Art and the Creation of Painshill by Michael Symes

Art and the Creation of Painshill by Michael Symes


Painshill Park
Portsmouth Road
KT11 1JE

Date(s) - 02-April
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Painshill Park

Abercorn Room talk led by Michael Symes,  Author, Lecturer and Garden Historian


The relationship of art to gardens is central to the development of the English Landscape Garden, covering the influence of paintings, comparison between them and gardens, and the actual application of the principles of painting. A key concept is that of the circuit garden as a series of ‘pictures’. Charles Hamilton’s work at Painshill will be considered from the point of view of composing it with an artist’s eye – and many painters depicted it.

About the speaker:

Michael Symes is a lecturer, author and garden historian. He specialises in 18th-century gardens in Britain and on the continent and has written numerous articles and books including The Picturesque and the Later Georgian Garden and The English Landscape Garden in Europe. His latest book, The English Landscape Garden: A Survey, was launched at Painshill in June last year. Painshill has always been his greatest love since trespassing round it in 1973, and in 2010 his book on Hamilton and the gardens was published.