The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Principles of Landscape Gardening

The sky, the cows, and the sheep

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1489. The sky, the cows, and the sheep, must be noticed in order to complete the sketch. Suppose, then, that the sky is merely grey and cloudy, and that the cattle and sheep are grouped in the middle distance, what then will be the expression of the view ? We think it would express very little to general observers; but there being nothing glaringly offensive in the arrangement, it would be expressive of beauty to him who had bestowed some attention on the subject of landscapes; for though it exhibits but little harmony of forms and colours, or light and shade, it still possesses enough of these ingredients to render it worth looking at as a picturesque view.