Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Observations 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
[Chapter V, continued], pp. 65-66 ff.
65 greater height by planting, and the valleys so shallow, that trees would hide the neighbouring hills: but whenever the hills are sufficiently bold to admit of ground being seen between large trees in the valley and those on the brow of the hill, it marks so decided a degree of. elevation, that it ought sedulously to be preserved. Instead therefore of removing the trees in the valley at E, I should prefer shewing more of the lawn above them, by clearing away some of the wood on the knoll at F. which I have distinguished by the pavilion: such a building would have many uses, besides acting as an ornament to the scenery, which seems to require some art j/cial objects to appro- priate the woods to the magnificence of the place; because wood and lawn may be considered as the natural features of Buckinghamshire. The Red Book of SHARDELOES contains a minute description of the rides made in the woods, with the reasons for every part of their course; but as this subject is more amply treated in my remarks on BULSTRODE, the following extract is accompa- nied with a map, on which the course of an extensive drive is minutely described. This park must be acknowledged one of the most beautiful in England, yet I doubt whether Claude himself could find in its whole extent a single station from whence apicture could be formed. I mention this as a proof of the little affinity between pictures and scenes in nature. It is not uncommon to conduct a drive either round a park, or into the adjoining woods, without any other consideration than its length; and I have frequently been carried through a belt of plantation surrounding a place, without one remarkable K
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