The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxiv. Longleate, Wiltshire, A Seat Of The Marquis Of Bath.

Lancelot Brown's design for the water

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"We next proceed to the third opinion, viz. that the water should form an apparent river through the whole valley; this, I believe, was originally the intention of Greenway,* who preceded Brown, and whose fondness for serpentine lines gave the water its present shape, at a prodigious expense. Brown continued the same idea, but reduced the scale of the original design; and though he has, in some degree, produced the effect of a river by various different pools, yet the deceptions are not well disguised, and the part most unfinished is that nearest the house, where the two plans of Greenway and Brown are brought into contact, without being well united or blended together". *[Or Bridgeman, disciples of Kent, in the first departure from straight lines.]