Hired to Depress: A Digital Scholarly Edition of William Blake's Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses

Blake marginalia Contents Page A02

To learn the
of Art
Copy for
Ever. is
My Rule

Editorial Note:
A key element to the art of engraving is that apprentices are rigorously trained to copy and innovate other artists and nature. Blake references copywork in other places of Discourses: “[copying] is the only School to the Language of Art” (E 638) and “the difference between a bad Artist & a Good One Is the Bad Artist seems to copy a Great Deal: The Good One Really Does Copy a Great Deal” (645). 

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