The Humphry Repton Bicentenary 2018
On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener by Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch: 29.7 x 23.3 cms, 197 pp, 165 illustrations, £25 UK, £35 Airmail.
This is the “new book” on Repton mentioned in the Yorkshire Post and Harrogate Advertiser on 2nd and 24th January 2019 respectively.
Review in Country Life, 14 November 2018, by Steven Desmond: “… For once, we can judge these attractive ideas from a reading of the complete text, with the full set of illustrations in the right order – an exceptional treat. This marvellous achievement is the work of Karen Lynch, whose excellent research shines forth from each of her introductory essays, and Patrick Eyres, who performs his usual mind-broadening task of setting these places in their historical and political context. The New Arcadians have been teaching us pleasantly provocative lessons for many years and this superb publication is no exception. Merely to have persuaded the various owners to agree to participate in the exercise is a triumph in itself …”
The six extant Red Books are reproduced in On The Spot, which contains the most up-to-date research on Repton’s commissions – Armley, Bessacre, Harewood, Langold, Mulgrave, Oulton, Owston, Rudding and Wentworth Woodhouse – along with a festival of associated imagery. The epilogue addresses the influence of the Red Books on the poet-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). This is the 3rd ‘Surrogate NAJ, enlarged and in colour’.
The New Arcadian Journal
Through the New Arcadian Journal, the New Arcadian Press publishes studies in the cultural politics of the eighteenth-century landscape garden. The New Arcadian Journal is the A5 fine press book that uniquely combines original scholarship with artist-illustration. For published appreciations, follow this link, ‘Reviews‘, or click on ‘Reviews’ (menu bar above).
Follow this link, New Arcadian Journal, to see details of all the back issues, or click on ‘Portfolio & Shop’ (menu bar above) – and acquire NAJs online: £25 UK, £30 Airmail. For NAJs 1 – 28: £15 UK, £20 Airmail. To order by email, link to ‘Contact Us‘ or click on the menu bar above.
~ The Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection: From 1981 the New Arcadian Press published many works by or relating to Ian Hamilton Finlay, especially during The Little Spartan War. Many are still available: 6 NAJs, 11 Broadsheets, 1 small book and 4 cards – available individually or as a set, £255 excluding post and packing. Follow this link to The Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection or click on ‘Portfolio & Shop / Books’
~ Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: Follow these links to NAJ 65/66, The Grenville Landscape of Wotton House (the 140 pp., 90 illustrations, 10 authors, 4 artists, 3 map-makers engage with the landscape garden that was elevated to Grade I by Historic England in 2016, and is a triumph of water engineering by ‘Capability’ Brown) and Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape, by Karen Lynch (72 pp., 38 colour illustrations), or click on ‘Portfolio & Shop / Books’. NB: NAJ 75/76, Yorkshire Capabilities is OUT OF PRINT