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

Contents VII-VIII

The reality of a Standard of Taste, as well as of Corporeal Beauty. Beside this immutable truth, there are secondary truths, which are variable, both requiring the attention of the Artist, in proportion to their stability or their influence...p. 189

The Principles of Art, whether Poetry or Painting, have their foundation in the mind, such as Novelty, Variety, and Contrast; these in their excess become defects. — Simplicity. — Its excess disagreeable. Rules not to be always observed in their literal sense ; sufficient to preserve the spirit of the law. — Observations on the Prize Pictures...p. 245


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