button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, vol.1 p.138

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vol.1 p.138
should aim at. Amidst these grand objects of nature, it would be absurd to catch the eye with the affected decorations of art. The simple idea he would desire to preserve, is, what the place itself suggests, a sequestered retreat. The boundaries should in a great measure be thicket - on the eastern coast especially, which is opposed to the only cultivated part of the country: and if there be any thing in that part worth giving to the eye, it might be given through some unaffected opening.
For thickets, the wild wood of the country would abundantly suffice. It grows luxuriantly, and would soon produce it's effect.
The middle parts of the island, with a few clumps properly disposed, might be neat pasturage, with flocks, and herds; which would contrast agreeably with the rough scenery around.
The house, at present, stands too formally in the middle of the island. It might stand better near the southern promontory. The air of this sweet retreat is said to be very pure.*
1.138.*   Since this view of Windermere island was taken, it hath been under the hands of improvement. The proprietor, I have been told, spent six thousand pounds upon it; with which sum he contrived to do almost every thing, that one should wish had been left undone. It is now in other hands, which may probably restore it's beauty.
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