Humphry Repton

Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution

Tom Williamson

Humphry Repton

Tom Williamson

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352 pages | 113 color plates, 19 halftones | 7 1/4 x 9 3/4
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781789142990 Will Publish December 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Humphry Repton (1752–1818) remains one of England’s most interesting and prolific garden and landscape designers. Renowned for his innovative design proposals and distinctive before-and-after images, captured in his famous “Red Books,” Repton’s astonishing career represents the link between the simple parklands of his predecessor Capability Brown and the more elaborate, structured, and formal landscapes of the Victorian age. This lavishly illustrated book, based on a wealth of new research, reinterprets Repton’s life, working methods, and designs, and examines why they proved so popular in a rapidly changing world.
Review Quotes
Stephen Bending, director of the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of Southampton
“This is an important book on Repton, and a tour de force in the social and economic analysis of garden design. Williamson has an unparalleled grasp of what’s at stake in the making of gardens, and a keen sense of Repton’s role in the reimagining of designed landscape. He combines meticulous scholarship with an eye for the telling detail, and his handling of the economics and aesthetics of gardening is unparalleled. Combined with an inspired account of Repton’s friendships and influences, [Williamson’s scholarship] offers us valuable insights into the gardening world that Repton both inhabited and made.”
Sir Simon Jenkins, former chairman of the National Trust and author of "England’s Hundred Best Views"
“Repton’s imagination of the English landscape was incomparable. He was its artist, sculptor, and designer. Williamson admirably charts the evolution of that imagination from the age of Capability Brown through to the aesthetic upheavals of the Regency, always setting it in the social and architectural context of the day. With England’s landscape under unprecedented threat, so clear a championship of Repton's work is exceptionally valuable.”
David Jacques, garden and landscape historian, author of "Landscape Appreciation: Theories since the Cultural Turn"
"This is the most considered account to date of Humphry Repton’s principles, or ‘system,’ of landscape gardening. It draws on the mass of material that Williamson has collected himself in his numerous countywide surveys, and also the publications of County Gardens Trusts in Repton’s bicentenary year, all melded together with Williamson’s many insights in his usual lively style. Repton’s observations and hints on landscape design are of enduring interest, and anyone wishing to understand why this should be so would be advised to immerse themselves in this book."
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