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.
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“E. Adveno Brooke.” Treasures of the University of Delaware Library. 1996-2002. http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/treasures/arts/brooke.html (13 November 2002).
Turner, Tom. “Garden Visit Travel Guide: England.” Adapted from Gothein, Marie-Luise, 1928. Gardenvisit.com. 2000. http://www.gardenvisit.com/got/16/3.htm (12 November 2002).