The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Chapter 7: Concerning approaches, with some remarks on the affinity betwixt painting and gardening

Anthony House, Cornwall

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ANTONY HOUSE. In this country there will, I hope, for ever exist different orders and degrees of society, which must generally depend on the proportion of property, either inherited or acquired by different individuals; and so long as such distinctions remain, it will be proper that the residence of each should be marked by such distinct characters as may not easily be mistaken. Before the introduction of modern gardening, there always existed a marked difference betwixt the residence of the landlord, and that of his tenant; not only in the size and style of the house itself, but in that also of the land immediately adjoining. The importance of the mansion was supported by a display of convenience, rather than of beauty; and thus the Hall-house was distinguished from the neighbouring cottage, not by the extent of lawn, or the variety of landscape, but the quantity of barns, stables, and offices, with which it was surrounded: and, as our ancestors thought a certain degree of gloom and confinement necessary to greatness, the views from the windows were confined by lofty walls, surrounding quadrangular courts, or the kitchen-garden; which, being felt as an object of the greatest convenience, was deemed the properest object of sight from the principal apartments. This taste in gardening continued long after the vaulted kitchen, the buttery-hatch, the carved cellar door, and other internal marks of hospitable splendour, had been banished by modern improvements in architecture. Anthony House, Cornwall, belonged to Reginald Pole Carew - TT]