ACMS Zoom lecture on The influence of the Italian Renaissance on Arts and Crafts Gardens

18th November 2021, 19:30 - 19:30

Zoom Lecture
Thursday, 18th November 2021
7.30 pm





Our colleagues from the Arts & Crafts Movement in Surrey are inviting Surrey Hills Society members to join them for a lecture entitled ‘The influence of the Italian Renaissance on Arts and Crafts Gardens’.

Italian influence on garden design was profound. Carolyn will discuss the impact of Italian gardens such as those of the Medici near Florence on English garden history. She will trace this through examples including the seventeenth century garden at Wootton near Dorking, to the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts period.

She will examine how the interest in Italian gardens was revived through works such as Edith Wharton’s ‘Italian Villas and their Gardens’ of 1904 and look at the Edwardian gardens of Cecil Pinsent in Tuscany as well as many Arts and Crafts gardens closer to home, including those of Gertrude Jekyll.

Carolyn Smith, Chairman of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey, read history at University College London, specialising in architectural history. She has a particular interest in garden history and was a member of Surrey Gardens Trust’s recording committee for many years.

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