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“His figures are governed by a sentiment of the mind. This is
Raffaelle's coief excellence; and he may justly be denominated the
painter of the mind. If in this faculty be included all that is diffi-
cult, philosophical, and sublime, who shall compete with him in
the sovereignty of art?"-LANZI. (Roscoe's Translation.)

LONDON:

HOULSTON AND HUGHES, 154, STRAND :

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

1840.

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The reader of the following pages is requested to bear in mind, that they were not composed with exclusive reference to the present set of Prints; the limited size of which did not admit of all the precision and minuteness of detail, necessary to support the propriety of some of the Author's remarks. It is hoped, however, that the work will not, on that account, prove less acceptable to the public. Written with a constant view to the Cartoons themselves, it will, the author believes, be found useful and illustrative, in proportion to the excellence of whatever engraved or other copies may be before the reader during its perusal; but its pretensions to that character can be best determined by those who have access to, or at least a distinct recollection of, the sublime originals.

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