This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...which you say divided the room in old times from the entrance. I also put in the Lord and Lady Lorn, the Regent Murray; perhaps, also, Morton and the aged Earl of Argyle. I also wish to introduce in a prominent place the knight of St. John, (Sir James Sandilands,) and, whether right or wrong, in armour." A large wine-cooler is also made prominent; and, as suggested by Dr. Sommers's account of the parish, a Calder witch is to be placed conspicuous. "This,' he observes, "is a mixture, but it is of that kind of compound that goes to the formation of what we call a picture." So far as its very imperfect state will allow us to judge, this composition would even have surpassed the " Knox Preaching." There is grandeur and unity of expression, a solemn and reverential feeling, about the central group, relieving in a fine dusky tone from the broad white sacramental cloth, which is extremely fine. The grave and somewhat stern figure of Knox is exquisitely relieved by the grace of the female R who hands him the consecrated wine; and the intermingling of armour, the corslet of Sir James Sandilands, and the morion reverentially doffed by the noble figure on the left of Knox, besides being picturesque variations of the costume, call up the associations of an age when men were called upon to fight for their creed, and something of the harshness of the feudal warrior yet lingered among the professors of a purified and humbling faith--traits subtly mingled by the skill of the painter. The figure of the mother and child is among the most beautiful of Wilkie's creations; and it must be admitted by those who in general prefer his earlier productions, that he has here fully equalled them in a more serious walk. The figure of the aged...
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