Title

Wish You Were Here: 18th Century Tourism's Picturesque Views

Document Type

Other

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

5.9 OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES

Publication Details

RTE Brainstorm, Updated / Friday, 12 Mar 2021 15:57

Abstract

Anglican cleric and artist William Gilpin defined the picturesque as "that kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture" and developed a prescriptive account of how to experience natural beauty: "make it rough" Positioned as an intermediate beauty between the smallness and smoothness of the beautiful and the awesome terror of the ungraspable sublime, this middle ground was pleasing for Gilpin in its energetic presentation of singularly irregular vistas.


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