"A landskip thus conducted, under the influence of a Poetical mind, will have the same superiority over the more ordinary and common views, as Milton's Allegro and Penseroso have over a cold prosaic narration or description; and such a Picture would make a more forcible impression on the mind than the real scenes, were they presented before us."
— Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)
Text from A Discourse Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 11, 1786, by the President. (London: Printed by Thomas Cadell, 1787). <Link to ECCO>