Humphry Repton Study Day
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Venue: Stafford House, West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AA

Lecturers: Laura Mayer and Kate Harwood

Time: 10:15am-3.30pm, including coffee, lunch and a guided garden tour

Tickets are limited...DGT members only, £50 each, cheques made out to "Dorset Gardens Trust"

Apply by post with s.a.e and cheque to: 

Joan Dallyn, Wool House, Bugley, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5RD


The Lecturers

Kate Harwood is a garden historian, holding a Masters in Garden History from Birkbeck College.  She is a lecturer, writer and researcher in garden history. She has previously taught for Cambridge University and Birkbeck College, London.  For more information on Kate, please click here: CV

Dr Laura Mayer is an independent lecturer and researcher.  She holds an MA in Garden History and a PhD on eighteenth-century landscape design.  Laura has published extensively, including on Capability Brown, and Jane Austen's contemporary, Humphry Repton.  For more information on Laura, please click here: CV

Dr Laura Mayer's lecture: All Around is Fairy Ground: Repton and the Regency Garden

Humphry Repton (1752-1818) ambitiously named himself Capability Brown's successor: the century's next great improver of landed property.  Developing a new aesthetic, which he termed 'Ornamental Gardening', his Regency layouts were laced with flowers and crammed with frothy features.  

Immortalised in Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, Repton's famous Red Books - illustrated to help his clients visualise the pleasurable potential of their properties - did much to encourage an appreciation of landscape aesthetics amongst the rising middle classes.  This lecture traces his designs from their Picturesque beginnings to the progressive Gardenesque style


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