The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Chapter 1: Concerning different characters and situations

Wembly Red Book 2

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Plate No. III. [our figs. 9 and 10], presents the general view of the house, offices, and stables, as they appear in the approach. In the present state [see fig. 9] there is a gloominess and confinement about the house, proceeding from the plantation, necessary to hide the vast quantity of unsightly buildings with which it was encumbered; yet one of those buildings, viz. the laundry, is so large and lofty [see the sloping roof, rising over the square mass of the house, in fig. 9], that it divides the interest with the mansion, or, rather, takes the lead of the house itself, by its colour [being covered with blue slates] and more extravagant form. I have supposed an opening made betwixt the house and the mass of wood, surrounding the stables [on the right-hand side of the landscape], to detach them from each other, and to give an extent and cheerfulness; which is the more advisable on that side, as, from the shape of the ground on the other, there is some confinement: though I confess, if the house were Gothic, that shape would rather be a circumstance of picturesque beauty, since we are accustomed to see elegant Gothic structures at the foot, or on the sloping side of a hill. The stables, without being too conspicuous, may be just seen to rise above the shrubbery, so that while they give importance to the mansion, they will possess only a subordinate place in the general scenery; still contributing to that unity of design which makes a composition perfect. [See fig. 10.]