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There is no need to give an introduction to Humphry Repton here. Instead, it is this particular Red Book that is of interest. Although Stephen Daniels in his Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (New Haven, c1999) does mark Witton on his map of Norfolk as a site for which Repton provided a study, the Red Book for Witton is not listed in his bibliography of Repton Red Books. The property was owned by John Woodhouse, 2nd Baron Wodehouse (or Woodhouse), who was a colonel in the East Norfolk Regiment.

The binding is unsigned. The endpapers were replaced by the conservator in 1978. The trade card, designed by Repton, was engraved by Thomas Medland, who was noted for his landscape engravings and aquatints. It is not known what function the bookseller's advertisements served, unless as temporary wrappers before binding. The bookseller, Joseph Good, was located in London from 1784 through 1794. The conservation notes tipped in at the end are by the binder Gemma O'Connor of Oxford. Two of the leaves are watermarked "E & P 1796" which represents Robert Edmeads and Thomas Pine, who operated the Ivy Mill in Kent. The leaves are approximately 215 x 295 mm. The trade card is 67 x 95 mm.

The thumbnails below, except the bookseller's advertisement, are linked to images 775 ppi in width which are in turn linked to much larger images with greater detail.

Top board, red morocco
with gilt fillet border
top board endpaper Front marbled pastedown endpaper
Trade card on verso
front free endpaper, designed
by Repton and engraved
by Thomas Medland
visiting card first leaf First leaf, prefatory letter from Repton to Colonel Woodhouse, Aug. 20, 1801
Second leaf, general impression of landscape and improvements Second leaf Third leaf Third leaf, continues
Fourth leaf, "Sketch from Memory of the ground near the House at Witton", watercolor Fourth leaf Fifth leaf Fifth leaf, discussion of kitchen garden with references to sketch
Fifth leaf verso, continues Fifth leaf verso Sixth leaf Sixth leaf, discussion of the house
Seventh leaf, continues Seventh leaf Eighth leaf Eighth leaf, plans of and commentaries on house and additions
Ninth leaf, ink and gray watercolor drawing of house Ninth leaf Advertisement recto Advertisement recto for publications by bookseller Joseph Good
Advertisement verso for publications by bookseller Joseph Good Advertisement verso Conservator's note Gemma O'Connor's conservation notes, 1978

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