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HISTORY AND PRINCIPLES
THOMAS PHILLIPS, Esq. R.A. F.R.S. & F.S.A.
LATE PROFESSOR OF PAINTING IN THE ROYAL ACADEMY.
If to do were as easy as to know what 'twere good to do, chapels had
LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,
I GLADLY avail myself of Your Lordship's permission to dedicate the following Discourses to you.
To whom indeed could they be dedicated with more propriety!
They were written with an earnest desire to assist in promoting the knowledge of the Art of Painting in our country, and no one
has more zealously sought to effect that object than Your Lordship: no one has patronised British Art more extensively, or more kindly; or encouraged and rewarded Artists more generously.
Having enjoyed the favour and experienced the liberality of your Lordship through a period of nearly forty years, I feel both pride and pleasure in thus acknowledging the obligation you have conferred upon me, and in subscribing myself
Grateful and devoted Servant,