27. Not only the general effect of a subject, but much of its character and action, may be often rapidly and happily expressed by simple indications of its masses of light and shadow—and this, too, with an apparent disregard to precision of outline or detail, which, in the evidence of masterly and successful direction of purpose, and unaffected simplicity of means employed, leave no requirement of apology for deficiency in these respects. An effort of art which accomplishes all that it evidently attempts, may well deserve exemption from critical censure.
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