Phrases with "painted"

Arthur Conan Doyle The photographs are too small to enable me to decide whether they are painted on cardboard or modelled in the round; but the figures are not moving. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Virginia Woolf But neither of the sisters observed nature accurately as Dorothy Wordsworth observed it, or painted it minutely as Tennyson painted it. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was a very large ship, fifteen thousand tons at the least, painted black above and red below, with two cream-coloured funnels. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Charles Kingsley No; when she is painted, she shall be painted as herself, as she is now. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope For myself I do not believe that Dives is so black as he is painted or that his peril is so imminent. North America by Anthony Trollope

Kenneth Grahame The upper stories were all painted with wonderful pictures. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Robed in the awful panoply Of painted Death? — R.W. C. All — wise. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

The partial ceiling is painted in arabesques, and at one end of the room is an alcove, much enriched with bold wood carving. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Baldwin Spencer Simple designs in connection with sacred ceremonies are seen in Figs. 42 and 46 in which the painted men belong to a fish totem, the design being supposed to represent fish bones. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The walls were sometimes stained of painted with gaudy tints, and the gates, we are assured, were sometimes of colored marble. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

G. K. Chesterton I know Naboth’s vineyard is as painted as Noah’s Ark. I know Nathan’s ewe-lamb is really a woolly baa-lamb on a wooden stand. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

There was a painted wooden dado halfway up the wall, and a florid rose and butterfly paper above it. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Fair Astur follows in the wat’ry field, Proud of his manag’d horse and painted shield. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

She could see the sun strike the flint in those rocks until they shone like spearheads, dulling the painted goddesses. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her first startled impression that the white framework seemed to be a painted metal was apparently founded on fact. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray He wears a large curly glossy brown wig, and his eyebrows are painted a deep olive-green. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The house was of two storeys, painted white, and had green wooden shutters turned back against the walls. An Engagement by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson She had been painted green, but the colour was faded and weathered, and the paint peeling off in strips. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang He painted his face brown and black, drew his cap well over his face, and knocked at the door. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe But as Mr. Merrit painted his glowing picture of the fun they had on these occasions, George Webber saw quite another image. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

If Raphael had not painted the “Sistine Madonna” at the time he did, he would have produced a different work. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The houses were painted in a dozen colours, and the little bay was full of many kinds of small craft — fishing smacks, whale boats, kayaks, and primitive motor-launches. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

A man who painted portraits for hire should be received, Miss Granger thought, as one would receive a superior kind of bootmaker. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I had my paradise; I was drunk; and I painted as never the colors of mortals painted a woman. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Willa Cather Three weeks after Everett had sent his cable, when he made his daily call at the gaily painted ranch-house, he found Katharine laughing like a girl. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Oscar Wilde I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Washington Irving The walls also had been painted in fresco in the Italian style, but the paintings were nearly obliterated; the windows were in the same shattered state with those of the other chambers. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

For a moment there was something genuine and touching in her fine eyes that looked out above her painted cheeks in a true and human appeal. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H. G. Wells Also he went and ordered one of the completest sets of garden requisites I have ever seen — and had them all painted a hard clear blue. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

She had wanted a wallpaper printed in perspective, windows with saints in painted glass, and even arrows, long-bows and spears. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D.H. Lawrence It was a figment, a fabrication, like a dull landscape painted on a wall, to hide the real landscape. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

The shabby old salon, with its dark-red paper, stained and faded with age, was glorified by some of M. Tillet’s pictures, painted before his slothful hand had begun to lose its cunning. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray He might have painted a picture of any criminal broken on the wheel, and the sensation inspired by it would have been precisely similar. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

