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Written by Mandy N
(9/25/2006 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Devonshire Update, penned by Jan
Such lovely images inspire me to do a post related to my topic of Romanticism, rusticity & Barton Cottage.
The Picturesque was a term fashionable at the end of the C18th, used principally in describing landscape. It couplemented ideas of 'the sublime' and 'th beautiful', and it's attributes were wilderness-like qualities of roughness and irregularity.
Maggie Lane in 'Jane Austen's England (Robert Hale. 1986) comments;
'The situation of the house was good. High hills rose immediately behind, and at no great distance of either side; some of which were open downs, the others cultivated and woody.
When JA wrote S&S, the subject of the picturesque was very topical. Not only Gilpin but Uveldale Price's "Essay on the Picturesque" were popular with the reading public.
Price's friend Richard Payne-Knight published published a poem "The Landscape, a Didactic Poem advocating roughness and intricacy instead of tidy homesteads.
'Not yet unenvy'd, to whose humbler lot,
Marieanne may've approved the ivy clust'ring and the honey suckles round the doorway.
Excesses of the Picturesque attracted the satirical attention of Jane Austen in S&S.
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