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 XXIV. Longleate, Wiltshire, continued], p. 123
123 tion between the two next pools, this process of Nature should be imitated. "The different levels of the several pools were formerly disguised by plantations; but these having outgrown their original intention as brushwood, have become trees, between whose stems the deception of the dams is too much betrayed. These screens should be repaired by Thorns and Alders, so as to produce the general effect of one continued river, as I have represented in all the different views of the water." With permission of the Marquis of Bath, the preceding ex- tracts have been made from the volume of Reports concerniiig the improvements of Longleate. The original MS. is elucidatea by fourteen different drawings, from ivhich is selected the draw- ing representing the, south and east fronts of the House from Prospect Hill, a spot at no great distance from the Warminster approach. It is difficult to represent thevast range of country which this hill commands, extending over the whole county of Somerset towards the Welsh hills, beyond the Bristol Channel. This magnificent Park, so far from being kept locked up to ex- clude mankind from partaking of its scenery, is always open, and parties are permitted to bring their refreshments; which circumstance tends to enliven the scene, to extend a more ge- neral knowledge of its beauties to strangers, and to mark the liberality of its Noble Proprietor, in thus deigning to partici- pate with others the good he enjoys.
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