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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[On the ancient style of gardening; of symmetry and uniformity. cont.], p. 47
47 thom, placed in the fore-ground, engrosses too much of the landscape, and is neither sufficiently 'pleasing in its shape, nor natural in its situation, to deserve the place it holds, as the leading feature of the scene. ' The management of the view to the north will further serve to elucidate another general prin- cipl6 in gardening, viz. that although we do not require a strict symmetry in the two sides of the land- scape, yet there is a certain balance of composition,* without which the eye is not perfectly satisfied. ' The two screens of wood beyond the pond may be varied and contrasted; that to the west may be left as a thick impenetrable mass of trees and underwood, while great part of that to the east should be converted into an open grove; thus destroying the formality, while the balance of composi- tion may still be preserved. * The balance of composition in landscape, is a subject that requires elucidation by drawings, which could not be introduced in this volume, without increasing its bulk beyond the necessary limits. The subject has been more fully treated in my Remarks on Holwood in Kent, a seat of the Right Hon. Wm. Pitt; and Stoke, in Herefordshire, a seat of the Hon. Edw. Foley.
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