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Landscape Art, England, Countryside Gardens, E. Adveno Brooke, Antique Print, 1857


E. Adveno Brooke (op. 1844-1864) (after)
The Trellis Window, Trentham Hall Gardens
Dragon Fountain, In the Gardens at Eaton Hall

from The Gardens of England
Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, London: 1857 (publisher)
70 St. Martin’s Lane (printer address)
15 x 12 inches, image
20.25 x 14 inches, overall
$400 each

Two garden views from the original set of twenty-four chromolithograph colored plates of the gardens of English mansions, originally accompanied by text written by Brooke. The prints provide a record of the landscape garden styles in vogue among the aristocracy in mid-Victorian England. Brooke’s style is anything but drily documentary, though. He brings a Romantic sensibility to the subjects, finding the inherent theatricality of each place.


The Trentham Hall Gardens are viewed in plunging perspective through an oval opening formed by a trellis of roses. According to the caption, Trentham Hall is “The Seat of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland.” Plantings and an orderly row of classical statue busts on tall pedestals stretch into the distance beside a sunlit path. The impression is one of geometric order imposed on nature.

Brooke depicts a dramatic evening view of the dragon fountain in the center of a pond that is the focal point of the formal gardens at Eaton Hall, the Duke of Westminster’s neo-Gothic castle in Cheshire. The gardens’ medieval revivalist design was directed by the duke.

Condition: Generally very good with usual but very light toning, some scattered foxing and staining, minor edge and corner wear, and light soiling. The colors are quite bright.


Abbey, Scenery, 392

“E. Adveno Brooke.” Treasures of the University of Delaware Library. 1996-2002. (13 November 2002).

Turner, Tom. “Garden Visit Travel Guide: England.” Adapted from Gothein, Marie-Luise, 1928. 2000. (12 November 2002).

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19th Century