to be regarded: heeded or followed as a rule of action.
Commend it, or amend it.: this motto, found on the title-page of all editions, appears also in the Epist. Dedicatory, p. 6 l. 22, and on p. 205 in regard to his portrait of the Queen, where it is appended to a saying of Zeuxis, Plin. xxxv.36.
8.Phydias the first Paynter: a description founded on Pliny, xxxv. 34, where Pliny corrects the Greek notion that painting appeared much later than statuary by the tradition that Phidias (flor. 448 B.C.) painted a shield at Athens. This story about his painting his own portrait seems, however, as fictitious as that about Parrhasius with which the former dedication opens.
13.did for my fyrst counterfaite, coulour mine owne Euphues: plainly negativing theories of Endimion or The Woman in the Moone as his earliest work; while the story about Phidias implies an autobiographical element, at least, in Part I. Autobiography enters also into the present work. See Life, vol. i. pp. 2-4.
21.by chaunce, as Protogenes did the foame of his dogge: Pliny, xxxv. 36, relates that after many efforts to paint this foam aright, the happy effect was reached by his throwing at the picture in a fit of impatience the sponge loaded with the colour previously wiped off.
24.scarse sing sol fa . . . straine aboue Ela: C sol fa ut was the