Thursday 2nd April 2020, 11am – 12pm
Abercorn Room talk led by Michael Symes, Author, Lecturer and Garden Historian
The relationship of art to gardens is central to the development of the English Landscape Garden, covering the influence of paintings, comparison between them and gardens, and the actual application of the principles of painting. A key concept is that of the circuit garden as a series of ‘pictures’. Charles Hamilton’s work at Painshill will be considered from the point of view of composing it with an artist’s eye – and many painters depicted it.
About the speaker:
Michael Symes is a lecturer, author and garden historian. He specialises in 18th-century gardens in Britain and on the continent and has written numerous articles and books including The Picturesque and the Later Georgian Garden and The English Landscape Garden in Europe. His latest book, The English Landscape Garden: A Survey, was launched at Painshill in June last year. Painshill has always been his greatest love since trespassing round it in 1973, and in 2010 his book on Hamilton and the gardens was published.
Talks in the Abercorn Room occur on the first Thursday of every month. View all upcoming talks, guided tours and lectures here.
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Talk: Art and the Creation of Painshill by Michael Symes
*General admission applies if you wish to enter the landscape garden.