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Picturesque Garden in Europe by John Dixon Hunt

Picturesque Garden in Europe

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Picturesque Garden in Europe by John Dixon Hunt

Traces the development throughout the 18th century the course of the 'picturesque' landscape, which seemed to the experienced viewer either composed after a painting or designed to be the subject of one; in such landscapes natural features were exploited or rearranged, and might be enriched by Classical, Chinese or otherwise exotic ornamental structures. The two key players were England and France; Hunt further samples the picturesque garden's diffusion in Scandinavia, Russia, the German-speaking lands and Italy up to the 1840s.


'Superbly designed and illustrated throughout... an excellent, addition to an area of scholarship that has been but lightly covered' - Country Life; 'A sophisticated study, beautifully illustrated' - The Architects'

About the Author

John Dixon Hunt is Professor of the History and Theory of Landscape, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, and editor of Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. He is the author of numerous books on garden history and theory, including Greater Perfections, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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Publication date

14th July 2004


John Dixon Hunt

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Thames & Hudson Ltd


208 pages


Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
Landscape art & architecture



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