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Repton and the Picturesque James Bolton Thursday 13 February 2020

The picturesque was the final phase of the English landscape movement.  It was the landscape version of the Gothic novel.  The aim was to engender, in reader and viewer, a pleasurable frisson of fear and alarm.  Humphry Repton, who turned to landscape gardening in 1788, realised over a period of thirty years that the picturesque was all very well as theory, but what his clients actually required was practicality and, above all, beauty.

Terraces, flower borders, shrubberies and sculptural ornaments set around country houses gradually became the formal gardens of the nineteenth century.


NB   Our society's Annual General Meeting will be held before the start of our February lecture.

We will serve coffee from 10.15, and the AGM will begin at 10.30.  The lecture will then begin at 11 am.

The lecture will be at the JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester CO4 5UP in the Centennial Suite on the first floor.