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October 26, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(17):721-722. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.04280430033005

Animum pictura pascit inani.—Virgil.

"And with the shadowy picture feeds his mind."

We have had many letters from members of the Association making inquiry about the probable disposition of the photographs of the members, which this Journal has been receiving from time to time for the last six months.

Some other journals have even been facetious when mentioning the matter. The truth is that few things are of more interest historically than the pictures of the men who make the history, and from the earliest times it has been a common complaint that the world was indifferent to contemporary portraits.

Pliny ("Natural History") lamented that his age possessed no portraits of living men. "Correct portraits of individuals," says Pliny, "were formerly transmitted to future ages by painting, but this has now fallen into desuetude. Brazen shields are now set up, and silver faces with only some obscure traces of