==History==
[[File:0312.jpg|thumb|left|252px|Fig. 1, [[William Russell Birch]], “Hampton, the Seat of Genl. Chas. Ridgely, Maryland,” in ''The Country Seats of the United States'' (2009), (1808), pl. 4.]]In the discourse of landscape design, seat possessed two distinct yet equally prevalent meanings, as indicated by Thomas Sheridan’s 1789 dictionary entry. One sense referred to seat as a large estate, usually marked by a country house or mansion, for example, [[William Hamilton|William Hamilton’s]] [[The Woodlands]], near Philadelphia; or General Charles Ridgely’s [[Hampton (Baltimore County, Md.)|Hampton]], in Baltimore County, Maryland. A seat was also a garden structure for sitting.
[[File:1680.jpg|thumb|252px|Fig. 2, Anonymous, Garden seat from Somerset County, MD, 1780.]] The meaning of seat as estate was exemplified in colonial America by [[William Byrd II|William Byrd II’s]] [[Westover]], on the James River, Virginia, and [[Henry Pratt|Henry Pratt’s]] [[Lemon Hill]] in Philadelphia. Such country houses were often featured in portraits that flattered the owner and signaled to the public that the colonies and new republic were home to a cultured elite rivaling that of Great Britain. These images typically located the house at the center of the property, with the landscape and various outbuildings extending beyond it. This placement, which communicated the importance of the house as the base of operations for the landowner, was a visual shorthand for the landowner’s affluence and power. Observers such as William Hugh Grove (1732) and Thomas Gwatkin (1770) often likened seats to small villages. By the mid 18th century, however, the community-like aspects of seats were downplayed in favor of their rural associations, which contrasted sharply with the increasingly crowded conditions of America’s cities. English emigré [[William Russell Birch]], in his series ''The Country Seats of the United States of America'' (1808), depicted the homes of the mid-Atlantic elite situated in naturalistic landscapes in emulation of British tableaux [Fig. 1].<ref>Emily Tyson Cooperman, “William Russell Birch (1755–1834) and the Beginnings of the American Picturesque” (PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1999), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VSCXM9WR view on Zotero]. See also Emily T. Cooperman, introduction to ''The Country Seats of the United States of North America'', by William Russell Birch (1808; repr., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2009), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/TNTZAF2Q view on Zotero].</ref>
[[File:08541680.jpg|thumb|left|252px|Fig. 32, [[Alexander Jackson Davis]]Anonymous, Shore Seat for Montgomery PlaceGarden seat from Somerset County, Annandale-on-HudsonMD, New York (elevation and plan), 1870&ndash;791780.]][[File:17230854.jpg|thumb|Fig. 43, [[James GibbsAlexander Jackson Davis]], “Two other Seats Shore Seat for the same purpose [for the ends of walks[Montgomery Place]],” in ''A Book of Architecture'' Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (1728elevation and plan), pl. 831870—79.]]As a category of garden furniture, seat could refer to either the object upon which one sat [Fig. 2] or the structure housing such objects [Fig. 3]. Accounts found in foreign treatises available in America (such as those by [[Antoine-Joseph Dezallier D’Argenville]], Isaac Ware, William Marshall, [[Humphry Repton]], and John Abercrombie) focused on seats as places of rest, terminations to [[walk]]s, or vantage points from which to contemplate [[view]]s. Like other garden structures, such as [[pavilion]]s or [[summerhouse]]s, seats influenced the viewer’s experience of the garden by providing points of rest that framed [[vista]]s in the garden and [[view]]s beyond. The use of seats to direct one’s route through a garden was demonstrated by [[A. J. Downing]] in his 1847 description of [[Montgomery Place]], Dutchess County, New York. [[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing]] noted the placement of various seats and related [[view]]s that he encountered on the course of his [[walk]] through the grounds. Many other garden observers, including Henry Wansey (1794), John Cosens Ogden (1800), and Eliza Caroline Burgwin Clitherall (active 1801), also commented upon the interrelationships between seats, [[walk]]s, and [[view]]s. Popular gardening journals likewise recommended placing seats along [[walk]]s. For example, in 1841 [[Alexander Walsh]] proposed a number of seats in a garden design published in the ''New England Farmer''. Two seats were situated at cross-walks and another two were ensconced in an arched [[arbor]], placed alongside the main axial [[walk]]. [[File:1723.jpg|thumb|Fig. 4, [[James Gibbs]], “Two other Seats for the same purpose [for the ends of [[walk]]s],” in ''A Book of Architecture'' (1728), pl. 83.]]Garden seats took on a variety of forms. In the 18th century, European and British pattern books and design manuals such as [[James Gibbs|James Gibbs’s]] ''A Book of Architecture'' (1728) were an important source for American seat designs [Fig. 4]. Drawings by [[Thomas Jefferson]] and by his granddaughter, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph [Fig. 5], demonstrate the influence of William Kent’s designs on garden furniture, which appeared in William Chambers’s ''Plans, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surrey'' (1763), a volume that [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson]] owned.<ref> William Bainter O’Neal, ''Jefferson’s Fine Arts Library: His Selections for the University of Virginia Together with His Own Architectural Books'' (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976), 57, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CUP9BNW2 view on Zotero].</ref>
[[File:0082.jpg|thumb|left|Fig. 5, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, attr., “A Garden Seat by Mr. Jones, From Chamber’s Kew,” c. 1820.]]
[[File:1737.jpg|thumb|Fig. 6, [[Batty Langley|Batty]] and Thomas Langley, “An Umbrello, to a Seat, for to Terminate a [[walk]], [[View]], &c. in a Garden,” in ''Gothic Architecture'' (1747), pl. 31.]]Garden seats took on a variety of forms. In the 18th centurySeat designs could be differentiated by national and historical styles, European as well as by placement and British pattern books function. Batty and design manuals such as [[James Gibbs|James Gibbs’s]] ''A Book of Architecture'' (1728) were an important source Thomas Langley, for American instance, proposed a seat designs in keeping with the Gothic style in their 1747 text about Gothic architecture [Fig. 46]. Drawings by [[Thomas JeffersonJ. C. Loudon]] and by his granddaughter, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph [Fig. 5]in ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (1826), demonstrate the influence of William Kent’s designs on distinguished among seats found inside garden furniturebuildings, roofed seats that could be either fixed or portable, which appeared in and those lacking any sort of roof. [[William ChambersJ. C. Loudon|William Chambers’sLoudon]] ''Plansexplained that in form, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views seats could be simple (like the trunk of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surrey'' a tree) or more complex (1763such as a cast-iron couch with decorative treatment), a volume that . These distinctions were echoed by [[Thomas Jefferson|JeffersonJane Loudon]] owned.<ref> William Bainter O’Neal, in ''Jefferson’s Fine Arts Library: His Selections Gardening for the University of Virginia Together with His Own Architectural BooksLadies'' (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 19761845), 57, a book that was co-edited by [[https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CUP9BNW2 view on ZoteroAndrew Jackson Downing|Downing]]in America.</ref>
Seat designs could be differentiated by national and historical styles, as well as by placement and function. [[Batty Langley|Batty]] and Thomas Langley, for instance, proposed a seat in keeping with the Gothic style in their 1747 text about Gothic architecture [Fig. 6]. [[J. C. Loudon]], in ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (1826), distinguished among seats found inside garden buildings, roofed seats that could be either fixed or portable, and those lacking any sort of roof. [[J. C. Loudon|Loudon]] explained that in form, seats could be simple (like the trunk of a tree) or more complex (such as a cast-iron couch with decorative treatment). These distinctions were echoed by [[Jane Loudon]] in ''Gardening for Ladies'' (1845), a book that was co-edited by [[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing]] in America. In ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (1849), [[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing]] himself provided an extensive illustrated typology of seat styles, emphasizing the propriety of certain styles for different landscapes. For example, he believed that Grecian or Gothic seats were appropriate for elegant grounds, whereas [[rustic style|rustic]] seats were more suited to the irregular aesthetic of the landscape garden. Such [[rustic style|rustic]] seats were quite popular in the 19th century, as suggested by the discussion of them in horticultural journals, such as the ''Horticultural Register'', and in descriptions by both treatise writers and observers of the American landscape. See, for example, [[Thomas Bridgeman]] (1832), [[Edward Sayers]] (1838), Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie (1839), [[C. M. (Charles Mason) Hovey|C. M. Hovey]] (1840), and Georges Jaques (1852).
—''Anne L. Helmreich''
===Usage===
*Anonymous, n.d., advertising design and construction services for parks and gardens (quoted in Chase 1973: 37–39)<ref>David B. Chase, “The Beginnings of the Landscape Tradition in America,” ''Historic Preservation'' 25 (1973): 34–41, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KJMNEZBX view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Designs all sorts of Buildings, well suited to both town and country, [[Pavilion]]s, Summer-Rooms, '''Seats''' for Gardens . . . also Water-houses for [[Park]]s . . . Eye Traps to represent a Building terminating a [[walk]], or to hide some disagreeable Object, Rotundas, Colonades, [[Arcade]]s, Studies in [[Park]]s or Gardens, [[greenhouse|Green House]]s for the Preservation of Herbs.”
