At the turn of the century, the artists' colony in Cornish, New Hampshire, was considered the most beautifully landscaped village in America. Its rolling hills and lush, fairy-tale scenery drew some of the nation's most gifted artists, including sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, illustrator Maxfield Parrish, and architect Charles Platt. A PLACE OF BEAUTY celebrates this historic locale, highlighting the dazzling flower gardens and renowned landscapes and architecture that inspired the artists who called the colony home. Illustrated with paintings by the colony artists, sepia-toned photographs of the historic gardens, portraits of the major artists, and present-day photos depicting restored gardens and homes. Publication coincides with a major retrospective of Maxfield Parrish's work touring fine art museums across the country. Awards:2001 Quill & Trowel Award Winner, Garden Writers Association of AmericaGold Medal Award, Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian and the author of six books on historic gardens and garden designers, including Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement, The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman and two works on Gertrude Jekyll. Tankard teaches at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and is a board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society, based at Garland Farm in Maine.
"An enchanting memoir....(Judith Tankard is) a major force in making American garden history a separate field of study." -The Boston Globe"This lively and detailed description makes enjoyable and informative reading."-Gardens Illustrated