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KOMAR AND MELAMID FROM BEHIND THE IRONICAL CURTAIN

In-the year of our Lord 1798, on the seventh day of November, were the sketches of the freed serf Apelles Ziablov displayed, and not merely displayed, but forthwith deliberated upon. . . . and it was ruled that the morals of their maker had been sorely impaired by old age and infected by undertakings that are contrary to God and to the Law, and which the noble Arts can in no way tolerate. In response to such ruling, the aforementioned Ziablov hastened to further his foul and obscene behavior by declaiming some dark verse with the insolent intention of foully distorting historical perspective and besmirching the titles of the assembly members.

The firm and well-reasoned condemnation of these sketches will not only enhance the zeal of artists of renown, but will encourage others who .. .nourish hopes for governmental patronage. Appropriate and correct drawing .. . . may prevent a person from

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