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

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we are happily placed under a difpenfation fo different,,
that raoft of their Sentiments are either contradicted or
fuperfeded : and the fame may be faid of many philo-
sophical truths ; our information whereon is infinitely
fuperior to their imaginations. But in what fymbols
are arbitrary, as thofe of antiquity are generally re-
ceived, they are fo far more intelligible than others now
compofed might be, that their ufe feems indifpenfable.

The third quality of emblematical figures, is, that
they be necessary ; if the bufinefs can be accomplished
without them, they muft be omitted, for if introduced
without warrantable occafion, like mifapplied epithets
in writing, they embarrafs more than they enforce.

The treatment proper to emblematical introductions^
is that of acceffories, not principals. 1

IMAGINATION is that quality of the mind whereby
we think, conceive, invent, and combine ideas. One
of the moft neceffary qualities for an artift, is a lively,
graceful imagination. j

To aiiift the imagination, it has been fuggefted,
that recourfe may be had to the various effects of acci-
dental caufes, which fhew themfeives in objects around
us; fuch as battered walls, veins of marble, <kc. but
however thefe may aid imagination in an eccentric and
irregular manner, they are by no means capable of im-
parting grace and elegance.

IMITATOR is the character of thofe artifts who
fo clofely follow the manners of other mafters, as not
infrequently to deceive the be ft informed judges. Da-
vid Teniers was fo good an imitator, as to procure
himfelf the appellation of the ape of painting.

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