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  • Written by Michael Symes
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Delightful, eccentric, capricious, bizarre - the English Rococo garden, an intriguing branch of eighteenth-century horticulture, was all these and more. This book relates the components of the Rococo garden to movements in art and architecture that had developed in Britain and in Europe, and shows its particular appeal to amateur designers and owners. It was an expression of a period in time, following Baroque and neo-Palladian and anticipating Romanticism in its sense of freedom. Most of the enchanting scenes depicted in Thomas Robins' watercolours have disappeared, but there are many garden buildings from the period that survive. The styles which overlap with Rococo - Gothic, chinoiserie, rustic - are also considered here, as is the use of flowers, rocks and shells. The principal designers are also profiled, including Sanderson Miller and Thomas Wright.

Table of Contents

Rocks and Shells
Garden Sculpture
Flowers and Serprntines
"Twickenhamshire" Rococo
Thomas Robins and Thomas Wright
Sanderson Miller
Rococo Ensembles
The Rococo Garden: Painswick and Hampton Court House
Further Reading
Gardens to Visit

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