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Excerpt from Modern Painters, Vol. 1
Whatever I have asserted throughout the work, I have endeavored to ground altogether on demonstrations which must stand or fall by their own strength, and which ought to involve no more reference to authority or character than a demonstration in Euclid. Yet it is proper for the public to know, that the writer is no mere theorist, but has been devoted from his youth to the laborious study of practical art.
Whatever has been generally affirmed of the old schools of landscape-painting is founded on familiar acquaintance with every important work of art, from Antwerp to Naples. But it would be useless, where close and immediate compari son with works in our own Academy is desirable, to refer to the details of pictures at Rome or Munich and it would be impossible to speak at once with just feeling, as regarded the possessor, and just freedom, as regarded the public, of pict ures in private galleries. Whatever particular references have been made for illustration, have been therefore confined, as far as was in my power, to works in the National and Dul wich Galleries.
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