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 III. On fences near the house, pp. -9
FRAGMENT III. ON FENCES NEAR THE HOUSE. IF there be any part of my practice liable to the accusation of often advising the same thing at different places, it will be' true in all that relates to my partiality for a Terrace as a fence near the house. Twenty years have, at length, by degrees accom- plished that line of demarkation betwixt art and nature, which I have found so much difficulty in establishing, viz, a visible and decided fence betwixt the mown pleasure-ground and the pastured lawn; betwixt the garden and the park; betwixt the ground allotted to the pleasure of man, and that to the use of cattle, So many different modes of producing the same effect may be suggested, that I shall hope to be useful in describing some of them. First, where the ground falls from the house in an inclined plane, the distance of the fence can only be ascertained by actual experiment on the spot, and of course, the steeper the descent the nearer or the lower must be the terrace wall. .. -. .................. _A Floor Ln~e------------------------- ;Floor Line ........... ............ The eye sees the ground over the fence at A, but if carried to B, all view of the ground will be lost.