Garden History: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Ref: C3743118

This course will trace the development of the English landscape garden from its origins in the early eighteenth century, through to its final stage around 1780. We shall look at the key personalities involved, such as William Kent and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and evaluate and assess their particular contributions; but we shall also consider the wider cultural, literary, political and artistic context in which the landscape garden flourished. The arts are often inter-related, and nowhere more so than in this period, so we shall be looking at writers, poets, artists and architects, as well as garden designers, to see how different ideas were infiltrating and influencing the development of the English landscape garden. The relevance of 'Sublime' and 'Ridiculous' in the title will become clear to anyone who chooses to join the course!

Course aim

To show how and why the English Landscape Garden developed as it did, by examining it within the wider context of eighteenth century art, society and culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain why the English landscape garden happened.
  • Recognise its key features.
  • Identify the key personalities involved in its development.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Garden History: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous


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