John Lewis Burckhard The figures seem all to have been painted yellow, excepting the hair, which, in several of them is black; that of Isis is in black and white stripes. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Hardy Yes, Cousin Richard has settled it so, for a time at least, and ’tis to be painted on the carts this weekblue letters — yaller ground. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope If painted to show what men are, it is false. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The first object that caught my eye was the gayly painted boat, once mine, in which Mary and I had so often sailed together. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arthur Machen Mr. Meyrick beat upon the oak door, painted black and studded with heavy nails. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Henry James The walls of the room were covered with pictures — the very ceiling was painted and framed. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins But no — that disagreeable painted face was too much for me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Charles Dickens I painted their portraits in my mind, and indulged in little heightening touches. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells And she ‘adn’t got a face to look with, only a painted skull, and then ‘e see; they was all painted skulls. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Thomas Wolfe Fox sniffs the fresh paint with sharp disgust, crosses the room, mounts winding steps, which also have been painted robin’s-egg blue, and goes out on the terrace. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James These rooms, above-stairs, were extremely numerous, and were painted all over exactly alike, in a yellowish white which had grown sallow with time. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson His life there reminded him of a gaudy drop-scene, let down before an empty stage; a painted sham, with darkness and vacuity behind. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

The canvas was painted to match the color of the wall, and it formed a sort of screen about three feet in height and seven feet long. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I’ll get Charlie to tell me what he was saying about the painted glass. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

This hand of mine Is yet a maiden and an innocent hand, Not painted with the crimson spots of blood. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

It was an historical subject, painted at my father’s desire, and represented Caroline Beaufort in an agony of despair, kneeling by the coffin of her dead father. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edith Wharton Its floor was still heaped with farm-tools and dried vegetables, and in the dimness a heavier veil of dust seemed to obscure the painted walls. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Sidney Colvin Observation, I believe, shows that moonlight has not the power to transmit the hues of painted glass as Keats in this celebrated passage represents it. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

G. K. Chesterton It is mostly felt under white, deathly lights in Piccadilly, with the black hollow of heaven behind shiny hats or painted faces: a horrible impression that all mankind are masks. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Sinclair Lewis The pier was an immense structure, built of cheap knotty pine, painted a hectic red with gold stripes. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens Other boats, of the same sombre hue, were lying moored, I thought, to painted pillars, near to dark mysterious doors that opened straight upon the water. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

When scorn did not inspire his mirth, when it was genuine gaiety that painted his features with a joyous expression, his beauty became super-eminent, divine. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope In your art you cannot perpetuate the atrocity of my colour, as the fellow did who painted my portrait last winter. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Locke The earth will not appear painted with flowers, nor the fields covered with verdure, whenever he has a mind to it: in the cold winter, he cannot help seeing it white and hoary, if he will look abroad. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The trick to which they oftenest had recourse was to use a double-bottomed crucible, the under surface being of iron or copper, and the upper one of wax, painted to resemble the same metal. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edith Wharton She wore a large hat with a long white feather, and from under its brim her painted eyes looked at Charity with amused recognition. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My bookcases are only of painted deal, but they surround the little room, and they are tolerably well filled. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

They began to paddle upward toward the painted cliffs. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson The features of that face were hard to read, drink had so swollen them, drink had so painted them, in tints that varied from brick-red to mulberry. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Portraits of Shakespeare broke out in the bookshop windows, and our principal artist painted a large original portrait in oils for the decoration of the dining-room. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

They were not people of fashion, as we readily perceived, but kindly-looking mercantile folk, and ladies painted as white as newly calcimined house walls; and all gravely polite. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Baldwin Spencer The first-named women are painted with the totem Ilkinia of red and white lines; the second are painted with lines of white faintly tinged with red. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Gertrude Stein By this time the red cross was painted off it but it was still a truck. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

He wishes now that Raphael could have painted Jackson’s portrait. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

William Morris Dismayed were we thereat; but more dismayed had we been but that we deemed that all this was but a cheat and a painted show put upon us by the witch to back up her lying. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Wilkie Collins The outgoing tradesman’s name and business, announced in the customary painted letters, ran thus: James Wycomb, Cutler, etc. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry James All it was thus in her power to say — and I heard of a few cases of her having said it — was that she was sure I would have painted her beautifully if she hadn’t prevented me. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

