Hire idiots to paint with cold light and hot shade,
Give high price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace,
And with labours of ignorance fill every place.
Note 1. On Art and Artists] Of the Epigrams grouped together in this section, written circa 18089, nos. I, V, XV, XXII, XXIV, XXX, XXXI, and XXXII are taken from Blakes marginal annotations to his copy of Vol. I of Sir Joshua Reynolds Works (2nd edition, 1798), containing the first eight Discourses. Others occasioned by the six later Discourses were jotted down in the MS. Book, whence also the remainder of the Epigrams and satirical pieces on Art and artists have been excerpted. For prose parallelisms to the Epigrams readers may consult Blakes Descriptive Catalogue, the Advertisement, and Catalogue for 1810 from the Rossetti MS., as well as the marginalia to Reynolds mentioned above, or refer to my earlier edition of the Poems where the more important of these illustrative passages have been quoted. [back]