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Observations on the Western Parts of England, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty
To Which Are Added, a Few Remarks on the Picturesque Beauties of the Isle of Wight


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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066921

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  • 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 1798, the present work is one of a series which records his reflections on the picturesque across British landscapes. It traces the journey he made, equipped with notebook and sketching materials, westwards from Wiltshire through Somerset and Devon to Cornwall, returning via Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He describes his impressions of famous landmarks such as Stonehenge, Glastonbury Abbey, the River Tamar and Carisbrooke Castle, and includes several evocative reproductions of his pen-and-wash drawings. The companion volumes of Observations on other parts of Britain are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066921
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Nonsuch
    2. Norbury Park
    3. Country between Leatherhead and Guildford
    4. Holt-forest
    5. Country between Winchester and Salisbury
    6. Longford-castle
    7. Stonehenge
    8. Wilton
    9. Fonthill
    10. Maiden-Bradley
    11. Approach to Wells
    12. Ruins of Glastonbury abbey
    13. Gothic architecture prevalent in the west of England
    14. Admiral Blake
    15. Sir Charles Tint's improvements
    16. View from Quantoc-hills
    17. Castle hill
    18. Approach to Barnstaple
    19. Brentor
    20. Country in returning from Bodmin to Lescard
    21. Plymouth-dock
    22. Mount Edgcomb
    23. Edystone light-house
    24. Tanner
    25. Battle of Lexington
    26. Exeter
    27. View from fair-mile-hill
    28. Coast road from Plymouth to Honiton
    29. Vale of Honiton
    30. Ford abbey
    31. Country from Axminster to Bridport
    32. Blandford
    33. View of the coast from Lymington to Cowes
    34. Carisbroke-castle
    35. Picturesque beauty explained
    36. Separation of the island from the main
    37. Milbroke
    38. View of Southampton

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