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KNIGHT, Richard Payne (1750--1824)
The landscape, a didactic poem. In three books. Addressed to Uvedale Price, Esq. By R.P. Knight.
London: printed by W. Bulmer and Co.: and sold by G. Nicol, 1794.
[4], 77, [3] p., [3] etch. pl. ; 29.1 cm. (4º)

First edition. In this poem Richard Payne Knight, drawing on classical examples, Flemish painters and Claude Lorrain, advocated the rougher and more "picturesque" beauty of natural landscapes rather than the classic eighteenth-century English gardens of Capability Brown. Plates 1--2 contrast a brook 'flowing in its natural banks', and 'with its banks dressed by an improver'; pl. III depicts a Greek cup belonging to the author. The final leaf is a blank. ESTC t37531.

Binding C18th limp marbled-paper.

Reference Number 6718


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