• The first impression and a natural one is, that the fine arts have risen or declined in proportion as patronage has been given to them or withdrawn, but it will be found that there has often been more money lavished on them in their worst periods than in their best, and that the highest honours have frequently been bestowed on artists whose names are scarcely now known.

    John Constable (2015). “Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated)”, p.599, Delphi Classics