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Sketches: Care For Mother
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) It was a very cold night in mid-winter. The snow fell fast and the wind blew furiously, but notwithstanding the storm the streets of C were crowded with people who had ventured out to, hear George Angell, a distinguished lecturer, whose services for one evening the people of C had taken great pains to secure, and it would not do to miss the treat.
Sketches: They That Conquer Shall Wear The Crown
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'I'm not going to Sabbath-school another Sabbath; that's so,' said little Effie May, with great emphasis, as she rushed into the house and angrily threw down her little straw hat. 'Tut, tut! What has happened to my little girl, to make her talk in this manner?' said her mother, coming from the bedroom, where she had just put baby on its pillow locked in sweetest slumber; and little three year old Robbie looked up wildly from his play, wondering, too, what had happened.
Sketches: Miles Granger
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'Anna, though you may not see or even hear from me for many years, I will be true to you, and I hope when I do return, that I may bring wealth enough to claim you as my own. You will not forget me?' 'Forget you, never! and I know if we live, all will yet be well,' and with these cheering words, Miles and Anna parted.Miles Granger was the only son of the widow Granger, who lived in a little, brown cottage near the outskirts of the village of Denton.
Sketches: 'Father, It's To Keep You Warm'
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) Phoebe Turner was not, I think, a very clever child, but she was a loving little girl, and liked to help her mother with the housework and the mending. Phoebe's father was a gasfitter, and he had been very comfortably off until he fell from a ladder and broke his right arm, and he was not able to work for many months.
Sketches: Lettie Lee
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'Please, ma'am, do you want to hire any help?' said a sweet, sad voice one morning, as I was taking a walk through the shady groves of Pleasant Retreat. 'Hire help !' and as I looked at the ragged, shrunken form by my side, and peered into that childish face, so early marked with care, I instinctively said, 'Indeed, what could a child of your size do ?'
Sketches: Night Brings Out The Stars
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'Mother, where are the beautiful stars that we gazed upon last night? I have looked all over the clear blue sky, but cannot find a single one;' and the lovely child looked wistfully out of the open window, up into the broad expanse of heaven, till the dazzling sun almost blinded him; but no little stars came twinkling one by one, to greet his earnest gaze as they had done last evening.
Sketches: The Beggar Boy
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'There is another one of those plagues; it is strange a person can't stir without meeting a ragged beggar. Nellie Dean, are you playing with that beggar boy again ? William, do order that insolent fellow from the gate,' said the fashionable Mrs. Dean, as her silks rustled on the broad steps of their stately mansion.The first part of her remark was to her little daughter, who had just given the little boy a boquet of the brightest flowers; the latter to the gardener.
Sketches: The Drunkard's Home
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) Around the last dying embers, in front of a smoky, stone fire-place, sat Kate and little Eddie Lee. A tallow candle was burning on the table where stood a few scattered, rusty dishes. It was but just dark, but the mother had lighted the candle for the children before she left the house; for she had gone, as was her custom since the evenings had become so cold, to gather wood by the wayside that he...
Sketches: Intoxicants In The Home
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) As we think of the crime, of the misery and woe, that intoxicants bring to humanity, as we see the darkened chambers, the grief-stricken mourners, the desolate homes, the starving children, the helpless famishing babes; the riot, theft, robbery and murder, all caused by strong drink, we wonder that anything so hateful, so vile, should be allowed a place in any house where the inmates were endowed...
Sketches: Out In The Storm
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) 'That story about the baby in the storm? Oh yes, I'll tell you all about it. See, there's the scar on his dear little forehead yet he'll carry it all his life, they say but I shall never get over being thankful he came out of it so much better than I did, the darling.' And Janet glanced at her poor crooked arm as she settled herself more comfortably for a long talk.
Sketches: Grandmother's Letter Box
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) Yes here it is, scratched, battered and worn, but very precious still. We carefully draw it from its hiding place and look beseechingly into grandmother's face. She slightly nods an assent, and we gently lift the cover and glance at the precious documents within - these sacred relics of by-gone days.
Sketches: 'Inasmuch'
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) Paul Berman's father had given his son a spot of ground which was to be 'all his very own,' as the little boy expressed it.Paul had planted his farm to water-melons, and, as the soil was rich and the showers many, an abundant crop of the finest fruit was ripening. Little Robbie, the six year old brother, had helped to pull the weeds, and, though he could do but little of the work, was always ready to help or to stand by for company while his older brother tilled the ground, and for this he was to have every third...
Sketches: Rest At Last
(Topic: Sketches, Short Stories, Inspiration) For five Years had Elsie Dale been gathered to her husband's great, warm heart; for five years had her head nightly rested upon his broad breast; for five years had his loving arms enfolded her; for five years had he shielded her from every care and sorrow from which a devoted husband could shield an almost idolized wife. Five years! and each year had passed to them like a swift-gliding bark down a rapid current, so noiselessly by, so rapidly, they could scarcely believe it going till they found it gone.
