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

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Who will Dare to Say that Polite
Art is Encouraged or Either Wished
or Tolerated in a Nation where
The Society for the Encouragement 
of Art Suffered Barry to give
them his Labour for Nothing
A Society composed of the
Flower of the English Nobility
& Gentry ________ Suffering
an Artist to Starve while he
Supported Really what They 
under pretence of Encouraging were
Endeavoring to Depress.-- Barry
told me that while he Did that 
Work he Lived on Bread & Apples

Editorial Note:
Blake's reference "that Work" may be The Progress of Human Knowledge

Written first in pencil and later pen. This suggest different reading and annotating moments.

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