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Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain

Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain
Particularly the High-Lands of Scotland
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070119

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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 1789, this two-volume work forms part of a series which records his reflections on the picturesque across British landscapes. It traces the journey he made in 1776, equipped with notebook and sketching materials, exploring the landscape of the Scottish Highlands via northern England, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Reproductions of his pen-and-wash drawings are included. The companion volumes of Gilpin's Observations on other parts of Britain are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. Volume 1 takes in such notable sites as the Grampian Mountains and Glencoe, while Volume 2 includes discussion of Loch Lomond and Dumbarton Rock.

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070119
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 221 x 142 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 5 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Dedication
    1. Country about Enfield-chace
    2. Gunnerby-hill
    3. Roche-abbey
    4. Kirkstall-abbey
    5. Strength of Liddel
    6. Banks of the Tiviot
    7. First view of Edinburgh
    8. Castle of Garvy
    9. Castle of Stirling
    10. Loch-leven
    11. Strathern
    12. Approach to Perth
    13. River Bran
    14. River Tay
    15. River Freer
    16. Taymouth-house
    17. Loch-tay
    18. Inverary-castle
    19. Account of the contention between two Scotch chiefs
    20. Present character of the highlander. Volume 2:
    21. Loch-Fyne
    22. Loch-Lomond
    23. View of the several islands of Loch-Lomond
    24. A reverie
    25. Dunbarton-rock and castle
    26. Dunglas-castle
    27. Account of the admirable Crichton
    28. Queensberry-house
    29. Grounds around Queensberry-house
    30. Linclouden college
    31. General remarks on Scotch landscape
    32. Poverty of Scotch landscape from want of objects
    33. General remarks on the mountains, rivers, and lakes of Scotland
    34. The cattle, and inhabitants of the highlands
    35. Improvements of taste in Scotland
    36. Cockbridge
    37. Tour round the lake of Keswick
    38. View from Lancaster-castle in a storm
    39. Country through Lancashire.

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    William Gilpin

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