*[[William Byrd II|Byrd, William, II]], c. June 25, 1729, describing [[Westover]], seat of William Byrd II, on the James River, VA (quoted in Tinling 1977: 1:410)<ref> Marion Tinling, ed., ''The Correspondence of the Three William Byrds of Westover, Virginia, 1684–1776'', 2 vols. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/J5UXEFHR view on Zotero].</ref>
:“My habitation has the na[me of] the prettyest '''seat''' in this country.”
*Grove, William Hugh, 1732, describing [[Williamsburg]], VA (quoted in Stiverson and Butler 1977: 26)<ref>Gregory A. Stiverson and Patrick H. Butler III, eds., “Virginia in 1732: The Travel Journal of William Hugh Grove,” ''Virginia Magazine of History and Biography'' 85 (1977): 18–44, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/ACNK9DG9 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“I went by ship up the [York] river, which has pleasant '''Seats''' on the Bank which Shew Like little villages, for having Kitchins, Dayry houses, Barns, Stables, Store houses, and some of them 2 or 3 Negro Quarters all Seperate from Each other but near the mansion houses make a shew to the river of 7 or 8 distinct Tenements, tho all belong to one family.”
*Anonymous, August 17, 1747, describing property for sale in Somerset County, NJ (''New York Gazette'')
:“TO BE SOLD, A pleasant Country '''Seat''', fitting for a Gentleman or Store-keeper . . . a good [[Orchard]], containing about 200 Apple Trees, and may be extended at Pleasure.”
*Gwatkin, Prof. Thomas, 1770, describing the appearance of seats in [[Williamsburg]], VA (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
:“And the huts of the Negroes which are situated round about give the '''seat''' of a substantial planter something of the Air of a small village.”
*Shippen, Thomas Lee, December 31, 1783, describing [[Westover]], seat of William Byrd III, on the James River, VA (1952: n.p.)<ref>Thomas Lee Shippen, ''Westover Described in 1783: A Letter and Drawing Sent by Thomas Lee Shippen, Student of Law in Williamsburg, to His Parents in Philadelphia'' (Richmond, VA: William Byrd Press, 1952), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3IWWPMJ5 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“I have markd some little crooked ugly figures for Gentlemen’s '''seats''', which tho’ they do not beautify indeed the picture, add much to the [[prospect]], about as many '''Seats''' are to be seen on the other side.” [Fig. 7]
[[File:1983.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 8, [[Jeremiah Paul]], “Robert Morris’ Seat on [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]],” July 20, 1794.]]
*[[Manasseh Cutler|Cutler, Manasseh]], July 13, 1787, describing [[The Hills]] (later [[Lemon Hill]]), estate of [[Robert Morris]], Philadelphia, PA (1987: 1:256–57)<ref> William Parker Cutler, ''Life, Journals, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D.'' (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1987), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3PBNT7H9 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“We continued our route, in [[view]] of the [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]], and up the river several miles, and took a [[view]] of a number of Country-'''seats''', one belonging to [[Robert Morris|Mr. R. Morris]], the American financier, and who is said to be possessed of the greatest fortune in America. His country-'''seat''' is not yet completed, but it will be superb. It is planned on a large scale, the gardens and [[walk]]s are extensive, and the villa, situated on an [[eminence]], has a commanding [[prospect]] down the [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]] to the Delaware.” [Fig. 8]
*[[Pierre-Charles L'Enfant|L’Enfant, Pierre-Charles]], 1791, describing Washington, DC (quoted in Caemmerer 1950: 136, 151)<ref name="Caemmerer 1950"></ref>
:“[March 11, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson] . . . The remainder part of that ground towards Georgetown is more broken. It may afford pleasant '''seats''', but, although the bank of the river between the two creeks can command as grand a [[prospect]] as any of the other spots, it seems to be less commendable for the establishment of a city, not only because the level surface it presents is but small, but because the hights from beyond Georgetown absolutely command the whole. . . .:“[June 22, in a report to George Washington] . . . I next made the distribution regular with streets at right angle ''north-south'' and ''east west'' but afterwards I opened others on various directions as [[avenue]]s to and from every principal places, wishing by this not merely to contrast with the general regularity nor to afford a greater variety of pleasant '''seats''' and [[prospect]] as will be obtained from the advantageous ground over the which the [[avenue]]s are mostly directed but principally to connect each part of the city with more efficacy.”
*Blandulus [pseud.], November 1794, describing [[Pleasant Hill]], seat of Joseph Barrell, Charlestown, MA (quoted in Hammond 1982: 95)<ref>Charles Arthur Hammond, “‘Where the Arts and the Virtues Unite’: Country Life Near Boston, 1637–1864” ( PhD diss., Boston University, 1982), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VVFZVIKT view on Zotero].</ref>
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*[[Timothy Dwight|Dwight, Timothy]], 1796, describing mill seats in Massachusetts (1821: 2:352)<ref name="Dwight">Timothy Dwight, ''Travels; in New-England and New-York'', 4 vols. (New Haven: The Author, 1821–22), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VHBP7TH2 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Immediately below the [[bridge]] [over Miller’s River] is a [[Fall/Falling_garden|fall]], furnishing excellent mill-'''seats''', which are occupied by several mills. These are uniformly supplied with an abundance of water, and wear the aspect of great activity, and business, particularly in the sawing of timber.”
*La Rochefoucauld Liancourt, François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de, 1799, describing a house in Charleston, SC (1800: 2:437–38)<ref> François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de La Rochefoucauld Liancourt, ''Travels through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada, in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797'', ed. Brisson Dupont and Charles Ponges, trans. H. Newman, 2nd ed., 4 vols. (London: R. Philips, 1800), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/SRMDWJ2M view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Half a mile from Batavia . . . stands Middletonhouse, the property of Mrs. MIDDLETON, mother-in-law to young Mr. Isard, which is esteemed the most beautiful house in this part of the country. The out-buildings, such as kitchen, wash-house, and offices, are very capacious. The ensemble of these buildings calls to recollection the ancient English country-'''seats'''.”
[[File:0304.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 9, [[William Russell Birch, “[[The Woodlands|Woodlands]], “Woodlands, the Seat of Mr. Wm. Hamilton, Pennsylva.,” in ''The Country Seats of the United States'' (1808), pl. 14.]]
*La Rochefoucauld Liancourt, François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de, 1799, describing [[The Woodlands]], seat of [[William Hamilton]], near Philadelphia, PA (quoted in Madsen 1988: B3)<ref>Karen Madsen, “William Hamilton’s Woodlands,” (paper presented for seminar in American Landscape, 1790–1900, instructed by E. McPeck, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 1988), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/XN8NN9QN view on Zotero].</ref>
:“You pass the Schuylkill at [[Gray’s Garden|Gray’s-Ferry]], the road to which runs below [[The Woodlands|Woodlands]], the '''seat''' of Mr. William Hamilton: it stands high, and is seen upon an [[eminence]] from the opposite side of the river.” [Fig. 9]
*Ogden, John Cosens, 1800, describing Bethlehem, PA (1800: 18, 27)<ref>John C. Ogden, ''An Excursion into Bethlehem & Nazareth, in Pennsylvania, in the Year 1799'' (Philadelphia: Charles Cist, 1800), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/U5CTTBGB view on Zotero].</ref>
:“'''Seats''' are placed for rest, and to enable the visitors to [[view]] the river at leisure. . . .
:“The island is not large, but affords fine [[walk]]s and an area for exercise, as well as '''seats''' and shelters for visitors.”
*[[Eliza Caroline Burgwin Clitherall|Clitherall, Eliza Caroline Burgwin]] (Caroline Elizabeth Burgwin), active 1801, describing the [[Hermitage (Wilmington, N.C.)|Hermitage]], seat of John Burgwin, Wilmington, NC (quoted in Flowers 1983: 126)<ref>John Flowers, “People and Plants: North Carolina’s Garden History Revisited,” ''Eighteenth Century Life'' 8 (1983): 117–29, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/FCVW8GHV view on Zotero].</ref>
:“These [gardens] were extensive and beautifully laid out. There was [''sic''] [[alcove]]s and [[summerhouse|summer houses]] at the termination of each [[walk]], '''seats''' under trees in the more shady recesses of the Big Garden, as it was called, in distinction from the [[flower garden]] in front of the house.”
*Scott, Joseph, 1806, describing the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania (1806: 53)<ref>Joseph Scott, ''A Geographical Description of Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia: Printed by R. Cochran, 1806). , [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/55XKIWPN/view on Zotero].</ref>
:“The banks of the river are, in many places, adorned with beautiful country '''seats''', belonging to the wealthy citizens of Philadelphia. To these their families usually retire, in the summer months, from the bustle, and noise of the city, and to enjoy the salubrity of the country air.”
