Observations on the River Wye: And Several Parts of South Wales, &c. Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Summer of the Year 1770

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A. Strahan, 1800 - Aesthetics - 154 pages
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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...

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