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 XIII, continued], pp. 193-200 ff.
193 fom 'this powerful neighbour, it will trather be advisable to atteipt such an union as may extend the influence of this vene- rable pile to every part of the mansion. This I purpose to effect by a narrow building, or cloister, to connect the house with the abbey, as described in the annexed view, in Which the plan is purposely introduced to shew how inconsiderable in proportion to the present buildings would be such addition, although it appears to be a work of great mag- nitude; and this being a deception arising from perspective, I shall explainits cause. The south front of the house being only about fourscore feet distant from the abbey, it is impossible to: view it, except in such perspective as must shew it very much foreshortened. For this reason, as it appcars by the drawing, the west end of the house, though containing only two windows, is more conspi- cuous than the whole south front, in which there are twenty- six; it is therefore the more necessary that this small part. of the building which faces the west should be enriched by such orna- ments as may be in harmony with the Gothic character of the abbey: the Venetian Window, and the paladian window over it, may be externally united into one Gothic window, which, by its size and character, will extend the importance of the abbey to the whole of the mansion.! A large window is necessary, because a number of small parts will never constitute one great whole; butL if a few large parts, such as the window here mentioned, the gateway,, and 6 A heautiful specimen of thus uting two floors by one window, may be seen at SHEFFIELD PLACE, where, I believe, it was first introduced by Mr. James Wyatt. 2C
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