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Repton and the Picturesque James Bolton Tuesday 12 March 2019

The Picturesque was the final phase of the English Landscape Movement. The serpentine curves, smooth lawns and clumps of trees so characteristic of Capability Brown were now considered insipid and dull by a generation with an enthusiasm for caverns, gorges and  untamed nature and a taste for rugged wildness. Humphry Repton, who turned to landscape gardening in 1788, realised that the picturesque theory was all very well as theory, but what his clients, over a period of thirty years, actually required was practicality and above all beauty.