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On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening, with Biographical Notices of Them, 2nd edition, with considerable additions   By:

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On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening by Samuel Felton is an extraordinary exploration of the relationship between literature and horticulture. This second edition, enriched with significant additions, offers readers remarkable insights into the lives of renowned English authors and their contributions to the world of gardening.

Felton's meticulous research and impressive knowledge shine through as he presents a comprehensive collection of biographical notices alongside stunning portraits of various authors. Each chapter electrifies the reader with narratives that intertwine the art of gardening with the literary works of these influential figures.

The book takes us on a captivating journey through time, starting with John Evelyn, the 17th-century polymath, who eloquently advocated for the creation of beautiful gardens. Felton effortlessly captures Evelyn's vision, skillfully describing the visual beauty and poetic inspiration that Evelyn's gardens emanated.

Moving forward, the author delves into the life of William Shenstone, a celebrated poet and landscape designer from the 18th century. Felton masterfully articulates Shenstone's approach to gardening, highlighting how he seamlessly blended his literary genius with his passion for nature. The vivid descriptions of Shenstone's gardens evoke a sense of awe and admiration and leave the reader yearning to witness such natural marvels themselves.

Felton's well-researched chapters continue to unfold, offering glimpses into the lives of other influential English authors, such as Alexander Pope, Horace Walpole, and William Cowper. By skillfully combining biographical anecdotes and insightful analysis, the author showcases the profound impact these literary giants had on the world of gardening. Their ideologies, expressed through both their writings and their own green spaces, opened the door to a new era in landscaping and cultivation.

One of the standout features of this book is undoubtedly the inclusion of portraits. The carefully selected images add an extra layer of depth to the narratives, allowing readers to visualize the authors and better understand their connection to the natural world. This visual element also provides a fascinating glimpse into the artistic representations of these remarkable individuals throughout history.

Felton's prose is a testament to his passion for both literature and gardening. His writing is eloquent, engaging, and filled with profound insights. It is evident that he has not only extensively studied the subject matter but also genuinely appreciates and understands the intricate relationship between these two disciplines.

A minor critique of the book would be its length. At times, the extensive biographical details may feel overwhelming, especially for readers who are more interested in the gardening aspects. However, this critique is subjective, as the book's primary focus is precisely on exploring the lives and works of these authors in connection with gardening.

Overall, On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of literature, horticulture, or the intersection of the two. Samuel Felton's exquisite writing, extensive research, and the inclusion of captivating portraits make this book a true treasure for both scholars and garden enthusiasts alike.

First Page:

ON

THE PORTRAITS

OF

English Authors on Gardening,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF THEM.

Lately published, by the same Author, price 3s.

GLEANINGS ON GARDENS;

Chiefly respecting those of the Ancient Style in England.

PRINTED BY LOWE AND HARVEY, PLAYHOUSE YARD, BLACKFRIARS.

ON THE

PORTRAITS

OF

ENGLISH

AUTHORS ON GARDENING,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES.

Your painting is almost the natural man. Timon of Athens.

A snapper up of unconsidered trifles. Winter's Tale.

I will make a prief of it in my note book. M. W. of Windsor.

BY S. FELTON.

SECOND EDITION, WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS.

[Illustration]

LONDON: 1830.

PUBLISHED BY EFFINGHAM WILSON, ROYAL EXCHANGE; AND JOSEPH ONWHYN, CATHARINE STREET, STRAND.

PREFACE.

The following pages apply only to those English writers on gardening who are deceased. That there have been portraits taken of some of those sixty nine English writers, whose names first occur in the following pages, there can be no doubt; and those portraits may yet be with their surviving relatives or descendants. I am not so presumptuous as to apply to the following most slight memorials, some of which relate to very obscure persons, who claimed neither "the boast of heraldry, nor the pomp of power," but whose

useful toil, Their homely joys and destiny obscure

benefited society by their honest labour; I am not so vain as to apply to these, any part of the high testimony which Sir Walter Scott has so justly paid to the merit of Mr... Continue reading book >>




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