-- Old Muytens: and the annalist, Baron de Tessé, has
not concealed his profound dissatisfaction at Old Muytens'
conceit "to have himself had something to do with the
work of whatever master of eminence might pass through
his hands." Whence it was,--the Baron goes on to
deplore,--that much detriment was done to that excellent
piece "The Recognition of Achilles," by Rubens, through
the perversity of Old Muytens, "who must needs take on
him to beautify every nymph of the twenty by the bestowment of a widened eye and an enlarged mouth." I,
at least, have left eyes and mouths everywhere as I found
them, and this conservatism is all that claims praise for --
what is, after all, a)ke/leustos a)/misqos a)oida/ (Ag. 979). No, neither
"uncommanded" nor "unrewarded": since it was commanded of me by my venerated friend Thomas Carlyle,
and rewarded will it indeed become if I am permitted to
dignify it by the prefatory insertion of his dear and noble
LONDON: October 1st, 1877.