18 OCTOBER 1930, Page 18

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—" An Architect's Daughter"

has stumbled unawares on the fallacy which underlies so much of this discussion. It is just that primitive obeisances to mere "landscape" (" a fine hoose, but she disna dee on Schiehallwin "), not confined to simple Highlanders, which judges of a house first by its fitness for its surroundings, irrespective of the question whether it is " inoffensive in itself."

Luckily our road and bridge builders for many centuries now have not hesitated to bring in a vote of censure on the " landscape " when they have considered it could be improved from the human point of view ; I should not be surprised, however, to hear that the first " artificial " set of stepping- stones met with raised eyebrows from the local custodians of traditional methods of transport !—I am, Sir, &c.,


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