*Martin, William Dickinson, 1809, describing the pleasure grounds at [[Salem Academy]], Salem, NC (quoted in Bynum 1979: 29)<ref name="Bynum 1979">Flora Ann L. Bynum, ''Old Salem Garden Guide'' (Winston-Salem, NC: Old Salem, 1979), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/TJB9XNMF view on Zotero].</ref>:“Next, I visited a [[flower garden]] belonging to the female department. . . . But it is situated on a hill, the East end of which is high & abrupt; some distance down this, they had dug down right in the earth, & drawing the dirt forward threw it on rock, etc., thereby forming a horizontal plane of about thirty feet in circumference; & on the back, rose a perpendicular [[terraceTerrace/slopeSlope|terrace]] of some height, which was entirely covered over with a grass peculiar to that vicinage. At the bottom of this [[terraceTerrace/slopeSlope|terrace]] were arranged circular '''seats''', which, from the height of the hill in the rear were protected from the sun in an early hour in the afternoon.”
*[[Margaret Bayard Smith|Smith, Margaret Bayard]], August 1, 1809, describing [[Monticello]], [[plantation]] of [[Thomas Jefferson]], Charlottesville, VA (1906: 73)<ref>Margaret Bayard Smith, ''The First Forty Years of Washington Society'', ed. Gaillard Hunt (New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1906), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/FTDFHRFH view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Mr. J. explained to me all his plans for improvement, where the roads, the [[walk]]s, the '''seats''', the little [[temple]]s were to be placed.”
*Foster, Sir Augustus John, 1812, describing [[Monticello]], [[plantation]] of [[Thomas Jefferson]], Charlottesville, VA (1954: 143)<ref>Sir Augustus John Foster, ''Jeffersonian America: Notes on the United States of America Collected in the Years 1805–1806–1807 and 1811–1812'', ed. Richard Beale Davis (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1954), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/7FU8NDF4 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“It is a very delightful ride of twenty-eight miles from [[Montpellier]] to the late President [[Thomas Jefferson|Mr. Jefferson’s]] '''seat''' at [[Monticello]].”  *Warden, David Bailie, 1816, describing Analostan Island, seat of Gen. John Mason, Washington, DC (quoted in Phillips 1917: 49)<ref>Philip Lee Phillips, ''The Beginnings of Washington: As Described in Books, Maps, and Views'' (Washington, DC: The author, 1917), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QXZXNN8N view on Zotero].</ref> :"ANNALOSTAN ISLAND: . . . Annalostan Island is evidently of modern formation. . . The highest [[eminence]], on which the house stands, is fifty feet above the level of the river. The common tide rises to the height of three feet. I can never forget how de-lighted I was with my first visit to this island. The amiable ladies whom I had the pleasure to accompany, left their carriage at Georgetown, and we walked to the mansion-house under a delicious shade. The blossoms of the cherry, apple, and peach trees, of the hawthorn and aromatic [[shrub]]s, filled the air with their fragrance. . . The house, of a simple and neat form, is situated near that side of the island which commands a [[view]] of the Potomac, the President's House, Capitol, and other buildings. The garden, the sides of which are washed by the waters of the river, is ornamented with a variety of trees and [[shrub]]s, and, in the midst, there is a [[lawn]] covered with a beautiful verdure. The [[Summerhouse|summer-house]] is shaded by oak and lin-den-trees, the coolness and tranquility of which invite to contemplation. The refresh-ing breezes of the Potomac, and the gentle murmuring of its waters against the rocks, the warbling of birds, and the mournful as-pect of the weeping-willows, inspire a thousand various sensations. What a delicious shade- :"Ducere sol[l]icitae jucunda oblivia vitae" :The [[view]] from this spot is delightful. It embraces the [[picturesque]] banks of the Po-tomac, a portion of the city, and an expanse of water, of which the bridge terminates the [[view]]. . . A few feet below the [[Summerhouse|sum-mer-house]] the rocks afford the '''seats''', where those who are fond of fishing may indulge in this amusement. From the [[portico]] on the oppo-site [139] side of the house, Georgetown, Calorama, the beautiful '''seat''' of Joel Barlow, Esq. and the adjacent finely-wooded hills, appear a [[vista]]."
*[[John Lambert|Lambert, John]], 1816, describing Boston, MA (1816: 2:328)<ref>John Lambert, ''Travels through Canada, and the United States of North America in the Years 1806, 1807, and 1808'', 2 vols. (London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1816), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/T9KUEDWH view on Zotero].</ref>:“From an elevated part of the town the spectator enjoys a succession of the most beautiful [[view]]s that imagination can conceive. Around him, as far as the eye can reach, are to be seen towns, villages, country '''seats''', rich farms, and [[pleasure ground|pleasure-grounds]], seated upon the summits of small hills, hanging on the brows of gentle [[terraceTerrace/slopeSlope|slopes]], or reclining in the laps of spacious valleys, whose shores are watered by a beautiful river, across which are thrown several [[bridge]]s and causeways.”
*Randolph, John, 1820s, describing an estate in Roanoke, VA (quoted in Martin 1991: 223n. 46)<ref>Peter Martin, ''The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia: From Jamestown to Jefferson'' (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/6TAHS88Nview on Zotero].</ref>
:“From my earliest childhood I have delighted in the [[grove]]s and solitudes of poor old Matoax. I now recall several of my favorite '''seats''' where I used to ruminate, ‘chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancies,’ all bitter now.”
[[File:0300.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 10, Thomas Birch, ''Fairmount Water Works'', 1821.]]
*Sheldon, John P., December 10, 1825, describing [[Fairmount Waterworks]], Philadelphia, PA (quoted in Gibson 1988: 5)<ref>Jane Mork Gibson, “The Fairmount Waterworks,” ''Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin'' 84 (1988): 5–40, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RZEZDDEN view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Delightful '''seats''', surrounded by various kinds of trees and [[shrubbery]], with gardens containing [[summerhouse|summer houses]], [[vista]]s, embowered [[walk]]s, &c meet your [[view]] in almost every direction, [[wood]]s sloping gently to the river’s edge, by the side of smooth [[lawn]]s, add to the pleasing variety of the scene; and the Schuylkill, with its noble dam and [[bridge]]s serves as a most beautiful finish to the foreground.” [Fig. 10]
*Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, 1828, describing the [[Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane]], New York, NY (quoted in Little 1972: 64)<ref>Nina Fletcher Little, ''Early Years of the McLean Hospital, Recorded in the Journal of George William Folsom, Apothecary at the Asylum in Charlestown'' (Boston: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 1972), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/Q8IX8NHN/ view on Zotero].</ref>
:“The Lunatic Asylum is five miles from the city [New York] on a hill, in a very healthy situation, the road leads between country '''seats''' and handsome gardens and is one of the most pleasant I have seen in America.”
*[[Frances Milton Trollope|Trollope, Frances Milton]], 1830, describing Philadelphia, PA (1832: 2:48–49; 152)<ref>Frances Trollope, ''Domestic Manners of the Americans'', 3rd ed., 2 vols. (London: Wittaker, Treacher, 1832), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/T5RXDF7G view on Zotero].</ref>:“Near this enclosure [at the State House] is another of much the same description, called [[Washington Square (Philadelphia)|Washington Square]]. Here there was an excellent crop of clover; but as the trees are numerous, and highly beautiful, and several commodious '''seats''' are placed beneath their shade, it is, spite of the long grass, a very agreeable retreat from heat and dust. It was rarely, however, that I saw any of these '''seats''' occupied; the Americans have either no leisure, or no inclination for those moments of ''delassement'' that all other people, I believe, indulge in. . . . it is nevertheless the nearest approach to a London square that is to be found in Philadelphia. . . . “The Delaware river, above Philadelphia, still flows through a landscape too level for beauty, but it is rendered interesting by a succession of gentlemen’s '''seats''', which, if less elaborately finished in architecture, and garden grounds, than the lovely villas on the Thames, are still beautiful objects to gaze upon as you float rapidly past on the broad silvery stream that washes their [[lawn]]s.”
*[[C. M. (Charles Mason) Hovey|Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason)]], September 1840, “Notes on Gardens and Gardening, in New Bedford, Mass.,” describing the estate of James Arnold, New Bedford, MA (''Magazine of Horticulture'' 6: 364)<ref>Charles Mason Hovey, “Notes on Gardens and Gardening, in New Bedford, Mass.,” ''Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and Improvements in Rural Affairs'' 6, no. 9 (September 1840): 361–66, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QQC7WWZB view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Continuing through the winding [[walk]]s, shady [[bower]]s, and umbrageous retreats, through which rustic '''seats''' were placed, we arrived at the shell [[grotto]].”
*[[Nehemiah Adams|Adams, Nehemiah]], 1842, describing [[Boston Common]], Boston, MA (1842: 54)<ref>Nehemiah Adams, ''Boston Common'' (Boston: William D. Ticknor and H. B. Williams, 1842), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VXTWGJ58 view on Zotero].</ref>:“One of the next improvements in the [[Boston Common|Common]] we suspect will be a suitable supply of proper '''seats''' in the [[mall]]. As a defence against our American propensity to whittle, the city government caused some of the wooden '''seats''' to be sheathed with sheet iron. Vain defence against the knife of an American whittler! . . . The city government thought that they would ‘try what virtue there is in stones.’ Blocks of granite have been deposited there for '''seats'''. . . . The stone '''seats''' are smooth only on the upper side, and their rough look is not strictly in Boston taste, though it is excusable, considering the penitentiary object which led to their substitution for wooden '''seats'''. . . . The idea of sitting on a natural, rough rock, to enjoy the beauties of nature, is poetical and in good keeping, but we have tried in vain to make those stone '''seats''' on the [[mall]] seem poetical.”
*Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, c. 1845, describing the [[Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House]], Cambridge, MA (quoted in Evans 1993: 41)<ref>Catherine Evans, ''Cultural Landscape Report for Longfellow National Historic Site, History and Existing Conditions'' (Boston: National Park Service, North Atlantic Region, 1993), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/9TI9GUQN view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Made the [[flower garden]]; laying it out in the form of a Lyre. Built also the [[rustic style|rustic]] '''seat''' in the Old Apple tree. Set out the roses under the Library windows.”
[[Image:0359.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 11, Anonymous, “The [[Lake]],” [[Montgomery Place]], in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''Horticulturist'' 2, no. 4 (October 1847): 158, fig. 27.]]
*[[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing, Andrew Jackson]], 1847, describing [[Montgomery Place]], country home of Mrs. Edward (Louise) Livingston, Dutchess County, NY (quoted in Haley 1988: 20, 47, 50)<ref>Jacquetta M. Haley, ed., ''Pleasure Grounds: Andrew Jackson Downing and Montgomery Place'' (Tarrytown, NY: Sleepy Hollow Press, 1988), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/SSZXJFSC/ view on Zotero].</ref>
:“I forgot to beg you before you leave [[Montgomery Place ]] to sketch the [[view]] from the bold rustic '''seat''' with rustic balustrade in front*on the high west river [[walk]]. It seems to me one of the very finest things I have seen anywhere.:<nowiki>*</nowiki> that '''seat''' about half way between the steps & the south terminus. . . .:“A path on the left of the broad [[lawn]] leads one to the fanciful rustic-gabled '''seat''', among a growth of locusts at the bottom of the [[terraceTerrace/slopeSlope|slope]]. . . Half-way along this morning ramble, a rustic '''seat''', placed on a bold little plateau, at the base of a large tree, eighty feet above the water, and fenced about with a rustic barrier, invites you to linger and gaze at the fascinating river landscape here presented. . . .:“A little farther on, we reach a flight of rocky steps, leading up to the [[border]] of the [[lawn]]. At the top of these is a rustic '''seat''' with a thatched canopy, curiously built round the trunk of an aged pine. . . .
:“This part of the grounds [the [[lake]]] is seen to the most advantage, either toward evening, or in moonlight. Then the effect of contrast in light and shadow is most striking, and the seclusion and beauty of the spot are more fully enjoyable than at any hour. Then you will most certainly be tempted to leave the curious rustic '''seat''', with its roof wrapped round with a rude entablature like Pluto’s crown.” [Fig. 11]
[[File:1097.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 12, Thomas S. Sinclair, “Plan of the [[Pleasure Grounds Ground]]s and Farm of the [[Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane ]] at Philadelphia,” in Thomas S. Kirkbride, ''American Journal of Insanity'' 4 (April 1848): pl. opp. 280.]]
*Kirkbride, Thomas S., April 1848, describing the [[pleasure ground|pleasure grounds]] and farm of the [[Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane]], Philadelphia (''American Journal of Insanity'' 4: 349)<ref>Thomas S. Kirkbride, “Description of the Pleasure Grounds and Farm of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, with Remarks,” ''American Journal of Insanity'' 4, no. 4 (April 1848): 347–54, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/keywords_in_early_american_landscape_design/items/itemKey/9RWM2FH8/q/kirkbride view on Zotero].</ref>
:“The [[summerhouse|summer-houses]], [[rustic style|rustic]]-'''seats''', exercising-swings &c., in this division are all in particularly pleasant positions. The cottage fronts the [[wood]]s, and in every part this portion of the grounds is completely protected from intrusion and observation.” [Fig. 12]
*[[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius)]], 1850, describing the public gardens in Philadelphia, PA (1850: 332–33)
:“856. ''[[public garden|Public Gardens]]''. . . .
:“''[[Promenade]] at Philadelphia''. There is a very pretty enclosure before the walnut tree entrance to the state-house, with good well-kept gravel [[walk]]s, and many beautiful flowering trees. It is laid down in grass, not in turf; which, indeed, Mrs. Trollope observes, ‘is a luxury she never saw in America. Near this enclosure is another of a similar description, called [[Washington Square (Philadelphia)|Washington Square]], which has numerous trees, with commodious '''seats''' placed beneath their shade.’ (''Ibid''. [''D. M. &c''.] vol. ii. p. 48.) . . .
:“''Waterworks at [[Fairmount Waterworks|Fair Mount]], near Philadelphia''. ‘. . . On the farther side of the river is a gentleman’s '''seat''', the beautiful [[lawn]] of which slopes down to the water’s edge; and groups of weeping willows and other trees throw their shadows on the stream.’ (''Domestic Manners of the Americans'', vol. ii. p. 44.)” 
===Citations===
*[[Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville|Dezallier d’Argenville, Antoine-Joseph]], 1712, ''The Theory and Practice of Gardening'' (1712: 78)<ref> A.-J. (Antoine Joseph) Dézallier d’Argenville, ''The Theory and Practice of Gardening; Wherein Is Fully Handled All That Relates to Fine Gardens, . . . Containing Divers Plans, and General Dispositions of Gardens . . .'', trans. John James (London: Geo. James, 1712), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RNT8ZVZ8 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“'''SEATS''', or Benches, besides the Conveniency they constantly afford in great Gardens, where you can scarce ever have too many, there is such need of them in walking, look very well also in a Garden, when set in certain Places they are destin’d to, as in the Niches or Sinkings that face principal [[Walk]]s and [[Vista]]s, and in the Halls and Galleries of [[Grove]]s.”
*Ware, Isaac, 1756, ''A Complete Body of Architecture'' (1756: 636, 641)<ref>Isaac Ware, ''A Complete Body of Architecture'' (London: T. Osborne and J. Shipton, 1756), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/2EK2USKV view on Zotero].</ref>
:“The first principle is here that there be space to [[walk]], and '''seats''' to rest. These must be proportioned also to one another: it would be absurd to terminate a vast [[walk]] with a plain bench; nor less ridiculous to erect a pompous [[temple]] where there was not the extent of a hundred yards from the building. . . .
:“He who would know where to place his [[pavilion]], '''seat''', or [[temple]], in a garden, must first understand what the purpose of it is, and what the true beauty and excellence of the garden itself.”
*Sheridan, Thomas, 1789, ''A Complete Dictionary of the English Language'' (1789: n.p.)<ref>Thomas A. Sheridan, ''A Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Carefully Revised and Corrected by John Andrews . . .'', 5th ed. (Philadelphia: William Young, 1789), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/T5GU4CBQ view on Zotero].</ref>
:“'''SEAT''', se’t. s. A chair, bench, or any thing on which one may sit; chair of state; tribunal; mansion, abode; situation, site.”
*[[Humphry Repton|Repton, Humphry]], 1803, ''Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (1803: 69, 153)<ref>Humphry Repton, ''Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VVQPC3BI view on Zotero].</ref>:“This would be a proper place for a covered '''seat''', with a shed behind it for horses or open carriages; but it should be set so far back as to command the [[view]] under the branches of trees, which are very happily situated for the purpose. . . .
:“Yet the summit of a naked brow, commanding [[view]]s in every direction, may require a covered '''seat''' or [[pavilion]]; for such a situation, where an architectural building is proper, a circular [[temple]] with a dome, such as the [[temple]] of the Sybils, or that of Tivoli, is best calculated.”
*[[John Abercrombie|Abercrombie, John]], with [[James Mean]], 1817, ''Abercrombie’s Practical Gardener'' (1817: 465)<ref>John Abercrombie, ''Abercrombie’s Practical Gardener Or, Improved System of Modern Horticulture'' (London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1817), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/TH54TADZ/ view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Fine points of [[view]] claim, in the first place, to be distinguished by '''seats'''. '''Seats''' merely serving as places of rest might announce an intrinsic object by some difference in their construction; and if there be no distant [[prospect]] to engage attention, greater elegance in the accompaniments may create a pleasant resting-place. As to the manner of finishing a '''seat'''; where the house is in sight, a correct taste will expect the bench or [[alcove]] to correspond with the style of the house, so far at least as to be avowedly artificial, neat in the workmanship, and painted. In neglected or wild scenes, withdrawn from the polished [[lawn]], pleasing illusions may be induced by a rough block of timber, the arms of a fantastic root, or forest fagots romantically interwoven, offering a '''seat''' under the canopy of a tree, or within a cave or [[grotto]]. This is admissible on principle, in proportion as every thing surrounding is in character. Not that it can be denied, that whimsical '''seats''' at variance with the situation sometimes afford a degree of amusement, and may do no harm in little gardens, or in a scene too tame to be spoiled: but the effect terminates with the oddity; a place destitute of character can excite no romantic interest.”
