William of Deloraine. Lay of the Last Minstrel, (painting)
Leslie, C. R.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 95
This little Picture, the first original composition of the Artist, was painted in oil, at the age of seventeen. It represents the Border Knight thrown to the ground with his horse, and senseless from the wound given him by Lord Cranstoun, on the road from Melrose Abbey. The magic book which he had brought away from the tomb of Michael Scott, has jest [sic] been taken from his bosom by the golden page, in whose care Lord Cranstoun had left him. He is prying into its contents with delighted curiosity, unconscious of the blow that awaits him from the clenched hand of the wizard, whose shadowy spectre is hovering near him. "Still safe the warrior saddle fast./ Till, stumbling in the mortal shock,/ Down went the steed, the gathing broke,/ Hurled in a heap lay man and horse./ He had not read another spell,/ When on his cheek a buffet fell,/ Be fierce, it stretched him on the plain,/ Beside the wounded Deloraine./ Now, if you ask who gave the stroke,/ I cannot tell, so mot I thrive,/ It was not given by man alive." Lay of the Last Minstrel, Canto III. [P. 7.]
Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mr. C.B. Leslie's Picture, The Murder of Rutland; with a Series of originals and copies from his commencement in the Arts and also of Mr. Allston's Celebrated Pictures, of the Dead Man Restored to Life, by touching the Bones of the Prophet Elisha, and Donna Mencia, in the Robbers Cave--from Gil Blas. Together with many Valuable Paintings in addition to the Stationary Pictures of the Academy. October, 1816. Philadelphia: Printed by John Bioren, No. 33 Chestnut Street. 1816.