[[File:0254.jpg|thumb|Fig. 6, Reuben Moulthrop, ''Mrs. Daniel Truman and Child,'' c. 1798–1810.]]
[[File:2256.jpg|thumb|Fig. 7, John Henry Bufford. ''Fairmount from the first Landing'', cover illustration for sheet music for ''The Fairmount Quadrilles'', 1836.]]
In pictorial representations, walks served many of these same functions. In a perspective view of a building’s front façade, the viewer is often encouraged to focus upon the main entrance located at the terminus of a central walk or [[avenue]] [Fig. 5]. In the backgrounds of portraits, particularly those from the second half of the 18th century, artists often depicted glimpses through a window of their sitters' gardens, in which walks were presented in perspective with converging sides to suggest the illusion of depth [Fig. 6]. In aerial views, walks were often the principle means of indicating the location and existence of a garden, since plants, changing topography, and surface treatments were less easily rendered in plan. In other images, the walk invites the viewer to dwell upon a destination, such as a garden [[seat]] or viewing point, or to venture further into the unseen garden, as in John Trumbull’s 1792 1793 plan for Yale College [<span id="Fig_8_cite"></span>[[#Fig_8|See Fig. 8]]]. In all of these types of images, tracing the line of the walk conveys a sense of movement through the landscape, much as a visitor might have experienced surprising “discoveries” of [[view]]s.
In addition to being a common feature in early American gardens, walks were also the setting for much recorded activity. <span id="Byrd_cite"></span>William Byrd II in his diary (1732) frequently mentioned his own perambulations in the garden, either alone or with gentlemen guests after he had entertained them with a meal ([[#Byrd|view text]]). [[Charles Willson Peale]] described strolling through the gardens of Annapolis, Maryland, in language that echoes published accounts of British and European tours.<ref>Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, “The Archaeology of Vision in Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake Gardens,” ''Journal of Garden History'' 14, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 42–54, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/IJX4M93V view on Zotero.] </ref> Walks were social venues in public landscape designs such as [[Boston Common]], the [[State House Yard]] in Philadelphia, a levee in New Orleans, the Battery Park in New York, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia [Fig. 7], and the [[avenue]]s of Washington, DC. They were places to see and be seen, and images of them in the second quarter of the 19th century portray their rising popularity as [[promenade]]s for the general populace. Numerous descriptions and treatises of this period also praised the health-giving properties of these walks and the virtues of fresh air and exercise, particularly for the infirm, mentally ill, and urban poor.
<div id="Fig_8"></div>[[File:0100.jpg|thumb|Fig. 8, John Trumbull, Master Plan for Yale CollegeOld Brick Rowe, 17921793. [[#Fig_8_cite|back up to History]]]]
*Trumbull, John, 1792, describing Yale College, New Haven, CT (Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale Picture Collection, 48A-46, box 1, folder 2)
:“The [[Temple]]s of Cloacina (which it is too much the custom of New England to place conspicuously,) I would wish to have concealed as much as possible, by planting a variety of Shrubs, such as Laburnums, Lilacs, Roses, Snowballs, Laurels. &c, &c—a gravel '''walk''' should lead thro [sic] the [[Shrubbery]] to those buildings. . .
Image:0481.jpg|William Burgis, ''Plan of Boston in New England'', 1728. "Rope '''Walks'''" indicated in the center, above "Fort Hill".
Image:0078.jpg|Anonymous, Plan for a garden, mid-18th century. “[[Ha-Ha/Sunk fence|Ha Ha]] '''Walk''' here” inscribed at center top.
Image:1053.jpg|Batty Langley, “Design of a ''rural Garden'', after the new manner,” in ''New Principles of Gardening'' (1728), pl. III, opp. 208. Straight-lined '''walks''' are indicated at R and across the top linking X and X. Meandering '''walks''' begin at the four entrances marked by b.
Image:0108.jpg|Andrew Ellicott (creator), Samuel Hill (engraver), ''Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia'', 1792. There is a tree lined '''walk''' running east west on the central axis of the Mall in the center of the plan. The word "'''walk'''" is inscribed in the description of the plan on the bottom right.
Image:0100.jpg|John Trumbull, Master Plan for Yale CollegeOld Brick Rowe, 17921793. ". . .a gravel '''walk''' should lead into the [[shrubbery]]. . ." Image:0100_detail.jpg|John Trumbull, Plan for Old Brick Rowe [detail], 1793.
image:2249.jpg|Unknown, Derby Garden, [circa 1795–1799], Samuel McIntire Papers, MSS 264, flat file, plan 107. Courtesy of Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Rowley, MA.
Image:1350.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], "[[walk|''Walks'']]", in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 796, fig. 549.
Image:1351.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], Plan of [[French_style|French]] [[parterre]] of embroidery, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 797, fig. 550. ". . .one graven-'''walk''', accompanied by broad margins of turf. . . "
Image:1352.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], The botanic [[Flower_garden|flower garden]] with a gravel-'''walk''', in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'', 4th ed. (1826), 801, fig. 553.
Image:0787.jpg|[[Frances Palmer]], “Ground [[Plot]],” in William H. Ranlett, ''The Architect'' (1851), vol. 2, pl. 29. "T T, foot '''walks'''. . . "
Image:0790.jpg|[[Frances Palmer]], “Design for a Vinery & [[Greenhouse|Green House]],” in William H. Ranlett, ''The Architect'' (1851), vol. 2, pl. 43. Image:2297.jpg|Matthew Vassar, ''Plan of Springside'', 1851. "Willow Spring '''Walk''' (15)."
Image:0584.jpg|Lewis Miller, Title page, ''Sketchbook of Landscapes in the State of Virginia'' (1853).
Image:0486.jpg|James Smillie, “Bay & Harbour of New York, From the Battery,” in ''Bourne Views of New York'' (1831), plate 8.
 
