Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Observations 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
[Chapter V, continued], pp. 67-79
centuries, yet they lead the mind back to the far more date. of this encamnpment, when the ground must have been a naked surface. Another advantage will also be derived fror carrying the drive above thQ level of the plain. the eye being raisd above the broausing line, the park wall will he better hid by th, 4Qwr 7ranches of interm ediate trees. At No. 10. the drive is les interesting, because -the surface -is, flat; but such occasional tame- nesgi .vo repo~se. and serves to heighten the interest ,of sub- sequent scenery; yet at this place, if the drive be made to branch along the Vallum, it will, pass over the most beautifu part of the park, on a natural terrace at No. 11, and this will join thenner drive returning down the 'valley towards t6 kitchen garden. I am now to speak of the great woods called Fern'lis, Piper'is, Column's, Walk Wood, and Shipman's, in which a rpeitine. drive has been formerly cut, which no one would desire to pass a second time, from its length, added to the total absei-ce of interest or variety of objects; but following the taste which supposes "nature to abhor a straight line," this drive meanders in uniform curves of equal lengths, and the defect is increased by there being only one connexion with the park, while the other end of the drive finishesat a great distance acrossFulmer Common. The first object therefore of improveen , will be to form such a line of connexion with the park as may make it seem a part of the same domain, and this would be more easily done uThe browsing line is explained in Chap. IV. iThe excess of variety may become painful, and therefore in a long drive some parts should be less interesting, or, if possible, should excite no interest, and be 'indifferent without exciting disgust.
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