The Garden Guide

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

South-easterly views

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The view towards the south-east, will consist of a glade into the forest, where the distant woods of Wanstead are seen betwixt the stems of large trees in the foreground, producing a purple tone of colouring, so much studied by painters and admirers of picturesque effect. To this may be added, the cheerful moving scene of a public road, not too near to be offensive; for, however some may affect to prize the solitude and seclusion of a forest, shut out from all the busy haunts of men, yet, within six miles of the capital, few places can boast such privacy as Wallwood House commands within its forty acres, surrounded by a forest. Who, then, would regret to see, occasionally, and at a proper distance, the enlivening mixture of man with animal life, and vegetation in its most interesting forms? From its situation, within so few miles of the metropolis, this place ought to combine all the pleasures of the country, with the conveniences of a town residence.