From an original Picture in the possession of the Dutchess of Dorset.
CATHERINE PHILLIPS, "the matchless Orinda," was the origin of the next portrait. There is a placidity in the countenance, which well consists with the account that we have of her character. She was an amiable, quiet woman, and wrote on friendship, and touched a little upon morals, in verse. She was beloved by the poetical and the eloquent in her life-time; and lamented by poets after her death. — The reader will observe that this portrait, taking into consideration the dress and the figure which it embraces, is perfectly beautiful as a work of art. Had the face, indeed, worn a different character, the fine voluptuous turn of the shape is such as might have belonged to a matron Venus. The robe is loose and graceful; (she is quite a poetess — "zonis solutis;") the hair is parted, shewing a breadth of white forehead, and falls down, curling like hyacinths, towards her rounded shoulders; and her bosom is like a rose full-blown.