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Repton (Humphry) Papers
mssHM 40834-40959  
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Description
A collection of family and professional material relating to the English landscape gardener, architect, and author Humphry Repton.
Background
Humphry Repton (1752-1818) was one of England's leading landscape gardeners. Repton was born in Bury St. Edmonds, England, and was originally meant to become a merchant in the textile trade but he was not a success. He married Mary Clarke in 1773 and, together, they had four children. After the death of his parents in 1778, Repton moved the family to a small country estate at Sustead, Norfolk, to be near his sister Dorothy (Repton) Adey and her husband John Adey, a solicitor. While living in Norfolk, Repton was encouraged to study botany and gardening by a childhood friend, but with his capital dwindling, he moved to a cottage near Romford in Essex. At this time, Repton decided to combine his talented sketching skills with his limited horticulture knowledge and begin a career as a professional landscape gardener, a term he coined himself. To help clients visualize his designs, Repton produced 'Red Books' (so called for their binding) with explanatory text and watercolors with a system of overlays to show 'before' and 'after' views. Repton went on to become the most celebrated landscape garden designer of the eighteenth century.
Extent
4.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
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