Introduction To Garden History

Mediaeval Garden, Renaissance Garden, Baroque Garden, Landscape Garden, Picturesque Garden, Victorian Garden, Edwardian Britain, 20th Century

Date/time:
24 September – 26 November 2020
Thursdays 10.45am - 12.45pm
Venue:
The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB
Lecturer:
Stephen Smith
Fees:
Full course (10 sessions) £520.00
Single lecture £63.00
(includes morning coffee, tea and biscuits)

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The subject of garden history links a considerable number of disciplines. Its obvious associations with the world of art and architectural history join subjects such as geography and social, scientific and economic histories making up a rich and varied area of study. This wide range of subjects, focussing on the creation and management of great gardens, provides a fascinating platform from which to discover the progress of civilisation and taste over the centuries. This ten‐week introductory course, formed of a series of nine lectures and a garden visit, will focus largely on British gardens following the chronological development of gardens from Ancient Rome to the twentieth‐century. A visit to St James’s Park will allow examination of the park’s layers of historic garden design providing a practical element complementing the lecture programme.

Les Jardiniers, G. Caillebotte
Parc De Versailles Stowe Park, Palladian bridge

Course outline

24
Sep
2020
Subject Introduction And Gardens Of The Roman World

Overview of garden history as an art history/architectural history related subject concluding with a look at the archaeology of Pompeii & the Roman villa garden at Fishbourne.

01
Oct
2020
The Mediaeval Garden

A look at European religious institutional gardens and their secular equivalents including the influence of Islam.

08
Oct
2020
The Renaissance Garden

British garden design of the Tudor and early Stuart era and the influence of Italy.

15
Oct
2020
The Baroque Garden

The influence of Le Notre, French and Dutch garden design on the gardens of Charles II and William and Mary.

22
Oct
2020
The Landscape Garden

The transition from formality to the ‘natural style’ and the triumph of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in England.

29
Oct
2020
Visit to St James’s Park

05
Nov
2020
The Picturesque Garden

William Gilpin, Humphry Repton and the Prince Regent. Landscape and the picturesque deal.

12
Nov
2020
The Victorian Garden

Historic revivalism, technical innovations and gardening at the height of the industrial revolution.

19
Nov
2020
Edwardian Britain

The partnership of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens and their influence on gardens of Edwardian Britain.

26
Nov
2020
Twentieth Century

Gardens and landscapes through the progress of the twentieth century. A look at garden makers such as Vita Sackville West and Lawrence Johnston and landscape architects Geoffrey Jellicoe and Mein Ruys.