Pages from the Sundridge Red Book
A watercolour of Sundridge Park before Repton began work
One of Repton's proposed changes for Sundridge Park
Repton Revived 13/04/15
The Garden Museum is pleased to announce the arrival of one of landscape designer Humphry Repton’s Red Books on long term loan to our collection. The Red Book was generously donated to the Museum by heritage developer City & Country. Repton (1752-1818) was the seminal landscape gardener of the Georgian period, creating designs for the Mayor of Norfolk as well as the Dukes of Portland and Bedford. Repton published extensively on his landscape work and gained renown for his trademark Red Books which contained detailed design proposals for his clients’ grounds. Repton’s Red Books serve as invaluable pieces of garden design history, emphasising the artistry with which landscape designers approach their practice, and providing fascinating insights into evolving trends and tastes within garden design.
To celebrate the arrival of this important piece of history at the Museum we are pleased to welcome a group of expert speakers to explore the history of the Red Book and demonstrate the far-reaching impact of Repton’s work on contemporary designers. Cultural geographer and author of Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (Yale University Press, 1999), Professor Stephen Daniels will begin the evening by introducing us to Repton and the story of this Red Book. Following this, gardener and historian Todd Longstaffe Gowan and garden designer and writer George Carter will each take a passage from the Sundridge Red Book and share how Repton and his innovative ideas have influenced their own practices. This promises to be an interesting event to shed light on this significant book and its author’s vital role in landscape history.
18:30 - 20:00