"To improve the scenery of a country, and to display its native beauties with advantage, is an ART which originated in England..."
~ Humphry Repton, 1794
Any discussion of the English country house can not begin without a mention of the landscapes in which they are set ~ those rolling green hills, so deliberately picturesque ~ the products of landscape architects such as William Kent, Lancelot "Capability" Brown, and Humphry Repton. But, I will spare you all a lecture, and just leave you with a couple links to explore:
* red books and sketches (via Garden History Girl)
* and a few "capable" landscapes
And tomorrow ~ houses!
(top: the view from my window at West Dean; and bottom: the recently restored rotunda at Petworth)