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Record Number: 5986


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[We then read aloud a dialogue on taste by Mr Ramsay, a lively original book with some entertaining and instructive remarks on the progress of those arts that seem particularly to call forth the exertion to taste. I pointed out this, to carry on the pursuit in her mind though on a wholly different principle. Cozens forms beauties by mathematical Rules: reduces all to a regular, invariable System. Ramsay makes beauty the mere result of opinion in different persons, & consequently varying with the various persons he admits of no other standard for taste; the comparisons this difference of opinion drew and the observations that arose, the Books it led us to consult, gave us much amusing conversation.' [reading in turn with her pupil and sister Clara].

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

19 Aug

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Anna Larpent

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1758

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Diplomat's daughter and civil servant's wife

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

Her sister, Clara.


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Ramsay

Title:

a dialogue on taste

Genre:

Philosophy, Arts / architecture

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5986

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Anna Larpent

Title:

n/a

Location:

Huntington Library

Call No:

HM 31201

Page/Folio:

1780

Citation:

Anna Larpent, Huntington Library, p. HM 31201, p. 1780, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5986, accessed: 21 June 2024


Additional Comments:

The sisters took it in turns to read to each other.

   
   
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