button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, page 97

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vol.1 p.97
may be softened, when seen from the water, into an easy curve.
The islands fall next under our view. These are either a beauty, or a deformity to the lake; as they are shaped, or stationed.
If the island be round, or of any other regular form; or if the wood upon it be thick and heavy (as I have observed some planted with a close grove of Scotch fir) it can never be an object of beauty. At hand, it is a heavy lump: at a distance, a murky spot.
Again, if the island, (however beautifully shaped, or planted;) be seated in the centre of a round lake; in the focus of an oval one; or in any other regular position; the beauty of it is lost, at least in some points of view.
But when it's lines, and shape are both irregular - when it is ornamented with ancient oak , rich in foliage, but light and airy - and when it takes some irregular situation in the lake; then it is an object truly beautiful - beautiful in itself, as well as in composition. It must however be added, that it would be difficult to place such an object in any situation, that would be equally pleasing from every stand.
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