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vol.1 p.83
the sky; which is generally of a lighter hue. The pyramidal shape, and easy flow of an irregular line, will be found in the mountain, as in other delineations, the truest source of beauty.
Mountains therefore rising in regular, mathematical lines, or in whimsica,l grotesque shapes, are displeasing. Thus Burnswark, a mountain on the southern border of Scotland; Thorp-Cloud, near Dovedale in Derbyshire, especially when seen from the garden at Ilam; and a mountain in Cumberland, which from it's peculiar appearance in some situations, takes the name of Saddle-back, all form disagreeable lines. And thus many of the pointed summits of the Alps are objects rather of singularity, than of beauty. Such forms also as suggest the idea of lumpish heaviness are disgusting - round, swelling forms, without any break to disincumber them of their weight.
Indeed a continuity of line without a break, whether it be concave, straight, or convex, will always displease, because it wants variety; unless indeed it be well contrasted with other forms. The effect also of a broken line is bad, if the breaks are regular.
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