May we exhort such of our readers as have no pictures hanging in their rooms, to put one up immediately? We mean in their principal sitting-room--in all their rooms, if possible, but at all events in that one. No matter how costly, or the reverse, provided they see something in it, and it gives them a profitable or pleasant thought. Some may allege that they have "no taste for pictures;" but they have a taste for objects to be found in pictures--for trees, for landscapes, for human beauty, for scenes of life; or if not for all these, yet surely for some one of them; and it is highly useful for the human mind to give itself helps [sic] towards taking an interest in things apart [sic] from its immediate cares or desires. They serve to refresh us for their better conquest or endurance; to render sorrow unselfish; to remind us that we ourselves, or our own personal wishes , are not the only objects in the world; to instruct and elevate us, and put us in a fairer way of realizing the the good opinions which we would all fain entertain of ourselves, and in some measure do; to make us compare notes with other individuals, and with nature at large, and correct our infirmities at their mirror by modesty and reflection--in short, even the admiration of a picture is a kind of religion or additional tie on our consciences, and rebinding of us (for such is the meaning of the word religion) to the greatness and goodness of nature."Put Up a Picture in Your Room," Leigh Hunt. Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book; Jan 1848; vol 36, p 54.
WOW! Who knew interior decoration was so important? I'm pretty sure I don't have to exhort you to put up pictures in your homes, although it did take me almost a year to put some up in my office.
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