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The Ideology of the Place: the aesthetics and politics of the early eighteenth-century English landscape garden
  • Nick Taylor
Nick Taylor
Atypon Systems
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Abstract

Haha! ... Landscape as a signifier of moral virtue and the right to rule. How the aristocracy created the peculiar tradition of the English landscape garden, interweaving classical and gothic iconography to assert their uniquely English mix of democratic credentials and both moral and aesthetic superiority.
The birth of Aesthetics as a philosophical and artistic discipline, borne out of the moral philosophy of Locke and the securing of the Protestant succession. How the rolling and open landscapes of the English gardens represented the democratic freedoms of the English compared to the formal parterres and absolute monarchy of France.