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TH E fine arts have ever been encouraged by wife princes, not singly for private amusement, but for their beneficial influence in society. By uniting different ranks in the fame elegant pleasures, they promote benevolence: by cherishing love . of order, they inforce submission to government: and by inspiring delicacy of feeling, they make regular government a double blessing.
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These considerations embolden me" to hope for your Majesty's patronage in behalf of the following work, which treats of the fine arts, and attempts to form a standard of taste, by unfolding those principles that ought tp govern the taste of every individual.
It is rare to find One born with such delicacy of feeling, as not to need instruction: it is equally rare to find one so low in feeling, as not to be capable of instruction. And yet, to refine our taste with respect to beauties of art or of nature, is scarce endeavoured in any seminary of learning; a lamentable defect, considering how early in life taste is susceptible of culture, and how difficult to reform it if unhappily perverted. To furnish materials for supplying that defect, was an additional motive for the present undertaking.