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

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wilh for improvement; and we fincerely with to fee
them brought to that perfection of which they are ca-
pable. It will be the firft fign of general and exalted
merit among artifts.

Sculpture, we think, advances among us ; perhaps
the prefent tafte of ornamenting our apartments is in-
jurious to painting, by excluding many pictures (if not
pictures altogether), and therefore the patrons of art
indulge themfelves in appendages of fculpture; or,
perhaps the applaufe beftowed on late exertions of this
art in the monuments of Lord Chatham, &c. and others
which are in hand, has raifed a fpirit of exertion to the
benefit of the art in general; we pretend not to deter-
mine the point, but hope to fee the period arrive when
Britifh fculptures mail be valued both abroad and at
home, nor thought inferior to any, or if to any, only to
thofe of antiquity.

We conceive that the number of fculptors augments,
as alfo the means of their employment and fupport. If
we trace the art from Gibber and Gibbons to Roubiliac
and Ryfbrack, we mail not difcover fo many names of
merit as are to be found at prefent. We are willing to
confider this circumftance as a proof of a correctnefs and
judgment in the public; and if the art of fculpture
fhould be generally ufed to ornament the refidence of
the living, as well as the manfions of the dead (to which
it has formerly been almoft reftricted), our hopes of the
progreffive merit of Britifh productions, may prove
to have further fupport than merely our wiflies for
national diitincrion.

As among thofe who have contributed to the irq-

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