Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments 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
Fragment IV. Concerning Cobham, pp. 10-12
and these, after the grow-th of twenty-five years, have totally changed the character of the place. The house is no longer a huge pile, standing naked on a vast grazing ground: its walls are enriched with roses and jasmines; its apartments are per- fumed with odours from flowers surrounding it on every side: and the animals which enliven the landscape are not admitted as an annoyance. All around is neatness, elegance, and com- fort; while the views of the park are improved by the rich foreground, over which they are seen from the terraces in the garden, or the elevated situation of the apartments. On the whole, Cobham, furnishes a striking example of arti- ficial arrangement for convenience in the grounds, immediately adjoining the house, contributing to the natural advantages of its situation and scenery, and enriched by the most luxuriant foliage and verdure. The home views give a perfect idea of what a park ought to be, without affecting to be a forest; for although its extent of domain might warrant such character, there is a natural amenity in the face of the country, that is more beautiful than romantic, more habitable than wild; and though in the valleys the view is not enlivened by water, which in a chalk soil is not to be expected, yet from the elevated points of the park the two most important rivers of England, the Thames and Medway, form part of the distant prospect.
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