"I think some apology may reasonably be made for his manner, without violating truth, or running any risk of poisoning the minds of the younger students, by propagating false criticism, for the sake of raising the character of a favorite artist."
— 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>