Proceedings, American Philosophical Society (vol. 107, no. 4, 1963)

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Página 275 - Gardening, as far as Gardening is an Art, or entitled to that appellation, is a deviation from nature; for if the true taste consists, as many hold, in banishing every appearance of Art, or any traces of the footSteps of man, it would then be no longer a Garden. Even though we define it, " Nature to advantage dress'd...
Página 275 - Even the rude rocks, the mossy caverns, the irregular unwrought grottos and broken falls of waters, with all the horrid graces of the wilderness itself, as representing Nature more, will be the more engaging, and appear with a magnificence beyond the formal mockery of princely gardens.
Página 279 - Raffaelle or Michael Angelo, it must be answered, that if it is to be given to him who possessed a greater combination of the higher qualities of the art than any other man, there is no doubt but Raffaelle is the first. But if, as Longinus thinks, the sublime, being the highest excellence that human composition can attain to, abundantly compensates the absence of every other beauty, and atones for all other deficiencies, then Michael Angelo demands the preference.
Página 285 - The sense of all this produc'd different motions in me, viz., a delightful Horrour, a terrible Joy, and at the same time, that I was infinitely pleas'd, I trembled.
Página 276 - tis true — this truth you lovers know — £\_ In vain my structures rise, my gardens grow; In vain fair Thames reflects the double scenes Of hanging mountains, and of sloping greens: Joy lives not here, — to happier seats it flies, And only dwells where WORTLEY casts her eyes. What are the gay parterre, the chequer'd shade, The morning bower, the ev'ning colonnade, But soft recesses of uneasy minds, To sigh unheard in, to the passing winds?
Página 287 - Jerom, and almost every page is illustrated by drawings illuminated with a variety of brilliant colours. In one page you see the countenance of the Divine Majesty supernaturally pictured ; in another, the mystic forms of the evangelists, with either six, four, or two wings : here...
Página 279 - To the question, therefore, which ought to hold the first rank, Raffaelle or Michael Angelo, it must be answered, that if it is to be given to him who possessed a greater combination of the higher qualities of the art than any other man, there is no doubt but Raffaelle is the first.
Página 293 - It is impossible for an expositor not to write too little for some, and too much for others. He can only judge what is necessary by his own experience; and how long soever he may deliberate, will at last explain many lines which the learned will think impossible to be mistaken, and omit many for which the ignorant will want his help. These are censures merely relative, and must be quietly endured.
Página 277 - ON AN OLD GATE Erected in Chiswick Gardens. O GATE, how eamest thou here ? Gate. I was brought from Chelsea last year, Batter'd with wind and weather ; Inigo Jones put me together ; Sir Hans Sloane Let me alone : Burlington brought me hither.
Página 275 - I shall no longer resist the passion growing in me for things of a natural kind, where neither art nor the conceit Or caprice of man has spoiled their genuine order by breaking in upon that primitive state.

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