The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Criticism of Repton's before and after drawings

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

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Fig. 1, represents a landscape, in which it is proposed to make certain alterations. The engraving represents the landscape as it is supposed to appear before the landscape-gardener commences his operations. On lifting up the slip of paper, or "slide," the landscape is seen as it will appear when the operations of the landscape-gardener are completed. It is evident that two or three sildes may be introduced in the same landscape, to shew the effects of different alterations, and this has been done by Mr. Repton in several cases. For example, our vignettes, Figs. 6, 7, and 8, p. 42, p. 43, and p. 44, represent a landscape, which, in Mr. Repton's original work, has two slides over it. The first, or upper slide, shews the landscape as it appears in Fig. 6; the second slide as in Fig. 7; and when both slides are lifted up, the landscape appears as in Fig. 8, p. 44.