Macaulay's verdict on Horace Walpole is too irresistibly delectable
not to repeat.
Liverpool & Croker on Walpole
From the Monamy & Walker conversation piece c 1730-33
About as authentic a Monamy painting as could be found.
A work of art is an otherwise useless artefact which I could not make myself.
A pile of bricks, an unmade bed, or an Alfred Wallis seascape are therefore not works of art.
See works of art below. I could not make them myself.
Mona Lisas of the C17th and C18th
".... as late as 1882 the Head of a Girl with Pearl Ear Drops .... fetched 4/6 at an auction in the Hague". Says John Carey;
but check Wikipedia:
Arnoldus Andries des Tombe purchased the work at an auction in The Hague in 1881, for only two guilders and thirty cents.