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Engrave this Quote It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
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-Max Beerbohm
Engrave this Quote Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.
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-Oliver Cromwell
Engrave this Quote There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
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-Charles Dickens
Engrave this Quote Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change --only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
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-George Eliot
Engrave this Quote The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.
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-Benjamin Haydon
Engrave this Quote I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
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-Samuel Johnson
Engrave this Quote When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.
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-Pablo Picasso
Engrave this Quote Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
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-Anthony Powell
Engrave this Quote He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.
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-Rainer Maria Rilke
Engrave this Quote I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.
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-John Singer Sargent
Engrave this Quote Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.
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-Oscar Wilde

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