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Richard Wheeler “The Georgian Visitor: A Vignette of Garden Visiting in the Eighteenth Century”

Richard Wheeler “The Georgian Visitor:  A Vignette of Garden Visiting in the Eighteenth Century”

The Gardens at Stowe House, Bucks, circa 1785. From The Connoisseur Volume 101. [The Connoisseur Ltd., London, 1938] Artist: Thomas Rowlandson. (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images)
After 43 years with the National Trust and leading many major garden restorations, including Erddig and Chirk in North Wales, Stowe, Chastleton and West Wycombe, in England and Castle Ward in Northern Ireland, Richard Wheeler is now running his garden history consultancy. He advises on practical garden restoration and runs informal tutorials for the gardeners and garden restorers of the future. He lectures and writes regularly on the history and iconology of gardens and their understanding and restoration.

Former National Specialist in Garden History for the National Trust.He describes himself as a “Superannuated garden historian now practicing under the heading Practical Garden History”

 

Review of  “The Georgian Visitor; A vignette of Garden visiting in the Eighteenth Century”

Richard Wheeler gave a very informative and entertaining talk on the Georgian garden visitor to the Bucks Gardens Trust AGM, taking the assembled audience on a tour around the country using a range of images from Thomas Rowlandson and others.

Starting in Holborn we set off in arrange of carriages using Daniel Paterson’s guide to the roads of Great Britain. Heading north, passing various great gardens we invariably ended up at Stowe Gardens. Using the Seely guides of the period Richard conducted the audience on a tour of the garden. From Stowe the tour continued west taking in Stourhead and onwards, taking in images of Dr Syntax, to the Picturesque beauty of Hafod in West Wales and the paintings of the house by Turner. From there the tour went north to Erdigg, former home of the Yorke family and a collection of portraits not only of the family but of their servants as well. From Wales the circular tour returned back to London.

A fine tour filled with wonderful illustrations and anecdotes from Richard’s many years restoring much of the landscape we saw.

Review by Michael Thompson  Vice Chair

 

 

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