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1847 Excerpt: ...precepts, rules are well enough in their place,
but example is far more valuable. It is my profession to work as
well as I can, not to lecture; nor would I for treasures, take upon
myself the task of arguing with irritable pedants." He said, also,
that he did not confide in his own judgment, as to the value of his
observations; he knew only that they were " dictated by the
intimate feeling of art, by meditation bent constantly upon it,
and, finally, the mistress experience;" that he had no pretensions
which justified his imposing his opinion on others, but could only
offer it for the private judgment of each hearer. Let the reader,
then, receive the following remarks as they were made, as familiar
talk of the artist with the friends who loved him, and, if awake to
such sympathies, or with a mind exercised on such topics, he will
scarcely fail to derive instruction and pleasure from the gentle
flow of earnest thought, and the air of delicacy and retirement in
the mind of the thinker. We are with him in the still cool air of
the studio, blocks of marble lie around, grand in their yet
undisclosed secret, and the forms of nymphs and heroes inform the
walls with their almost perfected beauty. The profound
interpretations of a poetic soul, weaving into new forms the
symbols of nature, and revealing her secret by divine re-creation,
will not there be felt; the thoughts of this sculptor are only new
readings of the text, faithful glosses in the margin, but, as such,
in themselves refined, and for us, in a high degree, refining and
suggestive. Genius must congratulate herself on so faithful a
disciple, though he be not a son, but a minister only of her royal
house; and Art, having poured forth her gifts, must be grateful to
one who knew so well how to...
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