„I once painted a concert singer and on the chestnut frame I carved the opening bars of Mendelssohn's "Rest in the Lord." It was ornamental unobtrusive and to musicians I think it emphasized the expression of the face and pose of the figure.“

—  Thomas Eakins, Letter to Henry A. Rowland (1897-10-04).
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