Quotation by Martin Archer Shee, Sir

Dug from the tomb of taste-refining time,
Each form is exquisite, each block sublime.
Or good, or bad,—disfigur'd, or deprav'd,—
All art, is at its resurrection sav'd;
All crown'd with glory in the critic's heav'n,
Each merit magnified, each fault forgiven.
Martin Archer, Sir Shee (1769–1850), Irish portrait painter, president of Royal Academy. Rhymes on Art, or the Remonstrance of a Painter, pt. 2 (1805).
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