paper, 241 pp., $55.95
Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) was one of the most important figures in English garden history, although he seems to be virtually unknown. He is best known as the architect of Castle Howard, a commission in 1699 from Charles Howard, Third Earl of Carlisle.
With the writings of the Roman Vitruvius as well as Andrea Palladio (1508–80) and his innate skills as an artist, Vanbrugh combined different elements to create a new kind of English landscape. Dalton in this work uses her computer skills to understand Vanbrugh’s geometry to provide new insights into his compelling contributions. Many of Vanbrugh’s landscapes were intended not to leap “abruptly out of the ground without expectation or preparation.”
Dalton has diligently researched Vanbrugh, creating an excellent survey of his work. This book will appeal to historians of gardens as well as curious readers.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden