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

Criticism of Richard Payne Knight

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It would have been far more grateful to my feelings and inclination, to have pointed out those passages in which I concur with the author of the Landscape; but I am compelled, by the duties of my profession, to notice those parts only, which tend to vitiate the taste of the nation, by introducing false principles; by recommending negligence for ease, and slovenly weeds for native beauty. Extremes are equally to be avoided; and I trust that the taste of this country will neither insipidly slide into the trammels of that smooth-shaven "genius of the bare and bald," which he so justly ridicules, nor enlist under the banners of that shaggy and harsh-featured spirit, which knows no delight but in the scenes of Salvator Rosa;-scenes of horror, well calculated for the residence of banditti, "Breathing blood, calamity, and strife."