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

opened till after his death, a copy of. the 
publication, " Junius identified," with a com- 
mon co-py of the letters of Junius,i were foundat- 
I shall offer no comment on this occurrence, 
for even granting" that it was true, it might 
have been but a playful trick _-if Sir Philip 
Francis was, in any respect, a humorist. But I 
have already digressed too far from the imme- 
diateobject of my Work; and I cannot make a. 
better amends to my readers than by inserting 
here a short paper, written by that eminent 
person, and addressed to Mr. West. It is a 
critique on the Transfiguration by Raphael, in 
which Sir Philip evinces considerable ingenuity, 
by attempting not only to explain a defect in 
the composition, felt by every man of taste, 
in the midst of the delight which, in other 
respects, it never fails to produce, but to show 
that, so far from being any defect, it is in fact 
a great beauty. 
The title of this picture is a misnomer. 
Qicture itself tells you it 
the Ascension. 


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