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-1664851
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in what he had delivered; only a strain ofi per- 
suasion to induce me to comply with an existing 
prejudice, - a prejudice wricli I thought could 
not be too soon removed. Wh:-_n he had Enished 
his discourse, I begged him to heir what I had 
to state in reply, and I began by remarking 
that the event intended to be C01'I]munQ1-ated 
took place on the 13th of September, 1755, in a 
region of the World unknown to the Greeks and 
Romans, and at a period of time when no such 
nations, nor heroes in their costume, any longer 
existed. The subject" I have to represent is the 
conquest of a great province of America by the 
British troops. It is a topic that history will 
proudly record, and the same truth that guides 
the pen of the historian should govern the 
pencil of the artist. I consider myself as under- 
taking to tell this great event to the eye of the 
world ; f but if, instead of the facts of the trans- 
action, I represent classical fictions, how shall I 
be understood by posterity! The only reason 
for adopting the Greek and Roman dresses, is 
the picturesque forms of which their drapery is 
susceptible; but is this an advantage for which 
all the truth and propriety of the subject should
        

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