The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

View of River Tamar

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The part of the Tamar forming the chief view from the house [fig. 248], is so nearly in a straight line, that it would more resemble an artificial canal than a natural river, if the extremity, now forming a graceful curvature, were to be terminated by a bridge, and especially one so large as to rob the river of all its importance. In addition to these objections, it may be added, that, if a crossing can be effected more immediately near, and opposite to, the house, it would, doubtless, be a better situation for a bridge, in point of convenience; and, as an object of beauty, it might assume a picturesque character more in harmony with that of the place [see fig. 249].