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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Landscape gardening. Concerning different characters and situations. cont.], pp. 5-10 ff.
8 has hardly occurred to me an instance where I have experienced so great a fluctuation of opinion ' as in this place. I was led, from a consideration of the antiquity of the Crewe family in Cheshire, to expect a certain degree of magnificence; but my first view of the house being from an unfavourable point, and at too great a distance to judge of its real magnitude, I conceived it to be very small; and measuring the surrounding objects by this false standard, the whole place lost that importance which I afterwards found it assume on a closer examination. ' In former days, the dignity of an house was supposed to increase in proportion to the quantity of walls and buildings with which it was surrounded: to these were sometimes added tall ranks of trees, whose shade contributed to the gloom at that time held essential to magnificence. I Modern taste has discovered, that greatness and cheerfulness are not incompatible; it has thrown down the ancient palisade and lofty walls, because it is aware that liberty is the true portal of happiness; yet while it encourages more cheerful freedom, it must not lay aside becoming dignity. When we formerly approached the mansion through a village of its poor dependants, we were not offended at their proximity, because the massy gates and numerous courts sufficiently marked the £ distance betwixt the palace and the cottage: these being removed, other expedients must be adopted to restore the native character of Crewe Hall.' 'TATTON PARK.] The situation of Tatton may be justly described as too splendid to be called interesting, and too vast to be deemed picturesque; yet it is altogether beautiful, in spite of that greatness which is rather the attribute of sublimity than of beauty. The mind is astonished and pleased at very extensive prospect, but it cannot be interested, except
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