Excerpt from Burne-Jones He did not show the blind readiness to imitate which is the vice of the copyist; he altered and adapted, varied this principle and modified that detail, until he had with the material he collected built up a quite complete superstructure, which was Italian only in its foundation. And in this process of building up he was guided surely enough by a right instinct for decorative propriety, an instinct which was partly innate, partly the outcome of associations by which he was largely affected throughout his life. If his personality had been less strong, or his aesthetic preference less defined, these associations might easily have cramped his imagination and narrowed him into the repe tition of a set formula; but his intelligence was so keen and his conviction concerning his artistic mission was so clear, that he.
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