The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment I. On Rural Architecture.

Grecian architecture for tame scenery

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In the quiet, calm, and beautiful scenery of a tame country, the elegant forms of Grecian art [fig. 155] are, surely, more grateful and appropriate than a ruder and severer style; but, on the contrary, there are some wild and romantic situations, whose rocks, and dashing mountain-streams, or deep umbrageous dells, would seem to harmonize with the proud baronial tower, or mitred abbey, "embosomed high in tufted trees, as tending to associate the character of the building with that of its native accompaniment [see fig. 156]. The outline of a building is never so well seen as when in shadow, and opposed to a brilliant sky; or when if is reflected on the surface of a pool: then the great difference betwixt the Grecian and Gothic character is more peculiarly striking.