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William H. Hunt —
born on June 12, 1823,
died on February 27, 1884
William Henry Hunt was the United States Secretary of the Navy under President James Garfield and briefly under President Chester A. Arthur... (wikipedia)
There is no more reason why the features belonging to a picture should be distorted for the purpose of such imaginative suggestion than that the poet's metaphors should spoil his words for the ordinary uses of man.
When language was not transcendental enough to complete the meaning of a revelation, symbols were relied upon for heavenly teaching, and familiar images, chosen from the known, were made to mirror the unknown spiritual truth.
I agree that Ruskin has done much harm to counter balance much good in giving people the trick of talking about Art instead of really doing a little of it to enable them to understand.