Phrases with "picturesque"

Mark Twain The gondolier is a picturesque rascal for all he wears no satin harness, no plumed bonnet, no silken tights. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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

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

Anthony Trollope The house at Mount Pleasant had been an irregular, low-roofed, picturesque residence, built with only one floor, and surrounded on all sides by large verandahs. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley Her dress was rearranged with picturesque neatness, and a red handkerchief pinned over her rich dark hair, that last night had streamed wild and wet in the tempest. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

A picturesque group of friars of the order of La Merced, in their white robes, had mounted up on the belfry of their church, and were looking out anxiously. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

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]

Henry James He had not been out of Italy, but he had been delving deep into the picturesque heart of the lovely land, and gathering a wonderful store of subjects. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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]

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

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]

His plan had been to propose a bargain with one whom he believed to be the slave of picturesque ambitions. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

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

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

William Harrison Ainsworth Amongst others, a little to my left, I remarked a band of mountaineers from Calabria, for such I judged them to be from their wild and picturesque garb. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

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]

A wide undulating plain, with here and there patches of picturesque natural wood, oak, and whitethorn, and groups of silver-stemmed birch-trees spread around them. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

Gentle rain came, and a picturesque little electrical display to a humming accompaniment of far distant thunder, followed by a soothingly cool south-westerly breeze. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

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

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

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]

The military are usually dressed in picturesque but unserviceable, not to say grotesque costumes, the carnation red, beloved of the Chinese, and blue being the prevailing colours. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

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

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

Benjamin Disraeli Life in great cities is too exhausting; but in my village there should be air, streams, and beautiful trees, a picturesque scene, but enough of my fellow-creatures to insure constant duty. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

G. K. Chesterton In 1871 also appeared Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau: Saviour of Society, one of the finest and most picturesque of all Browning’s apologetic monologues. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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]

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

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

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

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

G. K. Chesterton But whatever it was, all that sort of picture and poetry of the thing seems to have given out on our side; just at the moment when something picturesque turns up on the other side. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

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]

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

He is charming, refined, well-bred, and with a picturesque mind, but that is all. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jules Verne She brought an unusual number of passengers, some of whom remained on deck to scan the picturesque panorama of the town, while the greater part disembarked in the boats, and landed on the quay. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Queen Anne’s age appeared to him as something infinitely quiet, cosy, picturesque and easy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Alphonse Daudet V. The Night-watch in a Poison-tree Grove. SWEETLY picturesque as was their new steed, our lion-hunters had to give it up, purely out of consideration for the red cap, of course. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

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]

In his historical writings he aimed rather at conveying a vivid and picturesque general effect than at minute accuracy of detail or philosophical views. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Isabella Bird The room was picturesque enough, with blackened rafters, deer and cow horns hung round it, and a cheerful log fire. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

With their dark oak mounting they formed a picturesque triangle upon the wall. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

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

It is a fortunate accident for his readers that he should have been gifted with the faculty of picturesque expression and an exceptionally keen power of observation. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

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]

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]

George Gissing You don’t know what a picturesque figure you make, sir; you help me to realise Horatius Codes, and that kind of thing. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Matilda proposed to him to remove to a retired and picturesque spot which she possessed in the Venetian territory. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Immediately in rear of his guns occurred that conversation between him and his brigade commander, the concluding and more picturesque part of which is reported above. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang It has, however, been improved and made infinitely more picturesque by several generations of narrators. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

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]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was no pose in his manner—no sentimental or flirtatious youth’s affecting of a picturesque attitude. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Even Bishop Burnet, who, by the way, was hardly so much a picturesque as an anecdotal historian, was famous for his gift of lying; so diligently had he cultivated it. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

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 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]

Sinclair Lewis With her, he let his mind loaf, and slowly some sense of the real Italy came to him, some feeling that it was not a picturesque show but a normal and eager life. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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

Jules Verne This cavern was a picturesque mixture of all the styles of Byzantine, Roman, or Gothic architecture ever produced by the hand of man. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

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]

Rudyard Kipling It’s picturesque and full of cover. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Edmund Burke The picturesque connection is not demanded; because no real picture is formed; nor is the effect of the description at all the less upon this account. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

