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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground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. VII. Concerning approaches; with some remarks on the affinity betwixt painting and gardening, pp. 48-52
52 ',the place; but there are no means so effectual as that which presents itself at Knutsford, of which I have given a hint in the slide of the following sketch. "means of gratifying purse-proud vanity, which I here propose, may not be thought unworthy of the attention of those improvers who "make this gratification the object of their labours." The expedient proposed, is to hang up a map of every estate at the porter's lodge. This introduces a sarcasm on WEALTH and RANK.- But whatever reasons Mr. Knight may be able to assign for indulging his spleen on these subjects, all his ingenuity will not qualify him to gloss over the injustice, to say no more, of misrepresenting my sentiments, and mistaking my expressions. - But in your grand approach (the critic cries) Magnificence requires some sacrifice "As you advance unto, the palace gate, Each object should announce the owner's state; " His vast possessions, and his wide domains, "His waving woods, and rich unbounded plains. He therefore leads you many a tedious round, "To show th' extent of his employer's ground; Climbs o'er the hills, and to the vales descends; Then mounts again, through lawn that never ends." How far the poet's license may have been used with fairness and discretion, will appear, by comparing the sentiments conveyed in my ob- servations on Tatton, and his poem. But it seems to be the opinion of this writer, that any approach is a defective part of modern gardening; because, in some instances, it has been injudiciously made to display the whole beauties of the place at the first entrance. I perfectly agree with him, that those ostentatious approaches, from whence the whole scenery is spread before the stranger's eye, as upon a map, are not to be justified; because they rob the mind of that pleasure which arises from novelty and variety, from expectation and surprise; but there is surelynomore incongruity in marking the entrance of a parkwith some distinction, and displaying some of its beauties in the course ofa road that must pass through it, than in showing, by the external appearance ofanhouse, thatit is the residence of greatwealthorexalted station.
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