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==History==
 
==History==
[[File:1778.jpg|thumb|left|text-top|Fig. 1, [[J. C. Loudon]], A grotto scene from Monza, Italy, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'' (1834), p. 36, fig. 20.]]
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[[File:1778.jpg|thumb|left|text-top|Fig. 1, [[J. C. Loudon]], A grotto scene from Monza, Italy, in ''An Encyclopædia of Gardening'' (1834), 36, fig. 20.]]  
[[File:1799.jpg|thumb|right|text-top|Fig. 2, Anonymous, Grotto at the garden of Father George Rapp, c. 1820.]]
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The term grotto was applied to a cave or cavern made by hollowing out the ground, as at [[The Woodlands]], or digging into a bank or hillside, as at [[Lemon Hill]] and [[Monticello]]. While some grottoes were formed out of a naturally occurring cavity or depression—as in the case of the grotto at [[Belfield]]—they could also be created artificially, complete with contiguous artificial [[rockwork]] [Fig. 1] or constructed simply as a stone [[summerhouse]]. They could also be made from a combination of natural and artificial elements. <span id="Jefferson_cite"></span>In 1771, for example, [[Thomas Jefferson]] described building up a natural cave with rock or clay, then covering it with moss or thatch ([[#Jefferson|view text]]).
The term grotto was applied to a cave or cavern made by hollowing out the ground, as at [[The Woodlands]], or digging into a bank or hillside, as at [[Lemon Hill]] and [[Monticello]]. While some grottos were formed out of a naturally occurring cavity or depression&mdash;as in the case of the grotto at [[Belfield]]&mdash;they could also be created artificially, complete with contiguous artificial [[rockwork]] [Fig. 1] or constructed simply as a stone [[summerhouse]]. They could also be made from a combination of natural and artificial elements. In 1771, for example, [[Thomas Jefferson]] described building up a natural cave with rock or clay, then covering it with moss or thatch.
 
  
[[File:1419.jpg|thumb|left|text-top|Fig. 3, Anonymous, "Grotto with Umbrella Tent over," in [[A. J. Downing]], ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (1849), p. 508, fig. 11.]]
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[[File:1476.jpg|thumb|right|Fig. 2, Anonymous, The Grotto, Andalusia, 1830–40. Photograph by Jack. E. Boucher.]]
A general characteristic of the grotto was its ornamentation or embellishment with shells, rocks, and bits of glass or, as [[Richard Stockton]] wrote in 1767, curious "antiquities." His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, planned her shell grotto at Morven, near Princeton, as a museum for the display of such ancient relics. Not only did Stockton visit Alexander Pope's garden in Twickenham, near London, which was well known for its extensive shell-covered interior, but he also collected several souvenirs, including a piece of Roman brick from Dover Castle, a piece of wood from the King's Coronation chair, and other curiosities for this grotto.<ref>Karen Bescherer Metheny et al., "Method in Landscape Archaeology: Research Strategies in a Historic New Jersey Garden," in ''Landscape Archaeology: Reading and Interpreting the American Historical Landscape'', ed. Rebecca Yamin and Karen Bescherer Metheny (Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1996), 8, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/NESKSKST view on Zotero].</ref>
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A general characteristic of the grotto was its ornamentation or embellishment with shells, rocks, and bits of glass or, as Richard Stockton wrote in 1767, curious “antiquities.His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, planned her shell grotto at Morven, near Princeton, as a museum for the display of such ancient relics. Not only did Stockton visit Alexander Pope’s garden in Twickenham, near London, which was well known for its extensive shell-covered interior, but he also collected several souvenirs, including a piece of Roman brick from Dover Castle, a piece of wood from the King’s Coronation chair, and other curiosities for this grotto.<ref>Karen Bescherer Metheny et al., “Method in Landscape Archaeology: Research Strategies in a Historic New Jersey Garden,in ''Landscape Archaeology: Reading and Interpreting the American Historical Landscape'', ed. Rebecca Yamin and Karen Bescherer Metheny (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1996), 8, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/NESKSKST view on Zotero].</ref>
  
In his dictionary, [[George Gregory|G. Gregory]] repeats [[Ephraim Chambers|Ephraim Chambers's]] definition of the grotto as an ornamented cave, adding the recipe for cement that would secure the placement of shells, fossils, crystalline minerals, and curious stones. This recipe also would render the grotto waterproof. Water was a key element in the creation of the grotto, whether it ran through the grotto as a stream or was available from a nearby spring. Accounts document that the sound and dampness of water were essential to the experience of the grotto.
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[[File:1419.jpg|thumb|left|text-top|Fig. 3, Anonymous, “Grotto with Umbrella Tent over,” Cheshunt Cottage, in ''The Gardener’s Magazine'' 15, no. 117 (December 1839): 654, fig. 164.]]
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<span id="Gregory_cite"></span>In his dictionary, [[G. (George) Gregory|G. (George) Gregory]] repeats [[Ephraim Chambers|Ephraim Chambers’s]] definition of the grotto as an ornamented cave, adding the recipe for cement that would secure the placement of shells, fossils, crystalline minerals, and curious stones ([[#Gregory|view text]]). This recipe also would render the grotto waterproof. Water was a key element in the creation of the grotto, whether it ran through the grotto as a stream or was available from a nearby spring. Accounts document that the sound and dampness of water were essential to the experience of the grotto.
  
Grottos were sited at the termination of [[walk|walks]], as recommended by [[Bernard M'Mahon]], or in secluded parts of the garden as was the grotto at Economy, Pa. [Fig. 2]. They were sometimes built under another structure such as a summerhouse or a glasshouse&mdash;as at [[Belfield]]&mdash;or as an enhancement to a spring or [[icehouse|ice house]] [Fig. 3]. The reports of visitors echo the experience of an enchanted, unearthly ambience in the grotto, invoking its association with the underworld and fantasy. The grotto's "veiled entrance with tracery of creepers," and its interior "cool with greenish-light," suggested links to the mythological tradition of an underworld deriving from classical precedents or caves as sites for mysteries and transformations. <ref>Naomi Miller, ''Heavenly Caves: Reflections on the Garden Grotto'' (New York: G. Braziller, 1982), 11–12, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CCH54F54 view on Zotero].</ref>
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<span id="MMahon_cite"></span>Grottoes were sited at the termination of [[walk|walks]], as recommended by [[Bernard M’Mahon]] ([[#MMahon|view text]]), or in secluded parts of the garden as were the grottoes at Economy and Andalusia, Pennsylvania. [Fig. 2]. They were sometimes built under another structure such as a [[summerhouse]] or a glasshouse—as at [[Belfield]]—or as an enhancement to a spring or [[icehouse|ice house]] [Fig. 3]. The reports of visitors echo the experience of an enchanted, unearthly ambience in the grotto, invoking its association with the underworld and fantasy. The grotto’s “veiled entrance with tracery of creepers,and its interior “cool with greenish-light,suggested links to the mythological tradition of an underworld deriving from classical precedents or caves as sites for mysteries and transformations.<ref>Naomi Miller, ''Heavenly Caves: Reflections on the Garden Grotto'' (New York: G. Braziller, 1982), 11–12, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CCH54F54 view on Zotero].</ref>
  
-- ''Therese O'Malley''
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*Stockton, Richard, July 1767, in a letter to Annis Boudinot Stockton, describing England (quoted in Greiff 1989: 1:38) <ref name="Greiff 1989">Constance Greiff, “Morven: A Documentary History” (Hopewell, NJ: Heritage Studies, 1989), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/7U95W2N5 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“England is not the place for curious shells, therefore you must not expect much by me in that way; but I shall bring you a piece of Roman brick, which I knocked off the top of Dover Castle, which is said to have been built before the death of Christ. I have also got for your collection a piece of wood, which I cut off the effigy of Archbishop Peckham, buried in the Cathedral of Canterbury more than five hundred years ago; likewise a piece from the king’s coronation chair, and several other things, which merely as antiquities, may deserve a place in ''your'' '''grotto'''.
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:“I have dined with Mr. Neat several times. Miss Neat is exceedingly obliged for the shells you sent her. She has made some curious flowers out of them. She and her mamma are both engaged to find out for me the best cement for sticking shells in the large way, which I know will be needful for you when you begin your '''grotto'''. You see I do not omit attending to your commands. I told you in my last that I intended a visit to Twickenham, to see Mr. Pope’s house, gardens, and '''grotto''', for you direction. This I shall execute if it please God.”
  
