The Higher Life in Art: A Series of Lectures on the Barbizon School of France, Inaugurating the Scammon Course at the Art Institute of Chicago

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FIRST LECTURE

MR. PRESIDENT, ladies and gentlemen, and my fellow-students (notwithstanding my greater age, I am still a student): First I shall say a few words concerning my choice of subject for these lectures, and I need also to remark that these lectures are of a special nature. They are addressed to students, but they are also addressed to a larger audience and a future one, as they form the beginning of the record of the Scammon lectures.

Now, one of the dreams that beset the older man is the possibility of giving some of his experience to the younger, as you know, sometimes to your cost. Ever since man was man the older generation has handed down what it could of its memories and its experiences. Some of them have survived; many are lost; but we are built up entirely of these memories from the time when our ancestor, under the name of Prometheus, inherited the invention of the use of fire. From them to the text books that we use to-day, we are but a series of memories

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