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

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


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784535728
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/30/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kate Felus is a garden historian and historic landscape consultant. She researches designed landscapes of all periods, specializing particularly in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century parks and gardens.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword xi

1 Introduction 1

2 Setting the Scene 8

Georgian Landscapes and Georgian Life

3 Morning 31


Refreshments en route



4 Afternoon 82




Amorous Liaisons

Games & Recreation

5 Evening 145




6 The Night-time 190





Afterword 214

Notes 222

Select Bibliography 241

List of Figures 248

Index 252

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