* [[Richard Stockton|Stockton, Richard]], July 1767, in a letter to Annis Boudinot Stockton, describing England (quoted in Greiff 1989: 1:38) <ref name="Greiff 1989" >Constance Greiff, "Morven: A Documentary History" (Hopewell, N.J.: Heritage Studies, 1989), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/7U95W2N5  view on Zotero].</ref>
 
:“England is not the place for curious shells, therefore you must not expect much by me in that way; but I shall bring you a piece of Roman brick, which I knocked off the top of Dover Castle, which is said to have been built before the death of Christ. I have also got for your collection a piece of [[wood]], which I cut off the effigy of Archbishop Peckham, buried in the Cathedral of Canterbury more than five hundred years ago; likewise a piece from the king’s coronation chair, and several other things, which merely as antiquities, may deserve a place in ''your'' '''grotto'''. <br>
 
:“I have dined with Mr. Neat several times. Miss Neat is exceedingly obliged for the shells you sent her. She has made some curious flowers out of them. She and her mamma are both engaged to find out for me the best cement for sticking shells in the large way, which I know will be needful for you when you begin your '''grotto'''. You see I do not omit attending to your commands. I told you in my last that I intended a visit to Twickenham, to see Mr. Pope's house, gardens, and '''grotto''', for you direction. This I shall execute if it please God."
 
  
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*<div id="Jefferson"></div>Jefferson, Thomas, 1771, describing plans for [[Monticello]], [[plantation]] of [[Thomas Jefferson]], Charlottesville, VA (1944: 26–27),<ref>Thomas Jefferson, ''The Garden Book'', ed. Edwin M. Betts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1944), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/8ZA5VRP5 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“. . . the ground above the spring being very steep, dig into the hill and form a cave or '''grotto'''. build up the sides and arch with stiff clay. cover this with moss. spangle it with translucent pebbles from Hanovertown, and beautiful shells from the shore at Burwell’s ferry. pave the floor with pebbles. let the spring enter at a corner of the '''grotto''', pretty high up the side, and trickle down, or fall by a spout into a [[basin]], from which it may pass off through the '''grotto'''. the figure will be better placed in this. form a couch of moss. the English inscription will then be proper.
  
* [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson, Thomas]], 1771, describing plans for [[Monticello]], plantation of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Va. (1944: 26–27) <ref>Thomas Jefferson, ''The Garden Book'', ed. by Edwin M. Betts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1944), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/8ZA5VRP5  view on Zotero].</ref>
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:''Nymph of the '''grot''', these sacred springs I keep,''
:“the ground above the spring being very steep, dig into the hill and form a cave or '''grotto'''. build up the sides and arch with stiff clay. cover this with moss. spangle it with translucent pebbles from Hanovertown, and beautiful shells from the shore at Burwell’s ferry. pave the floor with pebbles. let the spring enter at a corner of the '''grotto''', pretty high up the side, and trickle down, or fall by a spout into a [[basin]], from which it may pass off through the '''grotto'''. the figure will be better placed in this. form a couch of moss. the English inscription will then be proper.
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:''And to the murmur of these waters sleep;''
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:''Ah! spare my slumbers! gently tread the cave!''
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:''And drink in silence, or in silence lave!”''
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::Nymph of the '''grot''', these sacred springs I keep,
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*Quincy, Josiah, May 3, 1773, describing the country seat of John Dickinsen, near Philadelphia, PA (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
::And to the murmur of these waters sleep;
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:“This worthy and arch-politician, (for such he is though his views and disposition lead him to refuse the latter appellation) here enjoys ''otium cum dignitate'' as much as any man. Take into consideration the antique look of his house, his gardens, [[greenhouse|green-house]], [[bathhouse|bathing-house]], '''grotto''', study, fish-[[pond]], fields, [[meadow]]s, [[vista]], through which is distant [[prospect]] of Delaware River.
::Ah! spare my slumbers! gently tread the cave!
 
::And drink in silence, or in silence lave!
 
  
  
* [[Josiah Quincy|Quincy, Josiah]], May 3, 1773, describing the country seat of [[John Dickinsen]], near Philadelphia, Pa. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
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[[File:1838.jpg|thumb|Fig. 4, B. Seeley, "Grotto,” the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Nugent Temple, England, in ''Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens'' (1766), pl. VI.]]
:“This worthy and arch-politician, (for such he is though his views and disposition lead him to refuse the latter appellation) here enjoys ''otium cum dignitate'' as much as any man. Take into consideration the antique look of his house, his gardens, [[greenhouse|green-house]], bathing-house, '''grotto''', study, fish-[[pond]], fields, [[meadow]]s, [[vista]], through which is distant prospect of Delaware River.”
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* Anonymous, 1783, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337) <ref name="O’Neal 1976">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), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CUP9BNW2 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“[The '''grotto'''] stands at the Head of the ''Serpentine'' River, and on each side a [[Pavilion]], the one ornamented with Shells, the other with Pebbles and Flints broke to Pieces. The '''Grotto''' is furnished with a great number of Looking-glasses both on the [[Wall]]s and Ceiling, all in Frames of Plaster-work, set with Shells and Flints. A Marble [[Statue]] of Venus, on a Pedestal stuck with the same.” [Fig. 4]
  
  
* Anonymous, 1783, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337) <ref name="O'Neal 1976">William Bainter O’Neal, ''Jefferson’s Fine Arts Library: His Selections for the University of Virginia Together with His Own Architectural Books'' (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1976), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/CUP9BNW2 view on Zotero].</ref>
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* [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson, Thomas]], 1786, “Memorandums Made on a Tour to Some of the Gardens in England” (quoted in Hunt and Willis, eds., 1975: 333)<ref>John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis, eds., ''The Genius of Place: The English Landscape Garden, 1620–1820'' (London: Paul Elek, 1975), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/GNHUBW3X view on Zotero].</ref>
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::“''Twickenham''. . . the '''grotto''' is under the street, and goes out level to the water. . .
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::“''Paynshill''. . . well described by Whateley. '''Grotto''' said to have cost 7000.£.”
  
[[File:1838.jpg|thumb|200px|Fig. 4, B. Seeley, "Grotto," the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Nugent Temple, England, in ''Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens'' (1766), pl. VI.]]
 
 
:“[The '''grotto'''] stands at the Head of the ''Serpentine'' River, and on each side a [[Pavilion]], the one ornamented with Shells, the other with Pebbles and Flints broke to Pieces. The '''Grotto''' is furnished with a great number of Looking-glasses both on the [[Wall]]s and Ceiling, all in Frames of Plaster-work, set with Shells and Flints. A Marble Statue of Venus, on a Pedestal stuck with the same.” [Fig. 4]
 
 
 
* [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson, Thomas]], 1786, “Memorandums Made on a Tour to Some of the Gardens in England” (quoted in Hunt and Willis, eds., 1975: 333) <ref>John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis, eds., ''The Genius of Place: The English Landscape Garden, 1620-1820'' (London: Paul Elek, 1975), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/GNHUBW3X view on Zotero].</ref>
 
 
::“''Twickenham'' . . . the '''grotto''' is under the street,
 
:& goes out level to the water. . . .
 
::“''Paynshill'' . . . well described by Whateley.
 
:'''grotto''' said to have cost 7000.£.”
 
 
 
* [[Rev. Manasseh Cutler|Cutler, Rev. Manasseh]], July 14, 1787, describing the [[Bartram Botanic Garden and Nursery]], vicinity of Philadelphia, Pa. (1987: 1:277) <ref>William Parker Cutler, ''Life, Journals, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL. D'' (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1987). [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3PBNT7H9 view on Zotero]</ref>
 
  
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*[[Manasseh Cutler|Cutler, Manasseh]], July 14, 1787, describing the [[Bartram Botanic Garden and Nursery]], vicinity of Philadelphia, PA (1987: 1:277)<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>
 
:“There were several other [[hermitage]]s, constructed in different forms; but the '''Grottoes''' and [[Hermitage]]s were not yet completed, and some space of time will be necessary to give them that highly romantic air which they are capable of attaining.”
 
:“There were several other [[hermitage]]s, constructed in different forms; but the '''Grottoes''' and [[Hermitage]]s were not yet completed, and some space of time will be necessary to give them that highly romantic air which they are capable of attaining.”
  
