The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 3.1789

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projedtions of buildings, are not in conformity'
to any certain regulations, nor are they of such
importance (generally) as that a failure in ex-
p re ssing them persectly, should ruin the piece.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Landscape
should be a favourite study, that it should be
greatly encouraged by the public, and readily
prosessed by Artists : but let it not be supposed,
that to attain excellence in Landscape is with-
out its difficulties; rather, perhaps, there have
been sewer capital Landscape painters than
any others. Of the numerous tribe who have
professed this branch of art, many have suc-
ceeded so far as a certain mediocrity; but the
principles which conduce to excellence are not
less profound in this, than in other studies of
art, nor less concealed from the observation of
inattentive negligence.
For the sake of perspicuity, I Jshall divide the
study of Landscape into three distinftions*
First, that which proposes as its objebt the sub-
lime and grand ; which, if you please, we will
call the Historical. Secondly, that which
endeavours to represent a faithful picture of
Nature as she is; and this we denominate the
Rural. Thirdly, I conceive that Views of
particular places, wherein accuracy is an im-
portant principle, may justly be called Land-
2 scape:
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