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term used in 18th-century England to refer to a landscape that looked as if it had come out of an academic painting. Used as derogatory criticism of such painting, the picturesque was considered pretty rather than beautiful.
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Edgeworth is an ideal English home - picturesquely situated, its extensive grounds handsomely laid out and scrupulously kept, and the house itself an amply contrived and generously appointed modern residence in the style of Queen Anne.
The government has been quick to allay fears of large scale detention camps - which some in the opposition and in the minority communities have picturesquely conjectured as those built by the Nazis - the ugly and cruel fact is that several such camps exist.
Designed by the French-Jewish couple, Marc and Nada Breitman, it sits picturesquely on the banks of the Schinkel Canal.
One Cincinnati institution in need of no re-vamping, re-inventing or re-energising is its terrific art museum, picturesquely situated in Eden Park and home to some 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years.
But the story itself is repetitive, much like the Ferris wheel that lends the film its title, and which is featured, oh so picturesquely, every now and again, in the background.
Richards' all-weather gallop is a searching test, seven furlongs winding picturesquely up the side of the South Downs with the nasty surprise of a steeper gradient halfway up.
Pristinely and picturesquely situated on the outer arc of Europe's cultural capitals, and smack in the centre of Scandinavia, lies the 'Venice of the North': Stockholm.
Organized by Casino du Liban with the support of the Brazilian Embassy and the Lebanese-Brazilian Friendship Association, the festival is taking place perched picturesquely on Jounieh Bay.
The author suggests that Durer learned through the process of making these woodcuts "that the world contained a great variety of cities, all picturesquely irregular, with monumental buildings huddled around some public square in the midst of a random jumble of private buildings" (43).
www.shipinnnewton.co.uk The Rose and Crown, Romaldkirk, Durham Situated in a rugged corner of the North Pennines, Romaldkirk is a picturesquely small village of stone cottages set around extensive greens where Maypole dancing used to take place, and which are still home to the old parish water pumps and a set of stocks.
Expansive grounds provide verdant sweeps of lawn, a 60-foot-long swimming pool, a basketball court, 300 feet of bay frontage, and a screened teahouse picturesquely positioned on a small island in the middle of a private pond.