Humphry Repton 200

24th of March marks the 200th anniversary of the English Landscape Gardener Humphry Repton’s death, and to celebrate his life and work the Gardens Trust and other organisations are putting on events throughout 2018, including walks, cycle rides, exhibitions and more, see a list of events here.

Here is an extract from ‘ Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850′  (Murray 2004) via Credo (online reference resource which can be accessed via the library catalogue using your university username and password):

” From a rather modest background, Humphry Repton became one of the most important arbiters of taste in matters concerning landscape gardening in late Georgian and Regency Britain. His early interest in landscape design was exercised at Sustead, the small estate in Norfolk that he bought when an inheritance allowed him to leave the textile firm where he was employed. At Sustead he devoted himself to all the practical aspects of cultivation and husbandry. After he was obliged to sell the estate in 1783, Repton began to devote himself to art criticism, publishing a companion to the collection of paintings at Somerset House (1788) and a descriptive catalog for Josiah Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery (1789). Soon he started to receive landscape commissions and gradually established himself as one of the most sought-after gardeners and the acknowledged heir to Launcelot “Capability” Brown, preparing himself by visiting and studying various sites developed by Brown and William Kent. His first important commission was at Cobham in Kent (about 1790), and by 1794 he had renovated over fifty country-house parks belonging to both Whig and Tory aristocratic patrons.”

For more Architecture related resources, see the Architecture subject page on the library website.

Aldgate Library has put together a display of Repton and other Landscape gardening  book to commemorate the anniversary.

Landscape Gardening Display at Aldgate Library

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