The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

English landscape design in France

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246. The improvement which an English landscape gardener may derive from studying the state of his art in France, is greater than might at first sight appear. By observing the exaggeration of either beauties or deformities, the causes of the pleasure or the dislike that they excite are more easily discovered; and consequently our resources for enlarging the one or diminishing the other increased. Moderation in the use of walks is a lesson taught by almost every French garden; and not less so the use of depth of perspective in most views, whether limited to the interior, or extending across the boundary. In general, all that leads an artist to recognise and appreciate the minds of others in their works, has a tendency to lead him to infuse a superiority of mind into his own.