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CfP: Classical Influences on Georgian Stourhead, 11-12 November 2015

Classical Influences on Georgian Stourhead

Stourhead, Wiltshire 11-12th November 2015

Keynote speakers to include:

Prof. Roey Sweet, author of ‘Cities and the Grand Tour. The British in Italy 1690-1820’ (University of Leicester)

Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History (National Trust).

The gardens at Stourhead feature a number of elements influenced by the legacy of classical Rome. Henry Hoare, the owner of Stourhead from 1741-1783, travelled to Rome as part of his own Grand Tour and his chief architect, Henry Flitcroft, was part of Lord Burlington’s circle. On Day 1 of this event we will explore classical influences on the eighteenth-century English country garden. On Day 2 we will consider classical influences solely in the context of the garden and wider estate at Stourhead. We invite papers on all aspects of classical influences on the eighteenth-century English garden and particularly the following topics:

• The influence of classical Roman literature on the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Greek influences in eighteenth-century English country gardens
• The influence of the Grand Tour on eighteenth-century English country gardens
• Visitor accounts of Stourhead and other eighteenth-century English country gardens
• Eighteenth-century English country garden designers
• The picturesque and the design and reception of the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Depiction of the eighteenth-century English country garden in the fine arts
• The country garden and publishing: newspapers, periodicals, guidebooks and journals
• Topographical poetry
• Theories of meaning in the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Relationships between houses, gardens and wider estates
• Lord Burlington and his circle

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent to Dr. John Harrison at jeh87@my.open.ac.uk by 31st March 2015.
The conference is planned for 11th & 12th November, 2015 at Stourton Hall, opposite the village entrance to Stourhead gardens. Full details of the conference will go online in May 2015. Questions concerning the event can be directed to the organizer, Dr. John Harrison at jeh87@my.open.ac.uk.

A PDF copy of this Call for Papers can be downloaded from academia.edu