"If this be not done, the Artist may happen to impose on himself by partial reasoning, by a cold consideration of those animated first thoughts which proceeded, not perhaps from caprice or rashness (as he may afterwards conceit) but from the fullness of his mind, enriched with all the copious stores of various inventions that he had ever seen, or had ever passed in his thoughts."
— Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)
Text from A Discourse Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 11, 1786, by the President. (London: Printed by Thomas Cadell, 1787). <Link to ECCO>