Promenade from Dieppe to the Mountains of Scotland

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W. Blackwood, 1822 - Всего страниц: 211
 

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Стр. 49 - Constable with which the ancient or modern masters have very few masterpieces that could be put in opposition. Near, it is only broad daubings of ill-laid colours which offend the touch as well as the sight, they are so coarse and uneven. At the distance of a few steps it is a picturesque country, a rustic dwelling, a low river where little waves foam over the pebbles, a cart crossing a pond.
Стр. 100 - This cloak, which fa exceedingly like the Venetian domino, is pretty often of a dark woollen cloth, of little show. The most elegant are of that pretty tartan stuff which was fancied for some time by the ladies of Paris. The most common are of a dazzling red, the effect of which, produced by an association of ideas not necessary to explain, appeared horrible to me above two bare legs. The women of the lower classes, almost all those of the middling, and a considerable number of those of the higher...
Стр. 49 - ... Charles Nodier, who wrote a little book on his experiences called Promenade de Dieppe aux Montagnes d"£cosse. The most vivid of these experiences seems to have been the sight of The Hay Wain, the only picture in the show which he mentions. 'The palm of the exhibition,' he wrote, 'belongs to a very large landscape by Constable with which the ancient or modern masters have very few masterpieces that could be put in opposition.' Then, after some description of the painting, he added: 'It is water,...
Стр. 163 - ... traditional songs of the heroic kind. The acquisition of this idea was as important to me as it was novel, for I had brought from France a most profound conviction that the Ossian of Macpherson was nothing else but the happiest and most magnificent of all literary frauds; and my wretched vanity itself was much interested in this error, which I had set off in a pretty specious way in a pamphlet now forgot. Now I was about to leave Caledonia not less convinced that Macpherson really collected traditional...
Стр. 18 - ... champing bits of the most splendid polish, and starting and snorting under a harness of a rich and noble simplicity. A coachman in livery drove them, and a handsome neat postilion urged them on. Every two leagues, postilions, attentive, civil, neither impertinent nor in liquor, brought out fresh horses just like the first, which we could see striking the ground at a distance, as if eager and impatient for the career they were to go through. Though the distance to London is not great, no delicate...
Стр. 96 - Scotch for two great blessings, mutual instruction and vaccination. You leave France, you arrive in Scotland, you visit the nation in its most enlightened towns, and you find, not without astonishment, that almost every body has had the small pox, and that hardly any body knows hon to read.
Стр. 49 - In painting, landscapes and seaviews are the pieces in which the English have the fewest rivals in Europe. Some of their pictures almost surpass every idea that one can form to one's self of perfection in this style of painting...
Стр. 73 - I am quite of this opinion. which is also of the middle ages, and equally well preserved, crosses a pretty river, which waters delicious meadows. Not far from this was killed the valiant Douglas, by one of the two young Percys, both of whom were taken prisoners in the same battle.
Стр. 93 - Nothing is more difficult than to find an Englishman of the present generation, and of the lower classes, who knows Latin, which every body knew an hundred years ago, and I had the mortification to be convinced of it even among the booksellers, who are necessarily very learned.
Стр. 82 - E5 dress, they do not walk—they fly, without looking at any thing, without stopping at any thing ; and traverse towns like lions that have lost their way.

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