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Chapter XXXI
Gardening, Painting, Sculpture

. . . I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position & calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well-watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. no occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, & no culture comparable to that of the garden . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to charles willson peale, august 20, 1811.
. . . you see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. but it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ashamed, as it’s object is to improve the taste of my countrymen, to increase their reputation, to reconcile to them the respect of the world & procure them it’s praise . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to james madison, september 20, 1785.
CHAMBERS, Sir William.
Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surry, the Seat of Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. By William Chambers, Member of the Imperial Academy of Arts at Florence, and of the Royal Academy of Architecture at Paris. Architect to the King, and to Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. London: printed by J. Haberkorn; published for the Author, and to be had at his House in Poland Street; Likewise of A. Millar, T. Osborne, T. Jefferys, D. Wilson, and T. Becket; of R. and J. Dodsley; R. Sayer, A. Webley, J. Walter, and Dorothy Mercier, mdcclxiii . [1763.]
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First Edition. Atlas folio. 6 leaves of text including the title and the dedication. 35 full or double-page plates after W. Chambers, Smeaton, and J. H. Muntz, by F. Patton, T. Muller, E. Rooker, C. Grignon, J. Basire, T. Miller, J. Noual and others, 8 full page engraved views by W. Woollett, T. Major, P. Sandby and C. Grignon after Jos. Kirby, T. Marlow, Wm. Marlow, and P. Sandby.
Lowndes I, 407.
Redgrave 79 (with date 1765).
Kimball, page 93.
In his memorandums made on a tour of some of the gardens of England described by Whately, Jefferson’s comments on Kew, with illustrations drawn by himself, were purely technical, and are concerned with Archimedes’ screw for raising water. a horizontal shaft made to turn the oblique one of the screw by a patent machinery of this form.
For a note on Sir William Chambers, see no. 4220. This work is dedicated by him to Her Royal Highness Augusta, Princess Dowager of Wales.
James on gardening. 4 to.
1815 Catalogue, page 131, no. 17, as above.
The Theory and Practice of Gardening: wherein is fully handled all that relates to Fine Gardens, commonly called Pleasure-Gardens, consisting of Parr-
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