Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments 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
Fragment II. Relating to symmetry, pp. -6
either in the side, or at the back of the house, and converting the lawn to the south into pleasure ground or flower garden, or a broad terrace dressed with flowers. This of course makes a total change in the arrangement of all those appendages, in which the comfort of houses in the country differs so much from those in a town: in the latter, the offices of every description are under ground; and the various court-yards, &c. for which there is no space (as in the country), must be provided for in areas and cellars under the street. If the centre of a building be marked by a portico, or such a visible entrance as invites the stranger to approach it, some impediment or obstruction becomes necessary to counteract the habitual-respect for symmetry, and prevent our inclination to drive up to a door, which is no longer the principal entrance; and this requires a fence, to indicate that it is the garden front, and not the entrance front. As this is a subject which will be explained farther, I shall for the present only mention, that the hint at D and F describes the different styles of Fences requisite for Grecian and Gothic Mansions.
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