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PORTRAIT OF AN ARISTOCRAT
ON THE BRINK OF ADULTHOOD
A beautiful body perishes but a work of art does not.
Leonardo da Vinci*
Although James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) was born in the United States, the future artist moved to England when he was in his teens, soon studying at British art schools. He eventually won acclaim as a portrait painter, his subjects often including members of the aristocracy such as 17 year old Lady Majorie Manners above. Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has left posterity numerous reflections and theories regarding art in his Notebooks; however, I was not able to find the source of the quote above.
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