1. General View of Bayham
- Humphry Repton (1752-1818)
- Hand-colored aquatint From Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening: including Some Remarks on Grecian and Gothic Architecture London: T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803 Courtesy of Princeton University Library, Special Collections, Rare Book Division.
- Curatorial Notes:
- Repton presented his ideas theatrically: a transformative scene. First seen is the Earl’s land in current use; but under the flap (seen here), one sees the land as worthy of the Earl — the forest becoming a park; the estate: a domain; the house: a palace. Further, Repton joined and flooded streams to create a river valley. The approaching view is transformed from crops to parkland. Repton insisted the Earl’s dwelling be in character with its surroundings: Gothic rather than Classical. The palace was never built, but Repton’s plans for the Bayham lake and the forest woodlands were executed evidently.
- David Kelly Crow