Tag Archives: Chinoiserie

The Darlys: Chinoiserie and big hair

Mary and Matthias Darly were designers, engravers and printsellers in late 18thc London, who were particularly well-known for their caricatures and satires on contemporary politics and fashion. Matthias [sometimes refererred to as Matthew] illustrated books of designs for ‘ornament’,  furniture … Continue reading

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Broughton Castle

Tucked away in beautiful countryside just a couple of miles from Banbury is one of the most perfect houses in the country: Broughton Castle.  The Historic England site description does nothing to convey the surprise the visitor gets when they turn … Continue reading

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Gardens on the Wall part 1: John Baptist Jackson

There are several ways of gardening indoors and several of gardening on walls but this post is about a way of doing both at once: wallpaper. Wallpaper has long used floral motifs. We’re all familiar with flowery wallpaper – some good, some … Continue reading

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It was hard not to smile when, whilst researching for a lecture on Chinoiserie in the garden, I flicked through the pattern books published by William Halfpenny,  a virtually unknown 18thc architect.   Very little of his work appears to have survived, although what … Continue reading

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Fishing Temples 1 : the earliest survivals

Its August and I’ve been sitting admiring my lake – how’s that for showing off?  It’s about an acre in extent and stuffed full of hideous fat carp.  It’s an attraction for local fishermen and there’s often one sitting on … Continue reading

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