by Roger Turner.
Published by Phillimore & co.
ISBN 1 86077 114 9
To those with ‘a poet’s feeling or a painter’s eye’ this book is DEDICATED
More than a book simply focusing on Brown, this study also takes account of the landscape movement at that time, its landowners and gardening fashion of the day, through to the landscape post Brown. I regularly reach for my copy and would recommend it to those wanting a wider perspective on Brown’s achievements. A worthy addition to any Brownian book shelf.
It is packed with good quality contemporary illustrations and images and chapters such as: ‘the progress of taste’, ‘Lancelot’s style and techniques’, and ‘the landscape garden after Brown’. There is also a useful gazetteer listing key achievements by Brown at each property.
Inside the front over, the book is described as: ‘This important work first appeared in 1985 since when the author has revised the text, re-set, and updated the gazetteer. For those whose interests lie in understanding the history of gardening, landscape design or 18th-century society there is much to be found here, but equally this book will sharpen the appreciation of Brown’s work for all those who have visited his estates and enjoyed his enduring achievements’.
My 1999 copy has been revised and updated and presently sells from around £20 online.