The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section I. Historical Sketches.

On the Picturesque by Sir Uvedale Price

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This mannerism gave rise finally, to the celebrated work On the Picturesque by Sir Uvedale Price, who, in a series of elegant and masterly essays, pointed out the faults and follies of this Brown and his imitators, analysed the beautiful and picturesque in nature and art, and founded a new school, more spirited and free in its aim, deriving its principles directly from nature and painting. These, with Knight's elegant Poem, the Landscape, the English Garden by Mason, and Whately's Observations on Modern Gardening, all published between 1750 and the beginning of the year 1800, established the new style firmly in the public mind. On the Continent, especially in France, though the old fashioned gardens were not demolished, as in England, new ones were laid out in accordance with the dawning taste, and none of the antique establishments were thought perfect without a spot set apart as a jardin Anglais.