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From William Gilpin's Picturesque Landscape in Three Essays, 1792.


Though the concept of the sublime had roots in the connoisseurship of Antiquity, the "picturesque" was a new category in the incipient Romantic sensibility of the 18th century. "Picturesque," meaning literally "in the manner of a picture; fit to be made into a picture" was a word used as early as 1703 (Oxford English Dictionary), and derived from an Italian term pittoresco, meaning, "in the manner of a painter," but the idea of "the picturesque" as an esthetic category was first developed by the connoisseur and teacher Rev. William Gilpin. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picturesque [Jun 2005]

A few English, and soon some Germans, began to appreciate the picturesque character of ruins— "picturesque" becoming a new esthetic category. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_revival#Survival_and_revival [Jun 2005]

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