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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
London, England: Printed by T. Bensley and Son ... for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library
  • Title on spine: Repton's fragments on landscape gardening.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index of plates.
  • Sir Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was a celebrated landscape designer for the English landed gentry. His three major publications are digitized by the University of Wisconsin libraries. "Sketches and hints on landscape gardening" was published in 1794; "Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening" appeared in 1803; and "Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening," co-authored with his son J. A. (John Adey) Repton, appeared in 1816. During his career, Repton developed an innovative method for conveying his landscaping ideas to prospective clients. He presented them with individualized red-bound volumes outlining suggested improvements to their estates and illustrating the ideas in watercolors. Via tabbed overlays and hinged flaps, the illustrations showed landscape views both before and after proposed modifications. Late in his career, Repton estimated he had produced over 400 unique “Red Books” and reports for clients during his lifetime. In order to disseminate his ideas and theories to a wider audience, Repton published the three books digitized here. These draw on material originally contained in the Red Books and replicate the before-and-after views with hand-colored aquatint illustration plates. In our online facsimiles, illustrations with moveable flaps are shown in both states. In some cases, the tab mechanisms are visible from the reverse side of the illustration pages. See the original Repton books in the UW-Madison Memorial Library Special Collections at call numbers Thordarson T 4083, Thordarson T 4080, and Thordarson T 4078.

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Other title
Repton's fragments on landscape gardening
Date
1816
Publisher
London, England: Printed by T. Bensley and Son ... for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library
Language
English
Description of Original
xii, 238 pages, 2 unnumbered pages, 42 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 35 cm.
For Staff
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  1. [Cover]
  2. [Marbled pages]
  3. [Title Page]
  4. To the Prince Regent, with his royal highness's most gracious permission, this volume is humbly inscribed by his royal highness's most faithful, obedient, and humble servants, H. and J. A. Repton
