Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Sketches and hints on landscape gardening : collected from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Landscape gardening. Concerning different characters and situations. cont.], pp. 5-10 ff.
5 ' damp, may be so managed as to lose that appearance. The first object is to remove the stables, and 4 all the trees and bushes in the low meadow, which may then with ease be converted into a pleasing 'piece of water, in the front of the house. ' The effect of this alteration is shewn by plate No. II.* In its present state, two tall elms are the 'first objects that attract our notice: from the tops of these trees the eye measures downwards to the 'house, that is very indistinctly seen amidst the confusion of bushes and buildings with which it 'is incumbered; and the present water appearing above the house, we necessarily conclude that the house stands low: but instead of this confusion, let water be the leading object, and the eye will naturally measure upwards to the house, and we shall then pronounce that it no longer appears in ' a low situation.' ' LIVERMERE PARK.] However delightful a romantic or mountainous country may appear to a traveller, the more solid advantages of a flat one to live in, are universally allowed; and in such a country, if the gentle swell of the ground occasionally presents the eye with hanging woods, dipping their foliage in an expanse of silvery lake, or softly gliding river, we no longer ask for the abrupt precipice or foaming cataract. Livermere Park possesses ample lawns, rich woods, and an excellent supply of good-coloured * The plate of Rivenhall, No. II. was engraved when only the first part of the suggested improvement had been carried into execution; but Mr. Western has since purchased the adjoining estate of Felix Hall, where he now resides, and on whose improvements I have the honour to be consulted by him.
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