Letters from Humphry Repton’s Family

The life and work of Humphry Repton are of interest to scholars and readers from a wide variety of historical sub-disciplines because his activities made an impact not only on architecture, gardens and the landscape but also on individuals, localities and Georgian society more generally. His surviving letters, manuscripts and published works of various types, which are housed in numerous repositories, have been drawn on by historians to reconstruct different aspects of Repton’s contribution to the English landscape and to Georgian society. Whereas Repton’s landscape design books (known as his Red Books), his other designs and published printed works display his public side, as do his memoirs, the letters written by him held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, provide a different view. They shed light on some of his private thoughts and attitudes, at times somewhat negative, written as they were towards the end of his life, which,