Why A Crooked Tree Is Beautiful

The Picturesque Movement: an 18th century re-evaluation of nature and the beauty of the rustic

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The last work published of the Rev. William Gilpin, M.A., prebendary of Salisbury, and vicar of Boldre, near Lymington : representing the effect of a morning, a noon tide, and an evening sun, in thirty designs from nature (1810). Source Wikimedia Commons

The Picturesque

The landed classes and their labourers

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Landscape with Two Oaks (1641) by Jan van Goyen. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Source Wikimedia Commons

Nature as a bearer of social values

“Whate’ver Lorrain light-touched with softening hue,
Or savage Rosa dashed, or learned Poussin drew.”

A quest for good taste

Travel and picturesque

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‘Observations, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, made in the year 1772, on several parts of England; : particularly the mountains, and lakes of Cumberland, and Westmoreland.’ (1788) by William Gilpin. Source Wikimedia Commons
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Thinksheet

A magazine of literature, arts, culture, and opinion

Christopher P Jones

Written by

Art historian and art critic, writer, artist. Author of “How to Read Paintings”. Website: https://www.chrisjoneswrites.co.uk

Thinksheet

A magazine of literature, arts, culture, and opinion

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