Landscapes of Taste: The Art of Humphry Repton's Red Books

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Humphry Repton'¬"s Red Bookshave long been the subject of scholarly interest for their unique contribution to British landscape discourse around 1800. Lavishly illustrated with Repton'¬"s own watercolours, the notorious Red Bookmanuscripts were used to suggest improvements to family estates all over England, Scotland and Wales. Through detailed analysis of Repton'¬"s working practices, André Rogger argues that the landscape gardener'¬"s main artistic achievement is in the text-and-image concept of his Red Books, rather than in his grounds as finally executed. He presents the Red Books as artefacts in their own right, examining their creative potential as an entirely new genre of landscape appraisal. Assembling a comprehensive and descriptive catalogue of 123 original volumes, Landscapes of Taste: The Art of Humphry Repton'¬"s Red Booksguides the reader through a fascinating part of the rich texture and legacy of Georgian landscape aesthetics.

Author Biography

Andre Rogger is Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at the Academy of Art and Design, Lucerne (Switzerland).

Table of Contents

Humphry Repton in His Times the Life Works Afterlife
Humphry Repton's Position in the History of English Gardening the View from Literature the Historic Reconstruction Repton's Novel Working Tool
The Launch of the 'Red Book'
The Red Books as a Genre
Form and Argument the Corpus
Locations/Descriptive Analysis the Matrix Structure
The Red Books in Context
Sources and Models
The Red Books and Modern Gardening the Red Books and Travel the Red Books and Drawing
Reading Landscape Between Drawing and Topography
Repton's Key Principle of Appropriation
An Early Manifesto
Tendring Hall in Suffolk (1791) Repton's Appropriation Strategies the Red Books' Defence Of Property
Paintings Recollected
The Fate of the Picturesque
In The Red Books A Practical Refutation
Attingham in Shropshire (1798) Seen from A Distance
The Workings of Picturesque Beauty with A Painter's Brush
A Morphology of the Picturesque
The Rule of Taste in Repton's Work
Maintaining Standards
Report Concerning the Gardens at Ashridge (1813) Taste as a Touchstone for Judgement the Return of Art to Gardening
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