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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Concerning buildings. cont.], p. 19
19 Having stated some arguments for adopting the Gothic style, I shall now proceed to consider the ' objections that may be urged against it. ' The first objection will arise from the expence of altering the outside, without any addition to the ' internal comfort of the mansion. ' The same objection may indeed be made to every species of external ornament in dress, furniture, ' equipage, or any other object of taste or elegance: the outside case of an harpsichord does not improve ' the tone of the instrument, but it decorates the room in which it is placed: thus it is as an ornament ' to the beautiful grounds at Wembly, that I contend for the external improvement of the house. ' But in altering the house, we may add a room to any part of the building without injuring the ' picturesque outside, because an exact symmetry, so far from being necessary, is rather to be avoided ' in a Gothic building. ' Another objection may arise from the smallness of the house, as Gothic structures are in general ' of considerable magnitude: but the character of great or small is not governed by measurement: a ' great building may be made to appear small; and it is from the quantity of windows, and not their 6 size, that we should pronounce the house at Wembly to be a very considerable edifice.'
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