E. F. Benson There was Sarah Sugden, there was Caroline Dury, and there was Agnes Walton, of whom Charlotte painted a portrait to remind him of this charmer. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

He realized her as he painted her, and the realization visited him less often, much less often, than before. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Galsworthy The room was painted in panels of a sub-golden hue, with a silver-coloured ceiling. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Eliot It must be painted on a wooden case — I will show you the size — in the form of a triptych. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Oscar Wilde Upon ivory and rose-coloured terracotta he painted with wax, making the wax fluid with juice of olives, and with heated irons making it firm. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

For this cause the knight had her image comely painted in the greater half of his shield, that when he looked down thereupon, his courage never abated. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

But it is a part of natures like his to exaggerate their errors in the moment of repentance; and it may well be that Henry Fielding, too, was not so black as he painted himself. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Wilkie Collins If Rembrandt could have painted our background, Reynolds our guest, and Hogarth ourselves, the picture of the scene would have been complete. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

William Makepeace Thackeray Before the letter had been opened, I could read COME BACK, as clearly as if it had been painted on the wall. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

George Gissing You will say: ‘What a dreadful thing to be painted in such a frivolous attitude! Why not be represented as drawing, or reading, or at least embroidering?’ Well, it was papa’s choice. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

William Morris And Margaret as she walk’d held a painted book in her hand; Her finger kept the place; I caught her, we both did stand Face to face, on the top of the highest hill in the land. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

D. H. Lawrence The lane debouched into a close-bitten field, and out of this empty land the farm rose up with its buildings like a huddle of old, painted vessels floating in still water. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Then it was he began to regret he had not photographed the Devil before he painted him out. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Edith Wharton Eric Rauch explained who they were, what they had written or painted or carved (“That Stram girl — she’s a regular headhunter; bright idea, doing all the newcomers . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Also painted Gowing’s walking-stick, which he left behind, and made it look like ebony. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Anna Katherine Green It was like a painted scene — a dream of human extinction. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

William Makepeace Thackeray On the 14th they were painted marble-color; and the basements of wood and canvas on which they stood were made to resemble the same costly material. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

During these movements a coloured line, painted along the convex surface, appeared after a time on one side, then on the concave side, then on the opposite side, and lastly again on the convex side. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Birtley Raydon lay stretched across the large low Italian painted bed. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

There were several little wooden milk-stools with paintings on them; also a white wooden banjo, painted by one of Mr. Paul Finsworth’s nieces — a cousin of Teddy’s. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

The funeral pyre was built, the body burnt, and the ashes carefully gathered together, and placed in the finely-wrought urn and painted cinerary, and this in one larger and coarser. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Virginia Woolf Those bladder shapes painted red and yellow are faces. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Oscar Wilde Sometimes a Bishop rode through on his white mule, reading out of a painted book. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Edith Wharton She dropped her painted lids on the throng, and signed that a green velvet umbrella should be raised above her head. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Oscar Wilde Beneath its purple pall, the face painted on the canvas could grow bestial, sodden, and unclean. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy The portmanteau bore painted upon it the initials ‘J. B.’ in white letters — the well-known initials of her husband. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The streets were scrupulously neat and clean, and the stuccoed houses were all painted of that pale saffron hue which gives such unquestionable respectability to New England towns. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

The manner in which his floors are painted is pretty and curious. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Radclyffe Hall A large gate painted and grained, with ‘The Pines’ in bold black lettering across it. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Sir Walter Scott He painted the desolation of the church, during the late period of her distresses, in the most affecting colours. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence Often when she went out at playtime and saw a luminous blue sky with changing clouds, it seemed just a fantasy, like a piece of painted scenery. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton She felt as if she had painted one of her gold and crimson angels and the painted face had spoken, and spoken terrible things. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Some of the pictures had been painted with so doubtful a touch, and in colors so faint and pale, that the subjects could barely be conjectured. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Morrison Did you set a hatch-grating floating yesterday that was different from the others? A painted one, for instance — those out there now are not painted, you know. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Baldwin Spencer The totem Ilkinia or sacred design is painted on the body of each man with red ochre and pipe clay, and the latter is also used to paint the face, except for the median line of red. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Isabella Bird The ceiling is painted bright blue, and the high altar was one mass of gaudy tinsel decoration. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Andrew Lang Reichel supposes that round bucklers were novelties when the vase was painted (seventh century), and that the artist did not understand how to depict them. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