[[File:1334.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 13, [[J. C. Loudon]], Covered seats of the rustic kind, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 357, fig. 336.]] [[File:1335.jpgRustic_style|thumb|225px|Fig. 14, [[J. C. Loudonrustic]], Elegant structures of the seat kind, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'' , 4th ed. (1826), 357, figsfig. 337 and 338336.]]
*[[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius)]], 1826, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (1826: 355, 357, 809)<ref>J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening'', 4th ed. (London: Longman et al., 1826),[https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KNKTCA4W view on Zotero].</ref>
:“1805. ''Of convenient decorations'' the variety is almost endless, from the prospect-tower to the rustic '''seat'''; besides aquatic decorations, agreeable to the eye and convenient for the purposes of recreations or culture. Their emplacement, as in the former section, belongs to gardening, and their construction to architecture and engineering. . . .:“1816. ''Roofed '''seats''', boat-houses, moss houses, flint houses, bark huts'', and similar constructions, are different modes of forming resting-places containing '''seats''', and sometimes other furniture or conveniences in or near them. . . . [Fig. 13]
:“1817. ''Roofed '''seats''' of a more polished description'' are boarded structures generally semi-octagonal, and placed so as to be open to the south. Sometimes they are portable, moving on wheels, so as to be placed in different positions, according to the hour of the day, or season of the year, which, in confined spots, is a desirable circumstance. Sometimes they turn on rollers, or on a central pivot, for the same object, and this is very common in what are called barrel-'''seats'''. In general they are opaque, but occasionally their sides are glazed, to admit the sun to the interior in winter.
[[File:1335.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 14, [[J. C. Loudon]], Elegant structures of the seat kind, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'' 4th ed. (1826), 357, figs. 337 and 338.]] :“1818. ''Folding chairs''. A sort of medium '''seat''', between the roofed and the exposed, is formed by constructing the backs of chairs, benches, or sofas with hinges, so as they may fold down over the '''seat''', and so protect it from rain. . . .:“1819. ''Elegant structures'' of the '''seat''' kind for summer use, may be constructed of iron rods and wires, and painted canvas; the iron forming the supporting skeleton, and the canvass the protecting tegument. . . . [Fig. 14]:“1820. ''Exposed '''seats''''' include a great variety, rising in gradation from the turf bank to the carved couch. Intermediate forms are stone benches, root stools, sections of trunks of trees, wooden, stone, or cast-iron mushrooms painted or covered with moss, or mat, or heath; the Chinese barrel-'''seat''', the rustic stool, chair, tripod, sofa, the cast-iron couch or sofa, the wheeling-chair, and many subvarieties. . . .
:“6157. . . Light [[bower]]s formed of lattice-work, and covered with climbers, are in general most suitable to [[parterre]]s; plain covered '''seats''' suit the general [[walk]]s of the [[shrubbery]].”
*[[Noah Webster|Webster, Noah]], 1828, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'' (1828: 2:n.p.)<ref>Noah Webster, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'', 2 vols. (New York: S. Converse, 1828), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/N7BSU467 view on Zotero].</ref>
:“'''SEAT''', ''n.'' [It. ''sedia''; Sp. s''ede, sitio'', from L. ''sedes, situs''; Sw. ''sate''; Dan. ''soede''; G. ''sitz''; D. ''zetel'', ''zitplaats''; W. ''sez''; Ir. ''saidh''; W. with a prefix, ''gosod'', whence ''gosodi'', to ''set''. See ''Set'' and ''Sit''. . . .]:“1. That on which one sits. . . .
:“3. Mansion; residence; dwelling; abode; as Italy the '''''seat''''' of empire. The Greeks sent colonies to seek a new '''''seat''''' in Gaul.
:“In Alba he shall fix his royal '''''seat'''''. Dryden.
:“4. Site; situation. The '''''seat''''' of Eden has never been incontrovertibly ascertained. . . .
:“8. The place where a thing is settled or established. London is the '''''seat''''' of business and opulence. So we say, the '''''seat''''' of the muses, the '''''seat''''' of arts, the '''''seat''''' of commerce.”
*[[Thomas Bridgeman|Bridgeman, Thomas]], 1832, ''The Young Gardener’s Assistant'' (1832: 111)<ref> Thomas Bridgeman, ''The Young Gardener’s Assistant'', 3rd ed. (New York: Geo. Robertson, 1832), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/9FU4SNZK view on Zotero].</ref>
:“In a retired part of the [flower] garden, a rustic '''seat''' may be formed, over and around which honey-suckles and other sweet and ornamental creepers and climbers may he [''sic''] trained on [[trellis]]es, so as to afford a pleasant retirement.”
*[[James E. Teschemacher|Teschemacher, James E.]], August 1, 1835, “Extracts from Foreign Publications” (''Horticultural Register'' 1: 308–9)<ref>James E. Teschemacher, “Extracts from Foreign Publications,” ''Horticultural Register, and Gardener’s Magazine'' 1 (August 1, 1835): 304–9, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/keywords_in_early_american_landscape_design/items/itemKey/CNPGMS5X/q/extracts%20from%20foreign%20publications view on Zotero].</ref>:“''From an article On the various form and character of [[Arbour]]s as objects of use or ornament either in gardens or wild scenery [from Paxton’s Horticultural Register''], we extract the following passages. . . .
:“‘The closely shaven turf comes about ten feet inside the [[arch]]es where its edge is cut, and between that and the [[basin]] is covered with a fine tawny sand, with an apparently confused but really symmetrical arrangement of marble pedestals, '''seats''' and [[vase]]s with flowering plants placed upon them. During summer a [[vase]] with a rare flowering plant is placed under each of the external [[arch]]es except four which serve as entrances. The entire effect is good, and his may be considered as one of the best specimens of the artificial [[bower]] of the present day.’”
*[[Edward Sayers|Sayers, Edward]], 1838, ''The American Flower Garden Companion'' (1838: 14, 19, 131)<ref>Edward Sayers, ''The American Flower Garden Companion, Adapted to the Northern States'' (Boston: Joseph Breck, 1838), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/GHTFN8B2 view on Zotero].</ref>:“At country residences, where a large extent is appropriated to this department [the [[flower garden]]], many convenient and pleasing appendages can be judiciously introduced; as rustic [[arbor]]s, rustic '''seats''', and [[rockery]]; and if water can be connected, it always gives a good effect. All such appendages, I recommend to be constructed in as natural a manner as possible. . . .
:“In extensive [[pleasure ground]]s the [[rockery]] has a good effect when placed distinct from the [[flower garden]], and near a rustic [[arbor]] or ornamental [[bridge]], or '''seat'''; and if placed by the side of a retired [[walk]], near the [[lawn]] or grass [[plot]], it has an easy effect. . . .
:“the margin of the [[pond]] should be planted with drooping willows and trees of a pendulous habit for shade, under which rustic '''seat''' might be properly placed for the accommodation of those who desire to view the sporting fishes, and other interesting objects by which they are surrounded.”
[[File:0936.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 15, [[Alexander Walsh]], Two seats surrounded by an arched [[arbor]], in ''New England Farmer'' 19, no. 39 (March 31, 1841): 309, fig. 4.]]
*[[Alexander Walsh|Walsh, Alexander]], March 31, 1841, “Remarks on Ornamental Gardening” (''New England Farmer'' 19: 308–9)<ref>Alexander Walsh, “Remarks on Ornamental Gardening, With a Plan of a Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Garden,” ''New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register'' 19, no. 39 (March 31, 1841): 308–9, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/HD2AV62D view on Zotero.]</ref>:“The garden and [[pleasure ground]] I would describe, is of an oblong form, 165 feet by 120 feet, with one end next the north side of the house. . . .:“X X two '''seats''', each occupying 2 ft. . . . T T two '''seats''' . . . surrounded by an arched [[arbor]] 10 ft. high, thrown over the [[walk]], ornamented on one side with honeysuckle, on the other by climbing Boursaut rose.” [Fig. 15]
[[File:0398.jpg|thumb|225px|Fig. 17,Anonymous, “Rustic “[[Rustic_style|Rustic]] Covered Seat,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 458, fig. 86.]]*[[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing, Andrew Jackson]], 1849, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (1849: 454–56, 473–74)<ref>A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America . . .'', 4th ed. (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1849), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/5M4S2D64 view on Zotero].</ref>
:''“Open and covered '''seats''''', of various descriptions, are among the most convenient and useful decorations for the pleasure-grounds of a country residence. Situated in portions of the [[lawn]] or [[park]], somewhat distant from the house, they offer an agreeable place for rest or repose. If there are certain points from which are obtained agreeable [[prospect]]s or extensive [[view]]s of the surrounding country, a '''seat''', by designating those points, and by affording us a convenient mode of enjoying them, has a double recommendation to our minds.
