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Finding aid for the Humphry Repton architectural and landscape designs, 1807-1813
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Humphry Repton architectural and landscape designs
    Date (inclusive): 1807-1813
    Number: 850834
    Creator/Collector: Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818
    Physical Description: 3.0 linear feet (3 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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

    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.

    Administrative Information


    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

    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


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