The true count stood grinning by, and held the paint-pot, while the sham count painted the shield with three red herrings rampant under a sort of Maltese cross made with two ell-measures. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Willa Cather A clear arc of blue and rose colour painted the west, over the buried town. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Charles Dickens Some stories say that Guido painted it, the night before her execution; some other stories, that he painted it from memory, after having seen her, on her way to the scaffold. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Theodore Dreiser The house was painted and decorated, the lawn put in order, and everything done to give the place a trim and satisfactory appearance. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

He painted the world and his wandering life in bright colours. Signa by Ouida

The Writer, with help, got as high as the first chamber; the ceiling of which is painted in a rich and intricate pattern, as in imitation of mosaic. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

G. K. Chesterton The Princess herself said the poet looked all painted and artificial in his purple whiskers. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Kenneth Grahame They reached the carriage-drive of Toad Hall to find, as Badger had anticipated, a shiny new motor-car, of great size, painted a bright red (Toad’s favourite colour), standing in front of the house. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Gissing A low cupboard in a recess was surmounted by a frosted cardboard model of St. Paul’s under a glass case, behind which was reared an oval tray painted with flowers. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I’m tired of seeing the painted fool about. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence Oh painted carts of Sicily, with all history on your panels!   Arrives an individual at our side. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Louisa May Alcott Amy’s dainty pen-and-ink work entirely eclipsed May’s painted vases — that was one thorn. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He was now forty-eight, looked as though his cheeks were painted and wore most affected clothing. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nor, wild as were these painted barbarians, were they the wildest feature of the scene. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Bruno had said that on that day he would take him to see the marble men and the painted angels of the Certosa Monastery, some ten miles away along the bend of the the green Greve water. Signa by Ouida

Walter Scott At length, and just when I expected my father’s pardon, he learned by some means or other my infamy, painted in even exaggerated colours, which was, God knows, unnecessary. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Marie Corelli He had the roof mended and made rainproof, and the ground planked over to make a decent flooring — then he had it painted inside a dark oak colour, and furnished it with rows of benches. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

I began by offering him a cigar; but he pulled out his pipe—a great dangling German pipe, with a flexible tube and a painted china bowl like a small coffee-cup. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

Lord Lodore became intimate with the mother and daughter, and his imagination speedily painted both in the most attractive colours. Lodore by Mary Shelley

It is true, all this was but a painted veil. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Willa Cather Again she found half a bowl with a broad band of white cliff-houses painted on a black ground. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

She believed in that fancy portrait which he painted of himself, and which he himself believed in as a most faithful and unflattered likeness. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

In Fine Arts, Gwendoline Todd received diplomas for a painted pot, jardinieres and carved wood bellows. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Victor Hugo The roof was painted with armorial bearings. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Zona Gale If St. George had been painted purple he felt sure that she would have acted quite the same. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Virginia Woolf Her neck had been cut off from her chest as if it had been painted brown, she thought, as she slipped on her evening dress in front of the looking-glass. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Marjorie Bowen Her painted lips curled scornfully, and her azure eyes darkened as she stared across and over the box hedge at Lord James. He looked up at her, waved his hand, and rose. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Julian Hawthorne As I sat looking up at his tall figure, I caught the painted eye of my priestly ancestor over his shoulder, and it seemed to me to twinkle with saturnine humour. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

At the first glance, and by the joy which was painted on his countenance, the worthy captain plainly perceived that something new was on foot. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

