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Page 16 - I Y am now engaged ; for whether we contemplate the works of nature or of art, the varied colours under which we view them is one of the finest spectacles man is permitted to enjoy. This explains how the desire of reproducing the coloured images of objects we admire, or which under any name interest us, has produced the art of painting; how the imitation of the works of the painter, by means of threads or small prisms, has given birth to the arts of weaving tapestry and carpets...