The Gardens at Rousham

Featuring over eighty paintings and drawings of the gardens “The Gardens at Rousham’ has been published to coincide with a major exhibition of paintings of Rousham.

Rousham in Oxfordshire was one of the first landscape gardens created in England and is, still, one of the most influential. Designed by William Kent in the late 1730s for the Cottrell-Dormer family (who are its owners today) it has become a place of pilgrimage for landscape architects and garden designers worldwide as well as garden lovers. Its magical glades and sculptural set-pieces have long intrigued Francis Hamel, who has lived and worked there for 25 years. Since the beginning of 2020 he has composed an extraordinary collection of paintings that capture the gardens and their magic. With essays by Francis Hamel, Tom Stuart-Smith, Joanna Kavenna and Christopher Woodward.

Hardcover (160 pages) from £30.00.




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A 216 page fully illustrated book of paintings and drawings by Francis Hamel was published to coincide with an exhibition of the artists work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in May 2019.

The Book is divided into seven sections that cover Tree paintings, Italian Landscapes and Gardens, The Oxford paintings, The Circus and Theatre paintings, Flower paintings, Landscape paintings and Portraits.

As well as a broad selection of paintings and drawings the book includes six essays on the work by Joanna Kavenna, (novelist, essayist and travel writer) Colin Harrison, (Senior Curator of European Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) Professor Niall Ferguson, (British Historian and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution) Rosy Runciman, (Archivist and Exhibitions Manager for Cameron Mackintosh) Sir Richard Eyre (English Film, theatre, television and opera director and John Martin (Gallerist).

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£30 plus p & p 

John Martin Gallery
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