|J. C. Loudon 1783-1843|
His most notable publications appeared in the 1820's after the Prince Regent had become King George IV. But Loudon published pamphlets and articles almost from moment he began designing gardens, landscapes and the layout of farms.
One of his most interesting pamphlets was published in 1807. Titled
the pamphlet contained 'before' and 'after' engravings of some of Loudon's work. He aimed to improve the 'picturesque' work of Capability Brown with his own 'gardenesque' style.Engravings, with Descriptions, illustrative of the difference between The Modern Style of Rural Architecture
and the Improvement of Scenery, and that displayed in A Treatise on Country Residences,
and practised by Mr. Loudon
Mr. Loudon describes the intent of his pamphlet in the introduction:
|Barnbarrow House in 1805|
|Barnbarrow as it would look three years after renovations commenced|
In his pamplet, Loudon also used illustrations of some grounds at Harewood House (where he undertook a substantial renovation). In this area he proposed to join three sections of water into one.
|Harewood House grounds 1805|
|Same Harewood location with proposed changes|
Figure 1 shows the formal early 18th century plan:
Many of Loudon's works including his "Gardener's Magazine" are available free from Google Books. Those of his wife, Jane (nee Webb), an established author who undertook to write also on botany and flower gardening, are likewise available.
'Til next time,