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 VIII, continued], pp. 103-106
106 deserted and unsightly object. The effect of this building by moonlight is shewn in the annexed sketch. And there ae many summer evenings when such a pavilion would add new interest to the magnificent scenery of water and mountains with which PLAS-NEWYD every where abounds.s g In a conversation I had the satisfaction to enjoy with the late Earl of Orford, at Strawberry Hill, he shewed me the gradual progress of his knowledge in gothic architecture by various specimens in that house, in which bhe had copied the forms of mouldings without always attending to the scale or comparative proportion; and his lordship's candour pointed out to me the errors he had at first committed. This error, in the imitators of gothic, often arises from their not considering the difference of the materials with which they work: if in the mullions of a window, or the ribs of a ceiling, they copy in wood or plaster, oriiaments originally of stone, they must preserve the same massive proportions, that were necessary in that material, or they must paint it like wood, and not like stone: but if the architects of former times had known the use we now make of cast iron, we should have seen many beautiful effects of lightness'in their works; and surely in ours, we may be allowed to introduce this new material for buildings, in the same manner that we may fairly suppose they would have done, had the invention been known in their time: bat wherever cast iron is used in the construction, it ought to be acknowledged as a support, either by gilding, or bronze, or any expedient that may shew it to be metal, and not wood or stone, other- wise it will appear unequal to its office.
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