Lancelot Brown changed the face of eighteenth-century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green. This English landscape style spread across Europe and the world. At home, it proved so pleasing that Brown's influence spread into the lowland landscape at large, and into landscape painting. He stands behind our vision, and fantasy, of rural England. In this vivid, lively biography, based on detailed research, Jane Brown paints an unforgettable picture of the man, his work, his happy domestic life, and his crowded world. She follows the life of the jovial yet elusive Mr Brown, from his childhood and apprenticeship in rural Northumberland, through his formative years at Stowe, the most famous garden of the day. His innovative ideas, and his affable and generous nature, led to a meteoric rise to a Royal Appointment in 1764 and his clients and friends ranged from statesmen like the elder Pitt to artists and actors like David Garrick. Riding constantly across England, Brown never ceased working until he collapsed and died in February 1783 after visiting one of his oldest clients. He was a practical man but also a visionary, always willing to try something new. As this delightful, and beautifully illustrated biography shows, Brown filled England with enchantment—follies, cascades, lakes, bridges, ornaments, monuments, meadows, and woods—creating views that still delight us today.
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Jane Brown is a widely acclaimed garden historian. Her many books include studies of Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville West; the development of the modern garden; Tales of the Rose Tree, a history of the rhododendron; and the much-praised The Pursuit of Paradise: A Social History of Gardens and Gardening.Review :
"Brown's book is a good read" -- Jane Owen Financial Times "Jane Brown has dug deep into the archives and has written an exhaustive and beautifully illustrated biography that has been long overdue... Those who love his gardens...will be delighted with this book" -- Andrea Wulf Mail on Sunday "Robust and revealing" Independent "Her book should find a home in any garden-lovers' glove compartment , offering a detailed map of Lancelot's England" Spectator "Sympathetic, beautifully illustrated study" -- Maggie Fergusson Intelligent Life
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Description du livre Random House UK, 2011. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110701182121