Phrases with "picturesque"

George Gissing She lived in Shooter’s Gardens, a picturesque locality which demolition and rebuilding have of late transformed. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Kenneth Grahame By this not very convincing artifice, she explained, aided by picturesque fiction which she could supply herself, she hoped to retain her situation, in spite of the suspicious appearance of things. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Suddenly the curtain was withdrawn, and the picturesque beauty of the scene within baffles all description. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Ford Madox Ford And, since I was never much of a hand at carrying things, I entrusted this, in turn, to Julius, who was a grey-haired chap of sixty or so, and very picturesque at that. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Washington Irving At the foot of the hill was an alameda, or public walk, which, though not so fashionable as the more modern and splendid paseo of the Xenil, still boasted a varied and picturesque concourse. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Oscar Wilde The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

He preferred the less formal and more picturesque jobs that were on offer, and as these were often not good ones, it had doubtless seemed to others that he was playing his cards rather badly. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Algernon Blackwood At any rate, the occasion is a picturesque one — better than this cheap imitation of London life. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Here he showed himself a picturesque and poignant artist in a wholly original manner. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jules Verne On the 30th of April, at midday, the Forward passed abreast of Holsteinborg; picturesque mountains rose up on the eastern horizon. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Nellie Bly They were both picturesque and interesting. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Then they spoke of Bhil superstitions, a wide and picturesque field, till young Chinn hinted that they must be pulling his leg. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Gissing Instead of coat and waistcoat, he wore a garment something like a fisherman’s guernsey, and over this a coarse short cloak, picturesque in appearance as it was buffeted by the wind. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The train stopped at Bodmin Road, in a picturesque valley, deep amidst pine-clothed hills, and adjoining a park of exceptional beauty. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Jules Verne There are neither rapids nor obstacles of any sort until it reaches a defile where its course is slightly narrowed between two picturesque and unequal precipices. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Charles Dickens The aspect of this dreary town, half an hour before sunrise one fine morning, when I left it, was as picturesque as it seemed unreal and spectral. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

H. G. Wells His lawless, romantic past was the picturesque prelude to stability; our current values were already potentially there. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy When Diggory Venn had gone quite away, Eustacia walked to the bank and looked down the wild and picturesque vale towards the sun, which was also in the direction of Wildeve’s. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

At the same moment, the whole population, men, women, and children, vendors and buyers, peasant and Señora, priest and layman, dropped on their knees, a picturesque sight. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Mrs. Moor, as she continued to gaze at it, reflected that the possession of so stylish and picturesque a dwelling would not disgrace her in the eyes of her social circle. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry Adams The party crossed the St. Gothard and reached Milan, picturesque with every sort of uniform and every sign of war. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Julian Hawthorne In a word, a room more utterly devoid of every kind of picturesque or ornamental attraction could not be imagined; yet I could not keep my eyes from vacantly traversing and retraversing its vacancy. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Willa Cather The visor was picturesque — his head looked sheathed and small and intensely alive, like the heads of the warriors on the Parthenon frieze in their tight, archaic helmets. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Nellie Bly Leading off from this corridor, pleasant in its coolness, interesting in its peculiarities, is the dining-hall, matching the other parts of the hotel with its picturesque stateliness. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Never. Had he been capable of picturesque manifestations he would have shuddered at the thought and made you shudder too. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Any attempt at amalgamating them into one beautiful whole, would only destroy that glowing tone, that dash of wildness, and rich vein of picturesque interest, which pervade them throughout. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Crossing by a rustic bridge we continued on the trail, which now led uphill to one of the most picturesque spots in the country. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim From a picturesque point of view, Mr. Homan was a disappointment. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell How picturesque the old town looks beyond, though, to be sure, we see little besides roofs — the streets must be so narrow! Let us make haste and have our meal, and go out before the sun sets. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Julian Hawthorne Moreover, if the fact must be told, I had outgrown the easy credulity of boyhood, and rather inclined to suspect that the whole picturesque old tradition was three parts imagination to one of truth. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Mark Twain Troops of picturesque peasant girls, coming from work, hooted at us, shouted at us, made all manner of game of us, and entirely delighted me. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Fleet Street, throughout its history as newspaper-street, had its constant pageant of picturesque figures, but I think we saw the last of them in the nineteen-twenties. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Arthur Morrison I think there could never have been another street in this country at once so foul and so picturesque as Ratcliff Highway at the time I speak of. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I suppose it’s my bad taste, but those clumsy fishing boats seem to me so much more picturesque than your natty yachts, though, of course, they are very nice in their way. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Ann Radcliffe About noon he found himself in a beautiful romantic country; and having reached the summit of some wild cliffs, he rested, to view the picturesque imagery of the scene below. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

