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The Crystal Palace of Paris

Last week’s post looked at the background to the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition, and in particular at its parkland setting.  It was the first world fair to give horticulture a major role with one section of the park covering about … Continue reading

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Angling for attention…

You don’t have to be the slightest bit interested in fishing to be attracted to some of  the buildings associated with it.  Because of their settings, many are delightful places to spend time in: after all what’s nicer than sitting … Continue reading

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Solomon de Caus in England

Roy Strong in The Renaissance Garden asserts, quite rightly, that early writers on garden history seem to have overlooked the huge part played in garden design in the late 15th to early 17thc by engineers.  The Renaissance humanist mind saw no … Continue reading

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The Henley Matterhorn

You might like to know there is a lecture about Friar Park on Wednesday 3rd Feb at 6.00 with a. recording available for a week  afterwards. Booking via Eventbrite: Last week’s post gave an introduction to Friar Park at Henley, … Continue reading

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Mechanical Landscapes: The Eidophusikon

Last weekend I went to see a modern version of something that in 1776  gripped London like a fever.  But rather than a  medical crisis it was an all-embracing visual  experience: a series of stories that involved  landscape… & not static … Continue reading

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