The good, the enlightened of all ages and nations, have found pleasure and consolation in the beauty of the rural earth.
Universal beauty does not arise from form, but from the dynamic rhythm of inherent relationships. Art has shown that it is a question of determining the relations.
I shall endeavor to show what the principles are in nature, by which we are directed to call the forms of some bodies beautiful, others ugly; some graceful, and others the reverse.
Plants, flowers, leaves, the paintings in butterflies wings, shells, etc. seem of little other use than entertaining the eye with the pleasure of variety.
Fitness of design...either by art or nature, is first to be considered, as it is of the greatest consequence to the beauty of the whole.