The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxIII. Of Variety.

Design for house and stables

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In approaching the close of my active life, it is natural that I should look back on the various objects which have claimed my attention, and called forth my exertions: some of these I can view with delight, and record with exultation; but, alas! in how many have my time, my labour, and my contrivance been employed, without producing fame or profit: the latter was only a secondary consideration, and yet, when that has been withheld, the other has generally suffered in proportion. By leaving this memorial of some of my works, I shall endeavour to recover a little fame, although I may derive no other emolument: and I insert the annexed sketch of a house [fig. 207], stables, a school-house, a parsonage, and numerous plans for buildings, which have been made, approved of, and executed, without our ever being permitted to visit the progress of works on so extensive a scale, and for which we furnished the minutest details, without ever receiving the expected remuneration. The name both of the place and its proprietor are omitted; but in the preceding drawing "Stat nominis umbra." [Stands the shadow of a name.]