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[Ozias Humphry], notes for a letter to [Charles Rainsford]

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[Ozias Humphry], notes for a letter to [Charles Rainsford]





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Continuing his account of his reception by the Prince Aldobrandini; the Prince Borghese gives him permission to copy from works in his possession, he is very grateful for this as it is next to impossible to study in the Palazzo Borghese at present; he saw Mr. Mason's portrait of the Duke of Gloucester and was not impressed; he expresses self-confessedly smug opinions on the relative merits of modern art in Italy compared to those in England; he has heard that the Bishop of London has put a stop to a Royal Academy scheme to place historical pictures in St. Paul's cathedral, he thinks this a mortal blow to the "historical walk of art in England", but knows of the charge that it would lead to idolatry; Mr. Jenkins is regarded as a favourite of the Pope, although malicious London reports that he will renounce his religion are false.

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