  
* G., L., June 15, 1788, describing [[The Woodlands]], seat of [[William Hamilton]], near Philadelphia, Pa. (Madsen 1988: B2) <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>
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* G., L., June 15, 1788, describing [[The Woodlands]], seat of [[William Hamilton]], near Philadelphia, PA (Madsen 1988: B2)<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>
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:“. . . a little further on, you come to a charming spring, some part of the ground is hollowed out where [[William Hamilton|Mr Hamilton]] is going to form a '''grotto''', he has already collected some shells.”
  
:“a little further on, you come to a charming spring, some part of the ground is hollowed out where Mr Hamilton is going to form a '''grotto''', he has already collected some shells.”
 
  
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[[File:1839.jpg|thumb|Fig. 5, Thomas Medland, “Grotto,” the gardens of George Greenville Nugent Temple, England, in ''Stowe: A Description of the House and Garden'' (1797), opp. 25.]]
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* Anonymous, 1797, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337)<ref name="O’Neal 1976"></ref>
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:“[The '''Grotto''' has] trees which stretch across the water, together with those which back it, and others which hang over the cavern, form[ing] a scene singularly perfect in its kind. . . In the upper [end] is placed a fine marble [[statue]] of VENUS rising from her [[bath]], and from this the water falls into the lower [[basin|bason]].” [Fig. 5]
  
* Anonymous, 1797, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337)<ref name="O'Neal 1976"></ref>
 
  
[[File:1839.jpg|thumb|200px|Fig. 5, Thomas Medland, "Grotto," the gardens of George Greenville Nugent Temple, England, in ''Stowe: A Description of the House and Garden'' (1797), opp. p. 25.]]
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*Wailes, Benjamin L. C., December 29, 1829, describing [[Lemon Hill]], estate of [[Henry Pratt]], Philadelphia, PA (quoted in Moore 1954: 359) <ref name="Moore 1954">John Hebron Moore, “A View of Philadelphia in 1829: Selections from the Journal of B. L. C. Wailes of Natchez,” ''Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography'' 78 (July 1954): 353–60, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/Z9IBV7A4/ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“But the most enchanting [[prospect]] is towards the grand pleasure [[grove]] & [[greenhouse|green house]] of a [[Henry Pratt|Mr. Prat[t]]], a gentleman of fortune, and to this we next proceeded by a circutous [''sic''] rout, passing in view of the fish ponds, [[bower]]s, [[rustic style|rustic]] retreats, [[summerhouse|summer houses]], [[fountain]]s, '''grotto''', &c., &c. The '''grotto''' is dug in a bank [and] is of a circular form, the side built up of rock and arched over head, and a number of Shells [?]. A dog of natural size carved out of marble sits just within the entrance, the guardian of the place. A narrow aperture lined with a [[hedge]] of [[arbor]] vitae leads to it. Next is a round fish [[pond]] with a small [[fountain]] playing in the [[pond]].”
  
:“[The '''Grotto''' has] trees which stretch across the water, together with those which back it, and others which hang over the cavern, form[ing] a scene singularly perfect in its kind. . . . In the upper [end] is placed a fine marble statue of VENUS rising from her [[bath]], and from this the water falls into the lower [[basin|bason]].” [Fig. 5]
 
  
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*Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1833, in an address to the Horticultural Society of Maryland, describing the flower hall of the First Annual Exhibition (1833: 6)<ref>John Pendleton Kennedy, ''Address Delivered before the Horticultural Society of Maryland at Its First Annual Exhibition, June 12, 1833'' (Baltimore, MD: John D. Toy, 1833), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RK9Q8MT2 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“. . . this hall has been transmuted into a charmed '''grotto''', where one might fancy some unearthly enchanter had wrought his spell to delight the senses with all the riches of shape, hue and fragrance.”
  
* [[Benjamin L. C. Wailes|Wailes, Benjamin L. C.]], December 29, 1829, describing [[Lemon Hill]], estate of [[Henry Pratt]], Philadelphia, Pa. (quoted in Moore 1954: 359) <ref name="Moore 1954">John Hebron Moore, "A View of Philadelphia in 1829: Selections from the Journal of B.L.C. Wailes of Natchez", ''Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography'', 78 (July 1954): 353–60, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/Z9IBV7A4/ view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
:“But the most enchanting prospect is towards the grand pleasure [[grove]] & [[greenhouse|green house]] of a [[Henry Pratt|Mr. Prat[t]]], a gentleman of fortune, and to this we next proceeded by a circutous [''sic''] rout, passing in view of the fish ponds, [[bower]]s, [[rustic]] retreats, [[summerhouse|summer houses]], [[fountain]]s, '''grotto''', &c., &c. The '''grotto''' is dug in a bank [and] is of a circular form, the side built up of rock and arched over head, and a number of Shells [?]. A dog of natural size carved out of marble sits just within the entrance, the guardian of the place. A narrow aperture lined with a [[hedge]] of [[arbor]] vitae leads to it. Next is a round fish [[pond]] with a small [[fountain]] playing in the [[pond]].”
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*Martineau, Harriet, May 4, 1835, describing New Orleans, LA (1838: 1:274)<ref>Harriet Martineau, ''Retrospect of Western Travel'', 2 vols. (London: Saunders and Otley, 1838), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/H2BW5FRU view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“All the rest [of the villas] were an entertainment to the eye as they stood, white and cool, amid their flowering magnolias, and their blossoming [[alley]]s, [[hedge]]s, and [[thicket]]s of roses. In returning [from the battle-ground], we alighted at one of these delicious retreats, and wandered about, losing each other among the thorns, the ceringas, and the [[wilderness]] of shrubs. We met in a '''grotto''', under the [[summerhouse|summer-house]], cool with a greenish light, and veiled at its entrance with a tracery of creepers. There we lingered, amid singing or silent dreaming. There seemed to be too little that was real about the place for ordinary voices to be heard speaking about ordinary things.”
  
  
* [[John Pendleton Kennedy|Kennedy, John Pendleton]], 1833, in an address to the Horticultural Society of Maryland, describing the flower hall of the First Annual Exhibition (p. 6) <ref>John Pendleton Kennedy, Address Delivered before the Horticultural Society of Maryland at Its First Annual Exhibition, June 12, 1833 (Baltimore, Md.: John D. Toy, 1833), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RK9Q8MT2 view on Zotero].</ref>
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* Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason), September 1840, 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. 10 (October 1840): 361–66, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QQC7WWZB view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“Continuing through the winding [[walk]]s, shady [[bower]]s, and umbrageous retreats, through which [[rustic style|rustic]] [[seat]]s were placed, we arrived at the shell '''grotto'''. This is an ingenious piece of work, finely executed under the direction of Mr. Arnold. The roof is supported by [[column]]s of rough trunks of trees, the outer part of the roof thatched, and the ceiling elegantly inlaid with shells, quartz, &c. A [[rustic style|rustic]] sofa and table are the only articles in the interior. So secluded is this '''grotto''', that the robin has built its nest and reared its young in some of the niches left for that purpose.”
  
:“this hall has been transmuted into a charmed '''grotto''', where one might fancy some unearthly enchanter had wrought his spell to delight the senses with all the riches of shape, hue and fragrance.”
 
  
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* [[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius)]], 1850, describing [[Lemon Hill]], estate of [[Henry Pratt]], Philadelphia, PA (1850: 331)<ref>J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening'', new ed. (London: Longman et al., 1850), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/W8EQFZUG view on Zotero].</ref>
  
* [[Harriet Martineau|Martineau, Harriet]], May 4, 1835, describing New Orleans, La. (1838: 1:274) <ref>Harriet Martineau, ''Retrospect of Western Travel'', 2 vols. (London: Saunders and Otley, 1838), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/H2BW5FRU view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“850. ''[[Lemon Hill]], near Philadelphia''. . . [Downing observes:] '. . . An extensive range of [[hothouse]]s, curious '''grottoes''' and spring-houses, as well as every other [[gardenesque]] structure, gave variety and interest to this celebrated spot, which we regret the rapidly extending trees, and the mania for improvement there, as in some of our other cities, have now nearly destroyed and obliterated.' (''Downing’s Landscape Gardening adapted to North America.'')”
  
