Antedating of "Mannerism"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 25 23:10:52 UTC 2005

mannerism (OED3 1803)

1800 Penn, John. _Further thoughts on the present state of public opinion_
72 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  It may, on the other hand,
happen, that nature would be ever more _faithfully_ described by a
presumption and brilliancy of colouring, and would be lost sight of by the
vulgar, and yet vain mannerism of sentiment, which, by stripping to shew
it plainer, would disguise it.

Fred Shapiro

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