"The history of his gradual advancement, and the means by which he acquired such excellence in his art, would come nearer to our purpose and wishes, if it were by any means attainable; but the flow progress of advancement is in general, imperceptible to the man himself who makes it; it is the consequence of an accumulation of various ideas, which his mind has received, he does not, perhaps, know how or when."
— Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)
Text from A Discourse, Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, Dec. 10th, 1788, by the President. (London: Printed by Thomas Cadell, 1775). <Link to ECCO>