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The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden: Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats (Hardback)
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The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden: Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/05/2016
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Georgian landscape gardens are among the most visited and enjoyed of the UK's historical treasures. The Georgian garden has also been hailed as the greatest British contribution to European Art, seen as a beautiful composition created from grass, trees and water - a landscape for contemplation. But scratch below the surface and history reveals these gardens were a lot less serene and, in places, a great deal more scandalous.Beautifully illustrated in colour and black & white, this book is about the daily life of the Georgian garden. It reveals its previously untold secrets from early morning rides through to evening amorous liaisons. It explains how by the eighteenth century there was a desire to escape the busy country house where privacy was at a premium, and how these gardens evolved aesthetically, with modestly-sized, far-flung temples and other eye-catchers, to cater for escape and solitude as well as food, drink, music and fireworks. Its publication coincides with the 2016 tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's greatest ever landscape gardener, and the book is uniquely positioned to put Brown's work into its social context.

Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
ISBN: 9781784535728
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 529 g
Dimensions: 226 x 155 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'delightful'

--Henrik Bering, The New Criterion December 2016

"an enticing new study...Felus's book is itself an entertainment, written with a light touch and - like a good party - of just the right length. Its scholarly underpinnings are fully present and correct...generously illustrated with apposite figures...Strongly recommended."

--Paul Stamper, parksandgardens.org, January 2017

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