Art: Maladie du Siecle

Fired with the enthusiasm of his fetish, mechanics, Thomas Alva Edison recently refused to have his portrait painted on the grounds: "Everything in this world should be done by machinery and measurement," and anything made without the accuracy of mechanism is "not really very good". This was reported last week by Sir John Lavery, fashionable British painter who has done Mrs. Edison.

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