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ENGLISH GARDEN: A Journey Through Its History
Bibliophile price: £5.00
One of the collectable Haus first editions (2009) with attractive blood red cloth binding and tipped in pastoral illustration on the front cover. English garden design was entirely reinvented during the 18th century. The strictly symmetrical garden of French Baroque was replaced by artificial landscapes which became almost indistinguishable from natural scenery. This special journey introduces us to 12 of the most important, original and beautiful parks in Britain, all of which can be visited today, and the significance of imitation Greek temples and gothic ruins. Chiswick House in London, a Palladium revival; Strawberry Hill Twickenham, a Gothic revival; Rousham House Oxfordshire, the Grand Tour in miniature or the Serpentine of Haha surprises; Stourhead Wiltshire "Et in Arcadia ego"; West Wycombe Buckinghamshire, a Palladio four times over and a trip across the Styx; Castle Howard Yorkshire, and how a village street became a terrace; Studley Royal Yorkshire, garden and landscape and how to approach a ruin; Duncombe and Rievaulx Terrace Yorkshire, when pictures learn to walk; and Hawkstone Park Shropshire, excursions to the Alps and Tahiti. Plus Blenheim, Petworth, grottoes and a temple of Concorde at Stowe. Superb history, beautiful line art illus throughout.

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