The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Category: Ideas (Page 1 of 11)

1839: was Rousseau an influence?

Oofy here: Editorial: More on Jane Austen. What about French?

A gloss from the Type-Setter. The perspicacity of our editor brings to his attention a rift to be discerned in the thinking of Humphry Repton and Jane Austen.

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1832: was Repton influenced?

Oofy here: Editorial: Under the influence. More like. Ha-ha. Funny eh?

A gloss from the Type-Setter. Our editor refers here to the familiar slur on Humphry Repton that he was more a follower of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown than an initiator and it is in those terms that I pass his comments on to the Professor.

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1835: was William Cowper an influence?

Oofy here: Editorial: Cowper. Deal with it.

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1834: was the Reverend William Gilpin an influence?

‘When in Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood lamented that “every body pretends to feel and tries to describe with the taste and elegance of him who first defined what picturesque beauty was”, the ‘him’ in question was the Reverend William Gilpin.

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1830: what is Repton’s reputation?

Oofy here: Editorial: Time for candour. Point is. Reppers had no class. Stood at the wrong end of m’ punt. Cambridge man. Tryin’ too hard. Same as Jane Austen.

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1831: What made Repton different from Brown?

Oofy here: Editorial: Not interested in this. What’s Repton, what’s Brown? Without Austen.

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1822: What about Gothic?

A gloss from the Type-Setter: those to whom I am a stranger, and there will be many, may not know that I have a fear of flies, and hence a great aversion to the outside. It is to this trait – a craven giving way to a childish fear – I will admit as much  – that our Editor alluded in note 1821. There is an irresistible allure in the editorial role that I have undertaken. It brings Humphry Repton’s  landscapes to life through the medium of his sketches, without the trouble of seeing them for themselves, or exposing myself to the open air.

The Professor produces his notes of on the Gothic (he prefers ‘Sondergothik’ – that late form of Gothic peculiar to Central Europe which speaks to the romantic, fantastical and sometimes overwrought soul of the Czech nationalist),

‘Humphry Repton was perfectly happy to work with the inspired idiosyncracies of Gothic design that James Wyatt provided for Norris Castle.

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1820: Is Norris Castle Repton?

Norris Castle with every indication of treasure

Norris Castle, with every indication of treasure

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1819: Is Repton any good?

Oofy here: Editorial: The Professor, Vilém Mrštík: cloak, battered silk hat, consumptive, tin of small white pills (says he takes them for his cough), stick with a silver skull, book with soft leather covers under his arm in which (I looked) a collection of erotic art, limps.

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46: Rabbits?

Professor M gardens on the greensand ridge in Bedfordshire and tells me she is plagued by rabbits.

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