ON THE ORIGIN OF TASTE.
The subject of Sir Uvedale Price’s Essays appears to me capable of being considered under two different views — that popular view which contents itself with the mere observation and enumeration of the objects of the material world, or their combinations, which are most generally capable of exciting in us emotions of beauty, of sublimity, or of the picturesque — and that deeper and more philosophical view, which in- volves the enquiry into the manner in which the human mind is affected by such objects. Price has in a great .degree contented himself with the first of these views — and indeed when he has ventured beyond its limits, he has shown indications of a disposition to be misled into that wide and pathless wilderness of error, in which all those who had previously written upon the subject were lost. The exquisite and highly cultivated taste which he displays, however, and the nice discrimination which he exhibits in that range within which he confines himself, and in which the great majority of his readers are naturally most interested, has uniformly excited the admiration of all who have perused his Essays, and as they will be found to contain much, if not all that is requisite for the promotion of Landscape Gardening upon the best principles, the circumstance of his leaving untouched the deeper question — upon what philosophical grounds these principles really are the best — does not render his observations the less useful, in a practical point of view. At the same time, I am disposed to believe, that it will not be thought his work is rendered less valuable, or the beauty of the pictures he so liberally spreads abroad in it less enjoyable, if I should venture to devote a few preliminary pages to an exposition…
- Publication date 1842
- Topics Landscape gardening, Aesthetics
- Publisher Edinburgh : Caldwell, Lloyd
- Collection bplsctpbs; bostonpubliclibrary; americana
- Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
- Contributor Boston Public Library
- Language English
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