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Repton and The Picturesque

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020, 6.30-8.30pm
£ 14.00

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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 gothic novel originally penned by Horace Walpole the creator of Strawberry Hill gothic architecture. The aim always was to engender, in reader and viewer, a pleasurable frisson of fear and alarm. Humphrey 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 houses gradually became the formal gardens of the nineteenth century. We are delighted to welcome back James Bolton, garden designer, who will give this lecture.

We would also like to remind Friends that all blue badge parking has been suspended on the Mound Precinct.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this and please be assured that we aim to re-instate the bays as soon as possible.

Cooke & Samuel Shelley Humphrey Repton, 1752 - 1818. Landscape gardener Published 1820
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Lecture or talk Our Friends

Repton and The Picturesque

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