American Painting: Colonial And Revolutionary Conditions
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IN 1784 the House met in Philadelphia to ratify the Treaty of Peace. After seven years of struggle the United States of America had shaken off the foreign yoke and were commencing another struggle of seven years among themselves before their full birthright as a united nation should be established. Once more, as during the much longer struggle of the United Provinces against Spain, a new nation...
American Painting: Painters In America After The Conclusion Of Peace
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) AT the conclusion of peace, there were among the painters whose work attracts particularnotice just four, practising their art in America. Of these, Joseph Wright was at Mount Vernon, painting portraits of General and Mrs. Washington to the order of the Count de Solms. A native of Bordentown, N. J., where he was born in 1756, he had been a pupil of West, and then visited Paris.
American Painting: The Growth Of The National Spirit
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) WHILE the struggle for independence was proceeding it had little or no effect upon the story of American painting. Its influence became apparent later in the resultant growth of national consciousness, and it is this phase of the story that occupies our present study.
American Painting: A Native Growth Of Landscape Painting
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) THE most direct outcome of the development of a national spirit was the appearance of the so-called 'Hudson River School.' It was a title given to a group of landscape painters who began by working in the neighbourhood of the Hudson. It is customary to speak of these men disparagingly because they did not paint as well as the majority of modern painters.
American Painting: Remnants Of The English Influence
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IN the previous chapter we saw how the development of national consciousness found expression in a native growth of landscape painting. We noted that, while the beginnings of the 'Hudson River School' were inspired by a simple love of nature, its followers gradually developed an enthusiasm for the grandiose and spectacular; and, moreover, that from first to last the work of these painters was...
American Painting: The Influence Of Düsseldorf And Munich
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IT was in the beginning of the 'fifties that American painting came under the influence of Düsseldorf. We have noted already that the landscape painters, James M. Hart and Albert Bierstadt, were students of its Academy, and shall now allude to the two figure-painters, Emanuel Leutze, who was a distinct product of its teaching, and Eastman Johnson, who outlived its influence.
American Painting: The Beginning Of French Influence: The Barbizon
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) FROM the middle of the century onward France has been the main source of influence, as well for American painting as for that of other` countries. In a word, painting has been affected like other departments of thought and culture by the centripetal tendencies of modern times.
American Painting: John La Farge
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) JOHN LA FARGE was born in New York in 1835, and grew up under conditions very favourable to the acquisition of superior knowledge and taste. For bis father's house in Washington Square, well stocked with books and pictures and prints, was a rendezvous of cultivated people, many of them belonging to families who had escaped the revolutions in France and San Domingo.
American Painting: French Influence-The Academic
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) THE year 1876 is a memorable landmark in our industrial and artistic development. Then it was that the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia revealed for the first time to numbers of our people the artistic resources of the Old World. They were displayed not only in pictures and sculpture, but in the products of factories and workshops, and the lesson of the occasion was the commercial value as we...
American Painting: Continuance Of Barbizon Influence And Some Examples Of Independence
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IN resuming the story of American landscape, we meet with two men who are usually associated in our mind with George Inness: Alexander H. Wyant and Homer Martin. These three may be reckoned the fathers of modern American landscape. Martin, like Inness, was directly influenced by the Barbizon painters; Wyant indirectly through the example of Inness and of the Barbizon pictures that had reached this...
American Painting: French Influence Continued : Realism And Impressionism
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) AT the conclusion of the previous chapter we spoke of the New Movement. It led up finally to the wedding of art with life, which, as we have more than once noted, was to be the characteristic achievement of the nineteenth century. We have seen already what the painters of Barbizon did to accomplish this, and how their influence set the course of American landscape on a firm road that has led alike to truth and to spiritual expression.
American Painting: Further Study Of Light And Progress Of Landscape
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) WE have already seen how American painting has been affected by the influence of Velasquez. By an age that had become enamoured of realism he was discovered to have been the most distinguished of realists; not only in his way of seeing his subject, but of rep-resenting it.
American Painting: Whistler
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) THE previous chapter concluded with a reference to Whistler. He has been re-served until the close of the story, since his art in a very striking way reflected the various influences of the Impressionistic movement. To those influences which we have already discussed must be added one more-that of Japanese art.
American Painting: Some Notes On Mural Painting
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IN 1817 Congress gave Trumbull a commission for four paintings to adorn the Capitol. The intention of Congress in appropriating $32,000 for this work was to commemorate certain important events in the history of the new Republic, and the artist conceived and treated his subjects in the manner of historical pictures.
American Painting: Summary Of Results
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) HAVING traced the various influences which have affected the development of American painting during the past fifty years, we may reasonably attempt a summary of the results. Since our art has aligned itself with that of other countries, how does it stand in comparison with theirs? Frequently one hears the question asked in a somewhat different form.
American Painting: Summary Continued
(Topic: Art, Art History, American Painting) IN the previous chapter I touched upon some of the insidious effects of the popular taste for prettiness. These, it is to be anticipated, will pass away as the American public grows in serious appreciation of what is truly beautiful in art. But even then there will remain another phase of the matter which is likely to be of perennial interest, since it strikes at the roots of our conceptions of...
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