Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Sketches and hints on landscape gardening : collected from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Concerning water. cont.], pp. 33-35
35 'in the sorrows of a Belvidere or a Beverley, though we know that no such persons ever existed: it is enough, if so much as we are shown of the character appears to be a just resemblance of nature. In the same manner, the magnificent water at Blenheim strikes with wonder and delight, while we neither see its beginning or end; and we do not view it with less pleasure after we are told, that it was not originally a natural lake, but that Mr. Brown, stopping the current of a small river, collected this vast body of water into the beautiful shape we now admire.' Mr. Burke very justly observes, " that a true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs by easy methods. Designs that are vast only by their dimensions, are always the sign of a common and low imagination. No work of art can be great, but as it deceives; to be otherwise is the prerogative of nature only." Essay on the Sublime, Part II. Sect. 1 0.
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