Previous - Next. British authors are of various opinions as to the origin of the modern style. How, dated is of opinion, that 'our skill in gardening, or rather laying out grounds, is the only taste we can call our own; the only proof of original talent in matters of pleasure. This is no small honour to us; since neither France nor Italy have ever had the least notion of it.
Joseph Warton and Horace Walpole, the former in his Essay on Pope, and the latter in his History of Modern Gardening, agree in referring the first ideas to Milton; and Warton adds, that the Seasons of Thomson may have had a very considerable influence. Walpole seemed much struck with it, and said he would insert it in the next edition of his Essay on Modern Gardening; but he changed his mind, probably not liking such a founder.
George Mason, the author of an Essay on Design in Gardening, which appeared in , and is one of the earliest prose works on the modern style, states, that 'were only classical authorities consulted, it would hardly be supposed that even from the earliest ages any considerable variation in taste had ever prevailed.
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