Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663602
101 
vincing him of the deleterious inHuence_of the 
arts when employed as the embellishments of 
voluptuousness 
and 
luxury ; 
but 
also 
when 
the 
state 
of 
mean, 
the arts was so 
that the full 
eH'ect 
of 
studying 
the 
antique 
0n1y' 
and 
of 
grouping 
characters 
academical 
by 
rules, 
should appear so 
striking 
HS 
to 
satisfy 
him 
that 
he 
could 
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if he did not attend 
hope for any eminence, 
IT] OTB 
to the phenomena of Nature, 
tions of the greatest genius. 
than to the produc- 
The perusal of the 
works 
of 
other 
painters, 
he 
W85 
would 
sensible, 
improve 
his 
taste ; 
but 
he 
W3.S 
convinced, 
that 
the 
design 
which 
he 
had 
formed 
for 
establish- 
ing 
his 
OWl'l 
fame, 
could 
not 
realised, 
for 
3 
single 
moment, 
he 
that their Works, 
forgot 
however 
exquisite, 
were 
but 
the 
imitations 
and 
forms 
of 
those 
eternal 
models 
to which 
he 
had 
been 
instinctively directed. 
It was on 
the 
of July, 
10th 
1 760: 
that he 
Rome. 
arrived at 
The French Courier conducted 
him 
to 
a 
hotel, 
and, 
having 
mentioned 
in 
the 
house 
that 
he was 
an 
American, 
and 
a Quaker, 
COH18 
t0 
study 
the 
fine 
arts, 
the 
circumstance 
seemed so extraordinavy, 
it reached 
that 
the 
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