The Wye Tour
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: William Gilpin
Excerpt from book: " The picturesque eye also, in quest of beauty finds it almost in every incident, and under every appearance of nature. Even the rain gave a gloomy grandeur to many of the scenes: and by throwing a veil of obscurity over the removed banks of the river, introduced, now and then, something like a pleasing distance. Yet still it hid greater beauties: and we could not help regretting the loss of those broad lights and deep shadows, which would have given so much lustre to the whole, and which ground like this, is in a peculiar manner adapted to receive." Thus Gilpin: but it may enable the Tourist to derive more pleasure from the Scenery of the Wye, if some remarks on the Picturesque attributes of Water: the Banks of fine natural Rivers and Rocks, be added to .this account. Water, though not absolutely necessary to a beautiful composition, yet occurs so often, and is so capital a feature, that it is always regretted when wanting, and no large place can be supposed, a little spot can hardly be imagined,. in which it may not be agreeable: it accommodates itself to every situation: is the most interesting object in a landscape, and the happiest circumstance in a retired recess: captivates the eye at a distance,.invites approach, and is delightful when, near: it refreshes an open exposure: it animates a shade: chears the dreariness of a waste, and enriches All the rales of the Picturesque on the subjects najned,. are given in the author's Tourist's Grammar. the most crowded views: in form, in style and in extent, may be marie equal to the greatest compositions, .or adapted to .the least: it may spread in a calm expanse, to sooth the tranquility of .a peaceful-scene: or hurrying along a devious course, add splendor.to a gay, and extravagance to a romantic situation. So various...