The man that invented the machine for taking likenesses might have known that would never succeed

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    Apr1105 from Lloyd Erlick.


    Dickens on portraiture (from Oliver Twist) ...




    'Are you fond of pictures, dear?' inquired the old lady, seeing
    that Oliver had fixed his eyes, most intently, on a portrait
    which hung against the wall; just opposite his chair.

    'I don't quite know, ma'am,' said Oliver, without taking his eyes
    from the canvas; 'I have seen so few that I hardly know. What a
    beautiful, mild face that lady's is!'

    'Ah!' said the old lady, 'painters always make ladies out
    prettier than they are, or they wouldn't get any custom, child.
    The man that invented the machine for taking likenesses might
    have known that would never succeed; it's a deal too honest. A
    deal,' said the old lady, laughing very heartily at her own
    acuteness.

    'Is--is that a likeness, ma'am?' said Oliver.

    'Yes,' said the old lady, looking up for a moment from the broth;
    'that's a portrait.'

    'Whose, ma'am?' asked Oliver.

    'Why, really, my dear, I don't know,' answered the old lady in a
    good-humoured manner. 'It's not a likeness of anybody that you
    or I know, I expect. It seems to strike your fancy, dear.'

    'It is so pretty,' replied Oliver.

    'Why, sure you're not afraid of it?' said the old lady: observing
    in great surprise, the look of awe with which the child regarded
    the painting.

    'Oh no, no,' returned Oliver quickly; 'but the eyes look so
    sorrowful; and where I sit, they seem fixed upon me. It makes my
    heart beat,' added Oliver in a low voice, 'as if it was alive,
    and wanted to speak to me, but couldn't.'

    'Lord save us!' exclaimed the old lady, starting; 'don't talk in
    that way, child. You're weak and nervous after your illness.
    Let me wheel your chair round to the other side; and then you
    won't see it. There!' said the old lady, suiting the action to
    the word; 'you don't see it now, at all events.'

    Oliver _did_ see it in his mind's eye as distinctly as if he had
    not altered his position; but he thought it better not to worry
    the kind old lady; so he smiled gently when she looked at him;
    and Mrs. Bedwin, satisfied that he felt more comfortable, salted
    and broke bits of toasted bread into the broth, with all the
    bustle befitting so solemn a preparation....



    regards,
    --le
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    voice: 416-686-0326
    email:
    net: www.heylloyd.com
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    Lloyd Erlick, Apr 12, 2005
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    Jan T Guest

    I assume this decorates one of the walls in your studio, Lloyd?

    Very nice, needs no comments.

    Jan


    "Lloyd Erlick" <Lloyd at @the-wire. dot com> schreef in bericht
    | Apr1105 from Lloyd Erlick.
    |
    |
    | Dickens on portraiture (from Oliver Twist) ...
    |
    |
    |
    |
    | 'Are you fond of pictures, dear?' inquired the old lady, seeing
    | that Oliver had fixed his eyes, most intently, on a portrait
    | which hung against the wall; just opposite his chair.
    |
    | 'I don't quite know, ma'am,' said Oliver, without taking his eyes
    | from the canvas; 'I have seen so few that I hardly know. What a
    | beautiful, mild face that lady's is!'
    |
    | 'Ah!' said the old lady, 'painters always make ladies out
    | prettier than they are, or they wouldn't get any custom, child.
    | The man that invented the machine for taking likenesses might
    | have known that would never succeed; it's a deal too honest. A
    | deal,' said the old lady, laughing very heartily at her own
    | acuteness.
    |
    | 'Is--is that a likeness, ma'am?' said Oliver.
    |
    | 'Yes,' said the old lady, looking up for a moment from the broth;
    | 'that's a portrait.'
    |
    | 'Whose, ma'am?' asked Oliver.
    |
    | 'Why, really, my dear, I don't know,' answered the old lady in a
    | good-humoured manner. 'It's not a likeness of anybody that you
    | or I know, I expect. It seems to strike your fancy, dear.'
    |
    | 'It is so pretty,' replied Oliver.
    |
    | 'Why, sure you're not afraid of it?' said the old lady: observing
    | in great surprise, the look of awe with which the child regarded
    | the painting.
    |
    | 'Oh no, no,' returned Oliver quickly; 'but the eyes look so
    | sorrowful; and where I sit, they seem fixed upon me. It makes my
    | heart beat,' added Oliver in a low voice, 'as if it was alive,
    | and wanted to speak to me, but couldn't.'
    |
    | 'Lord save us!' exclaimed the old lady, starting; 'don't talk in
    | that way, child. You're weak and nervous after your illness.
    | Let me wheel your chair round to the other side; and then you
    | won't see it. There!' said the old lady, suiting the action to
    | the word; 'you don't see it now, at all events.'
    |
    | Oliver _did_ see it in his mind's eye as distinctly as if he had
    | not altered his position; but he thought it better not to worry
    | the kind old lady; so he smiled gently when she looked at him;
    | and Mrs. Bedwin, satisfied that he felt more comfortable, salted
    | and broke bits of toasted bread into the broth, with all the
    | bustle befitting so solemn a preparation....
    |
    |
    |
    | regards,
    | --le
    | ________________________________
    | Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    | voice: 416-686-0326
    | email:
    | net: www.heylloyd.com
    | ________________________________
    | --
    |
     
    Jan T, Apr 13, 2005
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    apr1305 from Lloyd Erlick,

    What a good idea! I didn't even think of it. Thanks.

    regards,
    --le
    ________________________________
    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    voice: 416-686-0326
    email:
    net: www.heylloyd.com
    ________________________________
    --
     
    Lloyd Erlick, Apr 13, 2005
    #3
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