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THE HANDBOOK OF ORATORY

FROM THE

EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE

PRESENT TIME

WILLIAM VINCENT BYARS

EDITOR

ST. LOUIS

CHICAGO
FERD. P. KAISER

1901

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"CÆSAR HAD HIS BRUTUS.

After the Painting by Chappel.

He scene Chappel illustrates with such spirit, followed the climax of Patrick

Henry's speech in support of the « Resolutions against the Stamp Act," CAO which be introduced in the Virginia House of Burgesses, May 29th, 1765. The cry of «Treason!» from the speaker and his « Conservative » supporters which interruptell the climax, «Cæsar had his Brutus, Charles I. his Cromwell, and George III. -- " is suggested so graphically by the artist that it is almost possible to hear it. Chappel's work as an illustrator during the first haif of the nineteenth century entitles him to permanent remembrance among American historical painters. He has been estimated by his own generation and that which followed at much below his real worth. The flaw in his work is a reflex of its excellerce. His fidelity in (detail is to some extent at the expense of freedom, but his work shows a noble ideal, great skill in execution and a prevailiny devotion to rules of unity, which govern not less in oratory tban they do in pictures. What this means in art is illustrated by the fact that every leading line in this picture forces attention to the orator as the central figure.

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