Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Sketches and hints on landscape gardening : collected from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
Introduction, pp. [xiii]-xvi
INTRODUCTION. To improve the scenery of a country, and to display its native beauties with advantage, is an ART which originated in England, and has therefore been called English Gardening; yet as this expression is not sufficiently appropriate, especially since Gardening, in its more confined sense of Horticulture, has been likewise brought to the greatest perfection in this country,* I have adopted the term Landscape Gardening as most proper, because the art can only be advanced and perfected by the united powers of the landscape painter and the practical gardener. The former must conceive a plan, which the latter may be able to execute; for though a painter may represent a beautiful landscape on his canvas, and even surpass nature by the combination of her choicest materials, yet the luxu- riant imagination of the painter must be subjected to the gardener's practical knowledge in planting, digging, and moving earth; that the simplest and readiest means of accomplishing each design may be suggested; since it is not by vast labour, or great expence, that Nature is generally to be improved; on the contrary, Ce noble emploi demande un artiste qui pense, Prodigue de genie, mais non pas de depense." * This appears from the many valuable works on that subject; particularly the well known labours of the ingenious Mr. Speechly, gardener to the Duke of Portland; and from many other useful books produced by English kitchen gardeners.
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