In Society, if he had allowed it to entertain him, he would have been a picturesque figure, though hardly such as was expected by admirers of his poetry and his art. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Most middle-class boys grew up within sight of a farm, and naturally it was the picturesque side of farm life that appealed to them — the ploughing, harvesting, stack-thrashing and so forth. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Charles Dickens Our fishing-boats are famous everywhere; and our fishing people, though they love lively colours, and taste is neutral (see Bilkins), are among the most picturesque people we ever encountered. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

The picturesque Adelaide hills became increasingly popular with family and social groups, and later for company picnics at Christmas-time and annual Sunday School outings. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

These undulations, and all that splendid timber, and the glorious ruins on that hillock over there! How many beautiful ruins that picturesque old fellow Cromwell has left us. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen Another meeting will suffice to explain his sentiments on picturesque beauty, and second marriages, and then you can have nothing farther to ask. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Baldwin Spencer It is one of the most picturesque of their songs, especially when heard at night time far out in the bush. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Willa Cather Bouchalka’s picturesque presence stimulated her graciousness and charm. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At first I think that it was curiosity—the place looked so picturesque from a distance, and I wanted to see if anyone lived here. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Jules Verne To the green hills covered with trees and shrubs there succeeded long gray undulations draped like the folds of an Arab burnous and broken in picturesque masses. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

On one side of his garden there abutted a small, picturesque meadow, in which an enterprising neighbour pastured some small picturesque cows of the Channel Island persuasion. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

He has given a lively and picturesque account of his experiences, which included an introduction to Lady Morgan, [Footnote: See page 142. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

At frequent intervals rose square towers, whose summits broke in picturesque rudeness the regular line of the wall, and contrasted well with the modern buildings gleaming whitely by. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry James Their rides were always very long, and Roderick insisted on making them longer by dismounting in picturesque spots and stretching himself in the sun among a heap of overtangled stones. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Nathaniel Hawthorne To speak frankly, the cider-making is the more picturesque sight of the two, and the new, sweet cider an infinitely better drink than the ordinary, unripe Tuscan wine. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Theodore Dreiser As he entered the home of Arneel he was a picturesque and truly representative figure of his day. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Makepeace Thackeray Of china, of jewelry, of gold-headed canes, valuable arms, picturesque antiquities, with what eloquent entrainement might he not speak! He feels every one of these things in his heart. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Algernon Blackwood It was a picturesque little scene. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Borrow We passed by the little town of Alcala, celebrated for the ruins of an immense Moorish castle, which stand on a rocky hill, overhanging a picturesque river. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Isabella Bird After a visit to the ruined fort, an interesting and picturesque piece of masonry, I rode unmolested through the town and bazars. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Watkin Tench Business now sat on every brow, and the scene, to an indifferent spectator, at leisure to contemplate it, would have been highly picturesque and amusing. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Charles Dickens Though extremely ugly, they are much better shaped than such of their predecessors as I have referred to; and they are rather picturesque to the eye, though far from odoriferous to the nose. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Faido is a picturesque old place. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Her peaceful days were passed in a kind of picturesque haze, like the mist that, seeming in itself a rosy light, sometimes veils a tranquil September sunset. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Arnold Bennett These slatternly and picturesque groups, beneath their flickering yellow flares, were encamped at the gigantic foot of the Town Hall porch as at the foot of a precipice. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Mark Twain It had fifty-four columns around it, but only six are standing now — the others lie broken at its base, a confused and picturesque heap. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Nathaniel Hawthorne The village was picturesque in the variety of its edifices, though all were rude. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Robert Louis Stevenson I had to hold beds of justice — literally — seated in my bed and surrounded by lying Samoans seated on the floor; and there were many picturesque and still inexplicable passages. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

