S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
[A distinguished English portrait-painter; born in Devonshire, July 16, 1723; settled in London, 1746; president of the Royal Academy, 1768, and delivered a course of lectures on painting; died February, 1792.]
I thank you, sir, for bringing me off with flying colors.
To a gentleman who had said, Reynoldss tints are admirable, but his colors fly. Joseph Vernet, a distinguished French painter, replied to Voltaires praise of his colors as brilliant and durable, My colors are not so durable as your ink.