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“It is indeed impossible to view a series of bearded portraits, however indifferently executed, without feeling that they possess dignity, gravity, freedom, vigour, and completeness; while in looking on a row of razored faces, however illustrious the originals, or skillful the artists, a sense of artificial conventional bareness is experienced.” - Thomas S. Gowing

Hear, hear!

July 6, 2018 in Books | Permalink

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“Razored faces”: it sounds painful.

When I followed the link, I remembered the writer’s name. We got a copy of that book for our son (bearded, philosophy major) a few years back.

Posted by: Michael Leddy at Jul 8, 2018 9:15:20 AM