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Identifier: bibliothecaspenc05spen
Title: Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or, A descriptive catalogue of the ... library of George John, earl Spencer
Year: 1814 (1810s)
Authors: Spencer, George John Spencer, Earl, 1758-1834 Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847 John Rylands Library
Subjects: Althorp (Northampton, Northamptonshire) Incunabula Rare books Printing
Publisher: London
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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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 you 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 oiu* blessing: that our Lord God may preserve you. Rome, October 15, 1561. Tliis testimony is sufficient to demonstrate the talents of Sophonisba. rasari, Pt. iii. p. 561-3. Edit. 1568. * Pilkington, after Baldinucei, says that by continual application to herprofession, she lost her sight; and it is recorded that Vandyke, having had 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 acknowledo-edspecimens of her talents, in England, is the Marriage of St. 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-ser


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