The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Compositional Elements of Landscape Gardening

The progress of architecture in Britain in modern times

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1537. The progress which architecture has made in Britain, in modern times, is matter of greater certainty; and Repton, with his usual taste, has furnished an ingenious vignnete (fig. 256), which indicates that the first style of British domestic architecture was that of the castellated Gothic; to which succeeded the ecclesiastical Gothic; next the style, prevalent in the seventeenth century, being a mixture of Gothic and Grecian, commonly called the Elizabethan style; after that the Grecian; and last of all, the Hindoo, just then coming into notice, and which he considered (Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton, &c. 1810) as likely to become fashionable. The most suitable style for domestic purposes in Britain, he considered to be the Gothic, as admitting every description of interior form and arrangement, an unbounded variety in the external forms and lines, and as being favourable to future additions, without deranging the effect or ordonnance of the original composition.