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THE MOST EMINENT
BY ALLAN CUNNINGHAM.
HARVARN COLLEGE LIBRARY
My undertaking is now concluded, and I have the agreeable duty of thanking my friends for their aid, the public for its kindness, and critics for much mildness and forbearance. I at first imagined that three volumes, or at most four, would hold all I had to say ; but as the work advanced, new sources of intelligence were opened. What was intended for a sketch took a more important form, and I soon perceived that I required more room, and greater fulness, both of narration and remark. The deaths, too, of such men as Lawrence and Jackson obliged me to extend my plan ; nor am I sure that I have yet admitted all artists of merit and genius into my volumes.
In tracing the lives and delineating the characters of the chief men of our native school of art, I have endeavoured to be scrupulously impartial : it was my wish to speak warmly of merits and candidly of faults, and in no way to sacrifice my own opinion in matters either of taste or conduct. Yet,