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Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England

Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England
Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland, and Westmoreland
2 Volume Set

Volume 1


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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108066914

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About the Authors
  • Clergyman, schoolmaster and writer on aesthetics, William Gilpin (1724–1804) is best known for his works on the picturesque. In his Essay on Prints, published in 1768 and reissued in this series, he defined picturesque as 'a term expressive of that peculiar kind of beauty, which is agreeable in a picture'. First published in 1786, this two-volume work formed part of a successful series which recorded his reflections on the picturesque across British landscapes. It traces the journey he made in 1772, equipped with notebook and sketching materials, in the Lake District. Volume 1 includes discussion of Furness, Windermere and Keswick. Volume 2 covers parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as well as the Lakes. The volumes also feature reproductions of Gilpin's pen-and-wash drawings. Further exploring the concept of the picturesque, his volumes of Observations on other parts of Britain are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108066914
    • length: 630 pages
    • dimensions: 221 x 142 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 3 colour illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Great features of English landscape
    2. Country around Hounslow
    3. Country between Woodstock and Warwick
    4. Country between Coventry and Birmingham
    5. New-canal compared with a river
    6. Analytical view of a mountain-country
    7. General remarks on lakes
    8. General remarks on fore-grounds
    9. General remarks on the picturesque composition of lakes, and mountains
    10. Ambleside, and the grounds around it
    11. Voyage from the great island to the northern extremity of the lake
    12. Furness-abbey decribed
    13. General view of the lake of Keswick
    14. Village of Satterthwait
    15. Valley of Newlands. Volume 2:
    16. Butermer lower lake
    17. Druid temple
    18. Description of a gill, or ravine
    19. Description of Ulleswater
    20. City of Carlisle
    21. Description of Brugh-marsh
    22. Netherby
    23. Vale of Lowther
    24. Observations on a formal piece of ground near Brugh
    25. Studley
    26. Hackfall
    27. Rippon
    28. General description of the peak of Derbyshire
    29. Description of Dovedale
    30. Keddleston
    31. Country about Leicester
    32. Country about Northampton
    Explanation of the prints.

  • Author

    William Gilpin

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