straight lines start to give way to curvilinear ones and art imitates nature rather than subjugating it.The garden layout at Melbourne Hall relies heavily on walling and evergreen hedging to define the main areas and circulation routes. everything about the Grand Manner style was on a large scale yet this mini version by Henry Wise, now somewhat soft edged, is more rewarding than many a larger garden planned strictly along textsite lines.
tHe RoMAntIC ReVoLUtIon 1730s1820s Principal designerspractitioners Good extant examples Principal components Charles Bridgeman Castle Howard, Yorkshire Irregular, curvilinear layouts William Kent Stowe, Buckinghamshire Naturalistic forms Lancelot Capability Brown Rousham, Oxfordshire Water in the middle distance Humphry Repton Blenheim, Oxfordshire Framed views Sir John Vanbrugh Bowood, Wiltshire Claremont, Surrey Ha-has Concealed walled kitchen Studley Royal, Yorkshire gardens Painshill, Surrey Stourhead, Wiltshire verything changed in the mid-eighteenth century. The French and Dutch einfluences, themselves based on the Italian predecessor, were to make way for a brand new way of designing gardens. Logic, geometry and mathematics had been the basis of the Renaissance layouts but the new revolution that started in england, tentatively at first then with real gusto with William Kent s essays at Claremont, stowe and Rousham, owed much to classical allusion, poetry, idealism and a fondness for the landscape painters of northern Italy.