BROOKE, After Edward Adveno (1821-1910)
View in the Gardens at Westfield House, (Isle of Wight.) The Seat of Sir Agustus (sic) Clifford Bart
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Hand-coloured lithograph. Image size: 12 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 14 7/16 x 20 7/8 inches.
A stunning view of the gardens at Westfield House on the Isle of Wight, 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. Sir Augustus Clifford (1788-1877) built Westfield on the Isle of Wight in the 1830s. The grounds included the terraced sculpture garden that leads to a grand view of the sea. The sculptures and many of the plants came from Italy. 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.