In On the Making of Gardens, first published in 1909, Sir George Sitwell writes on beauty:
"The mind... is always longing to be connected with the past, and dreading for itself confinement upon the plane of time, delights in evidences of the long continuance of nations, families and institutions, in hale and vigorous old age, in this fairy world of echo and suggestion where the Present never comes but to commune with the past, we feel the glamour of a Golden Age, of a state of society just and secure".
That which is interesting is very real but it is the real that gives us the calm and luxury to look at a picture and enter a new world of imagination; to leave the real and turn to the ideal. In House of the Nobleman the real and the ideal, the painting in the room and the painted panorama through the window, the past and the present, the old art-world and the new, continuously meet and interplay, so we never see where either ends in the past or in the future; because as the sham rivers introduced into English Gardens by Capability Brown tell us, once the two ends of a river have been discovered they have lost forever their beauty and their ability to please.
Mary Mc Caughey