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Papworth, John Buonarotti, 1775-1847. / Hints on ornamental gardening : consisting of a series of designs for garden buildings, useful and decorative gates, fences, railroads, &c. : accompanied by observations on the principles and theory of rural improvement, interspersed with occasional remarks on rural architecture

A temple or aviary,   p. 54

Page 54

THIS small building, designed to embellish extensive grounds,
affords an agreeable seat and prospect room: it is supposed to
be situated on a small island in a retired portion of the estate,
not far distant from the mansion, where repose of scene would
make such a building effective in all its points, and the melo-
dious harmony of the birds within, a delightful relief to its
surrounding stillness. Being encompassed by water, and suit-
able iron gates affixed to the approach, which is over a small
bridge, it would perhaps be secure from those depredations
from which it is to be lamented few such edifices are exempt,
when even a little removed from the immediate vicinity of the
Should this appropriation of the building be dispensed with, it
would become an agreeable retirement for reading or study.
On extensive properties such erections are essential as resting
places in the walks, and as retreats from hasty showers: from
these, well arranged plantations acquire a peculiar interest;
for, besides their attractive qualities, which invite the spectator
onward, he is secure from inconvenience by the rapid changes
of the weather, and the intervening scenes are therefore enjoyed
in confidence. When they are designed and placed with judi-
cious attention to the character of the spot, they often afford
admirable embellishments to the landscape, and carry forward
the seeming extent of the more polished arrangements of the
pleasure grounds.

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