Talk: The 18th-Century English House and Garden

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The great era of country house building, initiated as the 18th century began, coincided with a growing reaction to the strict formality of gardens. As the grand, classical houses of the Palladian movement expressed the new-found wealth of the era, so their surroundings increasingly developed into gardens and parklands of captivating informality. Edward Saunders, Visiting Lecturer at Christie’s Education, London, considers the dichotomy between the unyielding splendour of the house and the relaxed fantasy of its environs by looking at the work of Lord Burlington, William Kent and their early Palladian followers; the prolific Capability Brown; and, at the end of the century, Humphry Repton.

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Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500 www.wallacecollection.org