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REPTON’S MASTERWORK

Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening. Collected from Designs and Observations now in the possession on the different Noblemen and Gentlemen, for whose use they were originally made. The whole tending to establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground.

London: Printed by W. Bulmer … Sold by J. and J. Boydell …, [1794].

Price: $30,000.00


About the item

First edition. Sixteen aquatint plates, of which 10 are handcolored (4 are double-page, and all are with overslip) and 6 are uncolored (4 with overslips); all with wash borders. 1 vols. Oblong 4to (10-1/4 x 14-1/4 inches). REPTON’S MASTERWORK. Contemporary quarter diced russia and marbled sides, gilt spine, marbled edges. Extremities a bit rubbed and scuffed; a couple of wrinkles to the overslips. Bookplate of Mass. Horticultural Society and small circular ink stamp M.H.S. on recto of plates, sometimes touching borders. Very good plus. Red morocco backed linen folding box. Abbey Scenery 388; Tooley 400. Provenance: Henry Gee Barnard; Massachusetts Horticultural Society (sold Sotheby’s 11 December 2008); Albert H. Small (sold Christie’s 25 May 2012).

Item #366655

First edition of this cornerstone of landscape architecture and design. Repton was the first to employ the term “Landscape Gardening”; his introduction treats of the need to unite the powers of “the landscape painter and the practical gardener. The former must conceive a plan, which the latter may be able to execute … yet the luxuriant imagination of the painter must be subjected to the gardener’s practical knowledge in painting, digging, and moving earth”. Many of the plates have moveable slips showing the alterations of the countryside. The introduction provides a list of more than 50 “Red Books”, the designs prepared for country properties where projects were executed. Repton’s influence was profound; the Sketches are his record of his work.