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Designing Gardens - 2. When William Kent was invited to redesign the rather modest grounds of Rousham Park near Oxford in the 1730s by its owner an eccentric soldier-turned-antiquarian Lieutenant-General James Dormer he strove to make them more arresting and beguiling without looking artificial. He did so by creating different levels in the land so that so that the eye is drawn out across the surrounding farmland as if it were part of the cramped estate. Kent also created visual spectacles…