That picturesque island hides her beauties from those who only behold her from the sea. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The girl had put on a picturesque brown velvet frock. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins On the platform for sitters a modern easy chair, with the cover in tatters, invited all models to picturesque repose. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Sinclair Lewis He presented neither picturesque elegance nor a moral message. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Soon after, I entered the valley of Chamounix. This valley is more wonderful and sublime, but not so beautiful and picturesque as that of Servox, through which I had just passed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anna Katherine Green It was a picturesque addition to the town through which it cut at the point of greatest activity. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Benjamin Disraeli Excursions to romantic forests, and visits to picturesque ruins, in the noon of summer, are enchanting, especially with princesses for your companions, bright and accomplished. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope Cincinnati is built on the Ohio, and is closely surrounded by picturesque hills which overhang the suburbs of the city. North America by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde This value is twofold, picturesque and dramatic; the former depends on the colour of the dress, the latter on its design and character. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Yankee Jim was a picturesque old man with a talent for yarns that Ananias might have envied. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

It consisted of three thousand ounces of gold, in grains, or in various manufactured articles, with several hundred mantles and dresses of embroidered cotton, and the picturesque feather-work. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Borrow It was a beautiful and picturesque spot: the sides of the ravine were thickly clothed with wood, and on the other side a tall, black hill uplifted itself. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

There is indeed a group of picturesque shops clearly faked to look Moorish, which the lover of that period may pin his faith to, and for a moment I did so, but upon second thought I unpinned it. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope It is full of romance, of picturesque oriental wonders, of strange sights, strange noises, and strange smells. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

But while Michelet had many large volumes in which to expand his treatment of picturesque episodes, Green was painfully limited by space. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jules Verne From their elevated position they could see over Lake Taupo, which stretched toward the west in its setting of picturesque mountains. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope The picturesque nooks and corners have all to be turned inside out, and the hedgerows must be abolished, because we want the sunshine. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Along this edge of the Downs stands a picturesque row of pine-trees, stunted, bittered, and twisted through many a winter by the upland gales. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Anthony Trollope The land lay flat, and the timber, which was very plentiful, had not been made to group itself in picturesque forms. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray Gurth, who was lodge-keeper, was lying dreadfully wounded and expiring at the flaming and violated threshold of his lately picturesque home. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

The agent had described it exactly when he declared it to be a picturesque old building. The Black Lady of Brin Tor by Guy Boothby

William Makepeace Thackeray A daguerreotype would have been of great service to have taken their portraits and I never saw a vast multitude of heads and attitudes so picturesque and lively. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

D. H. Lawrence Going home from school in the afternoon, the Brangwen girls descended the hill between the picturesque cottages of Willey Green till they came to the railway crossing. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Stur We passed several large lagoons, which had already been filled from the river, and were much pleased with the picturesque scenery round them. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Lady Morgan From the ideas I have formed of the primeval grandeur of Ireland, I should almost expect to see a Balbec or Palmyra arising amidst these stupendous mountains and picturesque scenes. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Henry James Such a prospect produced for a moment in her countenance an expressive grimace; but this rapid, picturesque play of feature was her only tribute to disappointment. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

R. D. Blackmore All was highly picturesque and nice, and charming for the critic who had never got to do it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And the hotel — the inn I prefer calling it — the ‘George and Dragon,’ is so picturesque and delightfully old, and so comfortable! Our head-quarters were there for two or three weeks. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Tremaine Bertie hung upon the accents of the oracle, every word of which was intended to be picturesque or profound, and then surveyed his friends with a glance of appreciating wonder. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Meredith He had hitherto aimed at a picturesque tolerance of her vindictiveness; under suffering, both at Craye and Creckholt; and he had been really forgiving. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Anthony Trollope The costumes of the ladies were lovely, and those of the gentlemen, who were wonderful in knickerbockers, picturesque hats and variegated stockings, hardly less so. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The valley is surrounded by picturesque hills, and I am certain it is the most charming and romantic spot I ever shall behold. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Thomas Love Peacock Mr. Crotchet was rubbing his hands, in hopes of a fine discussion, when they came round to the side of the camp where the picturesque gentleman was sketching. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Leslie Stephen But a full-length portrait of a man’s domestic life with enough picturesque detail to enable us to see him through the eyes of private friendship did not exist in the language. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

