The Complete Gentleman: The Truth of Our Times, and the Art of Living in London

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baths, chariots, trophies, ancilia,17 and a thousand things more? Repair to old coins and you shall find them, and all things else that ever they did, made, or used, there shall you see them excellently and lively represented. Besides, it is no small satisfaction to an ingenuous eye to contemplate the faces and heads, and in them the characters of all these famous emperors, captains, and illustrious men whose actions will be ever admired, both for themselves and the learning of the pens that writ them.


CHAPTER XIII
Of Drawing, Limning, and Painting, with
the Lives of the Famous Italian Painters

SINCE Aristotle numbereth graphice, generally taken, for whatsoever is done with the pen or pencil (as writing fair, drawing, limning, and painting) among those his παιδεύματα, or generous practices of youth in a well-governed commonwealth, I am bound also to give it you in charge for your exercise at leisure, it being a quality most commendable and so many ways useful to a gentleman. For should you, if necessity required, be employed for your country's service in following the war, you can describe no plot, manner of fortification, form of battalia,1 situation of town, castle, fort, haven, island, course of river, passage through wood, marsh, over rock, mountain, etc. (which a discreet general doth not always commit to the eye of another), without the help of the same. In all mathematical demonstrations nothing is more required in our travel in foreign regions. It bringeth home with us from the farthest part of the world

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1
"Order of battle."
17
"Shields."

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