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Prospects For British Art
INQUIRIES relating to the character and genius of any particular nation, whether as exhibited by its prowess in arms, or its progress in the arts of civilization,—in which, doubtless, deeds of renown, and triumphs as noble, may be achieved as in the former, seldom fail to be both interesting and instructive to every intelligent person.
Deficiency In Patronage For Works Of Arts
Among the various causes which have contributed to the deficiency in works of high artistical merit in this country, one of the first and most influential must be considered to be the want of adequate patronage of painting and sculpture.
Defective Education Of Artists
In the preceding sections I observed that the main deficiency in the works of painting and sculpture in the English school, consists in the want of mental power and vigour in describing the scenes they portray, and rendering them attractive as intellectual performances which could afford gratification to persons of genius and cultivation.
Defective General Study Of Art
But while we must in some degree attribute the cause of our inferiority in art to the limited education, or the want of general cultivation of our artists, it is but justice that the public at large should in their turn also bear their share of the blame, as the defect to a great extent arises from the limited attention which on their part is ordinarily bestowed upon the arts.
Propsal For A National Gallery Of Copies
For the general improvement of the public taste it is highly desirable that galleries of works of art of superior merit should be established in the nation, which might be open to the public, where the finest productions could be viewed, works which are fitted to form a true standard of excellence by which to judge.
Union And Co-operation Of Art And Literature
But although the arts have a beneficial influence over a nation in refining and elevating it, they may also have a tendency to render the people effeminate, and too much to call off their attention from martial and manly occupations. They consequently require to be blended with other studies, which may not so much counteract as correct their influence in this respect.
Suggestion For "graphopneumata" Designs
The theory here propounded is that the conception of a grand artistical composition may be well and completely effected by one particular person gifted with powers applicable for the purpose, but who may not be possessed of the endowments which would enable him to embody his ideas upon canvas.
The Arts Not Yet Engrafted In This Country
After a full investigation of the subject discussed in the present chapter, it must be concluded, indeed the fact is too obvious to admit of any doubt, that the arts, especially those of painting sculpture and architecture, have not as yet been engrafted in England.
Establishment Of A British School Of Art
If, therefore, as I contend that we are entitled to do, we may judge from the eminence which in the arts of poetry and eloquence we have attained, that we are not deficient in intellectual power to enable us to rival the most celebrated performances of the ancients in either art; and if, as I have lately observed, in mechanical execution of works of art we are not even now deficient.
Hints For The Invention Of New Orders Of Architecture
Complaint has been made of the poverty of style as regards certain of the arts at the present day, more especially that of architecture, and the inefficiency of some of its orders to be the vehicle for calling forth those ideas allied to the picturesque which formed the subject of a previous chapter.
Foundation Of A Tribunal Of True Taste
One institution of a peculiar nature appears to be more or less essential in every country where the arts not only attain a high degree of perfection, but, what is equally important, maintain themselves at that point. I allude to the establishment of a national tribunal of true taste.
Recapitulation And Conclusion
I come now to the conclusion of this most interesting and ennobling subject, which to me has ever been a source of high gratification, and which to all affords food for research and reflection of a kind the most delightful and the most refining.
Strength Of Habit
Far up in the mountains of Montana are the head-waters of a great river. At different points along the mountain ridges three small streams are fed by springs and mountain brooks, and one of them has its source in a beautiful lake in the National Park.
Law Of Habit
The law of habit is to repeat a customary act until it becomes an involuntary, settled principle of action. In the beginning, it is a force easily capable of being measured and guided in the end, it becomes an irresistible force, that sweeps everything before it.
Cultivation Of Habit
This matter of supplanting bad habits by the assiduous cultivation of good ones has not received that attention which the importance of the subject deserves. We hear much about bad habits and their deleterious effects upon society at large ; but we do not hear so much about the benefits of good habits.
Some Bad Habits
The dangers of evil habit thus lie in the first acts of a series that are cumulative to the end of life. The danger to the boy is in his first hour of loafing. The danger to the smoker is in the first days, before the system comes to demand its daily rations of nicotine.
Some Good Habits
Thus our habits may be turned to account as helpers in the struggle of life. Good habits are our friends. We have seen that they may be cultivated, and there is no good reason why a man may not marshal the' mighty power of habit upon his side in the fight.
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