11/14/2018 - 6:00pm


John Phibbs invites you to join him for a talk at Rizzoli Bookstore

1133 Broadway, New York Wednesday 14th November at 6.00 pm

After the American War of Independence came the French Revolution, and after that Napoleon Bonaparte. Somehow Britain emerged from these struggles to become a world power, but the landscapes that the great and good created around their country houses were anything but grandiose and a million miles away from the formality of Versailles. Instead they looked like creations of nature, untouched by human hand. In this talk John Phibbs MBE will explore the work of the two greatest landscape gardeners of the day: Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783) and his successor, Humphry Repton (1752-1818), and the revolution that they in turn engineered. If Brown invented the English park, then to Repton falls the honour of the English Garden: from the vast forms that Brown revealed in parkland to the scents, sights and sounds of Repton's gardens of sensation - it was a time of rapid change and new thinking. Everything was possible - in the words of William Wordsworth 'Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive'.

Come and join us and bring a little Spring into the dark days of November.

6.00 pm Welcome reception

6.30 pm Talk

7.15 pm Questions, mixing & mingling.

8.00 pm Carriages

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