SO much has been achieved in painting, so much is to be learnt, that no artist, occu­ pied as he must be with his own work, can

have the necessary detachment of mind and the leisure to review impartially, and with proper appreciation, the history and practice of painting to the present day. The field is too wide. At most, he can give such rough conclusions as his own work, and the study of others’ work, has led him to form.