6 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5DX
DR JANE CROOM
Dr Jane Croom will consider changes to houses, gardens and parks in the 18th century as axial planning was superseded by more informal, circular layouts. Formal house plans with a state centre and symmetrical apartments gave way to circuits of reception rooms around a central circulation space, and formal gardens and parks were replaced by lawns and pleasure grounds surrounded by naturalistic parkland. Particular emphasis will be given to houses with good contemporary sources such as paintings, maps and plans.
Jane Croom is an architectural and landscape historian who is interested in studying buildings within the context of their wider human landscape. She previously worked as an architectural investigator for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and has recently published a book on The English Great House & its Setting, c. 1100-c. 1800.