Evening Lecture – ‘Beauty and Utility’: The Romantic Landscapes of the Picturesque Movement

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Evening Course


Judith Teasdale

14 February 2023

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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We are all familiar with the naturalistic landscapes designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the mid-18th century. But later in the century, with increasing tourism and an appetite to seek out the rugged, wild and ‘sublime’, society’s attitude towards designed landscapes was changing.

When Humphry Repton – the self-proclaimed successor to Lancelot Brown – set himself up as a landscape gardener, he initially continued to design in a Brownian style. But he soon found himself in a public argument with the new proponents the ‘picturesque’, Uvedale Price and Richard Payne Knight, through a published debate.

This talk will explore Repton’s work and his changing approach to landscape design in response to changes in society and his clientele.

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Judith Teasdale is a landscape designer and project manager who has worked in the field of historic landscapes, parks and gardens for over 25 years.

From her Somerset-based practice, she works throughout the south of England and south Wales.


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