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An Essay on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime and the Beautiful

An Essay on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime and the Beautiful

And, on the Use of Studying Pictures, for the Purpose of Improving Real Landscape

by Uvedale Price
Publication Date: 02/01/2014
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Frustrated by what he saw as the over-grooming prevalent in British landscape gardening and associated with the work of Capability Brown, Uvedale Price (1747-1829) published this essay in 1794. He emphasises here the importance of naturalism and harmony with the surrounding environment. Providing examples of how certain features in a garden may be improved through adherence to picturesque principles, Price seeks to apply the lessons of landscape painting to the practice of landscape gardening. He also stresses the importance of paying attention to changing light and the effect of shadow. The essay appeared in the same year as 'The Landscape', a didactic poem by Richard Payne Knight (1751-1824), which was addressed to Price and is included at the end of this reissue. Price's Letter to H. Repton, Esq., a supplement to his essay, is reissued separately in this series in its 1798 edition.
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Cambridge University Press
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United Kingdom
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