But other roofs and towers constantly succeed them, not less lovely and picturesque than they, with every curve of the many-curving lake. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

H. G. Wells Eastward was the wise man’s course, a road dipping between hedges to a hop garden and a wood and presently no doubt reaching an inn, a picturesque church, perhaps, a village and fresh company. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Jules Verne At this moment there opened before us a large grotto dug in a picturesque heap of rocks and carpeted with all the thick warp of the submarine flora. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Machen It is situated on rising ground, about six miles from the sea, and is sheltered by a large and picturesque forest. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

As for the picturesque details, she had invented them later. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Charles Dickens I might be a week here — weeks! There was a story with a singular idea in it, connected with an Inn I once passed a night at in a picturesque old town on the Welsh border. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

Isabella Bird Due regard is paid to Syrian customs, and the picturesque Syrian costume is retained. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It is of irregular, picturesque form, with verandas round three sides of it, to which the grape-vine has been trained, with glossy leaves that clamber up to the gable roof. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

By bog and hill, by plain and ruined castle, and many a winding stream, my picturesque road led me. Sir Dominick’s Bargain by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The interior is picturesque in the extreme; the hall is large and square, panelled with oak, and having a massive staircase of the same wood leading from it to a music gallery above. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

The Sentimentalist was a picturesque figure on holiday, enjoying the summer in the way that still remains the best. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was just at the most picturesque moment, when the sun was going down between the two mountains that overhang the little town on the west. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Ann Radcliffe For some leagues they travelled in silence and thought, over a wild and picturesque country. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Washington Irving There is something extremely picturesque in the tombs of these adventurers, decorated as they are with rude armorial bearings and Gothic sculpture. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Isabella Bird When the storm abated we were close to Sain Kala, a picturesque but ruinous fort on a spur of some low hills, with a town of 300 houses at its base. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Isabella Bird But after every descent there was another ascent to face till we reached the pass above the Cheshmeh-i-Charzabar torrent, in a picturesque glen, with a village and some primitive flour mills. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Sidney Colvin Not the less beloved was he for having a highly pugnacious spirit, which when roused was one of the most picturesque exhibitions—off the stage—I ever saw. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

E. F. Benson That makes a picturesque prelude: we feel interested at once in this remarkable boy who was to be the father of such illustrious children. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Charles Dickens She was dressed as a picturesque young gentleman, whose pantaloons had been cut off in their infancy; and she had very neat knees and very neat satin boots. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Dudley Warner One of the most picturesque of these was known as “the queen’s skirmish. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Jules Verne By following the course of the Obi two versts further, he reached a picturesque little town lying on a small hill. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Her mouth was very pretty; she had a delicate skin, and a fine flow of brown hair, which she knew how to arrange with taste; curls became her, and she possessed them in picturesque profusion. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

D.H. Lawrence It was cheerful in the sunny morning, looking down on the swift river, the covered, picturesque bridge, the bank and the hill opposite. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Anthony Trollope The Green River at this spot is as picturesque a stream as I ever remember to have seen in such a country. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Mr. Polly was not so picturesque a youth as Parsons. He lacked richness in his voice, and went about in those days with his hands in his pockets looking quietly speculative. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Nellie Bly The picturesque waterfall is nothing marvelous. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Isabella Bird Twenty picturesque stone bridges, each one of a single arch, span the Tigris and the torrents which unite with it. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Kate Chopin It was a large, beautiful room, rich and picturesque in the soft, dim light which the maid had turned low. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Paul Davies was, indeed, a man of that genius which requires to proceed by stratagem, cherishing an abhorrence of straight lines, and a picturesque love of the curved and angular. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Algernon Blackwood And the dream, to say the least, was a picturesque one, laden with wonderful possibilities. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Watkin Tench The sun arose in unclouded splendor and presented to our sight a novel and picturesque view. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Rudyard Kipling The Soudan campaign was a picturesque one, and lent itself to vivid word-painting. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing He declared it the most picturesque garden he had ever seen. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

Baldwin Spencer In the Engwura camp it was a busy and also a picturesque scene. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There is something ominous about this place, picturesque as it is, and much as I like it. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

M. P. Shiel All was mud, beggary, narrowness, chaos, picturesque woe. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