:“All the rest [of the villas] were an entertainment to the eye as they stood, white and cool, amid their flowering magnolias, and their blossoming [[alley]]s, [[hedge]]s, and [[thicket]]s of roses. In returning [from the battle-ground], we alighted at one of these delicious retreats, and wandered about, losing each other among the thorns, the ceringas, and the [[wilderness]] of shrubs. We met in a '''grotto''', under the [[summerhouse|summer-house]], cool with a greenish light, and veiled at its entrance with a tracery of creepers. There we lingered, amid singing or silent dreaming. There seemed to be too little that was real about the place for ordinary voices to be heard speaking about ordinary things.”
 
  
  
* [[C. M. Hovey|Hovey, C. M.]], September 1840, describing the estate of James Arnold, New Bedford, Mass. (''Magazine of Horticulture'' 6: 364) <ref>Charles Mason Hovey, "Notes on Gardens and Gardening, in New Bedford, Mass.," ''The Magazine of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and Improvements in Rural Affairs'' 6, no. 10 (October 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]] [[seat]]s were placed, we arrived at the shell '''grotto'''. This is an ingenious piece of work, finely executed under the direction of Mr. Arnold. The roof is supported by [[column]]s of rough trunks of trees, the outer part of the roof thatched, and the ceiling elegantly inlaid with shells, quartz, &c. A [[rustic]] sofa and table are the only articles in the interior. So secluded is this grotto, that the robin has built its nest and reared its young in some of the niches left for that purpose.”
 
 
 
* [[J. C. Loudon|Loudon, J. C.]], 1850, describing [[Lemon Hill]], estate of [[Henry Pratt]], Philadelphia, Pa. (p. 331) <ref>J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening, new ed., corr. and improved'' (London: Longman et al., 1850), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/W8EQFZUG view on Zotero].</ref>
 
 
:“850. ''[[Lemon Hill]], near Philadelphia''. . . . [Downing observes:] ‘. . . An extensive range of [[hothouse]]s, curious '''grottoes''' and spring-houses, as well as every other [[gardenesque]] structure, gave variety and interest to this celebrated spot, which we regret the rapidly extending trees, and the mania for improvement there, as in some of our other cities, have now nearly destroyed and obliterated.’ (''Downing’s Landscape Gardening adapted to North America.'')”
 
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===Citations===
 
===Citations===
 
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* [[Ephraim Chambers|Chambers, Ephraim]], 1741, ''Cyclopaedia'' (1741: 1:n.p.)<ref>Ephraim Chambers, ''Cyclopaedia, or An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. . . .'', 5th ed., 2 vols. (London: D. Midwinter: 1741–43), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/PTXK378N view on Zotero].</ref>
* [[Ephraim Chambers|Chambers, Ephraim]], 1741–43, ''Cyclopaedia'' (1:n.p.) <ref>Ephraim Chambers, ''Cyclopaedia, or An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. . . .'', 5th edn, 2 vols. (London: D. Midwinter et al, 1741-43), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/PTXK378N view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“'''GROTTO*''', or GROTTA, in natural history, a large deep cavern or den in a mountain or rock. . .
 
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:“'''GROTTO''', is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural '''''grotto'''''. The outsides of these '''''grotto’s''''' are usually adorned with [[rustic style|rustic]] architecture, and their inside with shell-work, furnished like-wise with various [[jet|jet-d'eaus]], or [[fountain]]s, ''&c''.
:“'''GROTTO*''', or GROTTA, in natural history, a large deep cavern or den in a mountain or rock. . . .
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:“The '''''grotto''''' at Versailles is an excellent piece of building.—Solomon de Caux has an express treatise of '''''grotto’s''''' and [[fountain]]s.
:“'''GROTTO''', is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural '''''grotto'''''. The outsides of these '''''grotto’s''''' are usually adorned with [[rustic]] architecture, and their inside with shell-work, furnished like-wise with various [[jet|jet-d’eaus]], or [[fountain]]s, ''&c''.
 
:“The grotto at Versailles is an excellent piece of building.—Solomon de Caux has an express treatise of grotto’s and [[fountain]]s.
 
 
:“* The word is Italian, '''''grotta''''', formed according to Menage, and ''&c''. from the Latin crypta: du Cange observes, that '''''grotta''''' was used in the same sense in the corrupt Latin.”
 
:“* The word is Italian, '''''grotta''''', formed according to Menage, and ''&c''. from the Latin crypta: du Cange observes, that '''''grotta''''' was used in the same sense in the corrupt Latin.”
  
  
* Anonymous, 1752, ''South Carolina Gazette'' (quoted in Lounsbury 1994: 62) <ref>Carl R. Lounsbury, ed., ''An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape'' (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/UK5TCUQQ view on Zotero].</ref>
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* Anonymous, 1752, ''South Carolina Gazette'' (quoted in Lounsbury, ed., 1994: 62)<ref>Carl R. Lounsbury, ed., ''An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape'' (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/UK5TCUQQ view on Zotero].</ref>
 
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:“To Gentlemen. . . as have a taste in pleasure. . . gardens. . . may depend on having them laid out, leveled, and drained in the most compleat manner, and politest taste, by the subscriber; who perfectly understands. . . erecting water works. . . [[fountain]]s, [[cascade]]s, '''grottos'''.”
:“To Gentlemen . . . as have a taste in pleasure . . . gardens . . . may depend on having them laid out, leveled, and drained in the most compleat manner, and politest taste, by the subscriber; who perfectly understands . . . erecting water works . . . [[fountain]]s, [[cascade]]s, '''grottos'''.”
 
  
  
* [[Samuel Johnson|Johnson, Samuel]], 1755, ''A Dictionary of the English Language'' (1:n.p.) <ref>Samuel Johnson, ''A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words Are Deduced from the Originals and Illustrated in the Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers'', 2 vols. (London: W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/GE2JPJR3 view on Zotero].</ref>
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*Johnson, Samuel, 1755, ''A Dictionary of the English Language'' (1755: 1:n.p.)<ref>Samuel Johnson, ''A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words Are Deduced from the Originals and Illustrated in the Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers'', 2 vols. (London: W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/GE2JPJR3 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“'''GRO'TTO'''. ''n.s.'' [''grotte'', French, ''grotta'', Italian.] A cavern or cave made for coolness. It is not used properly of a dark horrid cavern.”
  
:“'''GRO’TTO'''. ''n.s.'' [''grotte'', French, ''grotta'', Italian.] A cavern or cave made for coolness. It is not used properly of a dark horrid cavern.”
 
  
 
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*Heely, Joseph, 1777, ''Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes'' (1777; repr., 1982: 1:55–58)<ref>Joseph Heely, ''Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes'', 2 vols. (1777; repr., New York: Garland, 1982), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/8TQBQAI4 view on Zotero].</ref>
* [[Joseph Heely|Heely, Joseph]], 1777, ''Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes'' ([1777] 1982:1:55–58) <ref>Joseph Heely, ''Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes'', 2 vols. (New York: Garland, 1982), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/8TQBQAI4 view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“Beauty in gardening, as I observed before, does not consist in perfect symmetry, as in architecture; it is composed, and ever delights, in a sympathizing irregularity. . .
 
 
:“Beauty in gardening, as I observed before, does not consist in perfect symmetry, as in architecture; it is composed, and ever delights, in a sympathizing irregularity. . . .
 
 
:“This is the grand chain on which the principles of modern gardening depend; and what should never be out of the eye of the designer: if one link be broken in the most insignificant object, it is of such consequence, that the whole may fall into censure, and other parts be sullied by its deformity.
 
:“This is the grand chain on which the principles of modern gardening depend; and what should never be out of the eye of the designer: if one link be broken in the most insignificant object, it is of such consequence, that the whole may fall into censure, and other parts be sullied by its deformity.
:“The artist who deviates not from these rules, will know that an [[obelisk]] best becomes a hill . . . '''gots''' [grottos, ''sic''], contemplative and retired, down in the most sombrous obscurity, near the dribbling of rills. . . .
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:“The artist who deviates not from these rules, will know that an [[obelisk]] best becomes a hill. . . '''gots''' [grottoes, ''sic''], contemplative and retired, down in the most sombrous obscurity, near the dribbling of rills. . .
 
:“You will conclude that great expences must consequently attend the performance of a gay, modern design.”
 
:“You will conclude that great expences must consequently attend the performance of a gay, modern design.”
  
