Why not put my house, my parlor, behind this plot, instead of behind that meager assemblage of curiosities, that poor apology for a Nature and Art
, which I call my front yard?
Peggotty, with his face one high noon of enjoyment, 'but he loses that there art
of his to our little Em'ly.
However far he may venture in a more full detail of passions and feelings, than is to be found in the ancient compositions which he imitates, he must introduce nothing inconsistent with the manners of the age; his knights, squires, grooms, and yeomen, may be more fully drawn than in the hard, dry delineations of an ancient illuminated manuscript, but the character and costume of the age must remain inviolate; they must be the same figures, drawn by a better pencil, or, to speak more modestly, executed in an age when the principles of art
were better understood.
It is only a few of the scions of our noblest and wealthiest houses, who are able to give the time and money necessary for the thorough prosecution of this noble and valuable Art
There are, again, some arts
which employ all the means above mentioned, namely, rhythm, tune, and metre.
And true as this is in the case of the appreciation of sculpture and painting, it is still more true of the appreciation of such arts
as the drama.
As men of scrupulous honour set up a high standard of public conscience above the dead-level of an honest community, so men of that skill which passes into art
by ceaseless striving raise the dead-level of correct practice in the crafts of land and sea.
In the first place then, some one may doubt whether the getting of money is the same thing as economy, or whether it is a part of it, or something subservient to it; and if so, whether it is as the art
of making shuttles is to the art
of weaving, or the art
of making brass to that of statue founding, for they are not of the same service; for the one supplies the tools, the other the matter: by the matter I mean the subject out of which the work is finished, as wool for the cloth and brass for the statue.
If we had leisure to examine with the reader, one by one, the diverse traces of destruction imprinted upon the old church, time's share would be the least, the share of men the most, especially the men of art
, since there have been individuals who assumed the title of architects during the last two centuries.
Carlyle viewed pleasure and merely esthetic art
with the contempt of the Scottish Covenanting fanatics, refusing even to read poetry like that of Keats; and his insistence on moral meanings led him to equal intolerance of such story-tellers as Scott.
Nor does the art
of horsemanship consider the interests of the art
of horsemanship, but the interests of the horse; neither do any other arts
care for themselves, for they have no needs; they care only for that which is the subject of their art
No man can quite emancipate himself from his age and country, or produce a model in which the education, the religion, the politics, usages and arts
of his times shall have no share.