...At sites such as Petworth, Blenheim, Stowe, Bowood, Luton Hoo and Croome Court, Brown used the land as his canvas. His naturalistic style gently echoed the Italian artists of the previous centuries and was itself further popularised in contemporary paintings of landscape as fashions in late C18th art turned from artifice to nature or, more correctly, to artificial nature.
Rising to the position of Chief Gardener to George III, Brown resided in Wilderness House at Hampton Court where, ironically, he insisted on maintaining the formal gardens.
This talk will consider the life and work of Brown and examine the accolades and the charges laid at his feet – genius or vandal, artist or copyist? The talk is illustrated with images of Brownian landscapes both in reality and in painting.
Dr. Twigs Way is Garden historian, author, researcher and lecturer. She presented Lost Gardens for Channel 4 and has appeared on Gardeners’ World as well as making media apearances on a wide range of garden history related topics. She carries out freelance research into the history of specific gardens and parks, for bodies such as English Heritage, the National Trust and various private clients. She has a specific interest in the portrayal of plant and gardens in art and literature and the social aspects of garden history. Her publications include A History of Women in the Garden, the highly illustrated A Nation of Gardeners and a short biography of Gertrude Jekyll as well as the quirky History of Garden Gnomes!