  
* [[Bernard M'Mahon|M’Mahon, Bernard]], 1806, ''The American Gardener’s Calendar'' (pp. 58, 64–65) <ref>Bernard M’Mahon, ''The American Gardener’s Calendar: Adapted to the Climates and Seasons of the United States. Containing a Complete Account of All the Work Necessary to Be Done... for Every Month of the Year....'' (Philadelphia: Printed by B. Graves for the author, 1806), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/HU4JIS9C view on Zotero].</ref>
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*<div id="MMahon"></div>[[Bernard M’Mahon|M’Mahon, Bernard]], 1806, ''The American Gardener’s Calendar'' (1806: 58, 64–65)<ref>Bernard M’Mahon, ''The American Gardener’s Calendar: Adapted to the Climates and Seasons of the United States. Containing a Complete Account of All the Work Necessary to Be Done. . . for Every Month of the Year. . .'' (Philadelphia: Printed by B. Graves for the author, 1806), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/HU4JIS9C view on Zotero].</ref>
 
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:“In various parts of the [[pleasure ground|pleasure-ground]], leave recesses and other places surrounded with [[clump]]s of trees and [[shrub]]s, for the erection of garden edifices, such as [[temple]]s, ''grottos'', rural [[seat]]s, [[statue]]s, &c. . .
:“In various parts of the [[pleasure ground|pleasure-ground]], leave recesses and other places surrounded with clumps of trees and shrubs, for the erection of garden edifices, such as [[temple]]s, ''grottos'', rural [[seat]]s, [[statue]]s, &c. . . .
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:“In some spacious [[pleasure ground|pleasure-grounds]] various light ornamental buildings and erections are introduced, as ornaments to particular departments; such as [[temple]]s, [[bower]]s, banquetting houses, [[alcove]]s, '''grottos''', rural [[seat]]s, cottages, [[fountain]]s, [[obelisk]]s, [[statue]]s, and other edifices; these and the like are usually erected in the different parts, in openings between the divisions of the ground, and contiguous to the terminations of grand [[walk]]s, &c. . .
:“In some spacious [[pleasure ground|pleasure-grounds]] various light ornamental buildings and erections are introduced, as ornaments to particular departments; such as [[temple]]s, [[bower]]s, banquetting houses, [[alcove]]s, '''grottos''', rural [[seat]]s, cottages, [[fountain]]s, [[obelisk]]s, [[statue]]s, and other edifices; these and the like are usually erected in the different parts, in openings between the divisions of the ground, and contiguous to the terminations of grand [[walk]]s, &c. . . .
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:“Likewise in some parts are exhibited artificial [[rockwork|rock-work]], contiguous to some '''grotto''', [[fountain]], rural piece of water, &c. and planted with a variety of saxatile plants, or such as grow naturally on rocks and mountains.” [[#MMahon_cite|back up to History]]
:“Likewise in some parts are exhibited artificial [[rockwork|rock-work]], contiguous to some '''grotto''', [[fountain]], rural piece of water, &c. and planted with a variety of saxatile plants, or such as grow naturally on rocks and mountains.”
 
 
 
 
 
* [[George Gregor|Gregory, G.]], 1816, ''A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences'' (2:n.p.) <ref>G. Gregory, ''A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences'', 3 vols. (Philadelphia: Isaac Peirce, 1816), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/2H8KAZ5E view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
:“'''GROTTO''' is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural '''grotto'''. The outside of these '''grottos''' are usually adorned with [[rustic]] architecture, and their inside with shell-work, fossils, &c. finished likewise with [[jet|jets-d’eau]] or [[fountain]]s, &c. A cement for artificial '''grottos''' may be made thus: Take two parts of white rosin, melt it clear, and add to it four parts of bees’-wax; when melted together, add two or three parts of the powder of the stone you design to cement, or so much as will give the cement the colour of the stone. With this cement, the stone, shells, &c. after being well dried before the fire, may be cemented. Artificial red coral branches, for the embellishment of '''grottos''', may be made in the following manner: Take clear rosin, dissolve it in a brass-pan, to every ounce of which add two drams of the finest vermilion; when you have stirred them well together, and have chosen your twigs and branches, peeled and dried, take a pencil and paint the branches all over whilst the composition is warm; afterwards shape them in imitation of natural coral. This done, hold the branches over a gentle coal-fire, till all is smooth and even as if polished. In the same manner white coral may be prepared with white lead, and black coral with lamp-black. A '''grotto''' may be built with little expense, of glass, cinders, pebbles, pieces of large flint, shells, moss, stones, counterfeit coral, pieces of chalk, &c. all bound or cemented together with the above-described cement.”
 
  
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*<div id="Gregory"></div>[[G. (George) Gregory|Gregory, G. (George)]], 1816, ''A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences'' (1816: 2:n.p.),<ref>George Gregory, ''A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences'', 1st American ed., 3 vols. (Philadelphia: Isaac Peirce, 1816), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/2H8KAZ5E view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“'''GROTTO''' is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural '''grotto'''. The outside of these '''grottos''' are usually adorned with [[rustic style|rustic]] architecture, and their inside with shell-work, fossils, &c. finished likewise with [[jet|jets-d'eau]] or [[fountain]]s, &c. A cement for artificial '''grottos''' may be made thus: Take two parts of white rosin, melt it clear, and add to it four parts of bees'-wax; when melted together, add two or three parts of the powder of the stone you design to cement, or so much as will give the cement the colour of the stone. With this cement, the stone, shells, &c. after being well dried before the fire, may be cemented. Artificial red coral branches, for the embellishment of '''grottos''', may be made in the following manner: Take clear rosin, dissolve it in a brass-pan, to every ounce of which add two drams of the finest vermilion; when you have stirred them well together, and have chosen your twigs and branches, peeled and dried, take a pencil and paint the branches all over whilst the composition is warm; afterwards shape them in imitation of natural coral. This done, hold the branches over a gentle coal-fire, till all is smooth and even as if polished. In the same manner white coral may be prepared with white lead, and black coral with lamp-black. A '''grotto''' may be built with little expense, of glass, cinders, pebbles, pieces of large flint, shells, moss, stones, counterfeit coral, pieces of chalk, &c. all bound or cemented together with the above-described cement.” [[#Gregory_cite|back up to History]]
  
* [[J. C. Loudon|Loudon, J. C.]], 1826, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (p. 356) <ref name="Loudon 1826">J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening'', 4th edn. (London: Longman et al, 1826), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KNKTCA4W view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
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* [[J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon|Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius)]], 1826, ''An Encyclopaedia of Gardening'' (1826: 356) <ref name="Loudon 1826">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>
 
:“1815. '''''Grottoes''''' are resting-places in recluse situations, rudely covered externally, and within finished with shells, corals, spars, crystallisations, and other marine and mineral productions, according to fancy. To add to the effect, pieces of looking-glass are inserted in different places and positions.”
 
:“1815. '''''Grottoes''''' are resting-places in recluse situations, rudely covered externally, and within finished with shells, corals, spars, crystallisations, and other marine and mineral productions, according to fancy. To add to the effect, pieces of looking-glass are inserted in different places and positions.”
  
  
* [[Noah Webster|Webster, Noah]], 1828, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'' (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>
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* [[Noah Webster|Webster, Noah]], 1828, ''An American Dictionary of the English Language'' (1828: 1: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/R6R883RR view on Zotero].</ref>
 
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:“GROT, '''GROT'TO''', ''n.'' [Fr. ''grotte'', It. ''grotta'', Sp. and Port. ''gruta''; G. and Dan. ''grotte''; D. ''grot''; Sax. ''grut.'' ''Grotta'' is not used.]
:“GROT, '''GROT’TO''', ''n.'' [Fr. ''grotte'', It. ''grotta'', Sp. and Port. ''gruta''; G. and Dan. ''grotte''; D. ''grot''; Sax. ''grut.'' ''Grotta'' is not used.]
 
 
:“1. A large cave or den; a subterraneous cavern, and primarily, a natural cave or rent in the earth, or such as is formed by a current of water, or an earthquake. ''Pope. Prior. Dryden.''
 
:“1. A large cave or den; a subterraneous cavern, and primarily, a natural cave or rent in the earth, or such as is formed by a current of water, or an earthquake. ''Pope. Prior. Dryden.''
 
:“2. A cave for coolness and refreshment.”
 
:“2. A cave for coolness and refreshment.”
  
