Although the integration of sculpture in gardens is part of a long tradition dating back at least to antiquity, the sculptures themselves are often overlooked, both in the history of art and in the history of the garden. This collection of essays considers the changing relationship between sculpture and gardens over the last three centuries, focusing on four British archetypes: the Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian urban park, the outdoor spaces of twentieth-century modernism and the late-twentieth-century sculpture park. Through a series of case studies exploring the contemporaneous audiences of gardens, the book uncovers the social, political and gendered messages revealed by sculpture's placement and suggests that the garden can itself be read as a sculptural landscape.
' … recommended to anyone with a serious interest in gardens, parks, outdoor sculptures, and the interaction of people with all three'. The Art Book 2007
’Attractive in appearance, with beautifully composed colour photographs by Geoffrey James and copious black and white illustrations, the book also benefits from the superb overview drawings by Chris Broughton…as so little is written on sculpture and the garden this publication, with its wide range of themes, should have something to say to anyone interested in the ways in which the role of sculpture in the landscape has changed in the past three hundred years.’ Follies Magazine
Contents: Preface, Patrick Eyres and Fiona Russell; Part 1 The Georgian landscape garden and Victorian urban park: Introduction, Patrick Eyres and Fiona Russell; Studley Royal: landscape as sculpture, Glynis Ridley; The king in the garden: royal statues and the naturalization of the Hanoverian Dynasty in early Georgian Britain, 1714-1760, Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau; Sex, gender, politics: the Venus de Medici in the eighteenth-century landscape garden, Wendy Frith; Marginal figures: public statues and public parks in the Manchester region, 1840-1914, Terry Wyke; The meaning and re-meaning of sculpture in Victorian public parks, David Lambert; Part 2 Modernism, postmodernism, landscape and regeneration: Introduction, Patrick Eyres and Fiona Russell; Henry Moore's Recumbent Figure, 1938, at Bentley Wood, Alan Powers; Modern sculpture in the public park: a Socialist experiment in open-air 'cultured leisure', Robert Burstow; Modernism out of doors: Barbara Hepworth's garden, Chris Stephens; 1977 - A walk across the park, into the forest, and back to the garden: the Sculpture Park in Britain, Joy Sleeman; Naturalizing Neoclassicism: Little Sparta and the public gardens of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Patrick Eyres; Bibliography; Index.
We have become familiar with the notion that sculpture has moved into the 'expanded field', but this field has remained remarkably faithful to defining sculpture on its own terms. Sculpture can be distinct, but it is rarely autonomous. For too long studied apart, within a monographic or survey format, sculpture demands to be reintegrated with the other histories of which it is a part. In the interests of representing recent moves in this direction, this series provides a forum for the publication and stimulation of new research examining sculpture's relationship with the world around it, with other disciplines and with other material contexts.
The Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture, has developed this series. A part of the Henry Moore Foundation, the Institute is an international research hub located in the vibrant city of Leeds where Henry Moore began his training as a sculptor.