An Essay on Taste by Alexander Gerard

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Seft. iv. ideas of beauty and virtue. E merit Of the ta/lc of 50 ment and fagacity, and of fuccefsj feeling Part imitation. I. includes the pleafant the recognizing refem- blance, in confequence of comparifon, augAnd when the imiments our pleafure (e). tation intended, our admiration of the (kill is and ingenuity of the artifl diffufes itfelf over the effect from which that Ikill is inferred, and compleats the delight which the work infpires. HENCE the rapture with whichaconnoifleur beholds the capital performances of the eminent matters in painting or fculpture.

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