres; and sometimes, on a summer's..
|Book:||Miss Carew Volume N . 1|
|Author:||Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards|
|Number of Pages:||00066|
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