Capability Brown and Humphry Repton
A study of the two giants of eighteenth century landscape gardening
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 25.5 × 16cm, 248pp
Inspired by French and Italian landscape painting, a number of eighteenth-century artist-gardeners led by William Kent created an art-form unique in the West, although favoured from times of antiquity in China and Japan: the picturesque garden—a landscape picture made of real country and buildings. Towering above the rest of the professional practitioners of this art, in terms both of genius and industry, were two remarkable men, Capability Brown and his successor Humphry Repton. Both transformed many thousands of acres of England and Wales from 'natural' into 'picturesque' landscape; both, in the course of their work, met many of the leading men of their day, and George III made a friend of Brown; they both, in their different ways, exerted a lasting influence on other landscape designers.
The book is in very good condition with clean pages and secure binding. The dustwrapper has sun-fading to the edges, and a larger patch to the rear board and has been neatly price-clipped.