The English Landscape Garden

Richly illustrated throughout, this book uncovers the complex, multi-layered, and wide-ranging story of the landscape garden in England.

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Author: Michael Symes

Publisher:

ISBN: 1848023774

Category: GARDENING

Page: 132

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The 18th-century phenomenon of the English Landscape Garden was so widespread that even today, when so much has been built over or otherwise changed, one is never far from an example throughout England. Although seemingly natural, the English Landscape Garden was generally the result of considerable contrivance, effort and design skill, the result of 'the art that conceals art'. It might involve digging lakes, raising or levelling hills, and planting trees, sometimes in vast numbers. Nature was arranged and shown to best advantage. The English landscape garden took many forms, and the variety of manifestations was and remains remarkable. A great number survive, if sometimes in modified form, and can be visited and appreciated. The book is structured so as to give the background to, and motivation for, creating the landscape garden; to summarise the chronology of its development; to chart the most significant writers and theorists; and to consider the range of the many forms it took. The story of the landscape garden is complex, multi-layered and constantly changing in emphasis for such an apparently simple and straightforward construct. This book will help to uncover some of the richness that lies behind a meaningful part of the environment.

The Genius of the Place

For this reason we have taken our texts from the original editions or manuscripts, and presented them with the minimum of editorial interference: unless otherwise indicated, extracts appear in their earliest form and are given the date of ...

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Author: John Dixon Hunt

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262580926

Category: Architecture

Page: 392

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This anthology and commentary on the English landscape garden is intended both for the general reader and for students in the visual arts. It has arisen partly out of our needs as teachers of literature, architecture and painting to provide students with the documents upon which they can base their own thinking. But we also feel that the provision of many essential sources for the one art that England contributed to Europe since the Renaissance will enable those interested to support their studies of actual landscapes with primary literary and visual material. For this reason we have taken our texts from the original editions or manuscripts, and presented them with the minimum of editorial interference: unless otherwise indicated, extracts appear in their earliest form and are given the date of their earliest appearance.

The Planters of the English Landscape Garden

Between 1650 and 1750, new developments in botanical horticulture led to the availability of a vast new repertory of trees and shrubs.

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Author: Douglas Chambers

Publisher: New Haven : Published for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300054645

Category: Gardening

Page: 214

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Between 1650 and 1750, new developments in botanical horticulture led to the availability of a vast new repertory of trees and shrubs. These imports, mainly from America, were the materials that made the extensive English landscape garden possible.

The Flowering of the Landscape Garden

While the book is primarily devoted to the historical reconstruction of the formal and horticultural characteristics of "theatrical" shrubberies and flowerbeds, it also aims to animate the world of the eighteenth-century pleasure ground.

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Author: Mark Laird

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081223457X

Category: Architecture

Page: 446

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The park of lawns, trees, and serpentine lakes in a picturesque composition of greens has long been viewed as the enduring achievement of eighteenth-century English landscape art. Yet this conventional view of the picturesque style ignores the colorful flowers and flowering shrubs that graced the landscape garden of the Georgian era. While the book is primarily devoted to the historical reconstruction of the formal and horticultural characteristics of "theatrical" shrubberies and flowerbeds, it also aims to animate the world of the eighteenth-century pleasure ground. Mark Laird shows how the unwritten lore of planting design was passed down by generation after generation of gardeners and discusses the interaction of landscape designer, client, nurseryman, land agent, and gardener in modifying and transforming the geometric layouts of previous generations. He traces the development of planting design theory and practice from Batty Langley to Capability Brown and William Chambers, and demonstrates how an English mania for flowering shrubs and conifers from eastern North America helped create the distinctive planting forms of the Georgian pleasure ground. Laird offers readers a wealth of visual and literary materials--from contemporary paintings, engravings, poetry, essays, and letters to more prosaic household accounts and nursery bills--to revolutionize our understanding of the English landscape garden as a powerful cultural expression. Through his original watercolor reconstructions of planting forms and through delightful descriptions of seasonal change and sensuous effect, he makes the gardens come alive, thus recognizing both the palpable qualities and aesthetic sophistication of eighteenth-century planting design. Laird's training as a landscape architect, garden conservator, and historian gives the book remarkable breadth and depth. It is a benchmark work, uniquely bridging the gap in landscape history between design and planting and horticultural studies.

The Arcadian Friends

The Arcadian Friends tells the story of a collection of fascinating characters whose influence changed the landscape of Britain for ever.

