tue30mar6:30 pmOnline Lecture: Welsh Gardens and the Grand TourOnline lecture by Bettina Harden. Part of the Georgian Gardens and Landscapes series6:30 pm Book Now

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While working on her book, The Most Glorious Prospect: Garden Visiting in Wales 1639-1900(2017), Bettina Harden found that the experience of the Grand Tour to Italy ran as a leitmotif through the development of landscaped parks and gardens across Wales. Carrying on from the book, she has examined the links between the Grand Tour and its effect on the Welsh patrons and owners who, on their return from the Continent, set about bringing something of what they had seen abroad to their home surroundings. The result is a lecture exploring the intricacies of the Grand Tour, its demands and discoveries, its shopping and scholarship, focused on Welshmen who had travelled to Rome in the eighteenth century: Sirs Watkin Williams-Wynne, father and son, 3rd and 4thBaronets of Wynnstay; Thomas Mansel, 2nd Lord Mansel, and Thomas and Christopher Mansel-Talbot of Margam; Thomas Bulkeley, 7th Viscount Bulkeley of Baron Hill; Colonel John Campbell of Stackpole Court. The lecture aims to link these men, their Grand Tour, their purchases and Italian dreams of landscape beauty together to demonstrate how ‘gardening and refined connoisseurship were the obsession of the age.’

Bettina Harden is a lecturer and writer on historic gardens. She was formerly Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and was Founder Chairman of the Gateway Gardens Trust.

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.

Georgian Group members are eligible for a discount on their ticket by entering GGMEMBER at the checkout.

***This talk will be recorded. The recording will be available to all those who have purchased a ticket for a limited period of time after the event takes place***

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(Image: The Arrival of a Young Traveller and his Suite during the Carnival in Piazza de’Spagna, Rome, David Allan (c.1775). Here you can see the new arrival being besieged with goods for sale. The Café delle Inglesi and the Ville de Londres on either side of the Piazza were popular places for the young travellers to meet up. (Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020))

This lecture is part of our Georgian Gardens and Landscapes series. The full list of lectures in the series is as follows:

Tuesday 2 March – Hidden Horticulturists

Tuesday 9 March – Marble Hill – A Garden of Grottos and Groves

Tuesday 16 March – William Kent: Garden Designer, Architect, Interior Designer

Tuesday 23 March – Vauxhall, Sex & Entertainment: The Invention of the Urban Pleasure Garden

Tuesday 30 March – Welsh Gardens and the Grand Tour

Tuesday 6 April – Follies: An Architectural Journey

Tuesday 13 April – The English Landscape Revolution


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