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" ... difficult to say if his conversation gave more amusement or instruction. The toil or difficulties of his profession were by him considered as matter of honourable and delightful contest ; and it might be said of him, that he did not so much paint... "
Painters and Their Works: A Dictionary of Great Artists who are Not Now Alive - Page 340
by Ralph N. James - 1897
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Lectures on Painting, Delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts: With a Letter ...

John Opie, Amelia Alderson Opie - Painting - 1809 - 269 pages
...works, how highly he was endowed by nature with strength of judgment and originality of conception. His thoughts were always new and striking, as they...were the genuine offspring of his own mind ; and it was difficult to say if his conversation gave more amusement or instruction. The toil or difficulties...
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