View from My Own Cottage, in Essex.
Published by J. Taylor, Feb 1. 1816.
Coloured aquatint with overlay, very rare. 240 x 300mm (9½ x 11¾).
The view from Humphry Repton's cottage in Hare Street, now Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford. Published in Repton's 'Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening', the plate has a hinged overlay: when the slip is down the view is of a small garden with a fence, overlooking a butcher's shop display, a coaching inn and coaches, and an amputee beggar; lifting the slip reveals a garden extended out, with a hedge with raised lattice-work for climbing plants to block the undesirable aspects. Repton (1752-1818) was the last great English landscape designer of the C18th, who coined the term 'landscape gardener'. Regarded as the successor to Capability Brown, he worked at Blaise Castle, Woburn Abbey, Stoneleigh Abbey & the central gardens in Russell Square, but lost out on the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion to John Nash (although he published his designs).
Abbey: Scenery 391.
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