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1738 Highmore and Francis Hayman; their works directly illustrated or were based on Samuel Richardson's seminal sentimental novels. Landscape painting was further developed by George Lambert, Samuel Scott, and Paul Sandby. Other outstanding and singular painters were George Stubbs (1724-1806), who took a great interest in animal anatomy and is known for his realistic horse paintings; and Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97), the creator of conversation pieces and the chronicler in oils of the Industrial Revolution (see An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, 1768).
The hero, Christian, travels from the City of Destruction to the Eternal City, leaving behind his wife and children who will not heed his religious advice. Part I describes Christian's arduous pilgrimage through such allegorical locations as the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, and Vanity Fair. Among the various personages he encounters are Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Faithful, and Giant Despair. Part II of the book relates the journey of Christana – his wife – and their children to the same celestial destination.
Of these the false Achitophel was first: A Name to all succeeding ages cursed. For close Designs and crooked Counsels fit; Sagacious, Bold, and Turbulent of wit, Restless, unfixed in Principles and Place, In Power unpleased, impatient of Disgrace. A fiery Soul, which working out its way, Fretted the Pigmy Body to decay: And o'er informed the Tenement of Clay. A daring Pilot in extremity; Pleased with the Danger, when the Waves went high He sought the Storms; but for a Calm unfit, Would Steer too near the Sands, to boast his Wit.