A Description by E. Advenco Brooke: The Great Enville Fountain
Often trying to put a description of a fountain into words is a difficult task, as it is hard to do true justice to the falling and gushing of water. A fountain is a form of art, and the interpretation will change with each viewer. The fountain displays have been coaxed to create a certain display, whether it be artistic or to mimic nature. The great fountains in the garden of Enville in Staffordshire, England are no exception to this rule, and instead of trying to explain them, we will rely on the description made by artist E. Adveno Brooke:
As we stood admiring the beauty and tranquility of the scene, a bubbling sound of water, at first gentle and gathering force by degrees, broke out and we beheld the commencement of one of the most beautiful aquatic displays it is possible to conceive. This, the large fountain, is on a level with the surface of the lake, and composed of five jets, the central one throwing a column of water 150 feet high; the supply being obtained from a large reservoir on the hill, to which it is first pumped by the united action of two engines, each of them 30 horse power. The day was one of the most favorable, as the slightest breeze spoils the regularity of the display, and the clear blue sky, into which towered the conical head of the massive cloud, with the crystal stream darting across it, but distinctly out of the most beautiful and effective features of the fountain. In the course of a few minutes it had reached its culminating point, leaping like a bright and joyous thing of life high into the air, and falling around and absolute clouds of the most brilliant and varied color. We stood watching the superb spectacle until, at a given signal, it gradually sunk, as if tired with its exertions; the bosom of the lake caught its last burbling ripple, and all was still.