:“Open and covered '''seats''' are of two distinct kinds; one ''architectural'', or formed after artist-like designs, of stone or [[wood]], in Grecian, Gothic, or other forms; which may, if they are intended to produce an elegant effect, have [[vase]]s on pedestals as accompaniments; the other, ''rustic'', as they are called, which are formed out of trucks and branches of trees, roots, etc., in their natural forms. . . .:“We consider rustic '''seats''' and structures as likely to be much preferred in the villa and cottage residences of the country. They have the merit of being tasteful and [[picturesque]] in their appearance, and are easily constructed by the amateur, at comparatively little or no expense. There is scarcely a prettier or more pleasant object for the termination of a long [[walk]] in the [[Pleasure_ground|pleasure-grounds]] or [[park]], than a neatly thatched structure of rustic work, with its '''seat''' for repose, and a [[view]] of the landscape beyond. . . . [Fig. 17]:''“Unity of expression'' is the maxim and guide in this department of the art, as in every other. . . .:“With regard to [[pavilion]]s, summer-houses, rustic '''seats''', and garden edifices of like character, they should, if possible, in all cases be introduced where they are manifestly appropriate or in harmony with the scene. Thus . . . a rustic covered '''seat''' may occupy a secluded, quiet portion of the grounds, where undisturbed meditation be enjoyed.”
*[[William H. Ranlett|Ranlett, William H.]], 1849, ''The Architect'' (1849; repr., 1976: 1:19)<ref>William H. Ranlett, ''The Architect'', 2 vols. (1849–51; repr., New York: Da Capo, 1976), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QGQPCB5J view on Zotero].</ref>
:“Probably no portion of the globe, offers a greater variety of beautiful country '''seats''' than the vicinity of New-York. No man who has any taste for the retired tranquillity of a suburban retreat, or the lovely beauty of a [[picturesque]] scene, or the romantic grandeur of an enchanting landscape of cities, towns and country; rivers, bays and ocean, could fail to be suited with some of the numerous situations on the undulated shores, gentle declivities or towering heights of Staten Island, Long Island or the banks of the noble Hudson.”
*[[Andrew Jackson Downing|Downing, Andrew Jackson]], March 1851, “The Management of Large Country Places” (''Horticulturist'' 6: 105–6)<ref>A. J. Downing, “The Management of Large Country Places,” ''Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste'' 6, no. 3 (March 1851): 105–8, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/keywords_in_early_american_landscape_design/items/itemKey/HKQH76RW/q/management%20of%20large%20country%20places view on Zotero].</ref>
:“All our country residences may readily be divided into two classes. The first and largest class, is the suburban place of from five to twenty or thirty acres; the second is the country-'''seat''', properly so called, which consists of from 30 to 500 or more acres. . . .
:“But in the larger country places, there are ten instances of failure for one of success. This is not owing to the want of natural beauty, for the sites are [[picturesque]], the surface varied, and the [[wood]]s and [[plantation]]s excellent. The failure consists, for the most part, in a certain incongruity and want of distinct character in the treatment of the place as a whole. They are too large to be kept in order as pleasure-grounds, while they are not laid out or treated as [[park]]s. The grass which stretches on all sides of the house, is partly mown for [[lawn]], and partly for hay; the lines of the farm and the ornamental portion of the grounds, meet in a confused and unsatisfactory manner, and the result is a residence pretending to be much superior to a common farm, and not yet rising to the dignity of a really tasteful country '''seat'''.”
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Image:10551722.jpg|Michael van der Gucht[[James Gibbs]], “Four Designs “Two '''Seats''' for Cloisters,” in the ends of [[A.-J. Dezallier d’ArgenvilleWalk]]s, ” in ''The Theory and Practice A Book of GardeningArchitecture'' (17121728), pl. 982.
Image:17221723.jpg|[[James Gibbs]], “Two other '''Seats ''' for the same purpose [for the ends of Walks[[walk]]s],” in ''A Book of Architecture'' (1728), pl. 8283.
Image:17230925.jpg|William Burgis, ''A South East [[James GibbsView]], “Two other Seats for the same purpose [for the ends of walks]ye Great Town of Boston in New England in America'',” in 1743. “Capt. Cunningham’s '''Seat'A Book of Architecture'' (1728), pl. 83” is inscribed over a grand house with beds/parterres in front.
Image:09251737.jpg|William BurgisBatty and Thomas Langley, “An Umbrello, to a '''Seat'A South East '', for to Terminate a [[walk]], [[View of ye Great Town of Boston ]], &c. in New England a Garden,” in America''Gothic Architecture'' (1747), 1743pl. 31.
Imageimage:17371688.jpg|William and John Halfpenny, “A [[Batty LangleyChinese_manner|BattyChinese]][[Alcove] and Thomas Langley, “An Umbrello, to a ] '''Seat, for to Terminate a walk, View, &c. in a Garden''' Fronting Four Ways,” in ''Gothic Rural Architecturein the Chinese Taste'' (17471755), pl. 318.
imageFile:16882262.jpg|William and John HalfpennyAnonymous, “A Chinese Alcove Seat Fronting Four Ways,” in ''Rural Architecture in The South West [[Prospect]] of the Chinese Taste'' (1755)'Seat''' of Colonel George Boyd of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, New England, pl. 81774''.
Image:0587.jpg|Anonymous, Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis, 1781.
Image:0461.jpg|[[Samuel Vaughan]], Plan of Bath ([[Berkeley Springs)|[Berkeley Springs]]], VA, 1787, from the diary of [[Samuel Vaughan]], June–September 1787. Plan lists “bb” as “two [[Piazza]]s with '''seats'''.”
Image:0338.jpg|Anonymous, ''A [[View ]] of [[Mount Vernon]]'', c. 1790.
Image:0021.jpg|Cornelius Tiebout, “A ''A [[View ]] of the present '''Seat ''' of his Excel. the Vice President of the United States'',1790.
Image:1983.jpg|Jeremiah Paul, “Robert Morris’ “[[Robert Morris]]’ '''Seat ''' on [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]],” July 20, 1794.
Image:09391925.jpg|[[Charles Fraser]]Alexander Robertson, Cleremont the ''Rice Hope: The Seat of Dr. William Read, Taken from One of the Rice Fields'seat'''R. R. Livingston, c. 18001796.
Image:03450939.jpg|Alexander Robertson (artist)[[Charles Fraser]], Francis Jukes (engraver)''Rice Hope: The '''Seat''' of Dr. William Read, “Mount Vernon in VirginiaTaken from One of the Rice Fields'',c. 1800.
Image:06010141.jpg|AnonymousThomas Coram, ''The [[Grove]], '''Seat''' of G.A plan of the section of land on which the Believers live in the state of Ohio. Hall, November 7Esquire'', 1807c. 1800.
Image:03170345.jpg|Alexander Robertson (artist), Francis Jukes (engraver), “[[William Russell BirchMount Vernon]]in Virginia, ''Montebello—The Seat of General Smith'', c. 1808” 1800.
Image:03262259.jpg|Anonymous, Plan of the Harvard [[William Russell BirchBotanic Garden]], “The View from Springland,” in c. 1807. “N. Green-'''seats'The Country Seats of the United States'' (1808), pl. 2or turf banks.
Image:03110601.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]]Anonymous, “Hoboken A plan of the section of land on which the Believers live in New Jersey, the Seat state of MrOhio, November 7, 1807. John Stevens,” in "'''Seat'The Country Seats of the United States'' (1808), pl. 3" inscribed on top center left.
Image:03121924.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]]P. Lodet, “Hampton''Clermont, the '''Seat of Genl. Chas. Ridgely, Maryland,” in ''The Country Seats ' of the United StatesChancellor Livingston - North River 1807'' (1808), pl. 41807.
Image:03030317.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Landsdown, the ''Montebello—The '''Seat of the late Wm. Bingham Esq., Pennsylvania,” in ''The Country Seats ' of the United StatesGeneral Smith'' (1808), plc. 51808.
Image:03140326.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “The [[View]], “Mount Vernon, Virginia, the Seat of the late Genl. G. Washingtonfrom Springland,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 72.
Image:03020311.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Fountain Green“Hoboken in New Jersey, Pennsylv.a the '''Seat ''' of Mr. S. MeekerJohn Stevens,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 83.
Image:03160312.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Devon in Pennsylv.a “Hampton, the '''Seat ''' of MrGenl. DallasChas. Ridgely, Maryland,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl.104.
Image:03270303.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Mount Sidney“Landsdown, the '''Seat ''' of Genlthe late Wm. Bingham Esq. John Baker, Pennsylv.aPennsylvania,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 115.
Image:03180314.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “[[Mount Vernon]], “Montibello Virginia, the seat '''Seat''' of the late Genl. SG. Smith MarylandWashington,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 137.
Image:03040302.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “[[Fountain]]Green, “Woodlands, Pennsylv.a the '''Seat ''' of Mr. Wm. Hamilton, PennsylvaS.Meeker,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 148.
Image:03190316.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Sedgley seat “Devon in Pennsylv.a the '''Seat''' of Mr. Wm. Crammond PennsylvaDallas,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 1510.
