BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
The Parterre, Harewood House, Nr. Leeds. The Seat of the Rt. Honble. The Earl of Harewood
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Colour-printed lithograph. Image size: 12 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 14 5/8 x 20 7/8 inches.
A stunning view of the gardens at Harewood House, from the "The Gardens of England." The surrounding grounds of the Palladian mansion of Harewood House were designed by eminent English landscape designer Lancelot "Capability" Brown in his signature "serpentine" style between 1758 and 1772. This beautiful print pictures the parterre garden that was later laid out on the grand Italianate terrace of the mansion's southern facade by the Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry.
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. Harewood House is a country house in Harewood near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. The landscape was designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown and spans 1,000 acres. 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.