By Sir Uvedale Price
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Perugino, A. Mantegna, &c. and and compare them with those of M. 舒Compare the landscapesand back grounds of such artists with those of Titian; Nature was not changed, but a mind of a higher cast, and instructed by the experience of all who had gone before, rejected minute detail, and pointed out, by means of such selections and such combinations, as were congenial to its own sublime conceptions, in what forms, in what colours, and in what effects, grandeur in landscape consisted. Can it then be doubted but that grandeur and beauty have been pointed out and illustrated by painting as well as picturesqueness *?
And as my arrangement did not coincide with their notions of what it ought to have been, they seem to have concluded that I had no plan at all. I have in this essay undertaken to treat of two subjects, distinct, but intimately connected, and which, as I conceive, throw a reciprocal light on each other. I have beA 2 gun gun with that which is last mentioned, as I thought some previous discussion with regard to pictures and picturesque scenery, would most naturally lead to a particular examination of the character itself.
It is more necessary, perhaps, to make an apology for the liberty I must take of canvassing with freedom many positions in his very ingenious and entertaining treatise on Modern Gardening. That treatise is written in a very high strain of panegyric on the art of which he gives so amusing a history: mine is a direct and undisguised attack upon it. The greater his authority the more necessary it is to combat the impression which that alone will make on most minds. I do it, however, with great deference and reluctance; for I know how difficult it is to steer between the tameness of over-caution and the appearance of acrimony, or of want of respect towards a person for whom I feel so much, and to whom on so many accounts it is due.
An essay on the picturesque by Sir Uvedale Price