The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxvi. Extract From A Recent Report Of A Place Near The Capital.

Modern style of garden design

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THE MODERN STYLE. This was, in every respect, the reverse of the former. Instead of displaying the means by which art could triumph over nature, it seems to adopt for its motto- "Artis est celare artem." The natural landscape was the chief object to be studied; and while, in the ancient style, every situation, when shut up, became the same; in the modern style, every place open to the country varied with the different surrounding scenery of nature, and, consequently, nature was the model for art to follow, but not to copy: she was to furnish hints and patterns, but not to be imitated with exact servility. The poet's rule says, "To build, to plant, whatever you intend, To rear the column, or the arch to bend, To swell the terrace, or to sink the grot, In all, let nature never be forgot."