WASHINGTON IRVING - CASTLES IN THE CLOUDS|
Washington Irving had also been with Allston and Coleridge in Rome. Irving later related that Allston almost convinced him to become a painter. By now, we should not be surprised to find this line in Irving's book The Crayon Miscellany,
For my own part, I laid on the grass under the trees, and built castles in the clouds, and indulged in the very luxury of rural repose.