The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: APPENDIX.

Price, Knight, Downton and Foxley

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I will allow that there is a shade of difference betwixt the opinions of Mr. Price and Mr. Knight, which seems to have arisen from the different characters of their respective places; Foxley is less romantic than Downton, and therefore Mr. Price is less extravagant in his ideas, and more willing to allow some little sacrifice of picturesque beauty to neatness, near the house; but by this very concession he acknowledges, that real comfort, and his ideas of picturesqueness, are incompatible. In short, the mistake of both these gentlemen arises from their not having gone deep enough in the inquiry, and not having carefully traced, to all its sources, that pleasure which the mind receives from landscape gardening; for although picturesque effect is a very copious source of our delight, it is far from being the only one. After sedulously endeavouring to discover other causes of this pleasure, I think it may occasionally be attributed to each of the following different heads; which I have enumerated in my Red Book of Warley, near Birmingham, a seat of Samuel Galton, Esquire.