Wednesday, 22 July 2009

unexpectedness

When I was wandering around Blaise Castle, wondering about the relationship between Romanticism and the picturesque (as you do), John Terry, who was along for the ride, quoted this from memory.

"Allow me," said Mr Gall. "I distinguish the picturesque and the beautiful, and I add to them, in the laying out of grounds, a third and distinct character, which I call unexpectedness." "Pray, sir," said Mr. Milestone, "by what name do you distinguish this character when a person walks around the grounds for the second time?" "Mr. Gall bit his lips, and inwardly vowed to revenge himself on Milestone, by cutting up his next publication.
Thomas Love Peacock. Headlong Hall (1815)