Letters from Italy, Describing the Manners, Customs, Etc., of that Country, in the Years 1770 Et 1771 to a Friend Residing in France, Volumen 2

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Página 27 - His complexion is of the fair tint, his eyes blue, his hair light brown, and the contour of his face a long oval ; he is by no means thin, has a noble person, and a graceful manner.
Página 27 - The pretender is naturally above the middle size, but stoops excessively ; he appears bloated and red in the face ; his countenance heavy and sleepy, which is attributed to his having given into excess of drinking ; but, when a young man, he must have been esteemed handsome. His complexion is of the fair tint, his eyes blue, his hair light brown, and the contour of his face a long oval ; he is by no means thin, has a noble...
Página 28 - Tarrochi, which they were about to play at. I answered in the negative : upon which, taking the pack in his hands, he desired to know if I had ever seen such odd cards ? I replied, that they were very odd indeed. He then displaying them said, Here is everything in the world to be found in these cards — the sun, moon, the stars ; and here...
Página 28 - had ever seen such odd cards ? I replied, that " they were very odd indeed. He then displaying " them said, here is every thing in the world to " be found in these cards — the sun, moon, the
Página 306 - Cafa, built of a kind of ilone which exactly refembles brick ; the outfide is incrufted with marble, as a cafe for it : this cafing is loaded with various ornaments of fculpture, all heavy and ill done. They tell you, that the ftones with which this houfe is built never wear, although rubbed and fcraped continually by the pilgrims ; yet the marble pavement, which is modern, is extremely worn by their knees, continually trailing themfelves round and round it, one after the other. As I was looking...
Página 27 - ... wears the same garter and motto as those of the noble order of St. George in England. Upon the whole, he has a melancholy, mortified appearance.
Página 212 - ... particular aversion. This vast piece of painting is more surprising than pleasing ; the confusion such crowds of figures produce — the variety and strength of design — the powers of imagination, and all the whims of fancy are here united. The back ground, representing an azure sky, all...
Página 209 - M. myself at any hazard ; but figure to yourself the horror that seized me, when, upon attempting to move, I perceived myself forcibly held by my clothes from behind, and all the efforts I made to free myself proved ineffectual. My heart, I believe, ceased to beat for a moment, and it was as much as I could do to sustain myself from falling down upon the ground in a swoon.
Página 211 - You then enter a vast salloon called Sala Regia, painted in fresco, by various artists ; the subjects mostly allegorical and historical. Many of them have been much injured by the painters who were employed, owing to their rivality and private enmities to each other ; blurring over and maliciously spoiling the labours of their brethren from motives of envy and revenge.
Página 26 - French — what diftrefled me was how to ftyle him — I had but a moment for reflection ; it...

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