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The English love affair with the landscape garden reached its height in the eighteenth century, when the creation of some of our greatest gardens set a stylistic lead which Continental Europe was eager to follow. In this informed and entertaining book, Timothy Mowl reveals how this development in garden style came about through an interaction between the garden owners, who had a vision of what these gardens might become, and the professionals who had the expertise to realise this vision. Ideas, technologies and discoveries were exchanged, and theories were absorbed, popularised and then discarded, in a fascinating sequence of action and reaction. It was a mould-breaking, revolutionary period in garden history. Mowl takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the magnificent gardens at Chiswick, Stowe, Castle Howard, Painshill, Stourhead and an astonishing host of lesser Edens, and casts a fresh and illuminating perspective on the great age of the English Arcadia (1620-1820).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750937689
ISBN-10: 0750937688
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A richly-illustrated and glossy guide to the great age of English gardens, from 1620 to 1820. This was when Continental Europe clamoured to copy the English style of landscape gardens which swept away the old staidness. Garden historian Mowl shows how the interaction of professional gardeners and the efforts of talented amateurs brought about this revolution. He looks at the gardens of Chiswick, Stowe, Castle Howard, Painshill, Stourhead and many lesser gems. The large-format book is a must for anyone with an interest in the development of the English landscape garden through those glorious Baroque and Romantic years. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Timothy Mowl

Timothy Mowlis reader in architectural and garden history in the Department of History of Art at the University of Bristol, and co-director of its MA in Garden History."

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