Quotation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It is not merely the likeness which is precious ... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing ... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think—and it is not at all monstrous in me to say ... that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861), British poet. Letter, December 7, 1843, to Mary Russell Mitford. Elizabeth Barrett to Miss Mitford (1954).
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