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Record 13880

Reading Experience:

"Perhaps Picturesque is somewhat synonymous to the word Taste, which we should think improperly applied to Homer & Milton, but very well to Prior or Pope. I suspect that the application of these words are the Excellencies of an inferior order, & which are incompatible with the Grand style... So says Sir Joshua, & so say I;" quotes Sir Joshua Reynolds to William Gilpin in '3 essays on Picturesque Beauty' by William Gilpin in letter to Thomas Butts
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1792 and 22 Nov 1802
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Surrey
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:William Blake
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Nov 1757
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Engraver and Poet
Religion: non-Conformist
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Gilpin
Title: 3 Essays on Picturesque Beauty
Genre: Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1792
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13880  
Source - Print  
  Author: William Blake
  Editor: Geoffrey Keynes
  Title: The Letters of William Blake: with related documents
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 41
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William Blake, Geoffrey Keynes (ed.), The Letters of William Blake: with related documents (Oxford, 1980), p. 41,, accessed: 20 June 2024

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