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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
Landscape gardening. Chap. I. Concerning different characters and situations, pp. -2 ff.
LANDSCAPE GARDENING. CHAP. I. CONCERNING DIFFERENT CHARACTERS AND SITUATIONS. ALL rational improvement of grounds is, necessarily, founded on, a due attention to the CHARACTER and SITUATION of the place to be improved: theformer teaches what is advisable, the latter what is possible, to be done; while the extent of the premises has less influence than is generally imagined; as, however large or small it may be, one of the fundamental principles of Landscape Gardening is to disguise the real boundary. In deciding on the character of any place, some attention must be given to its situation with re-. spect to other places; to the natural shape of the ground on which the house is, or may be, built; to the size and style of the house, and even to the rank of its possessor; together with the use which he intends to make of it, whether as a mansion or constant residence, a sporting seat, or a villa; which particular objects require distinct and opposite treatment. To give some idea of the variety that abounds in the characters and situations of different places, it will be proper to insert a few specimens from different subjects: I shall begin this work, therefore, by a remarkable instance of situation, only two miles distant from the capital.
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