James Bolton makes a welcome return to give a talk on the 18th-century revolution in English garden design. Politics, painting, poetry and the Grand Tour contributed to the creation of the English Landscape Movement, whose chief proponents were professional designers like Charles Bridgeman and William Kent and influential figures like Lord Burlington and Queen Caroline, wife of George II. These highly artificial creations were steps toward the picturesque gardens of the end of the century and represent the growing awareness of the natural beauty of the landscape. The ultimate achievement of the century was to produce gardens that were indistinguishable from the works of nature herself.
We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.
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The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.
All Nature is a Garden | William Kent and the Birth of the English Landscape Movement
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