  
* [[Jane Loudon|Loudon, Jane]], 1845, ''Gardening for Ladies'' (p. 239) <ref>Jane Loudon, ''Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden'', ed. by A. J. Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3Q5GCH4I/ view on Zotero].</ref>
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* [[Jane Loudon|Loudon, Jane]], 1845, ''Gardening for Ladies'' (1845: 239)<ref>Jane Loudon, ''Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden'', ed. A. J. Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/3Q5GCH4I/ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“'''GROTTOES''' are covered [[seat]]s, or small cells or caves, with the sides and roof constructed of [[rockwork]], or of brick or stone, covered internally with spar or other curious stones, and sometimes ornamented with marine productions, such as corals, madrepores, or shells. A kind of '''grotto''' is also constructed of roots ornamented with moss. Perhaps the most generally effective '''grotto''' is one formed with blocks of stone, without ornaments either externally or internally, with the floor paved with pebbles, and with a large long stone, or a wooden bench painted to imitate stone, as a [[seat]]. The roof should be rendered waterproof by means of cement, and covered with ivy; or a mass of earth may be heaped over it, and planted with periwinkle, ivy, or other low-growing evergreen shrubs, which may be trained to hang down over the mouth of the '''grotto'''. In some cases it answers to cover '''grottoes''' with turf, so that when seen from behind they appear like a knoll of earth, and in front like the entrance into a natural cave. As '''grottoes''' are generally damp at most seasons of the year, they are more objects of ornament or curiousity than useful as seats or places of repose. One of the finest '''grottoes''' in England is that at Pain’s Hill, formed of blocks of stone, with stalactite incrustations hanging from the roof, and a small stream running across the floor. Pope’s '''grotto''' at Twickenham, the '''grotto''' at Weybridge, and that at Wimbourne St Giles, which last cost 10,000l., are also celebrated. A [[fountain]] or gushing stream is a very appropriate ornament to a '''grotto'''; though, where practicable, it is better in an adjoining cave, when a person sitting in the '''grotto''' can hear the murmur of the water, and see the light reflected on it at a distance, than in the '''grotto''' itself.”
  
:“'''GROTTOES''' are covered [[seat]]s, or small cells or caves, with the sides and roof constructed of [[rockwork]], or of brick or stone, covered internally with spar or other curious stones, and sometimes ornamented with marine productions, such as corals, madrepores, or shells. A kind of '''grotto''' is also constructed of roots ornamented with moss. Perhaps the most generally effective '''grotto''' is one formed with blocks of stone, without ornaments either externally or internally, with the floor paved with pebbles, and with a large long stone, or a wooden bench painted to imitate stone, as a [[seat]]. The roof should be rendered waterproof by means of cement, and covered with ivy; or a mass of earth may be heaped over it, and planted with periwinkle, ivy, or other low-growing evergreen shrubs, which may be trained to hang down over the mouth of the '''grotto'''. In some cases it answers to cover '''grottoes''' with turf, so that when seen from behind they appear like a knoll of earth, and in front like the entrance into a natural cave. As '''grottoes''' are generally damp at most seasons of the year, they are more objects of ornament or curiousity than useful as seats or places of repose. One of the finest '''grottoes''' in England is that at Pain’s Hill, formed of blocks of stone, with stalactite incrustations hanging from the roof, and a small stream running across the floor. Pope’s '''grotto''' at Twickenham, the '''grotto''' at Weybridge, and that at Wimbourne St Giles, which last cost 10,000l., are also celebrated. A fountain or gushing stream is a very appropriate ornament to a '''grotto'''; though, where practicable, it is better in an adjoining cave, when a person sitting in the '''grotto''' can hear the murmur of the water, and see the light reflected on it at a distance, than in the '''grotto''' itself.”
 
  
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*Johnson, George William, 1847, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (1847: 276)<ref>George William Johnson, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'', ed. David Landreth (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/D6PQSNAN/ view on Zotero].</ref>
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:“'''GROTTO''', is a resting place, formed rudely of [[rockwork|rock-work]], roots of trees, and shells, and is most appropriately placed beneath the deep shade of [[woods]], and on the margin of water. Its intention is to be a cool retreat during summer.”
  
* [[George William Johnson|Johnson, George William]], 1847, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'' (p. 276) <ref>George William Johnson, ''A Dictionary of Modern Gardening'', ed. by David Landreth (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/D6PQSNAN/ view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
:“'''GROTTO''', is a resting place, formed rudely of [[rock-work]], roots of trees, and shells, and is most appropriately placed beneath the deep shade of woods, and on the margin of water. Its intention is to be a cool retreat during summer.”
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*Tuthill, Louisa C. (Louisa Caroline), 1848, ''History of Architecture'' (1848: 394)<ref>Louisa C. Tuthill, ''History of Architecture, from the Earliest Times. . .'' (Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1848), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/4ACTS7DK view on Zotero].</ref>
 
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:“'''Grotto'''. An artificial cave.”
 
 
* [[Louisa C. Tuthill|Tuthill, Louisa C.]], 1848, ''History of Architecture'' ([1848] 1988: 394) <ref>Louisa C. Tuthill, ''History of Architecture, from the Earliest Times; Its Present Condition in Europe and the United States; with a Biography of Eminent Architects, and a Glossary of Architectural Terms, by Mrs. L. C. Tuthill'' (Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1988), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/4ACTS7DK view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
:“'''Grotto'''. An artificial cave.”
 
  
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* [[A. J. Downing|Downing, A. J.]], 1849, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening'' (p. 473) <ref> A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Downing, ''A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America; with a View to the Improvement of Country Residences. Comprising Historical Notices and General Principles of the Art, Directions for Laying out Grounds and Arranging Plantations, the Description and Cultivation of Hardy Trees, Decorative Accompaniments to the House and Grounds, the Formation of Pieces of Artificial Water, Flower Gardens, Etc.: With Remarks on Rural Architecture'', 4th edn. (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1849), [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/5M4S2D64 view on Zotero].</ref>
 
  
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Latest revision as of 16:49, 29 March 2021

History

Fig. 1, J. C. Loudon, A grotto scene from Monza, Italy, in An Encyclopædia of Gardening (1834), 36, fig. 20.

The term grotto was applied to a cave or cavern made by hollowing out the ground, as at The Woodlands, or digging into a bank or hillside, as at Lemon Hill and Monticello. While some grottoes were formed out of a naturally occurring cavity or depression—as in the case of the grotto at Belfield—they could also be created artificially, complete with contiguous artificial rockwork [Fig. 1] or constructed simply as a stone summerhouse. They could also be made from a combination of natural and artificial elements. In 1771, for example, Thomas Jefferson described building up a natural cave with rock or clay, then covering it with moss or thatch (view text).

Fig. 2, Anonymous, The Grotto, Andalusia, 1830–40. Photograph by Jack. E. Boucher.

A general characteristic of the grotto was its ornamentation or embellishment with shells, rocks, and bits of glass or, as Richard Stockton wrote in 1767, curious “antiquities.” His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, planned her shell grotto at Morven, near Princeton, as a museum for the display of such ancient relics. Not only did Stockton visit Alexander Pope’s garden in Twickenham, near London, which was well known for its extensive shell-covered interior, but he also collected several souvenirs, including a piece of Roman brick from Dover Castle, a piece of wood from the King’s Coronation chair, and other curiosities for this grotto.[1]

Fig. 3, Anonymous, “Grotto with Umbrella Tent over,” Cheshunt Cottage, in The Gardener’s Magazine 15, no. 117 (December 1839): 654, fig. 164.

In his dictionary, G. (George) Gregory repeats Ephraim Chambers’s definition of the grotto as an ornamented cave, adding the recipe for cement that would secure the placement of shells, fossils, crystalline minerals, and curious stones (view text). This recipe also would render the grotto waterproof. Water was a key element in the creation of the grotto, whether it ran through the grotto as a stream or was available from a nearby spring. Accounts document that the sound and dampness of water were essential to the experience of the grotto.