Image:03010327.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “[[Mount]]Sidney, “View from Belmont Pennsyla. the '''Seat ''' of Judge PetersGenl. John Baker, Pennsylv.a,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl.1611. The inscription reads "[[Mount]] Sidney, the '''Seat''' of Gen.l John Baker, Pennsylv.a / Drawn, Engraved & Published by W. Birch Springland, near Bristol, Pennsylvania."
Image:03200318.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “York-Island with a View of “Montibello the Seats '''seat''' of Mr. A. Gracie, MrGenl. Church &cS.Smith Maryland,” in ''The Country Seats of the United States'' (1808), pl. 1713.
Image:03220304.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “[[The Woodlands|Woodlands]], “China Retreat Pennsyl.<sup>a</sup> the '''Seat ''' of MMr. Wm. Hamilton, Pennsylva.<sup>r</sup> Manigault,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 1914.
Image:00090319.jpg|[[Charles Willson Peale]]William Russell Birch, Letter to Angelica Peale describing his garden at Belfield“Sedgley '''seat''' of Mr. Wm. Crammond Pennsylva, November 22” in ''The Country '''Seats''' of the United States'' (1808), 1815pl. 15.
Image:01640301.jpg|Joshua H. HaywardWilliam Russell Birch, “A “[[View of ]] from [[Belmont_(Philadelphia,_PA)|Belmont]] Pennsyla. the '''Seat ''' of Theodore Lyman, Esqr.Judge Peters, in Waltham, taken on ''The Country '''Seats''' of the principles of perspectiveUnited States'' (1808),” Mathematical Thesis, 1818pl.16.
Image:00820320.jpg|Cornelia Jefferson RandolphWilliam Russell Birch, attr“York-Island with a [[View]] of the '''Seats''' of Mr. A.Gracie, “A Garden Seat by Mr. JonesChurch &c., From Chamber’s Kew” in ''The Country '''Seats''' of the United States'' (1808),” cpl. 182017.
Image:13340322.jpg|[[JWilliam Russell Birch, “China Retreat Pennsyl. C<sup>a</sup> the '''Seat''' of M. Loudon]], Covered seats of the rustic kind<sup>r</sup> Manigault, in ''An Encyclopædia The Country '''Seats''' of Gardeningthe United States'', 4th ed/ (18261808), 357, figpl. 33619.
Image:13350009.jpg|[[J. C. LoudonCharles Willson Peale]], Elegant structures of the seat kindLetter to Angelica Peale describing his garden at [[Belfield]], in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening''November 22, 4th ed. (1826), 357, figs. 337 and 3381815.
Image:13540164.jpg|Joshua H. Hayward, “A [[J. C. LoudonView]], Rough bench in rustic hut decorated in shrubberies, in of the '''Seat'An Encyclopædia of Gardening''of Theodore Lyman, 4th edEsqr. (1826), 809in Waltham, fig. 561taken on the principles of perspective,” Mathematical Thesis, 1818.
Image:17070082.jpg|[[J. CCornelia Jefferson Randolph, attr. Loudon]], “Seat formed of moss and hazel rods" and "Trellised arches for climbers,” in “A Garden '''Seat'An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', new edby Mr. (1834)Jones, 1196From Chamber’s Kew, figs” c. 960–621820.
Image:17641176.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], A rustic seatEliza Susan Quincy, in ''The Suburban GardenerView of the seat of Edmund Quincy Esqr.'' (1838), 467, fig1822. 173Inscribed on reverse: ''[[View]] / of the [[seat]] of Edmund Quincy Esqr.''
Image:06791334.jpg|James W[[J. SteelC. Loudon]], Beech Hill, The Country Seat Covered '''seats''' of R. Gilmor, Esq.the [[Rustic_style|rustic]] kind, in W. H. Carpenter and T. S. Arthur, eds., ''The Baltimore Book: A Christmas and New Year’s PresentAn Encyclopædia of Gardening'' , 4th ed/ (18381826), pl. opp357, fig. 184336.
Image:14201335.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], “Covered Seat, Elegant structures of grotesque and rustic Masonry,” Cheshunt Cottagethe '''seat''' kind, in ''The Gardener’s MagazineAn Encyclopædia of Gardening'' 15, no4th ed. 117 (December 18391826): 656, fig357, figs. 168337 and 338.
Image:19041354.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], Elevation of the Back Woodwork of a Rustic Covered Seat, Cheshunt CottageRough bench in [[Rustic_style|rustic]] hut decorated in [[Shrubbery|shrubberies]], in ''The Gardener’s MagazineAn Encyclopædia of Gardening'' 15, no4th ed. 117 (December 18391826): 660, 809, fig. 168561.
Image:09361792.jpg|Alexander WalshThomas Cole, Two seats surrounded by an arched arbor''[[View]] of Monte Video, in the '''Seat'New England Farmer'' 19of Daniel Wadsworth, noEsq. 39 (March 31, 1841): 309'', fig. 41828.
Image:18241707.jpg|Anonymous[[J. C. Loudon]], “Moveable Garden “'''Seat,” in ''' formed of moss and hazel rods" and "[[Trellis|Trellised]] [[Jane Loudonarch]]es for climbers, ” in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden'' , new ed. (18451834), 3691196, figfigs. 49960–62.
Image:03581764.jpg|Anonymous, “Rustic Seat,” Montgomery Place, in [[AJ. JC. DowningLoudon]], ed.A [[Rustic_style|rustic]] '''seat''', in ''HorticulturistThe Suburban Gardener'' 2, no. 4 (October 18471838): 157, 467, fig. 26173.
Image:03610679.jpg|AnonymousJames W. Steel, “BeaverwyckBeech Hill, the The Country '''Seat ''' of WmR. P. Van RensselaerGilmor, Esq.,in [[AW. H. Carpenter and T. JS. Arthur, eds. Downing]], ''The Baltimore Book: A Treatise on the Theory Christmas and Practice of Landscape GardeningNew Year’s Present'', 4th ed. (18491838), pl. opp. 51, fig. 7184.
Image:03681420.jpg|Anonymous[[J. C. Loudon]], “The “Covered '''Seat ''', of George Sheaff, Esq.,” in grotesque and [[A. J. DowningRustic_style|rustic]]Masonry,” Cheshunt Cottage, in ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape GardeningThe Gardener’s Magazine''15, 4th edno. 117 (1849December 1839), pl. between 58 and 59: 656, fig. 12168.
Image:03781904.jpg|Anonymous[[J. C. Loudon]], “Plan Elevation of the Back Woodwork of a Suburban Villa Residence[[Rustic_style|Rustic]] Covered '''Seat''', Cheshunt Cottage, in ''The Gardener’s Magazine'' 15, no. 117 (December 1839): 660, fig. 168. Image:0936.jpg|Alexander Walsh, Two '''seats''' surrounded by an arched [[arbor]], in ''New England Farmer'' 19, no. 39 (March 31, 1841): 309, fig. 4. Image:1824.jpg|Anonymous, “Moveable Garden '''Seat''',” in [[Jane Loudon]], ''Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden'' (1845), 369, fig. 49.  Image:0844.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], ''[[Montgomery Place]]—Shore '''Seat''''', c. 1847. Image:0358.jpg|Anonymous, “[[Rustic_style|Rustic]] '''Seat''',” [[Montgomery Place]], in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape GardeningHorticulturist''2, 4th edno. 4 (1849October 1847), 118: 157, fig. 26.
Image:03960361.jpg|Anonymous, “A circular pavilion“Beaverwyck, the '''Seat''' of Wm. P. Van Rensselaer, Esq.,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 456pl. opp. 51, fig. 817.
Image:18910368.jpg|Anonymous, “Simple rustic seat“The '''Seat''' of George Sheaff, Esq.,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 456pl. between 58 and 59, fig. 8212.
Image:18921891.jpg|Anonymous, Simple “Simple [[Rustic_style|rustic ]] '''seat made at the foot of a tree''', in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 456, fig. 8382.
Image:03971892.jpg|Anonymous, “Covered Simple [[Rustic_style|rustic]] '''seat or rustic arbor''' made at the foot of a tree,in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 457456, fig. 8483.
Image:18930397.jpg|Anonymous, Covered Seat for a mineral, shell, “Covered '''seat''' or geological collection[[Rustic_style|rustic]] [[arbor]], in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 457, fig. 8584.
Image:03981893.jpg|Anonymous, “Rustic Covered '''Seat''' for a mineral, shell, or geological collection,in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 458457, fig. 8685.
Image:16600398.jpg|Robert B. LeucharsAnonymous, Ground plan of conservatory designed for gentleman’s country seat“[[Rustic_style|Rustic]] Covered '''Seat''', in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Practical Treatise on the Construction, Heating, Theory and Ventilation Practice of HothousesLandscape Gardening'' , 4th ed. (18501849), 95458, fig. 3286.
