BROOKE, After E. Adveno (active 1853-1861)
The Garden on the Hill Side, Castle Combe. The Seat of G. P. Scrope Esqre. M.P.
London: Published by T. McLean, 1857. Hand-coloured lithograph. Image size: 15 1/8 x 11 13/16 inches. Sheet size: 20 7/8 x 14 1/2 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. This handsome terraced garden was built on the property of Castle Combe, a medieval fortress in northwest Wiltshire. 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.