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Whoever studies art alone, will have a narrow pedantic manner of considering all objects, and of referring them solely to the minute and particular purposes of that art to which his attention has been particularly directed; this is what improvers B 2 have have done: and if every thing is to be referred to art, at least let it be referred to one, whose variety, compared to the monotony of what is called improvement, appears infinite, but which again falls as short of the boundless variety of the mistress of all art.

For have, read hath. f I ^ HERE is no country, I believe (if we except China) where the art of laying out grounds is so much cultivated as it now is in England. Formerly the decorations near the house were in finitely more magnificent and expensive thari they are at present; but the embellishments of what are called the grounds, and of all the extensive scenery round the place, was much less attended to; and, in general, the park, with all its timber and thickets, was left in a state Vol. L B oi of wealthy neglect; as these embellishments are now extended over a whole district, and as they give a new and peculiar character to the general face of the country, it is well worth considering whether they give a natural and a beautiful one* and whether the present system of improving (to use a short though often an inaccurate term) is founded on any just principles of taste.

C3 so so mixed with trees, that the tops over* hang their balustrades, and the luxuriant branches shoot between the openings of their magnificent columns and porticos: as he would not suffer his own buildings to be so masked, neither would he those of Claude; and these luxuriant boughs, and all that obr structed a full view of them, the painter would be told to expunge, and carefully to restore the ornaments they had hid. 舒The last finishing both to places and pictures is water: in Claude it partakes of the general softness and dressed appearance of his scenes, and the accompaniments have, perhaps, less pf rudeness than in any other master *; yet, ^compared * One of my countrymen at Rome was observing that the water in the Colonna Claude had rather too dressed and artificial an appearance.

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