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

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scale, the Landscape becomes gigantic. It is
more usual, and less hurtful, to represent them
small, rather than large; but let them always
be touched with vigour and ipirit; placed
where they may seem of mod consequence, as
well as mod: apropos^ and be coloured with
vivacity, but not so as to disturb the general
union of the piece. Since figures, by their va-
riety, their movement, and bustle, are natu-
rally attended to with pleasure, it is not
advisable to be lparing of them, if the subjed
permits their introduction.
A Landscape without trees, is like a river
without water: but trees are in their nature so
various, that I beg your indulgence, Ladies and
Gentlemen, while I request your candid atten-
tion to a little enlargement on this particular.
Trees are among the greatest ornaments of
Landscape, because, by the variety of their
species, their verdure, and freshness, and elpe-
cially by their lightness, and agitation, they
impart great life and motion to a composition.
The various species of trees demand much
attention, and very intimate acquaintance with
them: sor how shall the artist describe by his
pencil to the view of others that particular
species of which he is himself ignorant? and
to suppose that random attempts may transmit
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