Image:1106.jpg|Anonymous, “Massachusetts Hospital for the Insane, at Worcester,” in ''American Magazine of Useful anA Entertaining Knowledge'' 1, no. 8 (April 1835): 325.
image:1705.jpg|[[J. C. Loudon]], [[Kitchen garden]], in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'' (1834), 721, fig. 696. “. . .on the north, at the surrounding '''walk''' (c). . .”
Image:0487.jpg|William Wade, ''Castle Garden: From the Battery'', 1848. ". . .a public '''walk'''; made by a gentle decline from the platform. . ."
Image:1007.jpg|Anonymous, “A [[Rustic_style|Rustic]] [[Alcove]],” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed. ''Horticulturist'' 2, no. 8 (February 1848): pl. opp. 345, fig. 4. Image:0374.jpg|Anonymous, ''Grouping to produce the Beautiful'', in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America'', 4th ed. (1849), 102, fig. 21.
Image:0996.jpg|Anonymous, “A Small Arabesque [[Flower_garden|Flower Garden]],” in [[A. J. Downing]], ed., ''Horticulturist'' 2, no. 11 (May 1848): 504.
Image:0258.jpg|William Clarke, ''Mrs. Levin Winder (Mary Stoughton Sloss)'', 1793.
Image:0546.jpg|William Clarke, ''Levin Winder'', 1793. A walk is seen across the lawn on the right hand side, between the tree and the summerhouse.
Image:0477.jpg|John Scoles, ''Government House'', 1795.
Image:0083.jpg|[[Benjamin Henry Latrobe]], Sedgeley, c. 1799.
 
Image:0683.jpg|C. Foster, “Western Baptist Theological Institute, at Covington KY, opposite Cincinnati, Ohio,” in Charles Cist, ''Cincinnati in 1841: Its Early Annals and Future Prospects'' (1841), pl. opp. 270.
Image:0324.jpg|William Russell Birch, “Back of the State House, Philadelphia,” 1800.
Image:0207.jpg|Francis Guy, ''Mt. Deposit'', 1803-05.
Image:0254.jpg|Reuben Moulthrop, ''Mrs. Daniel Truman and Child'', c. 1798–1810. A walk is depicted on the right, leading from the house through the garden.
Image:0195.jpg|Francis Guy, ''Bolton, [[view]] from the South'', c. 1805.
Image:0102.jpg|Joseph Jacques Ramée, Plan of the Campus Grounds, Union College, 1813.
Image:0128.jpg|Mary Moulton, Needlework Sampler, 1813, in Sotheby’s New York, ''Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring'' (January 2012): 27.<ref name="Sothebys">Sotheby’s New York, ''Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries'' (January 2012), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/keywords_in_early_american_landscape_design/items/itemKey/I9SQRZDH view on Zotero].</ref>
Image:1464.jpg|Joseph Jacques Ramée, Plan of Union College, 1813.
Image:0404.jpg|[[Benjamin Henry Latrobe]], ''Elevation of the South front of the President’s house, copied from the design as proposed to be altered in 1807'', January 1817.
 
Image:2082.jpg|Joshua Rowley Watson, ''Eaglesfield from the northeast, May 11th, 1817'', 1817.
Image:0063.jpg|[[Benjamin Henry Latrobe]], “Plan of the public [[Square]] in the city of New Orleans, as proposed to be improved. . .” [detail], March 20, 1819.
Image:1750.jpg|Anonymous, Plan of a [[Flower Garden]], in ''Magazine of Horticulture'' 6, no. 5 (May 1840): 187, fig. 7.
 
Image:0683.jpg|C. Foster, “Western Baptist Theological Institute, at Covington KY, opposite Cincinnati, Ohio,” in Charles Cist, ''Cincinnati in 1841: Its Early Annals and Future Prospects'' (1841), pl. opp. 270.
Image:0113.jpg|Mary Blades, Woodbury, c. 1840, in ''The Magazine Antiques'' 55 (February 1949), 132.
Image:1943.jpg|Godfrey N. Frankenstein, ''Portrait of "The Old House" residence of John Adams and John Quincy Adams Adams'', 1849.
Image:01072292.jpg|Weingärtner & Sarony, “Smithsonian Institution, from the North East,” in Robert Dale Owen, ''Hints on Public Architecture'' (1849), pl. opp. 108.
Image:0353.jpg|Anonymous, “Example of the beautiful in Landscape Gardening,” in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'', 4th ed. (1849), opp. 273, fig. 15.

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