BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
Lower Terrace Garden, Worsley Hall. The Seat of the Right Hnble. The Earl of Ellismere
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Hand-coloured lithograph. Image size: 12 x 18 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 14 5/16 x 20 7/8 inches.
A stunning view of the gardens at Worsley Hall in Lancashire, 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. Worsley New Hall's formal landscaped gardens were set out in the early 1840s, with further developments over the next 50 years. It included terrace gardens constructed by William Andrews Nesfield, who started work on the gardens in 1846. Six terraces existed by 1857, separated by stone balustrades, and linked with steps and gravel paths. The top two terraces were set out in a Parterre de Broderie style. 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.