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from designs and observations now in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made : the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground
[Concerning approaches; with some remarks on the affinity betwixt painting and gardening. cont.], pp. 53-65 ff.
59 ground plot be uneven; or if the elevation presents parts in perspective: how then shall any scale 'be applied to a landscape which presents parts innumerable, and those at various distances from the eye ? my sketches, therefore, do not attempt to describe the minutiae of a scene, but the general ef- fects; and all the accuracy of portraiture to which I pretend, is, never to insert objects that do not exist, although I cannot represent all that do. The large single trees shown in the foregoing sketch,* are all nearly in the situations of their prototypes; but it may be possible to -leave in reality 'more small trees and bushes than I have shown on paper; because such actual groups will cause no confusion to the eye on the spot, although it would be impossible to separate them in the pic- ture, even if it were finished with the laboured accuracy of Paul Bril, or Velvet Breugel.' The enthusiasm for picturesque effect, seems to have so completely bewildered the author of the poem already mentioned, that he not only mistakes the essential difference between the landscape painter and the landscape gardener; but appears even to forget that a dwelling-house is an object of comfort and convenience, for the purposes of habitation; and not merely the frame to a landscape, or the foreground of a rural picture. The want of duly considering the affinity between painting and gar- dening, is the source of those errors and false principles, which I find too frequently prevailing in the admirers of, or connoisseurs in, painting: and I do not hesitate to acknowledge, that I once supposed the two arts to be more intimately connected than my practice and experience have since con- firmed. I am not less an admirer of those scenes which painting represents; but I have discovered * The sketch alluded to in the above quotation, is not inserted in this volume.
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