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

Generally speaking, their forms are less picturesque individually, and they are less happily grouped than their English brethren. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Charles Stur The transition however from the rich to the barren, from the picturesque to the contrary, was instantaneous. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

There is little in his paper to leaven statistical heaviness; and in recounting one of the most picturesque histories, he contrives to give merely a list of the events and a diagram of the scenes. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Julian Hawthorne I can remember when half of them were uncut, or cut in some barbarous oriental manner, picturesque enough, but not fashionable. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

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

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

How sweet and fresh the air was in the clear December morning, almost the last of the year! How picturesque the winding lane, the wide sweep of cultivated valley, and distant belt of hill and moor. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

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]

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]

Mark Twain Her picturesque form no longer looms above the desert of the Dead Sea to remind the tourist of the doom that fell upon the lost cities. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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

Such attire, unbeautiful in itself and incongruous with its surroundings, jarred harshly with the picturesque note of the scene. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

He passed through the squalid quarters of the improvident negroes and on beyond the picturesque shacks of the poorer mestizos. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

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

Bram Stoker In graphic language, and with a wealth of picturesque detail, the wonders of the Moon as revealed to the great astronomer and his assistants were set forth. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope It is not a picturesque system, this; but it has its advantages. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing In comparison, Lambeth is picturesque and venerable, St. Giles’s is romantic, Hoxton is clean and suggestive of domesticity, Whitechapel is full of poetry, Limehouse is sweet with sea-breathings. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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]

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]

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]

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

The picturesque town was full of strangers; in addition to the usual holiday-makers from the neighbourhood, crowds of Parisians had come down to spend the Feast of the Assumption by the sea. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Arthur Morrison Thus it was that I made acquaintance with the Highway, and with the London Docks, in their more picturesque days, and saw and delighted in a thousand things more than I can write. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

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]

Leslie Stephen It can be shown conclusively that this is impossible; and the story must be left as picturesque but too hopelessly vague to gratify any inference whatever. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

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]

Sinclair Lewis It was the feeling that there was no point in going to the office; no chance even of a picturesque fight. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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

Henry James In Cadogan Place she could always, at the worst, be picturesque — for she habitually spoke of herself as “local” to Sloane Street whereas at Matcham she should never be anything but horrible. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Benjamin Disraeli In their fantastic forms the picturesque is not lost in the monotonous, and in the rich covering of their various woods the admiring eye finds at the same time beauty and repose. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

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

The votive shrines of the Rameses family are grouped all together in a picturesque nook green with bushes to the water’s edge. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

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]

It is the most picturesque of burial-grounds, darkened by the shadow of those solemn yews and spreading cedars. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I guess the story of the Flying Scud was a sight more picturesque than he gave out. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James The young man’s possessions were in picturesque disorder, and his apartment was pervaded by the odor of cigars, mingled with perfumes more inscrutable. The American by Henry James [1877]

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

William Hazlitt The picturesque contrasts of character in this play are almost as remarkable as the depth of the passion. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

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]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins A short time before sunset, they rounded the most picturesque headland they had yet passed; and a little bay, with a white-sand beach, opened on their view. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

H. G. Wells But they formed a picturesque background to the duller facts of ancient history. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Her astonishment is rather a picturesque thing to think about. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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]

So picturesque and quiet, and so full of shadows. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The occupation of the Telephone Exchange by 50 P.O.U.M. members is what one might call a picturesque circumstance, and one would have expected somebody to notice it at the time. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Benjamin Disraeli On each side of the winding road spread the bright green turf, occasionally shaded by picturesque groups of doddered oaks. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The city basked under the noon-day sun, and the venerable walls formed its picturesque boundary. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James I honestly believe that I might come into his study in my night-shirt and he would smile at it as a picturesque déshabillé. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

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]

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]

But the rumour has gone abroad that Prince John has joined them, and that has given them what they have been longing for, a picturesque figure-head. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The horizon beyond Assûan is bounded on all sides by rocky heights, bold and picturesque in form, yet scarcely lofty enough to deserve the name of mountains. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

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]

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

Parker’s aunt says that stout men are more in need of a picturesque light than thin ones. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

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]

