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
[Fragment XVI. Concerning villas, continued], p. 85
about to be levelled, the walk is made to take advantage of views into the park; and thus neither beauty nor utility is banished by the enclosure. The Drawing by which this subject is elucidated will per- haps be deemed more picturesque as a Park than as a Garden; but it has frequently been observed, that Garden Scenery sel- dom presents subjects for a picture. Let us rather consider which of the two is most applicable to the uses of habitation- the neatness and security, of a gravel-walk, or the uncleanly, pathless grass of a forest, filled with troublesome animals of every kind, and some occasionally dangerous. The improvement suggested has been executed in every respect by the present noble Inhabitant, with the exception of theTreillage Ornaments, which may at any time be added.* * na beautiful work- lately published in France, entitled, Choix des plus celebres Maisons dep Plaisance de Rome, by Cha. Percier and P. F. L. Fontaine, the following just distinction is made betwixt the Italian Gardens and those of France; to which might be added, the modern English Garden also. "Ce n'est jamais, comme on le "voit chez nous, un jardin dans le quelle on a pretendu faire un site, un paysage, ",mais au contfraire, un site dans le quel on a fait un jardin c'est l'Art qui a pare Ia "t Nature, et non pas l'Art .qui avoulu lacreer.,".
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