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The Picturesque Garden in Europe


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1. What, how and when was the picturesque garden? The aesthetic, literary and historical origins of the idea of the 'picturesque'; 2. Early English picturesque Garden designs and theories of Kent, Walpole and gentleman amateurs like Shenstone; famous gardens including Painshill, Stourhead, Hestercombe; love of the exotic (Chinese, etc); 3. The picturesque climax: theory and practice Famous later 18th-century gardens and designer theorists, including Gilpin, Payne Knight, Uvedale Price, Repton; 4. Translating from the English France's indebtedness to England, and its independent theories of the picturesque; 5. French picturesque in practice Distinctively French contributions (Ermenonville, Monceau, Mereville); 6. Beyond Anglomania Scandinavia, German-speaking territories, Poland and Russia, Italy

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John Dixon Hunt is Professor of the History and Theory of Landscape, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, and editor of Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. He is the author of numerous books on garden history and theory, including Greater Perfections, also published by Thames & Hudson.


'Superbly designed and illustrated throughout ... an excellent addition to an area of scholarship that has been but lightly covered' - Country Life
'A sophisticated study, beautifully illustrated' - The Architects' Journal

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