This journey therefore furnished few picturesque incidents. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Charles Dickens The whole place looks as if it were the stage of some great theatre, and the curtain had just run up, for a picturesque ballet. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Anthony Trollope It is a stipend neither picturesque nor time-honoured, nor feudal, for Hogglestock takes rank only as a perpetual curacy. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling On the heels of the last rode both the stockmen — picturesque ruffians who wanted to know ‘what in hell’ I was doing there, waved their hats, and sped down the slope after their charges. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Machen Remnant had been given the story of the hollow and echoing voice of the darkness in a colored and picturesque form; he employed a Tredonoc man to work in his garden once a week. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Isabella Bird The modern Basrah, a town which has risen from a state of decay till it has an estimated population of 25,000, is on the right bank of the river, at some distance up a picturesque palm-fringed canal. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Oscar Wilde She was tall and slight, and strangely picturesque with her large vague eyes and loosened hair. The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde

Andrew Lang As regards plot, “Roderick Random” is a mere string of picturesque adventures. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

The childhood of the future historical painter was a picturesque and stirring period, filled with the echoes of revolution and the rumours of wars. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

George Meredith He was alternately picturesque and sententious until he reached Baden; there he became involved, from thinking of a revelation of beauty in woman. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Eating and drinking should be altogether indifferent to her, and her clothes should be picturesque rather than smart, and that from accident rather than design. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

What would you say, Mr.--Johnny Walker? I believe you said that was your name?” Again I regret to say that it is impossible for me to give that gentleman’s reply in his own picturesque language. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Such a picturesque child! — swears like a trooper, too,” continued he who was now Duke of Lyonnesse. “By the way, is Berkeley gone?” “Left yesterday. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Wilkie Collins Here were high-spirited students of the fine arts, easy in manners and picturesque in personal appearance, with whom he contrived to become intimate directly. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Thomas Hardy The substantial portions of the existing building dated from the reign of Henry VIII.; but the picturesque and sheltered spot had been the site of an erection of a much earlier date. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Mark Twain Sorrow and misfortune overtake the legislature that still from year to year permits Tahoe to retain its unmusical cognomen! Tahoe! It suggests no crystal waters, no picturesque shores, no sublimity. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Makepeace Thackeray After leaving Clifden, the friendly look of the country seemed to vanish; and though picturesque enough, was a thought too wild and. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Rudyard Kipling But they were picturesque ruffians with long spurs, hooded stirrups, slouch hats, fur weather-cloths over their knees, and pistol-butts easy to hand. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arnold Bennett Big James led Edwin down through the mysteries of the Cock Yard and up along Bugg’s Gutter, and so back to the Dragon. We now approach the more picturesque part of Edwin’s career. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Algernon Blackwood And this music floating up through the trees from an invisible and doubtless very picturesque band of the townspeople wholly charmed him. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Jules Verne But the base of the high partitions was stony ground, with volcanic locks and enormous pumice-stones lying in picturesque heaps. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Bram Stoker Here and there we passed Cszeks and slovaks, all in picturesque attire, but I noticed that goitre was painfully prevalent. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Bram Stoker If picturesque profanity were allowable, it might be well applied to this despicable wretch and his nefarious labours. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope This latter was the principal entrance to the demesne, and a grand and picturesque entrance it was. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

They looked wonderfully picturesque with their gold-embroidered saddlecloths, peaked saddles covered with crimson, green, and blue velvet, long shovel-stirrups and tasselled head-gear. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

John Lewis Burckhard The Wady Kadisha, higher up than Tripoli, is one of the most picturesque valleys I ever saw. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Yet he clearly needed the romantic excitement of picturesque scenes and historical interests, too. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli It was a beautiful voice; and the wild and plaintive air in which she indulged, indigenous to their isle, harmonised alike with the picturesque scene and the serene hour. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

