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AN ESSAY ON PRINTS.
Gilpin, William.

AN ESSAY ON PRINTS.

London : printed for R. Blamire, in the Strand 1792.
4th Ed. xiii + [i] + 174pp. + xi + [i] Errata. With half title. Light browning, marbled e.ps., inner gilt dentelles, contemporary mottled calf, intricate gilt tooling to edges of boards, joints sl. rubbed, gilt tooled bands and motifs with modern gilt lettered title label to sl. rubbed spine. ESTC T99005 ‘With a half-title.’ William Gilpin (1724–1804) English artist, Church of England cleric, schoolmaster and author. Gilpin travelled widely in Britain, with his notebook and sketching materials, in order to identify locations which offered that particular kind of beauty in landscape 'which is agreeable in a picture'. Picturesque tourism constituted 'a new object of pursuit', as he wrote the practice recommended was 'that of not merely describing; but of adapting the description of natural scenery to the principles of artificial landscape'.
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