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Author: Tim Richardson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446436530

Category: Gardening

Page: 576

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Between 1715 and 1750, a group of politicans and poets, farmers and businessmen, heiresses and landowners began to experiment with the phenomenon that was to become the English landscape garden. Arguably the greatest British art form ever invented, these gardens were built to charm and delight, to shock and inspire all who visited. That these gardens - including Castle Howard, Stowe, Painshill and Rousham - are still so popular with visitors today is a testament to the innovation and passion of this extraordinary group of eccentrics and visionaries. The Arcadian Friends takes a highly engaging perspective on the politics and culture of England during the Enlightenment. At the same time it will be required reading for the legions of fans of the great gardens of England. Tim Richardson introduces us to a period of poltical and personal intrigue, where fantastic biblical landscapes competed for space with temples to sexual freedom; and where the installation of a water feature was a political act. The Arcadian Friends tells the story of a collection of fascinating characters whose influence changed the landscape of Britain for ever.

Charles Bridgeman and the English Landscape Garden

Charles Bridgeman was a key figure in the establishment of le jardin anglais, that remarkable English invention which was to sweep 18th century Europe.

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Author: Peter Willis

Publisher: Elysium PressPub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105026433917

Category: Gardening

Page: 441

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Charles Bridgeman was a key figure in the establishment of le jardin anglais, that remarkable English invention which was to sweep 18th century Europe. Bridgeman's role in the transition from the geometric layouts of the early 1700s to the freer designs of Capability Brown was a crucial one. His activities as Royal Gardener to George II and Queen Caroline embraced Hampton Court, Kensinton Gardens, Hyde Park and Richmond, while for private patrons he was active at Claremont, Eastbury, Wimpole, Marble Hill and a host of other country houses.

The English Landscape Garden in Europe

This book provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English Landscape Garden spread through Europe and Russia.

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Author: Michael Symes

Publisher: Historic England Publishing

ISBN: 184802357X

Category: Gardens, English

Page: 126

View: 121

This book provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English Landscape Garden spread through Europe and Russia. While this type of garden acted widely as an inspiration, it was not slavishly copied but adapted to local conditions, circumstances and agendas. A garden 'in the English style' is commonly used to denote a landscape garden in Europe, while the term 'landscape garden' is used for layouts that are naturalistic in plan and resemble natural scenery, though they might be highly contrived and usually large in scale. The landscape garden took hold in mainland Europe from about 1760. Due to the differing geopolitical character of several of the countries, and a distinct division between Catholic and Protestant, the notion of the landscape garden held different significance and was interpreted and applied variously in those countries: in other words, they found it a very flexible medium. Each country is considered individually, with a special chapter devoted to 'Le Jardin Anglo-Chinois', since that constitutes a major issue of its own.0The gardens have been chosen to illustrate the range and variety of applications of the landscape garden, though they are also those about which most is known in English.

Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden

The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions.

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Author: Laura Mayer

Publisher: Shire Publications

ISBN: 0747810494

Category: Architecture

Page: 64

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The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, undulating lakes and enclosing belts of woodland on the estate's perimeter. With this standard park formula Brown and his followers held the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, resisting the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.

The English Landscape Garden

Engraving from The Modern Universal British Traveller, 1779 30. ... from Gardens in the Modern Landscape, by Christopher Tunnard, 1938 39.

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Author: H. F. Clark

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B685106

Category: England

Page: 64

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A history and description of English landscape gardening. Includes descriptions of Chiswick Park, Castle Howard, Woburn Farm, Pains Hill, The Leasowes, Claremont, Stoew, Nuneham Park, and Woburn Abbey.

Furor Hortensis

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Author: H. F. Clark

Publisher: Edinburgh : Elysium Press

ISBN: UOM:39015001601577

Category: Gardens

Page: 107

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Capability Brown

Including rarely seen archival drawings that shed light on Brown's process, this book serves as a guide to Britain's most beloved landscapes and an exploration of the masterful mind behind their creation.

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Author: John Phibbs

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications

ISBN: 9780847848836

Category: Gardens, English

Page: 280

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Unique in scope -- encompassing every major Brown landscape in the UK, as well as some lesser known and formative locations. Written by the leading expert in Brown's landscape work -- unique in that he is an academic expert on Brown and a hands-on landscaper who has worked on the landscapes themselves. Will appeal to English country house audiences. The definitive survey of Lancelot Brown's famous landscapes and gardens in Britain, published to coincide with the tercentenary celebrations in 2016.