Wish You Were Here: 18th Century Tourism's Picturesque Views
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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.
Vaughan, C. (2021). Wish You Were Here: 18th Century Tourism's Picturesque Views. RTE Brainstorm, Updated / Friday, 12 Mar 2021 15:57.