|Edward Gibbon by Sir Joshua Reynolds "This man [Reynolds] was hired to depress Art." William Blake|
Increasingly I feel like labelling all my posts just Decline and Fall.
"I have described the triumph of barbarism and religion."
"I admire his eloquence, I approve his politics, I adore his chivalry, and I can even forgive his superstition..." Gibbon of Burke
Gibbon's grandfather lost all of his assets in the South Sea Bubble but later recovered his fortunes to enable him to leave a substantial estate to his son.