View from My Own Cottage, in Essex

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Repton's "improvements" of landscapes often include the eradication of unwanted vagabonds or loitering persons. The "before" and "after" design of his over-slip illustrations justify the enclosure of common land and the removal of unwanted persons on aesthetic grounds. Furthermore, these aquatints suggest that one of the roles of the artist is to eliminate unwanted wanders in the name of beautification.