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Excerpt from The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Vol. 1
Besides this work of editing, it was deemed desirable, for the further utility of a standard work, that it Should be continued down to the present day. I have therefore prepared short biographies of some of the most eminent British artists who have died since Cunningham's time. Want of space has compelled the omission of many names that otherwise might well claim a place, especially those of our great water-colour painters, who have, without doubt, risen to high eminence. Possibly their lives may be added at some future time, but for the present I have been obliged to confine my work exclusively to painters in oil, selecting among these such as are best known to fame, or who seemed most noteworthy. Continuations are gene rally dull affairs, and I cannot pretend that my Lives are written in the same lively vein as Cunningham's: still I hope they will not be found without value and interest. And as our interest in any work is always greater if we know something of the author, I have also added a Short account of Allan Cunningham himself - the sturdy Scotch stonemason, who by his own unaided exertions achieved both independence and fame, and who has written one of the best works of biography in the English language.
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