Charles Bridgeman (c.1685-1738)
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270 Pages

15.6 x 23.4 cm

2 maps, 16 b/w illus.

Series: Garden and Landscape History

Series Vol. Number: 15

Imprint: Boydell Press

Charles Bridgeman (c.1685-1738)

A Landscape Architect of the Eighteenth Century

by Susan Haynes

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An examination of the garden plans of eighteenth-century landscape architect Charles Bridgeman, shedding light on his artistic vision and contributions to English garden history.

Charles Bridgeman was a popular and highly successful landscape architect in the first part of the eighteenth century. He was Royal Gardener to George I and George II, designing the gardens at Kensington Palace for them and working for many of the ruling Whig elite, including Sir Robert Walpole at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. His landscapes were audacious and monumental, but he is barely known outside the world of academic garden history; most of his gardens have disappeared, changed out of all recognition to chime with later tastes shaped by Lancelot Brown's vision of a more "natural" landscape, or buried under housing developments and golf courses; and there is little archaeological or written evidence of his work.

This book aims to redress this injustice and rescue his legacy. It draws on the only significant body of evidence which survived him: an extensive but wildly heterogenous corpus of garden plans. Close examination of them reveals an artistic vision heavily influenced by the late seventeenth-century geometric garden but deeply rooted in the "genius of the place", and working methods that include a proto-business model which prefigures the gentleman improvers who followed him. The volume brings him from obscurity to demonstrate his skill as an artist, a manipulator of space on a grand scale and a consummate practitioner, a deserved member of the canon of famous and revered English landscape gardeners.
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
1. Who was Charles Bridgeman?
2. Towards a reliable corpus
3. A revised catalogue
4. Reading the plans
5. The art-historical context revisited
6. The 'ingenious Mr Bridgeman'
7. Building a landscape
8. A commercial enterprise
Conclusion
Appendix I A summary of Willis's catalogue from Charles Bridgeman and the EnglishLandscape Garden
Appendix II A Revised Catalogue
Appendix III Bridgeman's projects by year
Appendix IV Bridgeman's income
Gazetteer of Bridgeman sites
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

SUSAN HAYNES is a retired teacher with a PhD in Landscape History from the University of East Anglia. Her principal interest is seventeenth- and eighteenth-century garden history.

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Title Details

270 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

2 maps, 16 b/w illus.

Series: Garden and Landscape History

Series Vol. Number: 15

Imprint: Boydell Press