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The hermit in the garden : from imperial Rome to ornamental gnome

Author: Gordon Campbell
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tracing its distant origins to the villa of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the second century AD, the eccentric phenomenon of the ornamental hermit enjoyed its heyday in the England of the eighteenth century It was at this time that it became highly fashionable for owners of country estates to commission architectural follies for their landscape gardens. These follies often included hermitages, many of which still  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Campbell
ISBN: 9780199696994 0199696993
OCLC Number: 811599681
Description: xiv, 257 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Origins and antecedents --
2. The idea of the hermit --
3. The hermits --
4. The hermitage in Georgian England --
5. The hermitage in the Celtic lands --
6. The afterlife of the hermit --
Appendices.
Responsibility: Gordon Campbell.
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The curious and intriguing tale of the garden hermit - from imperial Rome to the ornamental gnome, via the often sumptuous landscaped gardens of Georgian England.  Read more...

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