ISBN: HB: 9780300249958

Yale University Press

March 2023

352 pp.

26.6x21.5 cm

290 colour and black&white illus.

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Georgian Arcadia

Architecture for the Park and Garden

Explores the origins and evolution of Georgian landscape architecture, a period of innovative and diverse garden structures in which some of the era's greatest architects experimented with different forms, styles, and new technology.

The invention and evolution of the Georgian landscape garden liberated garden buildings from the corset of formality, allowing them to structure much more extensive areas of garden and park. One of the leading authorities on Georgian landscape architecture, Roger White explores a genre in which some of the era's greatest architects experimented with different forms, styles, and new technology. Covering not just the obvious adornments of parks and gardens such as temples, summerhouses, grottoes, towers and "follies", the book also explores structures with predominantly practical functions including mausolea, boathouses, dovecotes, stables, kennels, deer pens, barns, and cowsheds, all of which could be dressed up to make an architectural impact. White examines these structures not only architecturally but from a functional and cultural viewpoint, considering questions of stylistic origins and development. Focussing on the contributions of Britain's leading eighteenth-century architects – Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, Gibbs, Kent, Adam, Chambers, Wyatt, and Soane – "Georgian Arcadia" provides a richly illustrated account of a period of innovative and diverse garden building.

About the Author

Roger White is an architectural historian and former secretary of the Georgian Group and Garden History Society. He has written extensively on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century topics and is one of the leading authorities on Georgian landscape architecture.