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    For a nation of artists

    Hi,

    I am not sure at all if I understand the work of artists for a nation of artists correctly. Does it mean the work is so magnificent, so stupendous, it would take a whole nation of artists to create it?

    "Let's look in at the Musée Grévin.“
    The Musée Grévin is a waxwork show. Your mind, at the word, flies instantly to the excellent exhibition founded by the worthy Mme Tussaud. And you think you know what waxworks mean. But you are wrong. The Musée Grévin contains the work of artists for a nation of artists. Wax-modelled and retouched till it seems as near life as death is: this is what one sees at the Musée Grévin.
    "Let's look in at the Musée Grévin," said Vincent. He remembered the pleasant thrill the Musée had given him, and wondered what sort of a thrill it would give his friend.

    Edith Nesbit, The Power of Darkness, 1905.

    Thank you.
    Not a Teacher. A guy that is fond of old horror and weird literature.

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    #2

    Re: For a nation of artists

    To me it means little more than "Here the author, finding himself in need of several more words to fulfill his contract, inserts them."
    I am not a teacher.

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