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CHAPTER IX

THE ARTISTIC FACULTY.


Data.--Sexual Distribution.-Marriage Selection.-Regression.--Effect of Bias in Marriage.

Data.-It is many years since I described the family history of the great Painters and Musicians in Hereditary Genius. The inheritance of much less exceptional gifts of Artistic Faculty will he discussed in this chapter, and from an entirely different class of data. They are the answers in my R.F.F collection, to the question of " Favourite pursuits and interests ? Artistic aptitudes?

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The list of persons who were signalised as being especially fond of music and drawing, no doubt includes many who are artistic in a very moderate degree. Still they form a fairly well defined class, and one that is easy to discuss because their family history is complete. In this respect, they are much more suitable subjects for statistical inquiry than the great Painters and Musicians, whose biographers usually say little or nothing of their non-artistic relatives.