Volltext: The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London

I do not think that there can be two opinions 
with respect to the utility of a work of this kind. 
Mr. West, in relating the circumstances by which 
he was led to approximate, without the aid of an 
instructor, to those principles and rules of art, 
which it is the object of schools and academies to 
disseminate, has conferred a greater benefit on 
young Artists than he could possibly have done 
by the most ingenious and eloquent lectures on 
the theories of. his profession; and it was neces- 
sary that the narrative should appear in his own 
time, in order that the authenticity of the inci- 
dents might not rest on the authority of any 


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