Lecture: 'The Artist and Garden' by Christopher Woodward

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In this illustrated lecture Christopher Woodward, director of The Garden Museum will trace the story of gardening in Britain through works of art.  The talk will begin in the Elizabethan period, when tattered old plans give us our first elusive glimpses of lost gardens. In the 18th century Picturesque painters not only changed how we see the British landscape but designed gardens to look like their pictures. We look at Victorian and Edwardian gardens through popular images:  postcards and printed books and then the phenomenon of Country Life. In the 20th century the focus will be on gardens created by artists, from Cedric Morris and John Nash to Ian Hamilton Finlay and Derek Jarman. Finally, there are the artefacts which have come to symbolise great designers – from William Robinson’s cloak to Gertrude Jekyll’s muddy old boots.

Christopher Woodward was appointed Director of the Museum of Garden History in September 2006.  He was previously Director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath and a trustee of the Building of Bath Museum and worked as Assistant Curator at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.  He is the author of the book ‘In Ruins’.

Venue details

The Warehouse Theatre
Ilminster Somerset TA19 1AD