Visit it in his absence, and you may paint his portrait better than the limner who has placed his "breathing canvas" on the walls.
It does not matter in the least whence the word "limner" is derived.
Nor are the poet's words more adequate than the colours of the limner.
He was known for reasons sake to the people of the house only as the Frenchman limner.
To turn now to another side of Stevenson—Stevenson the Artist, the artificer of phrases, the limner of pictures.
It was as grim a picture as any limner of the weird could wish to look upon.
How flushed up the faded memories of camp and battle scenes, and dismal prison life; verily a picture for the limner.
"That is Wat the limner," quoth the landlady, sitting down beside Alleyne, and pointing with the ladle to the sleeping man.
“Would that I were a limner to paint you,” burst from the young fellow impulsively.
"Do you know, I can never get over the idea that 'limner' is something immoral—indecent," said Val.