Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England: Volume 2: Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland, and Westmoreland by William Gilpin (Paperback, 2013)
Clergyman, schoolmaster and writer on aesthetics, William Gilpin (1724-1804) is best kwn 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 tebook and sketching materials, in the Lake District. Continuing to describe his route and its highlights, Volume 2 includes discussion of parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as well as the Lakes. The volume also features several 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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