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

To the King


The regular progress of cultivated life is
from necessaries to accommodations, from
accommodations to ornaments. By your
illustrious predecessors were established
Marts for Manufactures and Colleges for
Science; but for the arts of elegance, those
arts by which manufactures are embellished
and science is refined, to found an Academy
was reserved for Your Majesty.

   Had such patronage been without effect,
there had been reason to believe that Nature
had, by some insurmountable impediment,
obstructed our proficiency; but the annual
improvement of the Exhibitions which Your 



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