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

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ftep to the formation of a manner. Now as nature has
no manner, but is infinitely various, fertile, and prolific
throughout, fo fhould be the mind, and confequently the
works of an artift. A manner is, the offspring of that
imbecility of mind which is unable to purfue nature
thoroughly, and therefore refts fatisfied with prefent
attainments.

When a painter, to pleafe his friends, or himfelf, copies
one of his compofitions, and adds what ideas he thinks
proper for further improvement, are not fuch pictures
equal to his original ? Nor ought we to degrade thofe
copies from immenfe compofitions on Ceilings, &c. done
in frefco, and copied in oil : nor are drawings from
pictures, or prints from drawings, properly copies : the
difference of the manners of work being too great, and
even many of their principles as well as modes 6f work-
manfhip, very diftinct.

To COPY, is the mean for promoting the ftudies of
thofe not arrived at high degrees of fldll : variety of
manners, of ftyles, &c. isdefirable, not only becaufe each
mafter copied, has his manner of feeing nature, but alfo
to accuftom the ftudent to facility, and to avoid as much
as may be his acquiring a fettled and prejudicial manner.

COPYIST is fpoken of painters, &c. who d© not
compofe works of their own invention, but repeat thofe
of others. However accurate and perfect fuch works
may be, a Copyift is not ufually reckoned among good
mailers : becaufe the firft and moft ingenious parts of
his art, are not introduced into his practice.

CORRECTNESS is ufually fpoken of defign, but
may without offence be applied to other branches of art;

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