A letter to H.Repton, Esq. on the application of the practice as well as the principles of landscape-painting to landscape-gardening … to which is prefixed, Mr. Repton’s letter to Mr. Price (bound with) A review of The Landscape, a didactic poem : also of an essay on the picturesque : together with practical remarks on rural ornament. By the author of “Planting and Ornamental Gardening ; a practical treatise”.
London, printed for J. Robson 1795 ; London, for G.Nicol (and others) 1795.
8vo. 2 works in 1. xii + 163 + (1)pp ; xvi + 275 + (1)pp. Contemporary quarter calf, cracking at hinges. Ink presentation inscription (”from the author”) on half title leaf of item by Marshall.
Two scarce published items arising from the controversy engendered by the publication in 1794 of Richard Payne Knight’s poem The Landscape and Uvedale Price’s An Essay on the Picturesque. The first, written by Uvedale Price in reply to a pamphlet by Humphrey Repton, emphasises Price’s view that landscape gardening should be founded on the same principles as landscape painting, while the second is a lengthy essay by William Marshall (1745-1818), author of an earlier treatise on Planting and Rural Ornament, in which Marshall defends Capability Brown against accusations, particularly by Price, that the clumps and belts so favoured by Brown and his followers were planted in too formal a manner. Marshall’s essay, of which this is a presentation copy, exists in this printing only, while Price’s letter to Repton, here in its its first edition, appeared in a second edition in 1798 and was subsequently reprinted as part of the 1810 edition of Price’s writings on the picturesque.