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WIRD FIRE ARTS LIBRARY
Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1838,
by KILLIARD, GRAY & Co. in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
The following sketches are offered without pretension to a knowledge of the fine arts. They are an attempt to make more graphic and real the history of men, whose names 'are familiar to most of us, and with whose works we are becoming more and more acquainted.
It were well if the thirst for amusement could be partly satisfied with such entertainment as flows from a history of the development and rewards of genius, or at least suffer the reader to draw a lesson from the lives of those who have used or perverted this noble gift of the Creator. The path that the author has chosen cannot be a useless one, if it lead to fountains which refresh and invigorate.