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Record 5986

Reading Experience:

[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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

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



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