Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663699
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travellers. That same sensibility to the beauty of 
forms and colours which had awakened his genius 
for painting, Was, probably, accompanied with a 
general superior susceptibility of the other organs 
as well as the sight; for it is observed that a taste 
for 
any one 
of 
the 
fine 
arts 
is 
with 
connected 
3 
general 
predilection 
fo 1' 
them 
all. 
But 
neither 
the Apollo, the Vatican, nor the pomp of the Ca- 
tholic ritual, excited his feelings to so great a 
degree as the spectacle which presented itself to 
his View around the portico of the church. Bred 
in the universal prosperity of Pennsylvania, Where 
the benevolence of the human bosom was only 
employed in acts of hospitality and mutual kind- 
ness,i he had never witnessed any spectacle of 
beggary, nor had he ever heard the name of God 
uttered to second an entreaty for alms. Here, 
however, all the lazars and the wretched in Rome 
were collected together; hundreds of young and 
old in that extreme of squalor, nakedness, and 
disease, which affrights the English traveller in 
Italy, were seen on all sides; and their importa- 
nities aind cries, for the love of God, and the mercy 
of Christ, to relieve them, thrilled in his ears, and 
smote 
UPOII 
his 
heart 
to 
a degree, 
such 
that his
        

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