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
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29 contrasted by the vivid green of the meadows, and the outline of distant Hills was distinctly marked by the brightness of the atmosphere. I could scarcely distinguish any other objects; but these formed a pleasing landscape from the breadth or con- trast of light and shade. In the evening the scene was changed; dark clouds reflected in the water rendered it almost invisible, the opposite hanging wood presented one glare of rich foliage; not so beautiful in the painter's eye, as when the top of each tree was relieved by small catching lights: but the most prominent features were the Build- ings, the Boat, the Path, the Pales, and even the distant town of Reading, now strongly gilded by the opposite sun. On comparing this effect with others which I have frequently since observed, I draw this conclusion: that certain objects appear best with the sun behind them, and others with the sun full upon them; and it is rather singular, that to the former belong all natural objects, such as Woods, Trees, Lawn, Water, and distant Mountains; while to the latter belong all artifcial objects, such as Houses, Bridges, Roads, Boats, Arable-fields, and distant Towns or Villages. In the progress of this work I shall have occasion to call the reader's attention to the principles here assumed, and which, in certain situations, are of great importance, and require to be well considered.
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