An Essay on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime by Uvedale Price

By Uvedale Price

Pissed off via what he observed because the over-grooming standard in British panorama gardening and linked to the paintings of strength Brown, Uvedale fee (1747-1829) released this essay in 1794. He emphasises the following the significance of naturalism and concord with the encircling surroundings. offering examples of the way sure positive factors in a backyard can be more advantageous via adherence to picturesque ideas, expense seeks to use the teachings of panorama portray to the perform of panorama gardening. He additionally stresses the significance of being attentive to altering mild and the influence of shadow. The essay seemed within the similar 12 months as 'The Landscape', a didactic poem by way of Richard Payne Knight (1751-1824), which was once addressed to cost and is integrated on the finish of this reissue. Price's Letter to H. Repton, Esq., a complement to his essay, is reissued individually during this sequence in its 1798 variation.

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For that reason when a river is the object of imitation, the banks ought not to be made more regularly sloping to the edge of the water, or more exactly levelled, than those of gentle rivers usually are; otherwise they betray art, and, of course, are no longer simple. Indeed, in all such imitations, the danger of betraying art should prevent too nice an attention to regular slopes, even though frequent precedents should be found to exist in nature. The case is different in the gravel walk; for that is no imitation of nature, but an avowed piece of art: avowedly made for comfort and neatness.

If, a little farther on, instead of this pleasing; but uniform fringe, the immediate banks were higher in some places, and suddenly projecting; if, on some of these projections, groups of trees stood on the grass only; on others, a mixture of them with fern and underwood; and between them the turf alone came down almost to the water edge, and let in the view towards the more distant objects舒any spectator who observed at all, must be struck with the difference between one rich, but uniform fringe, and the succession and opposition of high and low, of rough and smooth, of enrichment and simplicity.

In warmer aspects, especially in the more southern parts of England, bignonias, passion-flowers, &c. might often grow luxuriantly amidst similar accompaniments; these we have always seen nailed against walls, and have but little idea of their effector even of that of vines and jessamines, Avhen loosely hanging over rocks and stones, or over the dark coves which might be made among them. These effects of a more dressed and minute kind, might be tried with great convenience and propriety in those parts of artificial pieces of water, which are often enclosed from the pasture grounds, and dedicated solely to shrubs and verdure; while other circumstances of a ruder nature, and not so liable to be injured,might with equal propriety be placed in less polished scenes: and by such methods, a varied succession of pictures might be formed on the banks of made water.

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