  5. Preface
  6. Table of contents
  7. Fragment I. On rural architecture
  8. Characters of houses
  9. Grecian, Gothic
  10. Fragment II. Relating to symmetry
  11. Fence near the house
  12. Fragment III. On fences near the house
  13. Fragment IV. Concerning Cobham
  14. Entrance and north front of Cobham Hall, Kent, Earl of Darnley
  15. Gardens of Cobham Hall, Kent
  16. Fragment V. On dates of buildings
  17. The cottage at Apsley Wood belonging to the Duke of Bedford
  18. Fragment VI. On castles
  19. A design to exemplify irregularity of outline in castle Gothic
  20. Fragment VII. On unity of character
  21. South front of Harleston Park, Northamptonshire, R. Andrews, Esqr. [State A]
  22. South front of Harleston Park, Northamptonshire, R. Andrews, Esqr. [State B]
  23. Fragment VIII. On Blenden Hall, Kent, a villa belonging to John Smith, Esq. M.P.
  24. Blenden Hall, Kent, J. Smith, Esqr.
  25. Fragment IX. Concerning windows
  26. Barningham Norfolk, J.T. Mott, Esqr. [State A]
  27. Barningham Norfolk, J.T. Mott, Esqr. [State B]
  28. Window at Barningham. [State A]
  29. Window at Barningham. [State B]
  30. Barningham Hall, Norfolk, J.T. Mott Esqr.
  31. Fragment X. On Gothic outline
  32. Example of outline in castle Gothic
  33. Fragment XI. Beaudesert
  34. Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesea. [State A]
  35. Beaudesert, Staffordshire, Marquis of Anglesea. [State B]
  36. Fragment XII. Concerning colors
  37. [Concerning colors]
  38. Fragment XIII. Concerning interiors
  39. Interiors
  40. Fragment XIV. Wingerworth
  41. Wingerworth, Derbyshire, Sir W. Hunloke, Bart. [State A]
  42. Wingerworth, Derbyshire, Sir W. Hunloke, Bart. [State B]
  43. Lodge at Wingerworth. [State A]
  44. Lodge at Wingerworth. [State B]
  45. Fragment XV. On planting single trees
  46. Fragment XVI. Concerning villas
  47. Report concerning a villa at Streatham, belonging to the Earl of Coventry
  48. Report concerning a villa near a common, in the north of England
  49. A common improved in Yorkshire. [State A]
  50. A common improved in Yorkshire. [State B]
  51. Report concerning a villa in Essex, very singularly situated, consisting of four or five acres of garden, in the centre of Epping Forests, abounding in deer, and immediately surrounded by a rabbit warren of twenty acres
  52. Report concerning Ealing Park
  53. [The belt]
  54. [Report concerning Ealing Park, continued]
  55. [Fragment XVI. Concerning villas, continued]
  56. Lord Sidmouth's, in Richmond Park. [State A]
  57. Lord Sidmouth's, in Richmond Park. [State B]
  58. Fragment XVII. Of a garden near Oporto
  59. Sections of a garden near Oporto
  60. Fragment XVIII. Uppark
  61. Entrance to Uppark, Sr. H. Featherstone, Bart. [State A]
  62. Entrance to Uppark, Sr. H. Featherstone, Bart. [State B]
  63. Fragment XIX. Concerning combination
  64. Fragment XX. Concerning contrasts
  65. Sunshine after rain
  66. Fragment XXI. Frome House, Dorsetshire
  67. View from the south front of Frome House Dorset, N. Gould Esqr. [State A]
  68. View from the south front of Frome House Dorset, N. Gould Esqr. [State B]
  69. [Fragment XXI. Frome House, Dorsetshire, continued]
  70. Fragment XXII. Of aspects and prospects
  71. Fragment XXIII. Of variety
  72. Design alluded to in Fragment XXIII
  73. Fragment XXIV. Longleate, Wiltshire
  74. General view of Longleate from the Prospect Hill
  75. Fragment XXV. A plan explained
  76. The vinery
  77. Fragment XXV--a plan explained
  78. Fragment XXVI. Extract from a recent report of a place near the capital
  79. View, as proposed to be altered, from the portico of a villa near London. [State A]
  80. View, as proposed to be altered, from the portico of a villa near London. [State B]
  81. Fragment XXVII. Gardens of Ashridge
  82. Design for a conduit, proposed as Ashridge, with distant view of the rosary and monks garden
  83. The rosary at Ashridge
  84. Arrangement proposed for the gardens of Ashridge, Herts
  85. Fences, called invisible
  86. Fragment XXVIII. Containing extracts from the report of Woburn Abbey
  87. Approach to Woburn Abbey, as it has been altered
  88. Approach to Woburn Abbey, before it was altered
  89. Forcing Garden, in winter
  90. At Woburn Abbey
  91. Fragment XXIX. Concerning the luxuries of a garden
  92. Fragment XXX. Concerning entrance lodges and cottages
  93. Fragment XXXI. Of water fences
  94. Fragment XXXII. Concerning improvements
  95. Improvements
  96. General view of Sherringham Bower, Norfolk: Abbot Upcher, Esqr. [State A]
  97. General view of Sherringham Bower, Norfolk: Abbot Upcher, Esqr. [State B]
  98. Fragment XXXIII. Extracted from the report on Sherringham Bower, in Norfolk
  99. Sherringham Bower. [State A]
  100. Sherringham Bower. [State B]
  101. General view from the south and east fronts of the cottage at Endsleigh, Devonshire--Dutchess of Bedford. [State A]
  102. General view from the south and east fronts of the cottage at Endsleigh, Devonshire--Dutchess of Bedford. [State B]
  103. Fragment XXXIV. Extracted from the report of Endsleigh
  104. The work house
  105. Fragment XXXV. Concerning houses of industry
  106. [Plate]
  107. [Plate]
  108. Fragment XXXVI. Hare Street
  109. View from my own cottage, in Essex. [State A]
  110. View from my own cottage, in Essex. [State B]
  111. List of plates
  112. Errata
  113. [Marbled pages]
  114. [Cover]