A bogus Artist.
tive attempts. If he got an order, he gave
himself prodigious airs and loafed over it for
months. He was great on expensive artist ma-
terials and outward garnishings. He did some-
thing for Zadock Pratt, the man �who has tanned
f more hides than any living individual,� as Pratt
told Jim Parton, when he applied to him to get
his life written. This Pratt is notorious for his
weakness about innumerable portraits of himself.
He bought a steel-plate engraving of Sir Robert Peel,
admiring the figure and attitude, and had the
head obliterated and his own substituted!
To return to Stone. Without ability, except
that of reproduction of detail of tree-tops, stones &c,
he never can conceive, much less execute a picture.
He has no honest enthusiasm or liking for the art
either; his is a pretence which perhaps cheats
himself, not others. He is the bogus artist to
the life. Weak, not ill-meaning or intentionally
harmful, with many curious traits of character,
never was a fellow more pitifully unfit to be
summed up by shrewd, hard, Yankee farmer
people, like the Catskillers. In some respects,
not many, he�s like Gowan in �Little Dorrit,�
but Gowan came of patrician family and had
a heavily-conventionalized country to swindle in,
hence he married Clennam�s pretty sweetheart