"The Art of Scenery: A Tale of the Picturesque Garden in America" with John Tschirch, Architectural Historian
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James Paine’s Roman Bridge of 1770 in Capability Brown’s Temple Wood, a pleasure garden created from 1765 at Weston Park, Shropshire
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Developed first in Britain by the capable hands of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the English garden embraced the S-shaped path, known as the “line of beauty,” the irregular layout of plantings and long vistas through stretches of grass unencumbered by the formal gardens, rigidly planned flower beds and precisely clipped trees of previous centuries. This natural style of landscape took Europe by storm and made its way to Colonial America, where it would find a population ready and able to capitalize on the picturesque in the crafting of a unique cultural identity in a nation where land was aplenty. This style was present in George Washington and Thomas Jefferson property landscapes. Also, this modern landscape architecture helped to incorporate the picturesque in public parks and private estates in numerous landmark designs such as New York’s Central Park, the system of green belts in Boston, Biltmore House in North Carolina, the Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island, and Stanford University in California.
Celebrated in art, poetry, and prose, the picturesque extolled the virtue of the “genius of place.” This illustrated lecture will explore an extraordinary series of places, from parks to private gardens, demonstrating the key features of the picturesque landscape by its greatest masters.
John R. Tschirch is an award-winning architectural historian and an honorary member of the Garden Club of America. He has written numerous publications on landscape featured in the Journal of the New England Garden History, Magazine Antiques, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and Martha Stewart Living.
Free for American Decorative Arts Forum Members; $20 general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
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