the candlestick , and with still more variations on the other side. If you divide the candlestick into many more parts, it will appear crouded, as it will want distinct|ness of form on a near view, and lose the effect of va|riety at a distance: this the eye will easily distinguish on removing pretty far from it.
Simplicity in composition, or distinctness of parts, is ever to be attended to, as it is one part of beauty, as has been already said: but that what I mean by distinct|ness of parts in this place, may be better understood, it will be proper to explain it by an example.
When you would compose an object of a great variety of parts, let several of those parts be distinguish'd by themselves, by their remarkable difference from the next adjoining, so as to make each of them, as it were, one well-shap'd quantity or part, as is marked by the dotted lines in figure (these are like what they call passages in music, and in writing paragraphs) by which means, not only the whole, but even every part, will be better understood by the eye: for confusion will hereby be avoided when the object is seen near, and the shapes will seem well varied, tho' fewer in number, at a distance; as figure supposed to be the same as the former, but removed so far off that the eye loses sight of the smaller members.
The parsley-leaf , in like manner, from whence a beautiful foliage in ornament was originally taken, is di|vided into three distinct passages; which are again divided