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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Sir Godfrey Kneller

  • [A celebrated portrait-painter; born at Lübec, 1648; after studying with Rembrandt and in Italy, became court painter to Charles II. and other English sovereigns; died about 1723.]
  • Dost thou think, man, I can make thy son a painter? No! only God Almighty makes painters!

  • Declining to take his tailor’s son as his pupil.