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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
(1816)

Fragment III. On fences near the house,   pp. [7]-9


Page [7]

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.


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