Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Fine Arts

Hardcover | October 7, 2008

byMorton D. Paley

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Although Coleridge's thinking and writing about the fine arts was both considerable and interesting, this has not been the subject of a book before.Coleridge owed his initiation into art to Sir George Beaumont. In 1803-4 he had frequent opportunities to learn from Beaumont, to study Beaumont's small but elegant collection and to visit private collections. Before leaving for Malta in April 1804, Coleridge wrote 'I have learnt as much fr[om] SirGeorge Beaumont respecting Pictures and Painting and Paint[ers as] I ever learnt on any subject from any man in the same Space of Time.'In Italy in 1806, Coleridge's experience of art deepened, thanks to the American artist Washington Allston, who taught him to see the artistic sights of Rome with a painter's eye. Coleridge also visited Florence and Pisa, and later said of the frescoes in Pisa's Camp Santo: 'The impression wasgreater, I may say, than that any poem ever made upon me.'Back in England, Coleridge visited London exhibitions, country house collections, and even artists' studios. In 1814, both Coleridge and Allston were in Bristol - Coleridge lecturing, Allston exhibiting. Coleridge's 'On the Principles of Genial Criticism' began as a defense of Allston's paintingsbut became a statement about all the arts. This book, an important contribution to Coleridge's intellectual biography, will make readers aware of a dimension of his thinking that has been largely ignored until now.

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Although Coleridge's thinking and writing about the fine arts was both considerable and interesting, this has not been the subject of a book before.Coleridge owed his initiation into art to Sir George Beaumont. In 1803-4 he had frequent opportunities to learn from Beaumont, to study Beaumont's small but elegant collection and to visit...

Morton D. Paley has spent most of his professional career at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now Emeritus Professor of English. He has also taught at the City University of New York and Boston University; and has been a visiting professor at the State University of New York, the University of Zurich, the Swiss Fede...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Initiation2. Italy3. What Coleridge Saw4. Allston Redux5. Coleridge on the Fine Arts6. AestheticsAppendices: William Collins' Portrait of Sara Coleridge; Coleridge's Use of Artistic Terms; F. A. M. Retzsch's Illustrations in iFaustus from the German of Goethe/i, Translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge