The most striking circumstance relates to the Claude, which was brought from India by General Morland, who had it from the Rajah of Bhurtpoore. [P. iv.] This specimen has all the balmy, freshness of morning, with a sea, clear, green, and pellucid, and pictures to admiration one of the greatest difficulties in painting--the aerial brilliancy of morning light, where the dewy vapour, is portrayed with a softness that renders the distant objects illusive. The acknowledged prince of landscape painters, and the philosopher of nature, his compositions are indeed of all others the richest and most studied, presenting to the spectator an endless variety; so many views of land and water, so many interesting objects, that, like an astonished traveller, the eye is obliged to pause to measure the extent of the prospect. All is nature to him; every object arrests the attention of the amateur and furnishes instruction to the Professor. In a word he is truly the painter who in depicting the three regions of air; earth, and water, embraced the universe. The figures in the landscape before us, are by his own hand, and are beautiful in harmony with the scene, with a more appropriate elegance than those pictures by him where they are painted by Courtois, or Philippe Laura. (On canvass--4 ft. 4 in. by 2 ft. 10.) [P. 24.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.