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This part, the most curious and interesting to a speculative mind, will be least so to those who think only of what has a direct and immediate reference to the arrangement of scenery: that indeed it has riot; but it is a discussion well calculated to give just and enlarged ideas, of what is of no flight importance舒the general character of each place, and the particular character of each part of its scenery. are worth. observing, must have something of the. sublime, the beautiful,or the picturesque; and every man will allow that he would wiih to preserve and to heighten, certainly not to weaken or destroy, their prevailing character.

Brown. Having 9shewn this contrast between dressed scenery, and a picture of the most ornamented kind, I have in the second chapter compared 9together* two real scenes; the one in its picturesque and unimproved state, the other when dressed and improved accordirigto the present fashion. The picturesque circumstances detailed in this scene, very naturally lead me, in the third chapter, to investigate + their their general causes and effects; and in that, and the fix following chapters, I have traced them, as far as my observation would enable me, through all the works of art, and of nature.

I have generally supposed them to be of a round, or at least of a regular form: their size of course must vary, and no rule can well be given when such a detached mass ceases to be a clump, and may be called a plantation. and and shapes. 舒Few modern houses or ornamental buildings are so placed among trees, and partially hid by them, as to conceal much of the skill of the architect, or the expence of the possessor; but in Claude, not pply ruins, but temples and palaces, are often * I do not mean by this, that nothing mould be cleared; on the contrary, a proper degree and style of clearing adds as much to beauty and effect as it does to neatness.

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