The Picturesque and the Later Georgian Garden




The Picturesque was an aesthetic concept that aroused enormous interest, and some controversy, towards the end of the eighteenth century and at the beginning of the nineteenth. It was a way of viewing landscape and gardens, and judging them as if they were paintings. This book sets the scene historically, taking into account the problems and contradictions in applying theory to practice. The landscapes and gardens described are of natural appearance and tending to the wild. The author discusses, to an extent not explored before, the various aspects of the picturesque garden – the outward view, rockwork, ruins, rustic architecture, picturesque plantings and the Sublime. Humphry Repton features strongly, as does the work of the late picturesque/romantic designers such as the Wyatts and John Nash. Many gardens are discussed, and Hackfall, Hawkstone and Hafod are highlighted as particularly fine examples of the Sublime. There are approximately 150 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-908326-09-6 270mm x 210mm 200 pages with approx. 150 colour and b&w ills Softback