E. F. Benson You ought to be painted by him. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Andrew Lang Then Owen went to the maiden and placed his hand on her shoulder, and she guided him to a large room, painted all over with rich colours, and adorned with images of gold. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On the baize lining lay a collection of articles mostly of cheap Italian manufacture — paper-knives, painted wood ornaments of all sorts, useful and useless, papier-mâché bowls, stucco figures. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton Since I painted Mrs. Millington things have changed. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

After that they showed me the Virgin’s chair, it is of stone; also her picture, painted by St. Luke, very dark, and the features now scarce visible. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The majority of the ceilings, painted in fresco, also offered some allusion to his life. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Baldwin Spencer A Kumara man of the wild cat totem painted a Bulthara man of the emu totem with a brand of the kangaroo totem. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Birds of painted plumage and loud and sonorous note sang and fluttered among the flowers and fruit with no ill thing to disturb them, no dissonance to compel them to silence and fear. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Virginia Woolf We can see shop windows blazing; and women gazing; painted women; dressed-up women; women with crimson lips and crimson fingernails. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

As she halted at the little gate, Oliver paused in surprise and gazed about: at the plain wooden palings painted green, which shut in the crowded, homely garden; at the old farmhouse. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

He painted in general with a powerful, but heavy hand; in his masques, however, he often shows a singular gracefulness, especially in the lyrics which he introduces. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Baldwin Spencer The mother's brother secures sugar-bag and, late on in the afternoon, the men and women sit down together, the men having meanwhile painted themselves. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Zona Gale Upon the wall were mended bits of purple tapestry, embroidered or painted or woven in singular patterns of flora and birds that St. George could not name. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Sinclair Lewis It was a row of one-story shops covered with galvanized iron, or with clapboards painted red and bilious yellow. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith They are the painted flowers of our metropolitan thoroughfares, and we gather them in rows. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The library appeared as I had seen it first, save that the lamp broken then had been replaced by another, with a Japanese “art” shade made of painted silk. Serapion by Francis Stevens

John Galsworthy They had all been painted by a young lady friend of the family at a time, 1830, about, when miniatures were considered very genteel, and lasting too, painted as they were on ivory. To Let by John Galsworthy

Its yellow brick front was clean, with freshly painted white woodwork; it’s half of the lawn, close-clipped and green, was set with little thriving round flower beds. Serapion by Francis Stevens

F. Scott Fitzgerald Since then Adele had probably painted him a neat little landscape of Josephine’s past. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

William Hope Hodgson She was a modern, two-bowed boat, and on the stern there was painted ‘Cyclone, Glasgow.’ She was in pretty fair condition, and had evidently drifted into the scum and been held by it. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Edgar Rice Burroughs We were in a fair way to succeed when there appeared, pouring from among the trees beyond the beach, a horde of yelling, painted savages, brandishing all sorts of devilish-looking primitive weapons. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Edith Wharton Aerial chambers, jutting out at capricious angles, baffled him with closely shuttered windows, or here and there with the enigma of painted panes. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

She now said, and her voice was more than cold; it was indignant: “Why have you painted our Father as an imbecile?” Here, however, Jonathan was driven to protest more strongly. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Edith Wharton The windows were packed with spectators, and the crowds who intended to accompany the pilgrimage were already gathering, with their painted and gilt candles, from every corner of the town. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Zouaves stood in the colonnade of St Peter’s, and Papal troops were on the Quirinal. Cardinals passed, hatted and robed, in their enormous carriage of state, like mysterious painted idols. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Henry James Madame de Bellegarde, in purple and fine laces, looked like an old lady painted by Vandyke; Madame de Cintre was dressed in white. The American by Henry James [1877]

Henry James She fanned herself, and looked at the flowers that were painted on her fan. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

She had kissed both Lizzie Vereker and Miss Charlotte Lillietrip in play, but she shrank from madame’s painted lips as though they had been poisoned. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Kate Chopin The house was painted a dazzling white; the outside shutters, or jalousies, were green. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

H. G. Wells Their machine was painted a pale gray, that lay almost invisibly over the cloud levels below. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

