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Observing, must have something of the. sublime, the beautiful,or the picturesque; and every man will allow that he would wiih to preserve and to heighten, certainly not to weaken or destroy, their prevailing character. The most obvious method of succeeding in the one, and of avoiding the other, is by studying their causes and ef A 3 sects; sects; but to confine that study to scenery only, would, like all confined studies for a particular purpose, tend to contract the mind; at least when compared with a more comprehensive view of the subject; I have therefore endeavoured to take the most enlarged view possible, and to include in it whatever had any relation to the character I was occupied in tracing, or which shewed its distinction from those which a very superior mind had already investigated; and sure I am, that he who studies the various effects and characters of form, colour, and light and shadow, and examines and compares those characters and effects, and the manner in which they are combined and disposed, both in pictures and in nature,舒will be better qualified to arrange, certainly to enjoy, his own and every scenery, than he who has only thought of the most fashion-, able arrangement of objects; or has looked at nature alone, without having acquired any just principles of selection.

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