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Excerpt from Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President of the Royal AcademyThe aim of this book is to give a concise account of Sir Joshuas career, as recorded in his numerous biographies and in the series of his works, and to express opinions on hisMoreExcerpt from Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President of the Royal AcademyThe aim of this book is to give a concise account of Sir Joshuas career, as recorded in his numerous biographies and in the series of his works, and to express opinions on his art and writings. If my estimate of his character is found to differ in essential points from that usually accepted, I can only say that it has been formed after a very careful weighing of the evidence. It is my conviction that from the first it has been the custom to regard Reynolds through an atmosphere of idealisation created by enthusiasm for his art. If this monograph possesses any originality, it is that I have endeavoured to paint the great artist as a consistent human being, even although the result may be to set him on a plane somewhat different from that chosen by some previous writers.I have to express my warmest thanks to those proprietors of Sir Joshuas pictures who have given facilities for their reproduction.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.