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 XIX. Concerning combination, pp. -96
96 more forcibly do the busts and statues and recorded deeds of former worthies arouse the mind to a feeling of respect, when we know that all which can remain is sacredly preserved on the spot where they once enjoyed the regard of their cotempora- Ties! Not having received the permission of the Noble Proprie- tor to mention the name of his place, I must take the liberty to explain the subject by the help of a sketch, without giving the name. Near the ancient seat of a NoBLE FAMILY, the Parish Church (to which is attached the burial place used by the fa- mily for more than seven centuries) is so close to the site of the mansion, that some may perhaps think it too near; but a mo- dern house has been restored on the original site, and is now so intimately connected with the church, the church-yard, and offices belonging to the house, that it is impossible not to be pleased with the combined effect of such a mass of buildings. This I have recommended to be increased, by preserving a picturesque cottage, formerly the parsonage, and adding a cemetary, to form the boundary of the church-yard. It is remarkable, that in this neighbourhood a custom pre- vails of profusely gilding the tombs and grave-stones, which are some of white and some of a black stone; and I suggested the idea of intermixing shrubs and beds of flowers with the gilded and carved ornaments: the novelty of the scene would tend to remove that degree of disgust which ought not to be excited by the emblems of mortality, while we believe in the immortality of man.
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