Image:10011660.jpg|AnonymousRobert B. Leuchars, “Mount Fordham—the Country Seat Ground plan of Lewis G. Morris, Esq.,” in [[A. J. Downingconservatory]]designed for gentleman’s country '''seat''', ed., in ''HorticulturistA Practical Treatise on the Construction, Heating, and Ventilation of Hothouses'' 6, no. 8 (August 18511850): pl. opp, 95, fig. 34532.
Image:0854.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], Shore '''Seat ''' for [[Montgomery Place]], Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (elevation and plan), 1870&ndash;791870—79.]]
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Image:00361055.jpg|Thomas Lee ShippenMichael van der Gucht, Plan “Four Designs for Cloisters,” in A.-J. Dezallier d’Argenville, ''The Theory and Practice of WestoverGardening'' (1712), 1783pl. 9.
Image:11620036.jpg|AnonymousThomas Lee Shippen, Plan of Westover, 1783. The '''seat''' can be seen at the top of the Harvard Botanic Gardenimage, early 19th centuryreferencing the houses across the river from Westover.
Image:00430043_2.jpg|John Archibald Woodside, ''[[Lemon Hill]]'', 1807.
Image:0313.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “The Sun Reflecting on the Dew, a Garden scene, Echo, Pennsylv.a A Place Belonging to Mr. D. Bavarage,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 6.
Image:0315.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Solitude in Pennsyla. belonging to Mr. Penn,” in ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 9.
Image:0321.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Mendenhall Ferry, [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]], Pennsylvania,” ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 18.
Image:0323.jpg|[[William Russell Birch, “[[View]], “View from the Elysian Bower, Springland, Pennsylv,a the residence of Mr W. Birch,” ''The Country '''Seats ''' of the United States'' (1808), pl. 20.
Image:0051.jpg|William Strickland, “The “[[The Woodlands]],” 1809, in ''The Casket'' 5 , no. 10 (October 1830): pl. opp. 432.
Image:0300.jpg|Thomas Birch, ''Fairmount Water Works'', 1821.
Image:10250541.jpg|AnonymousJohn T. Bowen, “Entrance to Mount Auburn,” in ''American Magazine A [[View]] of Useful and Entertaining KnowledgeFairmount Water-Works with [[Schuylkill_River|Schuylkill]] in the distance, taken from the [[Mount]]'' 1, no. 1 (September 1834): 91838.
Image:05420843.jpg|Nicolino Calyo[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], ''The Philadelphia Water Works''[[Montgomery Place]], 1835–361844.
Image:05411049.jpg|John TN. BowenVautin, ''A [[View ]] of Fairmount Water-Works with Schuylkill in the distance, taken from the Mount''North Side (Rear) of Longfellow House, 1838June 1845.
Image:08430357.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], “[[Montgomery Place]], 1844” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''Horticulturist'' 2, no. 4 (October 1847): pl. opp. 153.
Image:10490359.jpg|NAnonymous, “The [[Lake]],” [[Montgomery Place]], in [[A. VautinJ. Downing]], View of North Side ed., ''Horticulturist'' 2, no. 4 (RearOctober 1847) of Longfellow House: 158, June 1845fig. 27.
Image:08441097.jpg|Thomas S. Sinclair, “Plan of the [[Alexander Jackson DavisPleasure_ground|Pleasure Grounds]]and Farm of the [[Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane]] at Philadelphia, Montgomery Place—Shore Seat” in Thomas S. Kirkbride, c''American Journal of Insanity'' 4, no. 4 (April 1848): pl. opp. 1847280.
Image:03570363.jpg|Anonymous, “[[View]] in the [[Meadow]] [[Alexander Jackson DavisPark]], “Montgomery Placeat Geneseo,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''Horticulturist'' 23, no. 4 (October 18471848): pl. between 152 and opp. 153.
Image:03590350.jpg|Anonymous[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], “The Lake“View in the Grounds at Blithewood,” Montgomery Place, in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''HorticulturistA Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' 2, no4th ed. 4 (October 18471849): 158, fig. 27frontispiece.
Image:10970355.jpg|Thomas S. SinclairAnonymous, “Plan of “[[View]] in the Pleasure Grounds and Farm of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane at PhiladelphiaHyde Park,” in Thomas S[[A. KirkbrideJ. Downing]], ''American Journal A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of InsanityLandscape Gardening'' 4, no4th ed. 4 (April 18481849): , pl. opp. 28045, fig. 1.
Image:03630367.jpg|Anonymous, “View “[[View]] in the Meadow Park at GeneseoGrounds of James Arnold, Esp.,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''HorticulturistA Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' 3, no4th ed. 4 (October 18481849): , pl. opp. 15357.
Image:03500378.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]]Anonymous, “View in the Grounds at Blithewood,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice “Plan of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), frontispiece.  Image:0355.jpg|Anonymous, “View in the Grounds at Hyde Parka Suburban Villa Residence,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), pl. opp. 45118, fig. 1.  Image:0367.jpg|Anonymous, “View in the Grounds of James Arnold, Esp.,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), pl. opp. 5726.
Image:0920.jpg|Anonymous, “Small Bracketed Cottage,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''The Architecture of Country Houses'' (1850), pl. opp. 78, fig. 9.
Image:0673.jpg|Archibald L. Dick, ''The Battle Ground at Germantown, Cliveden or Chew’s House'', n.d.
Image:1680.jpg|Anonymous, Garden '''seat ''' from Somerset County, MD, 1780.
Image:0477.jpg|John Scoles, “Government House,” January 1795.
Image:0324.jpg|[[William Russell Birch]], “Back of the State House, Philadelphia,” 17991800.
Image:0509.jpg|[[Charles Fraser]], ''Rice Hope, Taken from One of the Rice Fields'', c. 1803.
Image:0330.jpg|[[Anne-Marguerite-Henriette Rouillé de Marigny Hyde de Neuville]], attr., ''Tomb du grande Washington au [[Mount Vernon]]'', 1818.
Image:0120.jpg|Anonymous, ''By the Sea'', c. 1820.
Image:1949.jpg|Mary Ann Lucy Gries, Needlework sampler with garden bench, 1826.
Image:0675.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], “View “[[View]] of the Battery and Castle Garden,” 1826–28.
Image:1948.jpg|Mrs. G. W. Whitney, The Adams '''Seat ''' in Quincy, 1828.
Image:0811.jpg|[[Alexander Jackson Davis]], “View ''[[View]] of St. John’s Chapel, from From the park[[Park]]'',1829.
Image:1043.jpg|Sidney Mason Stone, House for Roger Sherman Baldwin, New Haven, CT, c. 1830–40.
Image:0490.jpg|Archibald L. Dick, “Elysian Fields, Hoboken (New York in the distance),” 1831–34in ''[[View]]s in New-York and its Environs'' (1831—34). Image:1025.jpg|Anonymous, “Entrance to [[Mount Auburn Cemetery|Mount Auburn]],” in ''American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge'' 1, no. 1 (September 1834): 9.
Image:0486.jpg|James Smillie, “Bay and Harbour of New York, From the Battery,” 1831.
Image:0252.jpg|Henry Walton, Three Sisters in a Landscape, 1838.
Image:1033.jpg|Anonymous, “Forest [[Pond]],” in ''The [[Picturesque ]] Pocket Companion, and Visitor’s Guide, through Mount Auburn'' (1839), 171.
Image:1477.jpg|Anonymous, Honorary membership certificate for Nicholas Biddle in “The Horticultural Association of the Valley of the Hudson” [detail], June 1839.
image:0525.jpg|William E. Winner, ''Garden Scene Near Philadelphia'', c. 1840.
Image:1103.jpg|W. Mason, “Pennsylvania “[[Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane]],” c. 1841, in Thomas S. Kirkbride, ''Reports of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane: for the Year 1841'' (1841), frontispiece.
Image:0895.jpg|Edwin Whitefield, Sketch of Pokahoe, 1841–44. A seat is located on the lawn, nestled in the trees, seen left of center of the view.
Image:0448.jpg|Anonymous, ''Brother and Sister'', c. 1845.
Image:04992283.jpg|Anonymous (artist), Amos Eno Nathaniel Currier (lithographer), “View “[[View]] of the Great Conflagration at New York,” 1845. The seats are located around the fountain.
Image:1063.jpg|James Smillie, “Mount “[[Mount Auburn Cemetery]],” in Cornelia W. Walter, ''Mount Auburn Illustrated'' (1847; repr., 1850), frontispiece.
Image:0110.jpg|Joseph Goldsborough Bruff (artist), Edward Weber & Co. (lithographer), “Elements ''Elements of National Thrift and Empire'',c. 1847.
Image:0487.jpg|William Wade, ''Castle Garden: From the Battery'', 1848.
Image:0442.jpg|Anonymous, ''Memorial to Nicholas M.S. Catlin'', c. 1852.
Image:0218.jpg|Augustus Weidenbach, ''[[Belvedere]]'', c. 1858. Image:0396.jpg|Anonymous, “A circular [[pavilion]],” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), 456, fig. 81. Image:1001.jpg|Anonymous, “Mount Fordham—the Country '''Seat''' of Lewis G. Morris, Esq.,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''Horticulturist'' 6, no. 8 (August 1851): pl. opp. 345.
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