The 18th-century English Landscape Garden
13 - 27 Mar 2018
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
This course will track the changes in landscape design from the very formal, geometric gardens of the beginning of the 18th century through to the rolling hills and temples of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown — a style that was to influence, and be copied across, the whole of Europe. We begin with George London and Henry Wise, master gardeners to the Royal family who designed the estates of the elite of England, and we will explore their work at Chatsworth, Longleat and Hampton Court.
Literature, politics and philosophy were instrumental in shaping the changes in taste in the garden and writers such as Joseph Addison and Alexander Pope were read by the garden owners and makers of the day. The changes they were writing about could be seen in the work of Charles Bridgeman, who is crucial to the development of the 18th century garden.
Another element to be considered from the 1720s onwards is the preoccupation with all things Ancient and Italian. The Grand Tour was to focus many an English aristocrat on the Italian landscape; paintings by Claude and Poussin were collected and many Tourists returned home to recreate the Roman landscape and temples in their own gardens. Lord Burlington’s patronage of William Kent and their designs for Chiswick House are a good illustration of this.
Two key gardens, Stowe and Blenheim, will be investigated closely as they track the political and stylistic changes of the age, bringing us finally to the apogee of the landscape style with the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. His work was copied across Europe and even Catherine the Great tried to tempt him to Russia.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. The formal and geometric gardens of George London and Henry Wise
iii. Lord Burlington and the Grand Tour
v. Stowe and Blenheim — Vanbrugh, Kent and Brown
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild.
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
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An on-line booking may be cancelled within 7 days of the booking being made and the associated on-line payment will be refunded less an administration charge. We would need to be informed of the cancellation in writing within the 7 day period. Our normal booking terms and conditions will also apply.
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