Uvedale Price (1747-1829)

Decoding the Picturesque

Charles Watkins, Ben Cowell

The first biography of the 18th-century landscape gardener, Uvedale Price, showing the key interconnections between his roles as landowner, art collector, forester, landscaper, connoisseur and scholar.
Date Published :
June 2015
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Language:
English
Series :
Garden and Landscape History
Illustration :
10 color, 31 black and white, 2 line drawing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783270231
Pages : 276
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843837084
Pages : 276
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
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Overview
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Uvedale Price achieved most fame as the author of the influential Essay on the Picturesque of 1794 in which he argued that the work of the greatest landscape artists, such as Salvator Rosa, Rubens and Claude, should be used as models for the "improvement of real landscape". His attack on the smooth certainties of Capability Brown sparked off a public controversy, drawing in Richard Payne Knight and Humphry Repton, which became a cause célbre.
This is the first biography of Uvedale Price, bringing out his contradictory and elusive character and revealing an astonishing cast of friends and acquaintances, including Gainsborough, Voltaire, William Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The book shows how he developed his ideas through practical experimentation on his own land and buildings and provides an understanding of the context of Price's practices and theories and the key interconnections between his roles as landowner, art collector, forester, landscaper, connoisseur and scholar.

Charles Watkins is Professor of Rural Geography, University of Nottingham; Ben Cowell is Assistant Director, External Affairs, National Trust

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction
'The greatest variety of prospects'
'Macarony of the Age'
'The improvement of real landscape'
'The Great Guns of Taste'
Picturesque Designs
Property and Landscape
'Mr Price the Picturesque'
'Distant paths of leafy secretness'
Conclusion
Bibliography

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