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 XIV, continued], pp. 209-212
212 It 'has been doubted how far a house, externally m Gothic, should internally preserve the same character, and the most ridiculous fancies have been occasionally introduced in libraries and eating-rooms, to make them appear of the same date 'with the towers and battlements of a castle, without considering that such rooms are of modern invention, and consequently the attempt becomes an anachronism: perhaps the only rooms of a house, which can with propriety be Gothic, are the hall, the chapel, and those long :passages which lead to the several apart- ments; and in these the most correct detail should be observed. As a specimen of internal Gothic, my son has inserted a design for a Gothic hall, which is supposed to occupy two stories: yet the comparative loftiness will not depress the height of the rooms, because the gallery which preserves the connexion in the Chamber floor, marks a decided division in the height; and as this hall ought not to open into any room without an interme- diate, and' lower passage, the several apartments will appear more lofty and magnificent. It has occasionally been objected to Gothic houses, that the old form of windows is less comfortable than modern sliding sashes; not considering that the square top to a window is as much a Gothic form as a pointed arch, and that to introduce sash frames, as at DoN NINGTON, we have only to suppose the mullions may have been taken out without injuring the general effect of the building; while, in some rooms, the ancIient form of window with large mullions may be preserved. Those who have noticed the cheerfulness and .magnificence of' plate glass in the large Gothic windows of CASH L0 BU Ra and COBHAM, will not regret the want of modern sashes in an ancient palace.
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