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 1804, the present work is one of a series which records his reflections on the picturesque across British landscapes. It traces the journey he made in 1774, equipped with notebook and sketching materials, along England's south coast from Portsmouth to Dover and Canterbury via Brighton, Rye and Romney Marsh. He describes his impressions of famous landmarks such as the South Downs, Petworth House, Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, and includes several 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.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Water essential in landscape; 2. Retrospect of Guildford; 3. Portsmouth; 4. Island of Haling; 5. Arundel castle; 6. Road to Petworth; 7. Approach to Lewes; 8. Winchelsea; 9. Road between Romney and Hythe; 10. Road from Folkstone to Dover; 11. First view of Dover castle; 12. Caesar's invasion; 13. Kingsgate; 14. Canterbury; 15. Rochester; 16. View of the Thames from Gadshill; 17. Chislehurst; 18. Another road from Canterbury.