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Anne’s Grand Tour

We’re all familiar with the idea of the Grand Tour, where young elite men were sent to finish their education touring the great classical and Renaissance sites of Italy. This had been going on since the mid-17thc but the Napoleonic … Continue reading

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John Glover & his “hideous fidelity to Nature”

WELCOME TO OUR 400th POST! This is an artist’s painting of his own house and garden. Any idea of where it might be? The artist was John Glover who was born near Leicester in 1767 but, despite the very English … Continue reading

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Happy 400th Birthday Mr Silvestre… Louis should throw you a party

Serendipity strikes!  Last Thursday  just as I was finishing off last week’s post about trompe l’oeil paintings I saw a newsflash on a history website that it was the 400th birthday of Israel Silvestre that very day.   That probably … Continue reading

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Putting Gardens in Perspective ….17thc style

You might have got the impression from the last couple of posts that it was only contemporary gardeners who were capable of doing things in the spirit of the Silly Season  but there are plenty of examples in history too, … Continue reading

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Playing Gooseberry

August traditionally marks the start of the silly season so in that spirit…..We’ve  all  heard of tulip mania in the mid-17thc and most will know about orchid-mania  and the fern fever in the mid-19th but what about a gooseberry craze? … Continue reading

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