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57 The mundane does indeed intrude upon the poetic in the first of the photographs, but the second picture is characterized by a velvety amorphousness that engenders a mood of romance. Furthermore, Talbot’s third plate (Figure 2a) provides a visual equivalent to lines in the first canto describing James Fitz-James’s first view of Loch Katrine – while also evoking the sublime, primordial nature of the Trossachs: And thus an airy point he won, Where, gleaming with the setting sun, One burnished sheet of living gold, Loch Katrine lay beneath him rolled, In all her length far winding lay, With promontory, creek, and bay, And islands that, empurpled bright, Floated amid the livelier light, And mountains that like giants stand To sentinel enchanted land.
Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900–1937 (London: The British Library, 2007). 17 Walter Benjamin, ‘The Author as Producer’ (1934), trans. Edmund Jephcott, in Michael W. Jennings, Brigit Doherty and Thomas Y. Levin (eds), The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and Other Writings on Media (Cambridge, MA and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008), pp. 79–95. 18 Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (New York and London: Praeger/Studio Vista, 1973); see especially the ‘Postface’, pp.
45 Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel: A Poem (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, and A. Constable; Edinburgh: James Ballantyne, 1805), p. 23. , The Buildings of Scotland, pp. 533–46. 46 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, vol. 1, Letter VIII. 47 Rose Macaulay, Pleasure of Ruins (New York: Walker, 1966), pp. xv–xvi. 48 Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (Glasgow: Stanhope Press, 1817), p. 30. 49 Johnson, A Journey, p. 230. 50 See James Buzard, Disorienting Fiction: The Autoethnographic Work of NineteenthCentury British Novels (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), pp.