The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

300 Frequently Asked Questions about Capability Brown, and a further 200 about Humphry Repton

Category: Repton’s life (Page 1 of 2)

1842: the villa?

‘Repton famously found villas distasteful, and it as though exposure to villas would bring out a case of the shudders in him.

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1851: Mount Edgcumbe: who designed the pleasure grounds?

Repton returned to Devon and Cornwall in around 1802, and perhaps he had returned more often than that (see note 1848) and he was to begin two further Cornish commissions a few years later (Tregothnan in September 1809; Antony and Pentilllie in 1810).

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1864: Brown and Repton – were Brown’s bigger?

‘I am asked again whether Humphry Repton worked on a smaller scale than Capability Brown, and whether he should be regarded on that account as less worthy of our regard.

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1846: Did Repton work for a lower class of person than Brown?

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, though unsupported by any evidence, that Humphry Repton worked for a lower class of people than Brown.

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1848: Was Repton at Mount Edgcumbe?

A gloss from the Type-Setter: the Editor having succumbed to the lure of the hunting field, it falls to the Type-Setter to endeavour to resolve another question of attribution.

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1835: was William Cowper an influence?

Oofy here: Editorial: Cowper. Deal with it.

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1858: why the cross-references?

Mr R.S. has written from Devon to ask our editor why Repton cross-references from red book to red book

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1833: was Jane Austen an influence?

‘Many theorists have advanced evidence for an association between Humphry Repton and Jane Austen.

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1849: will this be the last question about Repton’s red books?

Oofy here: Editorial: time to talk horses. Bought Gi-gi at the Stowe Fair. Crossed the gipsy’s palm with silver and she said the horse was mine. Couldn’t run faster if she had 5 legs. Matter of fact. You can say that about her. Fact is. If you were a horse and had 5 legs you’d spend all your time thinking which hoof to go down on next. Never get anywhere.

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1826: Are Repton’s red books useful?

The Type-Setter is to be found in transit. The Nonpareil of the Mall, the exquisite of Almack’s, where now the waterfalls of his white cravat, his silk stockings, his chapeau-de-bras – where his dancing shoes? He is all a-puff, either running upstairs from the editorial sopha to the observatory in the attic where the Professor contemplates the works of Humphry Repton, or downstairs in the other direction. Orders from the editor fly one way, rebuttals and refusals fly the other. ‘Rush! Rush! Always rush!’ he can be heard to say. It is his business to transmute the sparks and ferocities of his colleagues into the honeyed stuff of mutual delight.

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