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
[Chapter X, continued], p. 133
133 round the court, is not to be described by painting; because every step varies the position of the several parts as they advance or recede perspectively. Hitherto I have spoken of the north or entrance front and court-yard of BURLEY, the whole of which I would treat only as a work of art, and, if possible, exclude all view of the country. But to the south the prospect, or natural landscape, is the leading feature for our consideration. The steep descent from the house has been cut into a number of terraces, each supported by a red brick wall; and if these several walls had been of stone, or architecturally finished like the old costly hanging gardens of France and Italy, they might perhaps have added more magnificence to the house, than any improvement which modern gardening could suggest, but they are mean in their forms, diminutive in their height, and out of harmony in their colour. Yet the style of the house and the steepness of the declivity will not admit of their being all taken away to slope the ground in the manner too often practised by modern improvers. I therefore make a compromise between ancient and mo- dern gardening, between art and nature, and by increasing the height, or rather the depth, from the upper terrace to the lower level of the ground, I make that the line of demarkation between the dressed ground and the park, in the manner explained by the view of BURLEY; and happy would it be for the magnifi- cence of English scenery, if many such stately terraces near a palace, had been thus preserved.
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