His chief characteristics are intense, sensuous imagination, and love of beauty, rich and picturesque descriptive power, and exquisitely melodious versification. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Rudyard Kipling They absorbed all the beer, and disposed themselves in picturesque attitudes to admire the setting sun — no man speaking for a while. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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]

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]

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]

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

The picturesque details were too good to be left out. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

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]

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

Henry James Catherine, as an object of affection and solicitude, had never had that picturesque charm which (as it seemed to her) would have been a natural attribute of her own progeny. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

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 The houses of the Germans are on the models of those of their native country, and are so different in appearance from the general style, as to form really picturesque objects. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a most lonely spot, and the walks are picturesque in the extreme. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Isabella Bird These picturesque beings — the bullock-waggons setting out for the Far West — the medley of different nations and costumes in the streets — make the city a spectacle of great interest. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

G. K. Chesterton Cavour arose with a diplomacy which was more thrilling and picturesque than war itself. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The house was an old and picturesque one, and the property consisted of some seventy acres. The Black Lady of Brin Tor by Guy Boothby

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]

The various roofs and chimneys stood up against the sky, picturesque as a city of old time. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

As he walked about, the strange, picturesque little old man, in the streets of Christiania, his fellow-citizens gazed at him with a little fear, but with some affection and with unbounded reverence. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

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]

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

Edith Wharton It’s not so picturesque — ” “Just so! There’s its immense plastic advantage. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

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]

I found many picturesque bits; among them the one which I give on the next page. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

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]

Anthony Trollope The bright colours worn by the women in their Sunday clothes, and the picturesque forms of the men, in their huge broad-brimmed flapping hats, harmonized well with the thick green foliage around them. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

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

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

Benjamin Disraeli At one o’clock they supped in the armory, which was illuminated for the first time, and a banquet in a scene so picturesque and resplendent renovated not merely their physical energies. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

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

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]

Henry James Quite apart from the goodness of the cause in which a duel may be fought, it has a kind of picturesque charm which in this age of vile prose seems to me greatly to recommend it. The American by Henry James [1877]

The yacht is now lying at anchor in a deep coffee-colored stream, near a picturesque Malay village on stilts, surrounded by very extensive groves of palms. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

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

It was really a picturesque sight: the great height, the scaling of the hides, and the continual walking to and fro of the men, who looked like mites, on the beach. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

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]

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

It was insurpassably picturesque always, and not the tapering masts or the swelling sails of any sea-going craft could match it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Hiram’s Hospital, as the retreat is called, is a picturesque building enough, and shows the correct taste with which the ecclesiastical architects of those days were imbued. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

These picturesque men will lie a little now and then, for the sake of effect—but so will the philosophers. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

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]

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

Andrew Lang With the cadet of Bonhill, outworn with living, and with labour, died the burly, brawling, picturesque old English novel of humour and of the road. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Across the bridge, he turned aside and went up into the fields to the right of him before he walked on to the Lastra. Between the bridge and the Lastra it is a picturesque and broken country. Signa by Ouida

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

Edith Wharton So sincere was the latter taste that she passed without regret from the amenities of a European life well stocked with picturesque intimacies to the rawness of the Midsylvanian capital. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

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]

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]

Sinclair Lewis As a medic he was more picturesque than other students, for medics are reputed to know secrets, horrors, exhilarating wickednesses. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

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

But the most picturesque figure was the illustrious inventor of the safety-lamp. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

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]

D. H. Lawrence Great moth-white oxen waved past, drawing a long, low load of wood; the peasants left behind began to come up again, in picturesque groups. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

Thomas Hardy She had rather a picturesque way of wrapping her upper in her lower lip, so that the red of the latter showed strongly. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Jane Austen The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

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

Florence Dixie The town is half hidden among huge banana trees and cocoanut palms, and seen from on board looks picturesque enough. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

William Harrison Ainsworth Around the blaze were grouped the little band of peasantry I had beheld within the church, in various and picturesque attitudes. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell The chapel had a picturesque and old-world look, for luckily the congregation had been too poor to rebuild it, or new-face it, in George the Third’s time. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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]

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

Benjamin Disraeli Its scanty shrubberies sparkled in the sun; and a cypress flanked by a pine-tree offered to the eye unused to trees a novel and picturesque group. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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]

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