History

Who created Painshill

Painshill’s Grade 1 listed 18th century landscape garden was created in the naturalistic style between 1738 and 1773, and was the artistic vision of the Honourable Charles Hamilton, 9th son and 14th child of the 6th Earl of Abercorn.

Hamilton’s vision

Inspired by Renaissance and contemporary art and visits to Italy on the Grand Tour, the Hon. Charles Hamilton decided to create a tranquil landscape setting enriched by follies, water, trees, shrubberies and a vineyard.

Garden of moods

A painter, plantsman and brilliantly imaginative designer, the Hon. Charles Hamilton created a garden of ‘moods’ which change from one part to another, creating a romantic landscape to stimulate the senses and emotions of the visitor.

Living work of art

The Hon. Charles Hamilton created a stunning ‘living work of art’ and was, at the time, in the forefront of the picturesque movement. The landscape was among the earliest to reflect the changing fashion from geometric formality to the naturalistic style.