BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
The Terrace Garden, Woburn Abbey. The Seat of his Grace the Duke of Bedford
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Colour-printed lithograph. Expert restoration to bottom margin. Image size: 12 3/8 x 17 inches. Sheet size: 14 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches.
A beautiful view of Woburn Abbey gardens, 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. Woburn Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks and given to the first Duke of Bedford by Henry VIII. The gardens illustrated in part here were designed by the great Victorian landscape architect, Humphry Repton. 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. Cf. Benezit, Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Vol. 2, p. 842.