H. G. Wells Mr. Polly dreamt always of picturesque and mellow things, and had an instinctive hatred of the strenuous life. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells Things that were terrible enough at the time appear to us now as they recede into the past through a thickening, highly retractile veil of grotesqueness and picturesque absurdity. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But Margaret stayed not to watch these picturesque effects. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Henry James In the country, heated with the chase and splashed with the mire, he had always rather reminded her of a picturesque peasant in national costume. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli This I conceive to be the great secret; and this must be effected by the art of picturesque writing. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Our hunting-parties are as stately and picturesque under Louis as they were under Charlemagne. Ours is the poetry of the chase, yours the prose. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The — others — have more color in the fabric of their lives, and you can’t think how picturesque their passions are. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Florence Dixie Before us stretched a picturesque plain, covered with soft green turf, and dotted here and there with clumps of beeches, and crossed in all directions by rippling streams. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Charles Dickens Broken aqueducts, left in the most picturesque and beautiful clusters of arches; broken temples; broken tombs. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Seen when the sun is bending westward and the shadows are lengthening, there is something curiously melancholy and picturesque about this City of the Dead in the dead desert. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Rudyard Kipling They were a picturesque set of fiends and polite, being too absorbed in their game to look at the stranger. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope The eye reaching through the thin underwood could form for itself picturesque shapes and solitary bowers of broken wood, which were bright with the opaque brightness of the hoar-frost. North America by Anthony Trollope

O, dear, is this our farmhouse?” cried Charlotte, as the vehicle drew up at a picturesque gate. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

When he did come across it, it proved to be a picturesque little building standing back from the street, and boasted a small garden in front. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jules Verne They wear very picturesque cloaks of skins and mantles of fur, with a head-dross of eagle’s feathers spread out like a lady’s fan, and quivering with every motion of their thick black hair. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Florence Dixie Mr. B. went off to make a sketch of our camp and its picturesque surroundings, and in searching for a suitable site came across a califaté bush, the blue berries on which were almost ripe. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Rudyard Kipling But they were picturesque ruffians exceedingly, with long spurs, hooded stirrups, slouch hats, fur weather-cloth over their knees, and pistol-butts just easy to hand. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sir Walter Scott He admired the massive and picturesque effect of the huge round towers, which, flanking the gateway, gave a double portion of depth and majesty to the high yet gloomy arch under which it opened. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

George Borrow From the church my friends conducted me to a fulling mill in the neighbourhood, by a picturesque walk. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Ford Madox Ford All these men toys: all these agonies mere occasions for picturesque phrases to be put into politicians’ speeches without heart or even intelligence. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

He would listen in vain for the crudely picturesque phrases which once were the language of the streets. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The name is picturesque and well suited to introduce the reader to a homely suburban romance. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Charles Dickens Apart from the realities of this most picturesque city, there are associations clustering about it which would make a desert rich in interest. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

G. K. Chesterton If the shots had really gone at random, the chances are a thousand to one that they would not have hit such prominent and picturesque objects. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I shall do it in the least picturesque and most probable way. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

It is a most attractive property from a picturesque point of view; the house is old-fashioned, but comfortable, while the run itself possesses the various advantages you are so anxious to secure. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Andrew Lang We give a few which have some picturesque features. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim I climb a hill and gain a fine view of the Court, with its picturesque outline and stacks of ancient chimneys clearly defined against the background of dark-green hills. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Maria Edgeworth They who have only seen children in picturesque situations, are not aware how much the duration of this domestic happiness depends upon those who have the care of them. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Mark Twain The execution of Joyce was a fine and picturesque thing. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy She lingered mournfully about the picturesque seaside eminence till it was time to return to the town and enter the steamer for recrossing, reaching home for dinner without having been greatly missed. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Andrew Lang Probably there is no such instance, but the following tale, picturesque in itself, has a kind of shadow of the only satisfactory sort of corroboration. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling You may stumble across a picturesque piece of human nature that will unsteady your nerves for half a day. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Forty-three bronzes had arranged themselves in picturesque attitudes on the girders of the Railway bridge, and the crowd chaffed them according to their deserts. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing Mr. Keene had already taken his departure, and no suspicious character was discernible; a pity for the evening might have ended in a picturesque way. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Stur Generally speaking there was nothing bold or picturesque in the scenery of the Barrier Range, but the Rocky Glen and some few others of a similar description were exceptions. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

G. K. Chesterton Stevenson’s picturesque attitude and career are rather in his way at this moment; not for me, because I like the picturesque, but for this new pose which may be called the pose of the prosaic. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

It is the same thing as lightning, and its famous attempt to strike Dr. Franklin is one of the most picturesque incidents in that great and good man’s career. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Phoebus arranged the chorus in a moment, and there clustered round the piano al number of gentlemen almost as good-looking and as picturesque as himself. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]