BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
The Parterre, Castle Howard. The Seat of His Excellency The Earl of Carlisle
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Colour-printed lithograph. Several expertly repaired tears in left and bottom margin. Image size: 10 3/4 x 18 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 1/8 x 21 1/8 inches.
A stunning view of the gardens of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, from the "The Gardens of England."
Published in 1857, The Gardens of England is a series of 24 plates with accompanying text depicting the diverse luxuriant gardens of various distinguished English mansions. The mid-nineteenth century was a period during which the traditional aesthetics of garden design underwent a significant change in England, as innovative ideas and concepts were being continually introduced and explored. Brooke's publication embodies the eclectic nature of Victorian garden design and constitutes an important visual survey of the varied styles that were popular among the wealthy and fashionable. Designed by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh with the assistance of Nicholas Hawskmoor, Castle Howard and its picturesque grounds were built for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle beginning in 1700. The garden designer William Andrews Nesfield was responsible for laying out its impressive walled rose garden and remodeling the garden's geometric South Parterre in 1850. The impressive Atlas Fountain, shown in this view, was built in the 1850s by William Andrews Nesfield. Little is known about E. Adveno Brooke, other than that he exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institution between 1853 and 1864 and his most significant publication was The Gardens of England.
Cf. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland, 392; cf. Benezit, Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Vol. 2, p. 842.