Excerpt from Modern Painters, Vol. 5: Completing the Work and Containing Parts Vi and VII-of Leaf Beauty-of Cloud Beauty; Parts VIII and IX-of Ideas of Relation: 1. Of Invention Formal, 2. Of Invention Spiritual
The disproportion between the length Of time occupied in the preparation Of this volume, and the slightness of appar ent result, is so vexatious to me, and must seem so strange to the reader, that he will perhaps bear with my stating some Of the matters which have employed or interrupted me between 1855 and 1860. I needed rest after finishing the fourth volume, and did little in the following summer. The winter of 1856 was spent in writing the Elements Of Draw ing, for which I thought there was immediate need; and in examining with more attention than they deserved some Of the modern theories of political economy, to which there was necessarily reference in my addresses at Manchester. The Manchester Exhibition then gave me some Work, chieﬂy in its magnificent Reynold's constellation and thence I went on into Scotland, to look at Dumblane and Jedburgh, and some other favorite sites of Turner's which I had not at all seen, when I received notice from Mr. Wornum that he had Obtained for me permission, from the Trustees Of the Na' tional Gallery, to arrange, as I thought best, the Turner drawings belonging to the nation on which I returned to London immediately.
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