By William Gaunt
Strains the improvement of English portray from the center a long time to the 20 th century, targeting the works of Hogarth, Blake, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, and Bacon.
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They were not attuned to the Baroque style, ideologically or technically. Robert Streeter (or Streater) (1624-80), who was noted in his own time for the range of his art and painted the semi-topographical and semi-narrative picture Boscobel and Whiteladies commemorating Charles IFs escape and concealment after the battle of Worcester, seems a tyro in the decorative work by which he is principally known, the ceiling of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (///. ^i). His projection of figures in space falls short of the characteristic Baroque accomplishment.
It seems a necessary part of his destiny that after a period spent as pupil of the portrait painter Thomas Hudson, Reynolds as a young man should have had the chance of visiting Italy and in a stay of over three years acquired that acquaintance with the works of the great Italian masters, in Rome mainly but also in Venice, which played so large a part in the formation of his philosophy of art and, in some degree, of his style. It seems equally a matter of destiny that in the years of success and prestige which followed his return to London the idea of an Academy, so long discussed, should at last find fruition and royal acknowledgement and that it should provide the incentive to give his thoughts on art a precise literary form.
Yet he was not content with one line of development only and the work of his mature years takes a varied course. i£v»t. ^,.. fg 42 Hogarth painted the children of Daniel Graham, Apothecary to Chelsea Hospital, in 1742, in the most engaging of his conversation pieces, notable for its play of expression and movement and for the freshness and delicacy of its colour comedy. In portraiture he displays a great variety. The charm of childhood, the ability to compose a vivid group, a delightful delicacy of colour appear in The Graham Children of 1742 (///.
A Concise History of English Painting by William Gaunt