The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xix. Concerning Combination.

Architectural heritage

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If there be a pleasing association excited by a collection of family pictures, in the hall of an ancient mansion; if we look back, with a degree of pride and satisfaction, on the ancient costume of the stiff portraits of former proprietors, how much more forcibly do the busts, and statues, and recorded deeds of former worthies, arouse the mind to a feeling of respect, when we know that all which can remain is sacredly preserved on the spot where they once enjoyed the regard of their contemporaries ! Not having received the permission of the noble proprietor to mention the name of his place, I must take the liberty to explain the subject by the help of a sketch, without giving the name.