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REPTON AND THE PICTURESQUE James Bolton Tuesday 12 November 2019

The Picturesque was the final phase of the English Landscape Movement. The serpentine curves, smooth lawns and clumps of trees so characteristic of Capability Brown, were now considered insipid and dull by a generation with an enthusiasm for caverns, gorges and untamed nature and a taste for rugged wildness. It was the landscape version of the gothick novel originally penned by Horace Walpole the creator of Strawberry Hill gothick architecture. The aim always was to engender, in reader and viewer, a pleasurable frisson of fear and alarm. Humphry Repton, who turned to landscape gardening in 1788, realised that the picturesque theory was all very well as theory, but what his clients, over a period of thirty years, actually required was practicality and above all beauty. Terraces, flower borders and ornament around their houses gradually became the formal gardens of the nineteenth century.


Inchbald School of Design 1990 (Dip ISD). Head Gardener, Old Rectory Farnborough 1990-92. Faculty Director, Design History, Inchbald School of Design. Garden Designer 1992-. A lecturer for The Arts Society since 1995. Organiser of The Arts Society's garden study days and tours in UK and Europe. Organises tours to the best private gardens in the UK, Italy, France and South Africa. Garden Mania, a book on garden ornaments, published in 2000.