The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxII. Of Aspects And Prospects.

North, south, east and west aspects

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If we had only one front, or one aspect to consider, our difficulty would soon vanish; but the prevailing partiality for variety of prospect seems to require that, in every direction, the views should be retained; and as the opposite walls of the house must be parallel, and the corners at right angles, we must consider the effect on each of the four sides: thus,- First. The aspect due north is apt to be gloomy, because no sunshine ever cheers a room so placed: Secondly. The aspect due east is not much better, because there the sun only shines while we are in bed: Thirdly. The aspect due west is intolerable, from the excess of sun dazzling the eye through the greatest part of the day.