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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
Chap. V. Concerning park scenery, pp. 36-40
37 tion from art to mark the residence of a noble possessor; yet as there are a few instances in which the interference of art can openly be acknowledged, those few should not be neglected. Buildings however simple, if in character, and not too numerous, will more than any thing contribute to dis- 'play magnificence. ' Woods, enriched by buildings, and water, enlivened by a number of pleasure-boats, alike contribute to mark a visible difference betwixt the magnificent scenery of a park, and that of a sequestered forest: the trees, the water, the lawns, and the deer, are alike common to both. There is another distinction betwixt park and forest scenery, on which I shall beg leave to state ' my opinion, as it has been a topic of some doubt and difficulty amongst the admirers of my profes- ' sion, viz. How far gravel roads are admissible across the lawns of a park: yet surely very little doubt will remain on this subject, when we consider a park as a place of residence; and see the great in- convenience to which grass roads are continually liable. I I have endeavoured to discover two reasons which may have given rise to the common technical objection, that a gravel road cuts ul2 a lawn; the first arises from the effect observed after an avenue has been destroyed, where the straight line of gravel, which formerly was less offensive, while ac- companied by trees, becomes intolerable when it divides a small lawn directly through the middle. The other arises from the effect which even a winding turnpike road has in destroying the seques- tered and solemn dignity of forest scenery: but in a park, a road of convenience, and of breadth proportioned to its intention, as an. approach to the house for visiters, will often be a circumstance of great beauty; and is a characteristic ornament of art, allowable in the finest inhabited scenes of nature.'
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