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 XVII. Of a garden near Oporto, pp. -90
FRAGMENT XVII. OF A GARDEN NEAR OPORTO. TO HARRIS, ESQ. SIR, WHEN I first received the honour of your letter, desiring me to furnish a plan for the improvement of Ground belonging to a Villa in Portugal, I doubted whether your cor- respondent from that place could be in earnest in supposing such an undertaking possible; yet the novelty of the experi- ment induced-me to attend to this request: and notwithstand- ing all the difficulties of the subject, I have endeavoured to com- ply with your friend's wishes, "that I should furnish a plan for shewing a specimen of English Gardening in a foreign country." The difficulties to which I allude are these: First, My not having ever seen the spot, or any drawing of it. Secondly, My never having been in that country, yet from sketches furnished by those who have been there, I had some general ideas of the face of the country near the spot, though not of the spot itself.
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