ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On seeing a Picture of Lord Chesterfield" St. James's Evening Post (21 December 1745).
1741: R. N. Esq.
1742: Alexander Pope
1746: T. B.
1746: Thomas Sheridan
1746: Henry Jones
1754: Nathaniel Weekes
1767: Michael Clancy
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1772: Soame Jenyns
1774: Samuel Johnson
1774: James Beattie
1774: Elizabeth Carter
1777: J. F.
1777: Elizabeth Carter
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Cowper
1783: Edmond Malone
1785: Thomas Clio Rickman
1787: Elizabeth Montagu
1790: Robert Burns
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1814: George Dyer
1814: Horace Twiss
1833: Thomas Babington Macaulay
How weak is all the nicest Painter's Art!
How faithless to the Dictates of his Heart!
The piercing Eye; the Dignity of Face;
The mingled Majesty of Awe and Grace;
These thou may'st copy: But tho' all agree
These are of STANHOPE, yet they are not He.
How then shall Colours a Resemblance find!
Or where's the Pencil that can paint his Mind!
Unblemish'd Worth! Truth dauntless and sincere!
The Patriot's Vigour! and the Statesman's Care!
Wisdom by Fancy's Aid inspir'd to please!
And Roman Eloquence with Attick Ease!
Canst thou paint Silence? when Attention hung
With Wonder held by his perswasive Tongue?
The Manly Sense when melting Senates bless'd,
And Wit's strong Charms in gay good-nature drest?
Or draw his honest undissembling Smile
Spread, by his Presence, o'er Hibernia's Isle:
Then shall her Sons to latest Times declare
Taught by the well-known Likeness, STANHOPE'S there.