Mr Hamilton's Elysium

Mr Hamilton's Elysium by Michael Symes

The Gardens of Painshill

Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711230552
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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The Hon. Charles Hamilton was one of those extraordinary eighteenth-century gentlemen who, like Lord Cobham at Stowe and Henry Hoare at Stourhead, turned their gardens into works of art.



Inspired by his time in Italy, Hamilton set out to transform the 'accursed hill' at Painshill in Surrey into a pictorial landscape complete with serpentine lake and water wheel, Turkish Tent, 'Chinese Bridge', Ruined Abbey, Grotto and Hermitage. The garden soon ranked with the best in the land but it later lay forgotten until rediscovered in the 1970s. The restoration over the last thirty years or so has been as careful and dramatic as any. Now Painshill Park is visited by thousands and even the famous vineyard is flourishing again.



This book is fully illustrated with archive images and wonderful photographs of the park and its amazing buildings.
Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711230552
Illustrations: 150 colour and b/w illustrations
Size: 10.63 in x 0.419 in x 8.858 in / 270 mm x 10.63 mm x 225 mm
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Contents





Chapter 1: The gardens of Painshill



Chapter 2: A brief history of the estate



Chapter 3: The Hon. Charles Hamilton



Chapter 4: Hamilton the collector



Chapter 5: The lake



Chapter 6: The buildings



Chapter 7: The exotic and oriental



Chapter 8: Hamilton's trees and shrubs



Chapter 9: Images of Painshill



Chapter 10: Hamilton and the Picturesque



Chapter 11: The vineyard



Chapter 12: Aftermath and restoration



References

Picture credits

Acknowledgements

Index