A beautifully illustrated history of the world famous landscape garden at Stourhead, created by generations of the Hoare banking dynasty.
Cross the south lawn at Stourhead and descend through the ancient and rare trees. Soon you will see a great lake appear, decorated with classical temples and arched bridge that lunges to the other side of the water. Continue on and you will find a mystical, jagged grotto; a gothic hideaway; gods, muses and saints.
This is how Henry Hoare – known as Henry the Magnificent – would have approached the garden he designed with Henry Flitcroft. Did he imagine himself as a journeying Aeneas, or was he recreating a Claud Lorrain landscape?
This is the first history – in colour – of a unique landscape created by generations of the Hoare banking family. It follows its evolution, describing how flights of folly, individual flair and tastes, combined with careful stewardship, have formed a national treasure and one of the finest example of the English landscape garden.
The book includes a foreword by James Stourton and newly commissioned photography by renowned garden photographer Marianne Majerus.