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Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts
(1816)

Fragment VII. On unity of character,   pp. [21]-22


Page [21]

FRAGMENT VII.
ON
UNITY OF CHARACTER.
IN a House entirely new, Character is at the option of the
Artist or Proprietor: it may be Gothic or Grecian, whichever
best accords with the face of the country: but where great
part of the original structure is to remain, the additions should
doubtless partake of the existing character. This we have
attempted at Harlestone Park, the seat of Robert Andrew, Esq.
near Northampton: and as few places have undergone so much
alteration, both in the House and Grounds, it may serve as a
specimen of the combined arts of Landscape Gardening and
Architecture, in adapting the improvement to the original
Character of the Place.
The House was formerly approached and entered in the
south front, which was encumbered by stables and farm yards:
the road came through the village, and there was a large pool
in front: this pool has been changed to an apparent river, and
the stables have been removed. An ample Garden has been
placed behind the house; the centre of the south front has
been taken down, and a bow added with pilasters in the style
of the house: the entrance is changed from the south to the


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