• What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a perfect right to say to the artist: "Paint me just as I am." Now if he wishes absolute fidelity he can go to the photographer and get it.

    "Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography". Book by Matthew Sturgis, p. 189, 1999.