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Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, &C ...
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abbey Abergavenny admired adorned with wood advantage afforded amusing appearance beautiful boat Brecknoc bridge Bristol Bristol channel broken Bualt cascade castle channel Chepstow Chippenham circumstance colour composition consist continues course Cowbridge croud descended distance everywhere exhibits foreground forest of Dean front give Glocester Gothic grand woody grandeur hath heights Hereford Herefordshire high grounds idea kind land landscape light Llandilo Llandovery lofty lychens mannerist miles Monmouth mountains nature Neath New-Weir noble objects observed ornaments painter Persfield perspective pleasing Plinlimmon precipice promontories racter Rhaader rich rising river RIVER WYE road rock rocky Ross ruins scene seated seen shew side side-screens solitary rock sometimes spire stands steep stream summits surface tide Tintern-abbey tints tower town Trecastle trees tumuli vale of Rhydol vale of Towy valley varied variety various vast vessel voyage Wales Welsh whole WILLIAM GILPIN winding woody banks woody hills woody scenery
Page 40 - But what peculiarly marks this view, is a circumftance on the water. The whole river, at this place, makes a precipitate fall ; of no great height indeed ; but enough to merit the title of a cafcade : though to the eye above the ftream, it is an objecl of no confequence.
Page 31 - Nature is always great in design, but unequal in composition. She is an admirable colourist; and can harmonize her tints with infinite variety, and inimitable beauty: but is seldom so correct in composition, as to produce an harmonious whole. Either the foreground, or the background, is disproportioned: or some awkward line runs across the piece: or a tree is illplaced: or a bank is formal: or something, or other is not exactly what it should be.
Page 113 - There the wise Merlin whylome wont (they say) To make his wonne, low underneath the ground In a deep delve, far from the view of day, That of no living wight he mote be found, Whenso he counselled with his sprights encompassed round.
Page 51 - When we stood at one end of this awful piece of ruin and surveyed the whole in one view — the elements of air, and earth, its only covering, and pavement; and the grand, and venerable remains, which terminated both — perfect enough to form the perspective, yet broken enough to destroy the regularity; the eye was above measure delighted with the beauty, the greatness, and the novelty of the scene.
Page 49 - it does not make that appearance as a distant object which we expected. Though the parts are beautiful, the whole is ill-shaped. No ruins of the tower are left, which might give form, and contrast to the walls, and buttresses, and other inferior parts.
Page 32 - His picture must contain a whole: his archetype is but a part. In general however he may obtain views of such parts of nature, as with the addition of a few trees; or a little alteration in the foreground...
Page 26 - Many of the furnaces on the banks of the River, consume charcoal, which is manufactured on the spot ; and the smoke issuing from the sides of the hills, and spreading its thin veil over a part of them, beautifully breaks their lines, and unites them with the sky.
Page 30 - Goodrich-castle, where a very grand view presented itself; and we rested on our oars to examine it. A reach of the river, forming a noble bay, is spread before the eye. The bank, on the right, is steep, and covered with wood; beyond which a bold promontory shoots out, crowned with a castle, rising among the trees. This view, which is one of the grandest on the river, I should not scruple to call correctly picturesque...