BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
The River Horse Fountain, Enville. The Seat of the Rt. Honble. the Earl of Stamford and Warrington.
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Colour-printed lithograph. Expert marginal restoration. Image size: 13 x 17 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 5/8 x 20 3/4 inches.
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. The Sea Horse pool was at the centre of the pleasure gardens laid out in the 1850s by the 7th Earl of Stamford. 16 jets each 40 feet high surrounded a central jet that towered to 70 feet. 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.