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

The First Discourse 5



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DISCOURSE I.
 
 
the Advantages proceeding from the institution
 
OF A ROYAL ACADEMY. — HINTS OFFERED TO THE
CONSIDERATION OF THE PROFESSORS AND VISITORS ;
 
THAT AN IMPLICIT OBEDIENCE TO THE RULES OF
 
ART BE EXACTED FROM THE YOUNG STUDENTS;—
THAT A PREMATURE DISPOSITION TO A MASTERLY
DEXTERITY BE REPRESSED THAT DILIGENCE BE
CONSTANTLY RECOMMENDED, AND (THAT IT MAY
BE EFFECTUAL) DIRECTED TO ITS PROPER OBJECT.

 
GENTLEMEN,
 
An Academy, in which the Polite Arts
maybe regularly cultivated, is at last opened
among us by Royal Munificence. This
must appear an event in the highest degree
interesting, not only to the Artists, but to
the whole nation.
 
It is indeed difficult to give any other
reason, why an empire like that of BRI-
TAIN should so long have wanted an orna-
ment so suitable to its greatness, than that
slow progression of things, which naturally 
 
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