The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening and Landscape Architecture, edited by John Claudius Loudon (J.C.L )
Chapter: Introduction by J.C. Loudon

Humphry Repton's style of garden design

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The rage for destroying avenues and terraces having subsided, and the propriety of uniting a country house with the surrounding scenery, by architectural appendages, having been pointed out, in a masterly manner, by Uvedale Price, Kent's School gave way; not, however, as may be supposed, to the Picturesque School (which, though adopted in many instances, in some parts of an estate, yet, in very few cases was exclusively employed), but to what may be called Repton's School, and which may be considered as combining all that was excellent in the former schools, and, in fact, as consisting of the union of an artistical knowledge of the subject with good taste and good sense. The principles of this school, and their application in practice, are exhibited in the five volumes published by Mr. Repton (see p. 22), which, with copies of all the numerous plates by which they were illustrated, are included in the present volume, forming one of the series.