Arcadian Visions, Richmond’s Landscape Gardens
(exhibition catalogue) 2013
Orleans Gallery, Twickenham
Reviewed by Barbara Hutton
Arcadian Visions, Richmond’s Landscape Gardens is the book that accompanied an exhibition at Orleans House in 2013. Concentrating on the ‘local’ gardens of Thames-side, and Richmond in particular, it charts the change in garden design from formal to naturalistic that was seen throughout the country.
There are introductions by Mavis Batey, Timothy Mowl and Jason Debney, which highlight the contribution made by writers and painters, particularly the work of Alexander Pope.
The main text is divided into chapters, featuring a particular stage or feature in the development of landscape gardens. Each chapter is very well illustrated and is accompanied by a short essay. Many of the illustrations are reproduced from the Richmond Borough Art Collection as well as other public and private collection.
The one thing missing from this excellent survey is a map of the environs of Richmond.