By (author) John Anthony
Joseph Paxton by John Anthony
Book DescriptionJoseph Paxton is best known as the designer of the Crystal Palace, built to house the Great Exhibition held in Hyde Park in 1851, and the later Crystal Palace at Sydenham which survived until burnt down in 1936. But he had many more achievements to his credit in the course of an incredibly varied career. Born in humble circumstances, he became head gardener to the sixth Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth at the age of 23 and rapidly became not only the leading horticulturist of the day but also the trusted confidant of the Duke. His experiments in the design of glasshouses were to lead to the greatest glasshouse of all in Hyde Park. He wrote extensively, took a leading part in founding a national daily newspaper, was prominent in promoting railways, designed a number of public parks and was the architect of a large number of conventional buildings. He was MP for Coventry for eleven years, organised a civilian works corps to help the army in the Crimea and concerned himself with the sewerage and traffic problems of London. About the authorThe late John Anthony first became interested in Paxton when living within a few miles of Chatsworth, scene of so many of Paxton s activities. Other Shire titles by this author: Discovering Period Gardens"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780852632086
(220mm x 140mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 10-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Anthony
Discovering Period Gardens, Paperback (April 1997)» View all books by John Anthony
Presents a survey of the development of gardens in Great Britain from their medieval origins in monasteries and castles, through the Tudor period and the seventeenth century when formal designs from France and Holland were prevalent, to the great age of English landscape gardens in the eighteenth century.
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