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 XXV. A plan explained, continued], pp. 127-128
ie8 the foreground or frame of the picture. So magnificent and complicated a Plan may perhaps appear ideal, but it actually exists, although I have never seen it since I made the Plan on the spot.* * To explain this, I will relate the following fact. The Proprietor called at my door, and took me to the place, to ask my opinion about adding a new room of large dimensions to an old house. I described by a pencil sketch the general idea of this annexed Plan, with which he was so much pleased, that he desired me the day follow- ing to explain it to a gentleman, who I afterwards discovered was a clerk of the works to an eminent Architect. The pencil sketch was all that I was ever permitted to de- liver, from which the whole was immediately carried into execution, without having yielded me either emolument or ithme, or any other advantage, except the useful les- son-Not to leave a Pencil Sketch in the hands of a Clerk of the Works.--Under such circumstances, I hope I may be excused for claiming my share in a design which I have often heard commended as the sole production of the late Proprietor's exquisite taste. He certainly made it all his own: but there was not a single idea which I had not fur- nished. " DETUR SUUM CUIQUE."
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