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From Harvard. To further explain why his parents never considered a career as an artist for him, Ross recalled the limited options for anyone interested in the arts in the late 1860s and early 1870s: ‘‘There was no art school I could go to except in Paris. . I was very fond of Music and played the piano in an amateurish way. There was no music school at that time in Boston. Music 22 : Denman Ross & American Design Theory was all right as a pastime but not as a profession. I had the best possible instruction in dancing but for me to become a professional dancer!

Even though he had already visited Notre Dame in Paris in 1879, he went again in 1883, making drawings and writing another couple of pages of notes in his diary. The arsenal of examples that Ross compiled in his head allowed him to make more refined comparisons, not just between the old masters and contemporary artists, but also among the old masters themselves. After an 1883 visit to the Salon in Paris, he commented: ‘‘It was a free day and the place was crowded with people. It was difficult to see the pictures.

To further explain why his parents never considered a career as an artist for him, Ross recalled the limited options for anyone interested in the arts in the late 1860s and early 1870s: ‘‘There was no art school I could go to except in Paris. . I was very fond of Music and played the piano in an amateurish way. There was no music school at that time in Boston. Music 22 : Denman Ross & American Design Theory was all right as a pastime but not as a profession. I had the best possible instruction in dancing but for me to become a professional dancer!

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