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2018 Week 2 Course 1

The Arts and Crafts Garden


Richard Bisgrove


Week 2

8 - 14 July 2018

The Arts and Crafts movement encompassed two strands – a socio-political reaction to the evils of the Industrial Revolution and an aesthetic reaction to the excesses of high Victorian art by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers. In William Morris both strands are fused but among his followers William Robinson best represents the socio-political strand while Gertrude Jekyll was pre-eminent in her artistic approach to the garden. The seminar begins with a very brief résumé of English garden history in order to set the Arts and Crafts garden into context, then examines the work of such designers as William Morris, Reginald Blomfield, Thomas Mawson, William Robinson, Alfred Parsons, Edwin Lutyens and especially Gertrude Jekyll.





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