#OTD On this day in 1748 William Kent (Books By This Author) died.

A pioneer of the English landscape garden, it was William Kent who said,

Nature abhors a straight line.

All gardening is landscape painting.

Garden as though you will live forever.

A garden is to be a world unto itself, it had better make room for the darker shades of feeling as well as the sunny ones.

William Kent wrote a cute little ditty about the origin of the Inigo Jones gateway and how it came to be moved to Chiswick.

The story goes that in 1621, the arch was created for Beaufort House. When his friend Hans Sloane was demolishing the house, Lord Burlington spied the arch and wanted it for himself.

Ho! Gate, how came ye here?
I came fro’ Chelsea the last yere
Inigo Jones there put me together
Then was I dropping by wind and weather
Sir Hannes Sloane
Let me alone
But Burlington brought me hither
This architecton-ical
Gate Inigo Jon-ical
Was late Hans Slon-ical
And now Burlington-ical

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