Nature’s Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and The Art of the Georgian Garden

AGT Talk on 5 May 2022 with Dr Cathryn Spence

Avon Gardens Trust are delighted to welcome eminent local historian Dr Cathryn Spence to relaunch our live talks in 2022. Her recent publication of Nature’s Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and the Art of the Georgian Garden is a much anticipated tour de force of the Bath based artist, whose beautiful, intriguing drawings and paintings provide an invaluable testament for 18th century gardens and landscapes, including several in and around Bath and Bristol, as well as his most iconic bird’s eye views of Painswick’s Rococo garden in Gloucestershire.

Cathryn will be talking about Robins’ stunning depictions of Painswick and in particular of the Avon gardens which include Ralph Allen’s Prior Park and Sham Castle and Jerry Peirce’s Lilliput Castle (now Battlefields). His detailed prospects which portray both private and pleasure gardens include John Wood’s South and North Parade gardens with a rare glimpse of the principal pleasure garden, Spring Gardens, as well as the village of Henbury in Bristol, showing the Great House, with its topiary gardens and vineyards beyond.

Cathryn’s talk will include a mouth watering array of images from her book, which will be available to purchase on the night or it can be pre-ordered directly from Cathryn by emailing [email protected]. Cathryn will personally sign it for you after her talk. Cost is £40 (or £45 to post to a UK address).

Held at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (doors open at 6.30)

Tickets £10

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