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Garden landscapes with a Gainsborough perspective

Sunday 26 February 2017, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788, was an originator of the English landscape painting school.  Illustrated by a selection of Gainsborough’s paintings, sketches and portraits, garden historian Caroline Holmes will explore his landscape legacy.

Gainsborough was contemporary with English landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, 1716-1783, and trained with artist William Hogarth.

His Bath connections include artist Copplestone Bampfylde-Warre  who  in 1750 designed and laid out the Landscape Garden in Hestercome Gardens.  Stourhead, with its hills, water and classical features was described as ‘a living work of art’ when it first opened in the 1740s.  These  gardens contrast socially and morally with the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Hogarth engravings.

Presenter Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of places, people and plants. Caroline lectures internationally delving into the myriad ways people and plants have historically shaped landscapes and what we can learn from them.  Author of 11 books, her latest ‘Water Lilies and Bory Latour-Marliac, the genius behind Monet’s Water Lilies’ was published in November 2015 after several years researching the Latour-Marliac archives.

Presented in association with the Wellington Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Online bookings have now closed.
Door sales will be available on the day from 3.30pm.  Plenty of seats available.

Feature image: Palladian Bridge, Prior Park, Bath


Sunday 26 February 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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