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THE

ARTIST AND AMATEUR'S

MAGAZINE.

TO THE

PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY.

GENTLEMEN,

I OFFER you the homage of a dedication as a mark of the respect in which I hold your talents as artists and your qualities as men; but especially to manifest, in the strongest manner I can, the sense I entertain and the conviction I feel of the boundless good which has been done to the cause of the Fine Arts by the Institution over which you preside. The foundation of the Royal Academy not only first gave footing and security to the Art of Painting in England, but provided a station in society for its professors; and, in addition to what it has achieved in itself, has been the parent of other institutions, which are estimable for being its imitators. Whatever honour the Arts of Design may reflect upon the character of the nation, or whatever advantages, facilities, and hopes attend upon Art at the present hour, are fairly and honestly to be attributed to those by whom it was called into existence, as well as those by whom it has been and still continues to be supported.

Self-created and self-sustained the Royal Academy will ever be regarded as a proud monument of the intelligence, the talent, the perseverance, and endurance of British artists.

That the little work now put forth may tend to advance the interests of Art, and aid in the efforts made by its professors, is the earnest wish and the desired reward of,

March 20. 1843.

Gentlemen,

Your devoted and faithful servant,

E. V. RIPPINGILLE.

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