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Adam, Robert, 1728-1792 / The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam = Les ouvrages d'architecture de Robert et Jaques Adam
Volume I (1900)

Preface [III. The seat of the Earl of Bute, at Luton Park]


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W    E proceed to lay before the public another number
of our Works.    It contains a part of the defigns
of LUTON HOUSE, one of the feats of the EARL OF BUTE.
We are happy in having this opportunity of expreffing to
the world that gratitude which we never ceafed to feel, for
the protedion, favour, and friendfhip with which we have
always been honoured by his Lordfhip.
After having made various defigns for Luton Houfe
in different ftyles, the Earl of Bute fixed upon the follo-
wing, and direced it to be carried into execution.   In
confequence of his Lordfhip's orders, the work was begun
in 1767; and whatever reputation the Archited may acquire
at prefent by this plan, that which moft flatters his vanity,
and will do him the greateft honour with pofterity, is the
approbation of the noble proprietor, fo jufily efteemed for
his great tafte and difcerning judgment in the celebrated
works of the ancients, and in every branch of the fine
arts.
The fituation of the Houfe is peculiarly fortunate.  It
ftands on the eafy declivity of a hill or bank; at the bottom
of which, along the vale, runs the river Lee, a clear and
beautiful ftream, fpreading into an artificial lake, upwards
of a mile and a half in length, and in fome places of great
breadth, as it covers a fpace of near fifty acres.
The bank on which the Houfe is built, as well as the
rifing grounds on the oppofite fide of the lake, are beau-
tifully diverfified by gentle rifings and failings; and the
whole park is adorned with lofty foreft trees of different
kinds, happilly difpofed, fo as to create variety in the views,
and produce a ftriking effed in the landfcape.
The Houfe itfelf, which is built of a bright coloured
ftone, of a bluith caft, and admirably wrought, adds greatly
to the magnificence and fplendor of a scene univerfally
admired.
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C     E  TROISIEME  CAYER    de  nos   ouvrages  contient
une partie des defeins du chiteau de LUTON, un
des maifons de campagne du COMTE DE BUTE, dont la
protecion, la bienveillance et l'amitie, nous    ont tou-
jours infpires les lentimens de la plus vive rdconnaif-
fance.
Apres avoir examine pluficurs plans dreffds expr~s pour
cet edifice, en differens flyles, le Comte de Bute s'eft
ddtermin6 en faveur de celui-ci; et en confdquence de fes
ordres l'ouvrage a dt6 commenc en 1767. Quelle que
foit la reputation qu'on pourra trouver bon d'accorder A
prdfent A l'Architede pour cc plan, cc qui le flatte le
plus, et cc qui lui fera le plus grand honneur aux yeux de
la poftdrit&, eft l'approbation du noble propridtaire, fi jufte-
ment eftim6 pour fon goit et fon jugement 6clair dans les
c'lebres ouvrages des anciens, et dans toutes les parties des
beaux arts.
L'affiette de la maifon eft des mieux choifies. Elle eft
fitude fur la pente aifde d'une colline, au bas de la quelle
eft un lac artificiel qui s'etend le long de la vallke, et au-
travers duquel coule la petite rivi're Lee, remarquable pour
la belle clart6 de fon eau.  Le lac mme a plus d'un mille
et demi de longueur, et eft en quelques endroits fort large,
puifqu'il couvre un efpace de pros de cinquante acres
Anglois.
La colline sur laquelle la Maifon eft baltie, auffi bien
que les terres qui vont en f'6levant au dela du lac, font
agreablement diverfifices par des petites indgalitds de terrein
admirablement bien entreml6es, et tout le parc eft orn& de
fuperbes arbres de haute futaye de differentes especes,
heureufement difpofds, de manire qu'ils creent une variet'
dans les vuies, et produifent un effet frappant dans le payfage.
La Maifon mnme, qui eft confIruite d'une pierre de
couleur vive  tirante fur le bleu, et parfaitement bien
travaillde, couronne la magnificence et la fplendeur d'une
scene univerfellement admiree.
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