The large room was decorated with casks painted a gay yellow, bright with varnish, and gleaming with copper taps and hoops. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James She received him with a meek-eyed dignity that made her seem like a painted saint on a church window, receiving the daylight in all her being. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

H. G. Wells At first all the vast panorama below had been as silent as a painted picture. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith It painted the necessary consequence of the refusal: an explosion of AEtna, and she saw it. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Baldwin Spencer The leader had, during the day, consulted the older men who were especially associated with him, and it had been decided what brands should be painted on the various young men. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

G. K. Chesterton I was leaning my head on my hand and was relieved against a painted landscape of woodland. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

He is to be painted as Jupiter sitting on Olympus, with the clouds at his feet. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

James Payn Do not ask to see my patched and painted face again, because it is not mine, but listen to my voice, which you remember. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Gertrude Stein Derain, and Braque with him, had gone Montmartre. Braque was a young painter who had known Marie Laurencin when they were both art students, and they had then painted each other’s portraits. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

It was all painted black and covered with carvings, and there was a great bay window in the stern for all the world like the Squire’s drawing-room. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Willa Cather Outside there were window boxes, painted white and full of flowers. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Radclyffe Hall To the left and in front this court-yard appeared to end in space, and between you and the void stood apparently nothing but some white painted posts and chains. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Elizabeth Gaskell After trying at one or two porte-cochères, we at length hit upon the convent in which there was the portrait of Madame de Gange, painted by Mignard, her famous contemporary. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

I painted a beautiful one on paper and took it to him. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Victor Hugo From time to time the chief took a torch, and throwing its light on the figures painted on the prow to show the draught of water, looked to see how deep the wreck had settled down. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Her eyes fell on the same view, which might have been painted on a drop scene so fixed was it, so identical in colour and light day after day. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Virginia Woolf The flames leap over their painted faces, over the leopard skins and the bleeding limbs which they have torn from the living body. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Each had a yew or hazel stave slung over his shoulder, plain and serviceable with the older men, but gaudily painted and carved at either end with the others. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The room was so still that it might have been a painted scene. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Baldwin Spencer All drawings are painted on a red ground (artificial) with a white or black pigment. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope I ain’t very proud of the way they’ve painted me, though there’s something about it I ain’t ashamed of either. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

An Arab and a girl from the bistro down the street did a dance, the man wielding a painted wooden phallus the size of a rolling-pin. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber Her curved and painted sandals were hidden beneath a heap of emeralds, and a net of purple thread was filled with her disordered hair. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Anna Katherine Green Not till the painted towers encircling Lucerne had come again into sight did the newly wedded pair find words or make the least attempt to speak. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Ann Radcliffe Yet he often looked forward into the sacred gloom, which the painted windows threw over the remote perspective, in the expectation of perceiving a monk. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

They approached nearer and nearer to the gaily painted heights of Ifdawn. There was something enigmatic to him in those bright walls. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Samuel Johnson Our quarrel with Louis has been long over; and it now gratifies neither zeal nor malice to see him painted with aggravated features, like a Saracen upon a sign. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Marjorie Bowen He looked up at the sign on which were painted the crystal fish and the man on the gallows; then he began to put on his gloves. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Isabella Bird The stage was painted scarlet, but looked as if it had not been washed for a year. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Gertrude Stein He has this summer painted the house from across the valley where we first saw it and the waterfall celebrated in Lucy Church Amiably. He has also painted her portrait. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The aspect of nature, too, has changed, and his eye no longer revels among the gay variety of colours with which the landscape was painted there. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry David Thoreau In the Indian gazettes a wigwam was the symbol of a day’s march, and a row of them cut or painted on the bark of a tree signified that so many times they had camped. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Robert Louis Stevenson Such people as you see may be old, or toil-worn, or sorry; but you see them framed in the forest, like figures on a painted canvas; and for you, they are not people in any living and kindly sense. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins My mistress hated it, because the painted face had a strange likeness to hers. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]