Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England
Published for The Paul Mellon Centre For Studies in British Art
Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999.
Hardback; 230 x 275 mm; blue boards with titles in black on spine; x & 317 pages; illustrations within text. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound and tight. There is fading to parts of the dust jacket which seems to have affected the covers of the book beneath. The contents are otherwise clean and unmarked.
“The leading landscape gardener of later Georgian England, Humphry Repton (1752-1818), was innovative and prolific, undertaking more than four hundred commissions during his 30 year career. Repton worked for a wide variety of clients, notably the Dukes of Portland and Bedford, and on many kinds of sites throughout England. He also promoted his profession in extensive writings about the theory and practice of landscape gardening. This book examines Repton’s career and work in the context of the changing human geography of his time. The book charts Repton’s vision of England, how his style changed and persisted over time, and from place to place, how he influenced his profession, and how he fashioned a social identity for himself. Stephen Daniels frames Repton’s life and work in terms of five domains: the road, the county, the picturesque landscape, the aristocratic estate, and the urban periphery. Focusing on the way these domains shaped Repton’s career and how he in turn attempted to shape them, Daniels examines in depth more than twenty representative commissions that delineate Repton’s social and spatial theory of landscape. The author casts new light not only on the work of Humphry Repton but also on the role of landscape itself in English culture and society.”