I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it.
I know of no such thing as genius, genius is nothing but labor and diligence.
I turned my thoughts to a still more novel mode... to compose pictures on canvas similar to representations on the stage... my picture is my stage, and men and women my players exhibited in a 'dumb' show.
Simplicity, without variety, is wholly insipid.
The serpentine line, or the line of grace, by its waving and winding at the same time different ways, leads the eye in a pleasing manner along the continuity of its variety.
Straight lines vary only in length, and therefore are least ornamental.
Time is not a great artist but weakens all he touches.
All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.
I think it is owing to the good sense of the English that they have not painted better.
I had rather, if cruelty has been prevented by the four prints [The Four Stages of Cruelty], be maker of them than of the [Raphael] cartoons.
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