Grottoes were sited at the termination of walks, as recommended by Bernard M’Mahon (view text), or in secluded parts of the garden as were the grottoes at Economy and Andalusia, Pennsylvania. [Fig. 2]. They were sometimes built under another structure such as a summerhouse or a glasshouse—as at Belfield—or as an enhancement to a spring or ice house [Fig. 3]. The reports of visitors echo the experience of an enchanted, unearthly ambience in the grotto, invoking its association with the underworld and fantasy. The grotto’s “veiled entrance with tracery of creepers,” and its interior “cool with greenish-light,” suggested links to the mythological tradition of an underworld deriving from classical precedents or caves as sites for mysteries and transformations.[2]

Therese O’Malley


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  • Stockton, Richard, July 1767, in a letter to Annis Boudinot Stockton, describing England (quoted in Greiff 1989: 1:38) [3]
“England is not the place for curious shells, therefore you must not expect much by me in that way; but I shall bring you a piece of Roman brick, which I knocked off the top of Dover Castle, which is said to have been built before the death of Christ. I have also got for your collection a piece of wood, which I cut off the effigy of Archbishop Peckham, buried in the Cathedral of Canterbury more than five hundred years ago; likewise a piece from the king’s coronation chair, and several other things, which merely as antiquities, may deserve a place in your grotto.
“I have dined with Mr. Neat several times. Miss Neat is exceedingly obliged for the shells you sent her. She has made some curious flowers out of them. She and her mamma are both engaged to find out for me the best cement for sticking shells in the large way, which I know will be needful for you when you begin your grotto. You see I do not omit attending to your commands. I told you in my last that I intended a visit to Twickenham, to see Mr. Pope’s house, gardens, and grotto, for you direction. This I shall execute if it please God.”


“. . . the ground above the spring being very steep, dig into the hill and form a cave or grotto. build up the sides and arch with stiff clay. cover this with moss. spangle it with translucent pebbles from Hanovertown, and beautiful shells from the shore at Burwell’s ferry. pave the floor with pebbles. let the spring enter at a corner of the grotto, pretty high up the side, and trickle down, or fall by a spout into a basin, from which it may pass off through the grotto. the figure will be better placed in this. form a couch of moss. the English inscription will then be proper.
Nymph of the grot, these sacred springs I keep,
And to the murmur of these waters sleep;
Ah! spare my slumbers! gently tread the cave!
And drink in silence, or in silence lave!”
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  • Quincy, Josiah, May 3, 1773, describing the country seat of John Dickinsen, near Philadelphia, PA (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
“This worthy and arch-politician, (for such he is though his views and disposition lead him to refuse the latter appellation) here enjoys otium cum dignitate as much as any man. Take into consideration the antique look of his house, his gardens, green-house, bathing-house, grotto, study, fish-pond, fields, meadows, vista, through which is distant prospect of Delaware River.”


Fig. 4, B. Seeley, "Grotto,” the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Nugent Temple, England, in Stowe: A Description of the Magnificent House and Gardens (1766), pl. VI.
  • Anonymous, 1783, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337) [5]
“[The grotto] stands at the Head of the Serpentine River, and on each side a Pavilion, the one ornamented with Shells, the other with Pebbles and Flints broke to Pieces. The Grotto is furnished with a great number of Looking-glasses both on the Walls and Ceiling, all in Frames of Plaster-work, set with Shells and Flints. A Marble Statue of Venus, on a Pedestal stuck with the same.” [Fig. 4]


  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1786, “Memorandums Made on a Tour to Some of the Gardens in England” (quoted in Hunt and Willis, eds., 1975: 333)[6]
Twickenham. . . the grotto is under the street, and goes out level to the water. . .
Paynshill. . . well described by Whateley. Grotto said to have cost 7000.£.”


“There were several other hermitages, constructed in different forms; but the Grottoes and Hermitages were not yet completed, and some space of time will be necessary to give them that highly romantic air which they are capable of attaining.”


“. . . a little further on, you come to a charming spring, some part of the ground is hollowed out where Mr Hamilton is going to form a grotto, he has already collected some shells.”


Fig. 5, Thomas Medland, “Grotto,” the gardens of George Greenville Nugent Temple, England, in Stowe: A Description of the House and Garden (1797), opp. 25.
  • Anonymous, 1797, describing the gardens at Stowe, estate of George Grenville Nugent Temple, England (quoted in O’Neal 1976: 337)[5]
“[The Grotto has] trees which stretch across the water, together with those which back it, and others which hang over the cavern, form[ing] a scene singularly perfect in its kind. . . In the upper [end] is placed a fine marble statue of VENUS rising from her bath, and from this the water falls into the lower bason.” [Fig. 5]


  • Wailes, Benjamin L. C., December 29, 1829, describing Lemon Hill, estate of Henry Pratt, Philadelphia, PA (quoted in Moore 1954: 359) [9]
“But the most enchanting prospect is towards the grand pleasure grove & green house of a Mr. Prat[t], a gentleman of fortune, and to this we next proceeded by a circutous [sic] rout, passing in view of the fish ponds, bowers, rustic retreats, summer houses, fountains, grotto, &c., &c. The grotto is dug in a bank [and] is of a circular form, the side built up of rock and arched over head, and a number of Shells [?]. A dog of natural size carved out of marble sits just within the entrance, the guardian of the place. A narrow aperture lined with a hedge of arbor vitae leads to it. Next is a round fish pond with a small fountain playing in the pond.”


  • Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1833, in an address to the Horticultural Society of Maryland, describing the flower hall of the First Annual Exhibition (1833: 6)[10]
“. . . this hall has been transmuted into a charmed grotto, where one might fancy some unearthly enchanter had wrought his spell to delight the senses with all the riches of shape, hue and fragrance.”


  • Martineau, Harriet, May 4, 1835, describing New Orleans, LA (1838: 1:274)[11]
“All the rest [of the villas] were an entertainment to the eye as they stood, white and cool, amid their flowering magnolias, and their blossoming alleys, hedges, and thickets of roses. In returning [from the battle-ground], we alighted at one of these delicious retreats, and wandered about, losing each other among the thorns, the ceringas, and the wilderness of shrubs. We met in a grotto, under the summer-house, cool with a greenish light, and veiled at its entrance with a tracery of creepers. There we lingered, amid singing or silent dreaming. There seemed to be too little that was real about the place for ordinary voices to be heard speaking about ordinary things.”


  • Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason), September 1840, describing the estate of James Arnold, New Bedford, MA (Magazine of Horticulture 6: 364)[12]
“Continuing through the winding walks, shady bowers, and umbrageous retreats, through which rustic seats were placed, we arrived at the shell grotto. This is an ingenious piece of work, finely executed under the direction of Mr. Arnold. The roof is supported by columns of rough trunks of trees, the outer part of the roof thatched, and the ceiling elegantly inlaid with shells, quartz, &c. A rustic sofa and table are the only articles in the interior. So secluded is this grotto, that the robin has built its nest and reared its young in some of the niches left for that purpose.”


“850. Lemon Hill, near Philadelphia. . . [Downing observes:] '. . . An extensive range of hothouses, curious grottoes and spring-houses, as well as every other gardenesque structure, gave variety and interest to this celebrated spot, which we regret the rapidly extending trees, and the mania for improvement there, as in some of our other cities, have now nearly destroyed and obliterated.' (Downing’s Landscape Gardening adapted to North America.)”


Citations

GROTTO*, or GROTTA, in natural history, a large deep cavern or den in a mountain or rock. . .
GROTTO, is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural grotto. The outsides of these grotto’s are usually adorned with rustic architecture, and their inside with shell-work, furnished like-wise with various jet-d'eaus, or fountains, &c.
“The grotto at Versailles is an excellent piece of building.—Solomon de Caux has an express treatise of grotto’s and fountains.
“* The word is Italian, grotta, formed according to Menage, and &c. from the Latin crypta: du Cange observes, that grotta was used in the same sense in the corrupt Latin.”


  • Anonymous, 1752, South Carolina Gazette (quoted in Lounsbury, ed., 1994: 62)[15]
“To Gentlemen. . . as have a taste in pleasure. . . gardens. . . may depend on having them laid out, leveled, and drained in the most compleat manner, and politest taste, by the subscriber; who perfectly understands. . . erecting water works. . . fountains, cascades, grottos.”


  • Johnson, Samuel, 1755, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755: 1:n.p.)[16]
GRO'TTO. n.s. [grotte, French, grotta, Italian.] A cavern or cave made for coolness. It is not used properly of a dark horrid cavern.”


