Excerpt from Practical Hints on Portrait Painting: Illustrated by Examples From the Works of Vandyke and Other Masters This work on portrait painting originated in an Essay on the beauty and character of the human countenance, from which, in the body of the present treatise, many of the thoughts and arrangements are taken and engrafted. I found, however, that the original work, from being long under my hand, had grown to too great an extent for a single volume, therefore determmed to abridge it, and confine my labours in the present instance to the single subject of Portrait Painting - intending to commence with examples from the works of Raffaelle and Titian; but, on reﬂection, decided upon taking the illustrations from artists more coeval with our own times and present pralctice - recollecting an observation of Sir Joshua Reynolds, that, all things considered, Vandyke must be acknowledged the greatest portrait painter that ever existed. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.