2013년 5월 21일 화요일

[발췌] BRITISH HISTORY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 1782-1901

자료: GEORGE MACAULAY TREVELYAN, BRITISH HISTORY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 1782-1901(LONGMANS,GREEN, AND CO, 1922)


p. 21

( .... ) The English aristocracy were then the art patrons of the world. It was the custom of the great 'milords' and wealthier gentry to spend one or two years between college and the beginning of their Parliamentary careers in making the 'grand tour,' living, not in English-speaking hotels, but in the polite ^dilettante^ society of French and Italian Courts. Here they formed artistic and antiquarian connections that lasted them a lifetime. They brought up the old masters then in fashion, and subscribed more heavily than the native princes to French and Italian books of engraving and édions de luxe. A pile of novels and magazines was not then held to be sufficient mental pabulum for a party of ladies and gentlemen at an English countryhouse. Noblesse obliged everyone who was proud of his country home to have a large library and to fill its shelves with the best authors, ancient and modern. Nor did the owner and his guests leave them wholly unread, as is proved by the copious fragments of Virgil and Horace, Shakespeare and Milton that they deftly threw at one another's heads in Parliament, in conversation and in their private correspondence. ( ...) 


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