By ALBERT TEN EYCK; FELD, STUART P. GARDNER
This is often the 1st special catalogue that has been released of the Museums American work. as a result of the measurement of the gathering, simply oil work by way of artists born via 1875—about part the collection—are incorporated. runs 3 volumes the current quantity comprises the paintings of painters born by way of 1815.
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His Death of General Wolfe (versions at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Kensington Palace, London) caused a storm of critical comment, because he had dared break with tradition and represent his subjects in contemporary dress, not in the inappropriate although accepted togas of antiquity. He also pointed the way to the high Romantic style oflater years with his dramatic and theatrical subjects, such as Saul and the Witch of Endor (Tate Gallery, London), King Lear (Athenaeum Gallery, Boston), and Death on the Pale Horse (final version at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia), which followed the ideas outlined in Edmund Burke's A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757).
A comparison of our painting with a copy of the engraving shows how closely and correctly Copley followed the print, and where he used his own ideas to modify the picture. The sea horses' heads, for instance, look blocky and strange in the painting, but this is the result of his having copied the forms exactly as the engraver showed them. On the other hand, Copley supplied a horizon line and left out one or two touches that were unclear irl John Singleton Copley the engraving. His main contribution, however, was in the color (presumably not indicated on the engraving), which is, even at this early stage, typical of much of his later work.
6, no. 44, lists a picture called Angelica and Medor, 3' x 2 1 411 (probably this picture) I I Catalogue Raisonne of. . the Works of . . Benjamin West, sale cat. (I829), p. 5I, no. I72, lists a picture called Angelica and Medoro, "3 feet high by 2 feet 4 inches wide" (probably this picture) I I B. Goodwin, The Toledo Museum of Art News, no. 36 (May I92o), unpaged, illustrates and discusses the Toledo vers1on. ExHIBITED: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, I 85 r, no. 249; I 852, no.