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Identifier: autobiographical02scot
Title: Autobiographical notes of the life of William Bell Scott : and notices of his artistic and poetic circle of friends, 1830 to 1882
Year: 1892 (1890s)
Authors: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Minto, William, 1845-1893
Subjects: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882 Poets, English — 19th century Painters — Great Britain
Publisher: London : Osgood, McIlvaine
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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o, too, was the greatest of possiblepoets and mortals. Was it all because AlgernonSwinburne when a boy had Notre Dame de Parispresented to him at school ? In i860, when his first drama was published, Ipainted a small portrait of him in oil. He used tocome in and live with us in Newcastle, and when Iwas out or engaged he was to be seen lying beforethe fire with a mass of books surrounding him likethe ruins of a fortification, all of which he had read,and could quote or criticise correctly and acutelymany years after. This portrait used to arrest himlong afterwards, when he visited me, as if it wasnew to him. He was delighted to find it had someresemblance to what he called his portrait in theNational Gallery. This was the head of GaleazzoMalatesta in the picture of the Battle of Sant Egidioby Uccello, which certainly was not merely the sametype, but was at this time exceedingly like him. I soon began to look for him every time he hadwritten ballad or scene that pleased himself, and his

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E-tciediyW.BS II A. C. SIVINBUR^^E 19 advent had the charm of sunshine or champagne onone with many burdens conscientiously borne, andan extreme love of an idleness I could neverindulo^e. He was a creature above all the ills oflife or difficulties of art, emancipated from ordi-nary annoyances. He was not like Rossetti, self-tormented by the ambition to paint, which he couldnot do to his own satisfaction till late in life; nordistracted by responsibilities like myself. Hispockets were always crammed with papers; stillhe recited quires of manuscripts without consult-ing them. But his nervous excitable nature couldnot stand strain: pain was nothing to him, yethe would not bear the slightest inconvenience amoment. One morning he had a toothache, and atonce determined to have the tooth out. He wouldnot stand it another minute; off he would go tothe dentist, and I should accompany him. It was amighty grinder, and the operator exerting his wholemuscular force, lifted him from the seat withou

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