Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Observations 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
[Chapter V, continued], pp. 65-66 ff.
66 object to call the attention from the treeswhich are every where ,mixed in the same unvaried manner. Although -the Verdure, the smoothness of the surface, and nature of the soil at Bulstrode, is such as to make every part of the park pleasant to drive over; yet there is a propriety in marking certain lines of communication which may lead from ,one interesting spot to another, and though a ro ad of approach to a house ought not to be circuitous, the drive is necessarily so; yet this should be under some restraint. Bythel assistance ,of the map I shall describe the course of the drive at BUL. STRoDE; and however devious it may appear on paper, it will, I trust, be found to possess such variety as few drives can boast; and that .no part of it is suggested without sufficient reasons for its course. I would not here be understood to infer, that every park can boast those advantages whichBuLSTRODE possesses, or that every place offers sufficient extent and variety for such a drive appropriated, to pleasure only; but this is introduced as an archetype, or example, from whence certain principles are reduced to practice. Some of, my observations,' in the course of this description, may appear to -have been anticipated by Mr. Whately, and if I may occasionally deliver them as my own sentiments, I hope the coincidence in opinion with so respectable .a theorist, will not subject me to the imputation of plagiarism.
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