Just one tiny part of what we do is study how and why a garden changed from this...
|Her Majesty's Royal Palace at Kensington, from 'Survey of London' engraved by Johannes Kip (c.1652-1722), 1730 (watercolor tinting is modern)|
|Charles Bridgeman's plan, circa 1733|
|Plan of Kensington Gardens and Kensington Town drawn by John Rocque, 1756|
|Current map of the gardens and park|
|Design by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, 2011|
At least it's one tiny piece of what I'll be doing next year as part of my coursework. Exciting, hey!? Right now I have to get back to writing that word and image study on the English Landscape Movement...after all, given that history begins with the last moment, a garden historian's work is never at an end*.
*I held John Evelyn's Kalendarium Hortense, or Gardiner's Almanack, printed in 1664 from which this quote is taken, in my own hands last week. My friend Scott Daigre said it best: Kid. Candystore.