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 XI: Miscellaneous--endless variety of situation and character--first impressions--roads--example Stoke Park--scenery in Wales--example rug--ornaments--entrances--Harewood--Blaize Castle--adaptation of ornamental buildings--ornaments--decorations--colours--metals, pp. 134-162
135 bed of flowers as with a forest thicket, and he will be as much disgusted by the fanciful affectation of rude nature in tame scenery, as by the trimness of spruce art in that which is wild: the thatched hovel in a flower-garden, or the treillis bocage in a forest, are equally misplaced. General principles, or general designs, which may be appli- cable to all situations, would be alike impossible. The painter oopieg in their respective places, the eyes, the nose, and mouth, of the individual, but without adding character his picturewill not be interesting. The landscape gardener finds ground, wood, and water, but with little more power than the painter, of changing their relative position; he adds character by the point of view in which he displays them, or by the ornaments of art with which they are embellished. To describe by words the various cha- ¢acton and situations of all the places irt which I have been consulted, would be tedious, and to give views of each would altor the design of this work: I shall therefore 'dedicate this ehaptet to a miscellaneous assemblage of extracts from different Red Books, without aiming at connection or arrangement. These may furnish examples of variety in the treatment sof various, Aubjects; while the reasons on which their treatment is founded will, I hope, be deemed so far conclusive, that some general principles may be drawn from them, tending to prove that' Thee arre Rules for good taste.
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