INVENTORY OF THE HUMPHRY REPTON ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE DESIGNS, 1807-1813

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INVENTORY OF THE HUMPHRY REPTON ARCHITECTURAL AND LANDSCAPE DESIGNS, 1807-1813

Accession no. 850834

Finding aid prepared by J. Gibbs
Getty Research Institute

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  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
J. Gibbs
Date Completed:
2005
Encoded by:
Aptara
©2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

Descriptive Summary

Title: Humphry Repton architectural and landscape designs
Dates: 1807-1813
Collection number: 850834
Creator: Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818
Extent: 3 linear feet (3 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Libary
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: English landscape designer. An assembled collection of drawings, letters and a report document Humphry Repton's designs for gardens and buildings.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Humphry Repton architectural and landscape designs, 1807-1813, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 850834

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1984 and 1985 in separate acquisitions and compiled by the Repository. Report concerning the gardens at Ashridge is from the De Belder Library.

Processing History

Processed by J. Gibbs

Biographical/Historical Note

English author and landscape designer, Repton is sometimes called the sucessor to the landscape designer Lancelot “Capability” Brown, though Repton was never as financially successful.
Initially untrained in architecture, landscape design, or gardening when he began his career, Repton used his drawing skills to obtain clients. Unlike other landscape designers, Repton left the exectution of his designs to others. He produced books for his clients that showed before and after views to help them visualize his designs. Usually in red bindings, these design proposals became known as Repton's “Red Books” and perhaps were the foundation of the books he published, Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening (1795) Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1803), and Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1816). An example of a Red Book can be found in this collection.
Repton worked with his sons, the architect John Adey Repton and George Repton. The Reptons practiced together and separately with the architect John Nash prior to 1800.

Scope and Content of Collection

An assembled collection of drawings, letters, and a report document Humphry Repton's designs for gardens and buildings. Garden designs were proposed for Ashridge, Herts., owned by the Earl of Bridgewater, circa 1807-1813. (The designs were adapted and implemented after Repton's death by Sir Jeffry Wyatville.) Three drawings present designs for the Earl of Spencer's Harleston Park, Northamptonshire (undated). Four ink drawings are designs by Humphry and George Repton for a lodge for Chas. Hoare (Luscombe), circa 1810. A sketchbook with the title “A few hints concerning landscape sketches” (circa 1810) was made by Repton and describes how to use watercolor in landscape drawings.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818

Subjects - Topics

Architecture—Great Britain--19th century
Landscape design—Great Britain
Landscape drawing—Great Britain

Genres and Forms of Material

Architectural drawings—England—19th century
Sketches—England—19th century

Contributors

Bridgewater, Francis Henry Egerton, Earl of, 1756-1829
Repton, George Stanley
Repton, J. Adey (John Adey), 1775-1860
Torbron, Steward


Box 1*

Report concerning the gardens at Ashridge, respectfully submitted to the Earl of Bridgewater...by H. Repton, 1813

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript, bound volume in a red buckrum case. Text, followed by plans and views in ink, some in watercolor. Copy photographs available, see Box 3.
Box 2, Folder 1

Letters and plan related to Ashridge, 1807-1808, undated

Scope and Content Note

Items found in “red book” in box 1.
Box 2, Folder 1

Letter from William Wilkins submitting a proposal for alterations to the buildings at Ashridge, 1807 Feb 24

Box 2, Folder 1

Letter from “Essex, ditto il piccolo Palladio” proposing a house design, 1808 Oct 31

Box 2, Folder 1

Ground plan, with features labelled, in ink, unsigned, undated.

Box 2, Folder 2

Drawings for a lodge for Chas. Hoare [Luscombe], circa 1810

Scope and Content Note

4 ink drawings of a roof plan, south elevation, elevation with gate detail, and roof section. Unsigned, undated. Drawings found in a copy of Repton's Fragments, marked on the cover “Chas. Hoare Luscombe.” Apparently by Humphry and George Repton in conjunction with John Nash's work at Luscombe castle.
Box 2, Folder 3

A few hints concerning landscape sketches, circa 1810

Scope and Content Note

Small sketchbook, bound in red leather with former owner's label inside, in which Repton shows how to prepare sketches and lay on watercolors of different values. Prepared for C. J. Wall, with inscription on last page.
Box 3*

Photographic surrogates of Report concerning the gardens at Ashridge...

Scope and Content Note

Comprising black-and-white photographs (8x10), and color photographs (11x14).
Flat file folder 1**

Items concerning the house and gardens at Ashridge, undated

Flat file folder 1**

House and Flower Garden, Ashridge, Herts. by Stewart Torbron

Scope and Content Note

Title from caption. Ink and color wash plan.
Flat file folder 1**

Plan of grounds

Scope and Content Note

Color wash plan with annotations.
Flat file folder 1**

Schematic plan of grounds

Scope and Content Note

With color wash, ink and pencil; contains many annotations regarding landscape details.
Flat file folder 1**

Landscape design and plantings

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten document, 1 sheet, folded in half, describes the garden.
Flat file folder 2**

Drawings of Harleston Park, Northamptonshire, undated

Flat file folder 2**

Harleston Park, Northamptonshire; the property of Earl Spencer,

Scope and Content Note

Title from caption. Detailed black ink drawing shows view of the house and grounds. Unsigned; dates to the later 19th century (?)
Flat file folder 2**

Harleston House as designed by The Reptons 1808-1811

Scope and Content Note

Title from pencil caption on drawing. Ink and color wash elevation, mounted on board.
Flat file folder 2**

The Deer Park

Scope and Content Note

Title from caption. Ink and wash ground plan, mounted on board. Other writing on drawing includes legend: “Ground-plan of the house, offices, stables, courts, yards, gardens, etc. at Harleston Park in Northhamptonshire a seat of Robert Andrew, Esq. as designed and directed in its execution by H. & J.A. Repton, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811.”