  • Heely, Joseph, 1777, Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes (1777; repr., 1982: 1:55–58)[17]
“Beauty in gardening, as I observed before, does not consist in perfect symmetry, as in architecture; it is composed, and ever delights, in a sympathizing irregularity. . .
“This is the grand chain on which the principles of modern gardening depend; and what should never be out of the eye of the designer: if one link be broken in the most insignificant object, it is of such consequence, that the whole may fall into censure, and other parts be sullied by its deformity.
“The artist who deviates not from these rules, will know that an obelisk best becomes a hill. . . gots [grottoes, sic], contemplative and retired, down in the most sombrous obscurity, near the dribbling of rills. . .
“You will conclude that great expences must consequently attend the performance of a gay, modern design.”


“In various parts of the pleasure-ground, leave recesses and other places surrounded with clumps of trees and shrubs, for the erection of garden edifices, such as temples, grottos, rural seats, statues, &c. . .
“In some spacious pleasure-grounds various light ornamental buildings and erections are introduced, as ornaments to particular departments; such as temples, bowers, banquetting houses, alcoves, grottos, rural seats, cottages, fountains, obelisks, statues, and other edifices; these and the like are usually erected in the different parts, in openings between the divisions of the ground, and contiguous to the terminations of grand walks, &c. . .
“Likewise in some parts are exhibited artificial rock-work, contiguous to some grotto, fountain, rural piece of water, &c. and planted with a variety of saxatile plants, or such as grow naturally on rocks and mountains.” back up to History


GROTTO is also used for a little artificial edifice made in a garden, in imitation of a natural grotto. The outside of these grottos are usually adorned with rustic architecture, and their inside with shell-work, fossils, &c. finished likewise with jets-d'eau or fountains, &c. A cement for artificial grottos may be made thus: Take two parts of white rosin, melt it clear, and add to it four parts of bees'-wax; when melted together, add two or three parts of the powder of the stone you design to cement, or so much as will give the cement the colour of the stone. With this cement, the stone, shells, &c. after being well dried before the fire, may be cemented. Artificial red coral branches, for the embellishment of grottos, may be made in the following manner: Take clear rosin, dissolve it in a brass-pan, to every ounce of which add two drams of the finest vermilion; when you have stirred them well together, and have chosen your twigs and branches, peeled and dried, take a pencil and paint the branches all over whilst the composition is warm; afterwards shape them in imitation of natural coral. This done, hold the branches over a gentle coal-fire, till all is smooth and even as if polished. In the same manner white coral may be prepared with white lead, and black coral with lamp-black. A grotto may be built with little expense, of glass, cinders, pebbles, pieces of large flint, shells, moss, stones, counterfeit coral, pieces of chalk, &c. all bound or cemented together with the above-described cement.” back up to History


“1815. Grottoes are resting-places in recluse situations, rudely covered externally, and within finished with shells, corals, spars, crystallisations, and other marine and mineral productions, according to fancy. To add to the effect, pieces of looking-glass are inserted in different places and positions.”


  • Webster, Noah, 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828: 1:n.p.)[21]
“GROT, GROT'TO, n. [Fr. grotte, It. grotta, Sp. and Port. gruta; G. and Dan. grotte; D. grot; Sax. grut. Grotta is not used.]
“1. A large cave or den; a subterraneous cavern, and primarily, a natural cave or rent in the earth, or such as is formed by a current of water, or an earthquake. Pope. Prior. Dryden.
“2. A cave for coolness and refreshment.”


GROTTOES are covered seats, or small cells or caves, with the sides and roof constructed of rockwork, or of brick or stone, covered internally with spar or other curious stones, and sometimes ornamented with marine productions, such as corals, madrepores, or shells. A kind of grotto is also constructed of roots ornamented with moss. Perhaps the most generally effective grotto is one formed with blocks of stone, without ornaments either externally or internally, with the floor paved with pebbles, and with a large long stone, or a wooden bench painted to imitate stone, as a seat. The roof should be rendered waterproof by means of cement, and covered with ivy; or a mass of earth may be heaped over it, and planted with periwinkle, ivy, or other low-growing evergreen shrubs, which may be trained to hang down over the mouth of the grotto. In some cases it answers to cover grottoes with turf, so that when seen from behind they appear like a knoll of earth, and in front like the entrance into a natural cave. As grottoes are generally damp at most seasons of the year, they are more objects of ornament or curiousity than useful as seats or places of repose. One of the finest grottoes in England is that at Pain’s Hill, formed of blocks of stone, with stalactite incrustations hanging from the roof, and a small stream running across the floor. Pope’s grotto at Twickenham, the grotto at Weybridge, and that at Wimbourne St Giles, which last cost 10,000l., are also celebrated. A fountain or gushing stream is a very appropriate ornament to a grotto; though, where practicable, it is better in an adjoining cave, when a person sitting in the grotto can hear the murmur of the water, and see the light reflected on it at a distance, than in the grotto itself.”


  • Johnson, George William, 1847, A Dictionary of Modern Gardening (1847: 276)[23]
GROTTO, is a resting place, formed rudely of rock-work, roots of trees, and shells, and is most appropriately placed beneath the deep shade of woods, and on the margin of water. Its intention is to be a cool retreat during summer.”


  • Tuthill, Louisa C. (Louisa Caroline), 1848, History of Architecture (1848: 394)[24]
Grotto. An artificial cave.”


Unity of expression is the maxim and guide in this department of the art, as in every other. . .
“With regard to pavilions, 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 grotto should not be formed in the side of an open bank, but in a deep shadowy recess.”



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  1. Karen Bescherer Metheny et al., “Method in Landscape Archaeology: Research Strategies in a Historic New Jersey Garden,” in Landscape Archaeology: Reading and Interpreting the American Historical Landscape, ed. Rebecca Yamin and Karen Bescherer Metheny (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1996), 8, view on Zotero.
  2. Naomi Miller, Heavenly Caves: Reflections on the Garden Grotto (New York: G. Braziller, 1982), 11–12, view on Zotero.
  3. Constance Greiff, “Morven: A Documentary History” (Hopewell, NJ: Heritage Studies, 1989), view on Zotero.
  4. Thomas Jefferson, The Garden Book, ed. Edwin M. Betts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1944), view on Zotero.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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), view on Zotero.
  6. John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis, eds., The Genius of Place: The English Landscape Garden, 1620–1820 (London: Paul Elek, 1975), view on Zotero.
  7. William Parker Cutler, Life, Journals, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D. (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1987), view on Zotero.
  8. 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), view on Zotero.
  9. John Hebron Moore, “A View of Philadelphia in 1829: Selections from the Journal of B. L. C. Wailes of Natchez,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 78 (July 1954): 353–60, view on Zotero.
  10. John Pendleton Kennedy, Address Delivered before the Horticultural Society of Maryland at Its First Annual Exhibition, June 12, 1833 (Baltimore, MD: John D. Toy, 1833), view on Zotero.
  11. Harriet Martineau, Retrospect of Western Travel, 2 vols. (London: Saunders and Otley, 1838), view on Zotero.
  12. 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. 10 (October 1840): 361–66, view on Zotero.
  13. J. C. (John Claudius) Loudon, An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening, new ed. (London: Longman et al., 1850), view on Zotero.
  14. Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopaedia, or An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. . . ., 5th ed., 2 vols. (London: D. Midwinter: 1741–43), view on Zotero.
  15. Carl R. Lounsbury, ed., An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), view on Zotero.
  16. Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words Are Deduced from the Originals and Illustrated in the Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers, 2 vols. (London: W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755), view on Zotero.
  17. Joseph Heely, Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil, and the Leasowes, 2 vols. (1777; repr., New York: Garland, 1982), view on Zotero.
  18. Bernard M’Mahon, The American Gardener’s Calendar: Adapted to the Climates and Seasons of the United States. Containing a Complete Account of All the Work Necessary to Be Done. . . for Every Month of the Year. . . (Philadelphia: Printed by B. Graves for the author, 1806), view on Zotero.
  19. George Gregory, A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, 1st American ed., 3 vols. (Philadelphia: Isaac Peirce, 1816), view on Zotero.
  20. 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), view on Zotero.
  21. Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, 2 vols. (New York: S. Converse, 1828), view on Zotero.
  22. Jane Loudon, Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden, ed. A. J. Downing (New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845), view on Zotero.
  23. George William Johnson, A Dictionary of Modern Gardening, ed. David Landreth (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847), view on Zotero.
  24. Louisa C. Tuthill, History of Architecture, from the Earliest Times. . . (Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1848), view on Zotero.
  25. A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Downing, A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening . . . 4th ed. (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1849), view on Zotero.
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