Dissertation on the Progress of the Fine Arts

Dissertation on the Progress of the Fine Arts

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"[...]from the savage state: and hence, in this early period of growing civilization, the tending of flocks and the tilling of fields, Pasturage and Agriculture, are deemed not only necessary but honourable occupations; the simplicity of untutored man ever leading him to estimate that to be most laudable which he finds to be most useful. These being advanced to a certain degree of excellence, which, though far inferior to what they are obviously capable of attaining, is yet sufficient not only for the comfortable but for the indulgent enjoyment of life, new desires arise, new wants spring up; and their gratification is pursued with an eagerness correspondent to the novelty of their origin, and the untried force of their impression. The cravings of our animal nature being amply provided for by the ingenuity of the inhabitants, by the fertility of the soil, or by the conjoint operation of both, the imagination begins in the luxuriance of abundance to[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 2mm | 64g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150755401X
  • 9781507554012