The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 4.1790

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bricks, table linen, &c. down to fail cloth; and fo in
many others. Where we obferve, that not only filk is
different from woollen, but even from itfelf, in another
ftate and commodity.

The character of Precious Stones, forms a dis-
tinction from all the foregoing: their fplendor, their
brilliancy, their richnefs of colour, is peculiar to them-
felves. Among thefe, each is diftindt from others; and
he who fhould confound a ruby with an amethyft, or a
fapphire, would be thought difqualified for the Super-
intendence of the mines of Golconda, however he
might labour in exploring them as a flave : as an artift
who fhould paint a diamond black, would be rival to
him who fhould dive for diamonds and dig for pearls.

Thus it is evident, by parity of reafon, that through-
out the whole dominion of nature there is a diverfity of
character and appearance : to be acquainted with this
diverfity is no eafy matter j nor is it theprefent bufinef;
of thefe pages to explain it : it is fufficient if they
hint at its extent and univerfality.

The Character of an artift, is underftood of that
kind of management and conduct which appears in his
pieces: whether in his compofiticn, his ordonnance,
his fly le, or his handling.

The character of his mind {hews itfelf in the eleva-
tion of his thoughts, the enthufiafm of his invention,
his judgment, and difpofition. The character of his
hand, difplays itfelf in the colouring, the touch, &c.
Thefe two kinds of character enable us to determine
long after a mafter's deceafe, whether a picture be of
his hand, an original, or a copy, an imitation, or au-
thentic j
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