Tag Archives: Lord Burlington

East comes West

Dr Johnson wrote in 1738 : “There are few nations in the world more talked of, or less known than the Chinese.”  He was reflecting on the latest book about China to be published, one which Patrick Conner in Oriental Architecture in the … Continue reading

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Queen Caroline & her Hermitage

In the 1720s and 1730s the gardens at Richmond Lodge (now part of Kew Gardens)were the “special domain” and “spiritual oasis” of a remarkable and underestimated woman who created a carefully staged landscape that was renowned throughout the country and … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 1: the projector, the architect, the thief and the formula

Artificial stone has apparently been around a long time. It wasn’t invented recently  by  jerry builders trying to copy the real thing on the cheap, or even by a prestigious company like Haddonstone, but probably by the Romans. However  not … Continue reading

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Tiglath-Pileser I & the passion he shared with William Robinson

It’s not every day that an exotically multi-syllabled king of ancient Assyria gets mentioned in the context of Brtain’s historic parks and gardens.  But I was writing a  lecture about  early plant hunting and decided to start with evidence from antiquity when … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries 2: Chiswick House

One of the important historic gardens in the world  is at Chiswick House, Lord Burlington’s Palladian country retreat in west London.  But while the house and grounds are extremely well-known   I suspect most people still don’t know about the menagerie that was … Continue reading

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