So very like a painter drew,
That every eye the picture knew;
He hit complexion, feature, air.
So just the life itself was there; He gave each muscle all its strength,
The mouth, the chin, the nose's length His honest pencil touched with truth.
And marked the date of age and youth.
He lost his friends, his practice failed;
Truth should not always be revealed. — Gay.
Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from its Foundation in 1769-1904. 8 vols. London: Henry Graves and Co. and George Bell, 1906.
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