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Head of Zeus
Stourhead: Henry Hoare's Paradise Revisited by Dudley Dodd, foreword by James Stourton

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.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Gardening
07 Oct 2021 * 320pp * £40 * 9781788543620
'It is rare to find a book which is as scholarly as it is beautiful yet Roman Splendour, English Arcadia is a triumphant exception [...] based on meticulous analyses of the object and of archival and literary sources'
The Art Newspaper, on Roman Splendour, English Arcadia
Dudley Dodd
Dudley Dodd
Dudley Dodd visited Stourhead for the first time in 1973. While serving with the National Trust he wrote guidebooks of its houses in the South West and has subsequently contributed articles to scholarly periodicals. He edited The Letters of Henry Hoare 1760–1781 and collaborated with Simon Swynfen Jervis on Roman Splendour, English Arcadia, a study of the Sixtus Cabinet, the pietre dure masterpiece at Stourhead.
James Stourton
James Stourton
James Stourton is a senior fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He is a prize-winning author of several books on cultural and architectural subjects. He sat for ten years on the Heritage Memorial Fund panel and the Acceptance in Lieu panel, and is a former chairman of Sotheby's UK.