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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
Chap. IV. Concerning water, pp. 29-30 ff.
29 CHAP. IV. CONCERNING WATER. THERE being no part of my profession so captivating in its effect, and oftentimes so readily executed, as making a large piece of artificial water, it may be proper in this volume to give a few specimens of different improvements presumed to have been produced by it:-though if all that I have written to explain and elucidate this subject were to be inserted, the whole of the volume would be engrossed by it. I must therefore, for the present, only mention a few places where artificial pieces of water have been ornamented under my directions :* viz. at Holktham, the magnificent lake has been dressed by walks on its banks, and a peculiar ferry-boat invented to unite the opposite shores. Sheffield Place. A very beautiful lake has been added to the scenery of a place, which abounds in the most perfect specimens of the picturesque effect produced by Gothic architecture. Sunning Hill. This large piece of water, which consists of a lake, with a river flowing into it, is nearly completed, and will be one of the most pleasing objects that can be produced by art. Milton in Cambridgeshire. A small river has been made with great effect, in proportion to its quantity. This subject has also been mentioned in the following red books, viz. Ferney Hall, Rudding Hall, Widdial Hall, Babwortb, Scrielsby, Milton, Livermere, Garnons, Crewe Hall, Brocklesby, Thoresby, Stoneaston, Nacton, Sec.
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