Lecture-‘Verdure is the most Perfect Refreshment’ – Jane Austen & the English Landscape Garden

Date/Time

Saturday, 26 November 2022 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This lecture by garden historian Laura Mayer will be held in the Elwin Room of the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution, Queens Square, Bath. BA1 2HN.

‘Verdure is the most Perfect Refreshment’ – Jane Austen & the English Landscape Garden

Landscape – whether real or imagined – nature, & her characters’ response to these inform each & every one of Jane Austen’s novels. Justly famous for her sharp social satire, Austen was also highly attuned to the shifting sensibilities surrounding landscape gardening, which had been gathering pace since the beginning of the eighteenth century. This topic would bring in the Bath connection to Austen, & also enable me to discuss various gardens whilst covering Gilpin’s theories on the Gothic/ Picturesque, the fashion for garden visiting and of course Mansfield Park & Humphry Repton!

Details, booking and prices to be announced

Jane Austen Landscapes

Getting there

Use the park and ride into Milsom Street and a 5 minute walk to Queens Square.

Parking in the Charlotte Street Car park nearby – (charges apply).

Bath train station and a 15 minute walk to Queens Square