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Page 1 Letter A Good Taste an instantaneous

Feeling of what is beautiful. Truth, Beauty, and Utility coincident ; inftanced in a view of a rural Prospect, in Architecture, in the mimetic Arts, and in Characters and in Manners. That Taste precedes the slower Faculties of the Reason, and those of Imagination, but is never repugnant to the former. Why God implanted this internal Perception in us.

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To the Same. II. That Beauty may receive some addi

tional Charms, but these still consistent with Truth. What those Charms are. Known by the Word Tasteful, by way

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of Distinction, in all Objects. Reducible upon Examination to an Analogy with pleasurable moral Ideas in the human Mind. That the most faithful Disciples of Nature are the most admired Artists.

To the Same.

p. 15 Letter III. Probable Conjectures to be made con

cerning a Man's Taste in Morals from his Taste of Objects in the Physical World. Wby. Instances given.

p. 22

To the Same. IV. That Artists cannot avoid discovering

their own Tempers in their Works, instanced in the remarkable Lives of RAPHAEL URBIN, MICHAEL ANGELO BUONAROTI, and the Family of the BassANS. How far Men are indebted to the Fair for a Delicacy of Taste, particularly RAPHAEL.

To the Same.

p. 29 V. That a fine Taste does not depend upon

any one Branch of the human System, viz. not upon the intelle&tual Powers alone

; nor upon the Organs of Sense alone ; nor upon the Imagination alone ;


but upon a happy Union of all three. Mr. ADDISON bad an exquiste Taste, but no great Talents for Poetry, A beautiful Description in the ILIAD equal d by Mr. Pope's Translation. An Encomium on a Latin Poem, and a Criticism on the bad Taste of two Translators of the same.

To the Same.

p. 34 Letter VI. An Opinion in the last Letter concern

ing Mr. Addison supported. A Criticism on two celebrated Passages in bis' Works, and Commendation of his Translations of Ovid.

To the Same.

p. 43 VII. Poetry'and Painting compared. Some

Subjects peculiar to one, and some in common to both. The Superiority of the former to the latter. Night-Pieces of Milton, Homer, and SHAKE

The inimitable Taste and Excellence of the last in Description. Observations on a short Sketch of the Evening by Homer. Part of an Ode to the Evening by Mr. COLLINS. His animating Group of Figures.



To the Same.

p. 52 VIII. The bad Taste of many modern Ar

tists in the choice of their Subjects.

Art should regard its proper End, which is the Improvement of Mankind in moral Science. Proper Subjects pointed out. Piętures of INFANCY, Youth, MANHOOD, and Old Age. A beautiful Subje£t for the Pathetick in Painting. Where a good Taste in Morals prevails, a good Taste in Nature and the Arts will accom.

pany it.

p. 61

To the Same.
IX. The wretched Taste for Architecture,

and domestic Ornaments, that prevails
about LONDON. Mucio's Palace a
contemptible Heap of tasteless Mag-



p. 66 X. Huw Sir John Davies, in his Poem

on the Immortality of the Soul, accounts for the Spirits of Sense, i. e. Tasté. A true Relish for proper Means to procure Happiness dependent upon a correctness of Fancy. EUGENIO


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